15 October 2012

e-Sword4iPad

On the 10 October 2012, Rick announced, via a popup in e-Sword, that
e-Sword4iPad would be released on 15 October.

It was released today. Unfortunately, I don't have an iPad. I did search in the app store using my iPhone 4S, to no avail. :(

This is not a review, per se, but rather impressions I've gained from reading various comments, reviews about the program, and other things.

The most comprehensive review I've seen thus far has been ' on BSR. http://www.bsreview.org/blog/2012/10/e-sword-hd-for-ipad.html .

The YouTube video can be directly viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqxDJv2akME 

Price:
The app costs US$4.99.
Statistics from http://148apps.biz/app-store-metrics/?mpage=appprice
2.7% of the apps on The iTunes App Store sell for US$4.99;
94.55% of the apps on The iTunes App Store sell for US4.99, or less.
51.72% of the apps on The iTunes App Store are gratis;

As such, it is within the norms of iOS pricing.

Potential Issue:
Logos For iPad, Accordance, and Laridian's PocketBible are all gratis.  You do have to pay for the resources, but they can be used on other devices/platforms.

My iPhone offers 10 categories, when typing "Bibl".  Selecting "Bible", 4.042 apps are offered. My iPhone more or less gave up, when I tried to scroll past the 70th app in the "Bible" search.

e-Sword4iPad could easily get lost in those numbers.

Can current e-Sword users generate enough buzz for it to break out of the 788 applications per day that are added to The iTunes App Store each day?

Supported Canon:

None of the reviews or comments I've come across, have specifically discussed the supported canon. In two different video reviews, I noticed that the Douay-Rheims Bible is available.  That implies that at least the 73 book Catholic Canon is supported.  This canon was also supported in Pocket e-Sword.

Available Resources:

  • Only official resources can be installed.  This is due to limitations imposed by security model used by iOS
  • Resources use HTML, rather than RTF for presentation markup; 
  • Currently, only English Language resources are available;
I expect a utility that enables users to create their own resources, will be available within three months.  Installing those resources probably will require the user to jailbreak the device.

    Search:

    Basic search functionality is available.  I haven't seen anything about Boolean or Regex search.

    2009 SBL Bible Software Shootout:

    Inasmuch as only English language resources are available, it fails all five criteria. This should change, when resources in Biblical languages are released.

    Synopsis:

    If I had an iPad, I'd install and use it.  However, it is not yet compelling enough for me to specifically purchase an iPad.




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