I finally managed to get a copy of Bibleworks 7.
BW 7 has a new user interface. Hmm ...
I don't see any advantage. For those familiar with BW 6, it takes some experimenting to get back to the old layout. I have my screen rotated 90 degrees and in this mode the new layout is not very useful.
Ok, otherwise BW 7 looks and works much the same as BW 6.
The major improvement is the completely new editor, but since I do not use it, I will not comment on that.
For textual criticism the following databases are new:
- Comfort/Barrett "The text of the Earliest NT Greek MSS", full text with intros and images. $30 (The images are much better than in the book, probably they got new ones from the publisher)
- Metzger's textual commentary (free!)
- "Textkritik des Neuen Testaments" by Gregory (free) (this item is a little hidden. It is in the Tischendorf apparatus, at the end
- von Soden: List of codices (pages 102-289 of Vol. 1,1), also hidden at the end of Tischendorf.
This is why Bibleworks will never get BIG: They do not advertise what they have, and what they have, they hide.
Still in planning are:
- the edition of the Swanson volumes $45
- the CNTTS Critical Apparatus $100 (what does this look like?)
- "A Greek-English Lexicon of the Septuagint" by Lust et al. (free)
- Wallace "Greek Grammar beyond the Basics" full text $30
- Blass-Debrunner-Funk $55
- Keywords in context module: You can look up a certain word in a defined range of verses and get a list of other words that appear in the neighborhood of this word. You can define the distance to the left and the right.
- BW 7 now comes with full Unicode support!
The prices are very reasonable. Check everything out at:
Wieland Willker, Bremen, Germany