The second most common question I get about BibleWorks after “Should I get it?” is “Should I upgrade?” My personal opinion is that if the software has helped you, you ought to spring for an upgrade, especially for something that provides consistent value. That’s how the developers ensure a revenue stream which will enable further development and thus future value. So if I were sitting on 9, really liked it, and 10 came out, I would get it without question. That being said, it is a legitimate question to ask, especially if funds are tight or if the program gets used less than constantly. BibleWorks has page which details all the material which is new to version 10. Once the program is purchased this can also be accessed by going to Help | What’s New in BibleWorks 10. This will open up a page in the Help file with this information with links to take the reader to particular sections as needed. There are a lot of resources and features which make this a worthy upgrade, but here are two things which stand out to me.
As a teacher of the New Testament I constantly look for new ways to help students process the Greek language. Bible software has made it very easy to use colors to highlight particular parts of speech. Previously in BibleWorks the user would have to first execute a search for the particular form and then tell the program to highlight all the search results with a particular color. In 10 that intermediate step has been relocated to the program options under Morphology Colors. Here the user can specify verbs to be red text on a pink background, nouns black text on a yellow background, etc. The specification can be quite granular; essentially any morphological feature can receive a particular color combination. Once specified the user can toggle these off and on as desired by using the Browse Window Options button.
The Stuttgart Original Languages Module is an important addition to the BibleWorks product line new to version 10. It contains the original-language texts for both the Old and New Testaments widely considered to be the scholarly standards, along with their respective textual apparatuses. This is an expensive module ($199), but for technical language work there is no equal. Various parts of this package were available previously, but they have been compiled and augmented with additional helpful resources, making this module in 10 slightly less expensive as a whole. The only oddity is the BHQ fascicles available in the module. Deuteronomy, Ruth, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, and Lamentations are presently available. Judges, Proverbs, and the Twelve Minor Prophets will be added to this module when released at no additional cost. Future fascicles, though, will be made available as separate modules with additional cost.
I shudder to think of the contract negotiations that resulted in this arrangement. ↩