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Bible Desktop - Free Java based Bible Study Software
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Jim1911

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PostPosted: Sun 20 Mar 2011, 18:04    Post subject:  Bible Desktop - Free Java based Bible Study Software  

BibleDesktop was the first Bible study software for linux that I used, but then I discovered Bibletime and quit using it. However, it is a very nice java program that works well with all pups that I've tried. It is supported by Crosswire that provides that super collection of resources that Bibletime and others also use. Since it has been updated, it's back on my system. It could be just the program you want.

The Crosswire web site describes it as follows:
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Introducing Bible Desktop - Free Bible Study Software
Bible Desktop is a free Bible Study tool that allows you to dig deeply into God's Word.
BibleDesktop will run on almost all computers. BibleDesktop is available for Windows (98SE to Vista), Apple Mac OSX, Linux, BSD, Unix, ....
Bible Desktop uses the JSword project to read modules in Sword format so there is a huge range of Bibles, Commentaries, Dictionaries, Daily Devotionals and some General Books - one of the largest collections available.
Bible Desktop is open source software so it is freely available to anyone. It is licensed under the GPL.


To install BibleDesktop, follow these steps:
1. Important first install java, versions should be available for any pup that you are using.
2. Download BibleDesktop (jsword-latest-bin.tar.gz) for Linux and save it to a temporary directory. This download does not contain Sword modules (Bibles, Commentaries, Dictionaries, Daily Devotionals, General Books...). When you start BibleDesktop for the first time you will be prompted to download the books you want. If you are already using Bibletime, it will access the sword modules installed by Bibletime.
3. Extract jsword-latest-bin.tar.gz which will place the files in a new directory (jsword-1.6-20110319).
4. Copy the jsword directory to /usr/share
5. Open the jsword directory and find the BibleDesktop.sh file. Right click on the file, select properties, and make sure that under Permissions that Exec is checked.
6. Click on BibleDesktop.sh and BibleDesktop should run.
7. If you want BibleDesktop to appear in the menu, you must prepare a BibleDesktop.desktop file similar to the one below, using a text editor. This file must be placed in /usr/share/applications.
Code:
[Desktop Entry]
Comment=An easy to use bible study tool
Comment[C]=An easy to use bible study tool
Exec=/usr/share/jsword-1.6-20110319/BibleDesktop.sh
Icon=/usr/share/jsword-1.6-20110319/BibleDesktop128.gif
MimeType=
Name=BibleDesktop
GenericName=Bible Study Tool
Terminal=false
Type=Application
Categories=X-Bible;X-Religion;Literature;X-Personal;Education;

Otherwise you can try the attached pet which will place the above BibleDesktop.desktop file in /usr/share/applications. However, it may need to be edited if you are not using the version above (jsword-1.6-20110319).

You may also place a copy of the BibleDesktop.desktop file on your desktop.

Enjoy,
Jim
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