CMUG's Software Central is designed to give Christian Mac users accurate information about software programs specifically designed to meet their needs. Eventually, we hope to cover Bible Study Software, Church Management Software, Educational Software, Internet Filtering Software, and more.

Bible Study Software

Bible Software is by far the most popular and diverse category of "Christian" software. The following charts give you a basic comparison of the various commercial Bible programs available (or promised to be available soon), as well as the shareware/freeware Bible programs available. For more information, follow the links to product web-sites, trial versions, Flash video demos, and CMUG reviews or how-to articles pertaining to each program.

Every May, CMUG conducts its annual Mac Bible Software Survey to get your feedback on the Bible Software currently available. Results of the survey are usually published in July. Be sure to participate in this year's survey (coming soon), and check out the results of last year's survey. Also, see the recent analysis of an external, multi-platform survey of Bible Software users.

Other great sources of information about Bible Software include:

The Bible Software Review web-site and weblog.
Joe Weaks' Macintosh Biblioblog.
Ken Ristau reviews Bible Software on his web-site and discusses it in his weblog.
The Dangers of Bible Software gives advice on the proper use of Bible Software.
 

Commercial Bible Software

Program Name:
Developed By: OakTree Software, Inc. Visual Book Productions/Tyndale Logos Research Systems, Inc. FindEx.com, Inc.
Platforms Supported:
(Includes only those platforms to which the software is "native")
Mac OS X
Classic Mac OS
Mac OS X
Windows
Currently Windows only
Mac OS X version promised for December 2005
Delayed indefinitely
Mac OS X
Windows
Current Version: 7.1 2.1 N/A for Mac 1.1
Interface Philosophy: "The Bible is central."
The Bible is designed to be the central hub around which study revolves. Secondary resources are designed to be easily accessible, but not to distract from the text of the Bible itself.
"Live the Bible."
Rich multimedia elements help to flesh out the historical context of the Bible. Biblical text and multimedia elements are tied together through an extensive system of links.
"Digital Library System."
Enter a passage or topic to search entire library of Bibles and study aids. Information is presented in a variety of "reports" with links to specific resources.
Need more information.
English Translations Available:
(Translations listed may be included in some packages but not others, available as separate add-ons, etc.)
Amplified, CEV, ESV, God's Word, HCSB, JPS, KJV, Message, NAB, NASB (original and 1995 update), NET, NIV, NIRV, NJB, NKJV, NLT, NRSV, REB, RSV, Schocken Bible, TEV, TNIV, various public domain Bibles NLT, KJV Amplified, CEV, ESV, God's Word, HCSB, ISV, JPS, KJV, Living Bible, Message, NAB, NASB (original and 1995 update), NCV, NET, NIV, NJB, NKJV, NLT, NRSV, RSV, Schocken Bible, TEV, various public domain Bibles ESV, God's Word, ISV, KJV, Message, NKJV, NLT, NRSV, various public domain Bibles
Greek and Hebrew: Strong. Entry-level packages include access to Greek and Hebrew through English Bibles with Strong's numbers. Advanced packages include grammatically-tagged Greek and Hebrew texts which allow for sophisticated searching. None. Strong. Entry-level packages include access to Greek and Hebrew through English Bibles with Strong's numbers. Advanced packages include grammatically-tagged Greek and Hebrew texts which allow for sophisticated searching. Some. Entry-level packages include access to Greek and Hebrew through English Bible with Strong's numbers.
Availability of Modern Commentaries, Dictionaries, and Reference Works: Very Strong. Small selection of works by Tyndale. Very Strong. Moderate.
Maps: Interactive Bible Atlas featuring 2D and 3D Maps, Animated routes, etc. Available as a stand-alone product or separate add-on. Inexpensive "sampler" version also available. Static Maps and 3D reconstructions of ancient sites (Jerusalem, Nazareth, etc.) Included in Gold Package. Older Interactive Atlas for Windows. No apparent plans to port Atlas to Mac. Static maps in some packages. Static maps. Included in both Mac packages.
System Requirements: Any Mac with 12 MB RAM and System 7.1 or higher.
Any version of OS X
Mac OS X with 256 MB of RAM Tentatively: 800Mhz Macintosh, 256MB of RAM, 1024 x 768 monitor, OS X 10.3.8 G3 500 Mhz or higher, 256 MB RAM, OS X 10.3 or higher
Try Before You Buy? Flash Video Demos and Downloadable Trial Version Streaming Video Sample Animations and Trailer Flash Video Demo of Windows version. No.
CMUG News/Reviews:

OS X Verse Insertion Utilities Compared:
Tools for getting the text of the Bible into your documents. (8/1/05)

