Xiphos 4.0.0 / 4.0.0a Testing
Setup and interface
The installation procedure is a fast and easy job that requires minimal user assistance. Several configurations have to be made at startup before being able to work with Xiphos.
Therefore, you have to specify at least one Bible module with the help of a module manager, and it can be installed from a local or network location (CrossWire Bible Society).
As far as the interface is concerned, the software utility adopts a normal window split into multiple frames, where you can browse dictionaries, glossaries, maps, images, along with cult or unorthodox content, among others.
Fully customize the Bible studying environment
You can use a search function to locate a particular block of text and apply advanced search filters to narrow down results, return to the module manager at any time to install new Bible sources or remove the current ones, preview the daily devotion, highlight the current verse, read text aloud, as well as customize colors for the background, foreground, current verse, verse number, links, and so on.
Xiphos is capable of automatically following Bible footnotes and cross-references. It features Hebrew and Greek translation, and enables you to create bookmarks.
Evaluation and conclusion
No error dialogs popped up in our tests, and the piece of software did not hang, crash or pop up error messages. It has a good response time and minimal impact on PC performance, thanks to the fact that it needs low CPU and RAM to work properly.
To sum it up, Xiphos comes loaded with plenty of options and configuration settings dedicated to those who want to study Bible texts in a comfortable digital environment. It's not the most intuitive tool out there, but it's easy to use once you explore all its features.
Reviewed by Elena Opris, last updated on December 27th, 2014
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- Bug#508 + feat.req#133: Added alternate versification support (av11n): Xiphos understands book/chapter/verse (BCV) schemes other than KJV.
- The navbar is blanked and the pane states "This module has no content at this point" if a tab is selected with no content at the current verse indication, e.g. when reading in one tab with an Apocrypha Bible and then selecting a different non-Apocrypha tab, particularly when using Linked Tabs (see View menu).
- Added module-specific CSS support. This uses configuration directive "PreferredCSSXHTML=style.css", naming a file in the DataPath directory. If present, the file's content is included when rendering the pane.
- Added default CSS support. Use ~/.xiphos/default-style.css but be aware that this has effects on all displayed modules.
Application descriptionXiphos is a small, simple, easy to use application, specially designed to help you lookup and search Bible texts and c...