Survey and Comparative Analysis of Biblesoft, QuickVerse, Logos, AGES, and BibleWorks
by Mark Rice
BIBLE SOFTWARE: GENERAL COMPARISON ANALYSIS (1997-2001)
Having been a consultant in this arena for several years, and having talked with (or read notes from) several thousand customers, I conclude that the Bible Software market has been solidifying over 1995-1997, and will take this shape, with these three (or five) products covering quite well the various strata of customer needs, without too much overlap. These three products are well integrated, but the integration varies in focus. I view these products as complementary, not directly competitive, and supporting the user at different levels of his needs and experience.
For example, Logos would be like the Christian Bookshelf Library that every Bible student may need access to, BUT Logos should be viewed as complementing and supporting PC Study Bible (primary tool for basic Bible study) or BibleWorks (the primary tool for exegetical Bible study, and, of course, more than capable enough, and simple enough to use for basic Bible study). I see customers moving freely between these three products as their needs and experience develop. All these companies and most of their discount re-seller outlets advertise now on the Internet World Wide Web.
And please NOTE that Windows' multi-tasking enables effective usage of two or more software programs on your screen at the same time.
PC STUDY BIBLE CD-ROM (from Biblesoft) (with contenders: QuickVerse by Parsons & WordSearch by NavPress & Bible Explorer by Epiphany, and also the low cost Online Bible DOS/WIN/MAC from Answers in Genesis)
LOGOS (from Logos Research Systems, and Thomas Nelson & other book publishers) (with contenders: the alternate-standard STEP [QuickVerse & WordSearch, and Zondervan & other book publishers]; and the almost-standard Adobe Acrobat [AGES Master Christian Library] and also Folio Views based interfaces [several, specialized])
Well, I hope this is clear. May God use our works for the strengthening and edification of His Kingdom, His Body, His people.
Your co-worker and co-servant for Jesus Christ,
Mark Rice, owner of HERMENEUTIKA