Accordance Bible Software Mines Quartz: Free update adds anti-aliased text and graphics. (6/20/05)

Don't Need No Stinkin' Manual: A Review of the Accordance Bible Software Training DVD. (3/28/05)

The Essential IVP Reference Collection for Mac: Robert Velarde reviews this new Mac-compatible collection of Bible Reference materials. (1/2/04)

Live the Bible with iLumina Gold: A Look at the Latest Bible Software for Mac OS X. (2/20/04)

Review of QuickVerse for Mac: My impressions of the latest Bible program for Mac OS X. (7/6/05)

QuickVerse Bible Software Comes to the Mac: A first look at the newest Bible program for Mac OS X. (7/6/05)

How-To Articles:

Searching for Jesus in Mac Bible Software: Some Clarifications and Corrections. (7/29/04)

Searching for God in Mac Bible Software: A comparison of speed and accuracy. (7/28/04)

Getting the Bible's Number: How to Use Strong's Numbers in Mac Bible Study Software. (3/17/04)

Don't Know Much About History: Using Software Tools to better understand the world of the Bible. (2/5/03)

 

Shareware/Freeware Bible Software

Program Name:
Developed By: Hidden Field Software Leif Wright Will Thimbleby Ken Hamel
Platforms Supported:
(Includes only those platforms to which the software is "native")
Mac OS X Mac OS X Mac OS X Currently Classic only
Mac OS X version in beta.
Current Version: 0.99 2.6 1.2 3.6
Interface Philosophy:
English Translations Available:
(Translations listed may be included in some packages but not others, available as separate add-ons, etc.)
KJV, handful of public domain Bibles KJV or WEB God's Word, ISV, KJV, WEB, numerous public domain Bibles KJV, NASB (original and 1995 update), NIV (European version), NKJV, NLT, NRSV, RSV, WEB, numerous public domain Bibles
Greek and Hebrew: Basic access to Greek and Hebrew through KJV with Strong's numbers. Basic access to Greek and Hebrew through KJV with Strong's numbers. Basic access to Greek and Hebrew through KJV with Strong's numbers. Several Greek and Hebrew Bible texts available. Basic access to Greek and Hebrew through English Bibles with Strong's numbers. Several Greek and Hebrew Bible texts available, also with Strong's numbers.
Availability of Modern Commentaries, Dictionaries, and Reference Works: None. None. None. Numerous public domain works available. Very few modern resources available. Extensive selection of public domain works.
Maps: None. None. None. Static maps.
System Requirements: Mac OS X Mac OS X Mac OS X System 7 or above (?)
Classic Environment in OS X
Try Before You Buy? Freely downloadable Freely downloadable. $15 shareware fee after trial period. Can request it be waived for financial hardship. Freely downloadable. Download additional modules from the Sword Project. Program and some modules freely downloadable. Additional modules available via CD-ROM. Can purchase from OLB web-site or from By The Book.
CMUG News/Reviews:

OS X Verse Insertion Utilities Compared:
Tools for getting the text of the Bible into your documents. (8/1/05)

MacSword 1.2 Released: OS X Bible Program Updated. (6/10/05)

Review of MacSword 1.0: Open-Source Bible Program for OS X Examined. (3/30/04)

OS X Verse Insertion Utilities Compared:
Tools for getting the text of the Bible into your documents. (8/1/05)

Online Bible 3.5 Released: A few highlights of the latest version. (1/18/03)

How-To Articles:

Searching for Jesus in Mac Bible Software: Some Clarifications and Corrections. (7/29/04)

Searching for God in Mac Bible Software: A comparison of speed and accuracy. (7/28/04)

Getting the Bible's Number: How to Use Strong's Numbers in Mac Bible Study Software. (3/17/04)

Searching for Jesus in Mac Bible Software: Some Clarifications and Corrections. (7/29/04)

Searching for God in Mac Bible Software: A comparison of speed and accuracy. (7/28/04)

Getting the Bible's Number: How to Use Strong's Numbers in Mac Bible Study Software. (3/17/04)

Searching for Jesus in Mac Bible Software: Some Clarifications and Corrections. (7/29/04)

Searching for God in Mac Bible Software: A comparison of speed and accuracy. (7/28/04)

Getting the Bible's Number: How to Use Strong's Numbers in Mac Bible Study Software. (3/17/04)

Searching for Jesus in Mac Bible Software: Some Clarifications and Corrections. (7/29/04)

Searching for God in Mac Bible Software: A comparison of speed and accuracy. (7/28/04)

Getting the Bible's Number: How to Use Strong's Numbers in Mac Bible Study Software. (3/17/04)