Category Archives: Bible SuperSearch News

Our Response to Covid-19

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and the subsequent soul searching that this has forced many into, we have changed our focus for the recent 4.2 release. We added functionality to help any seekers that may view our website or software, including Bible SOS dialog, which is a quick list of ‘where to go when …’ items, with hyperlink to the Scriptures referenced. Bible Start dialog, which is a suggested reading list for people who are new to the Bible.  It too has hyperlinked Scripture references We have also expanded the number of languages we support by adding more foreign language Bibles, however, this was part of the plan for the 4.2 release.

Bible SuperSearch 4.2.0 Released

Bible SuperSearch 4.2.0 has been released On the API side, we have added new language features, and new Bibles in languages that we didn’t previously support.  These changes include: Rebuilt language handling to support 180+ languages out of the box. Added Bibles in the following languages: Hindi Portuguese Japanese Swahili Vietnamese Korean Tagalog Polish Persian Turkish Albanian Added ability to sort and group Bibles by language On the client side we have added a couple dialogs for quick reference, a Bible help guide ‘Bible SOS’ and a getting started guild ‘Start’.  (These dialogs were added in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.)  We have also added the ability to group the Bible list by language. NOTE: The system requirements have changed: The Minimum PHP version is now 7.2.5 New PHP Extension Requirement: Fileinfo Also, please note, that as of today, May 2, 2020, the ‘Legacy’ (2.2.x) version of Bible SuperSearch has been discontinued and is now End of Life.  If you are still using the Legacy version, please consider upgrading soon!

Bible SuperSearch 4.1.1 Released

Bible SuperSearch 4.1.1 has been released.  This bugfix release fixes the Bible selectors to properly shrink on small screens.  They are supposed to become more narrow, and display the Bible abbreviation instead of it’s full name.  The abbreviation was working, but the drop down menu was not resizing. Affected: Stand Alone client WordPress plugin Not affected: API

Bible SuperSearch 4.1.0 Released!

Bible SuperSearch 4.1.0 has been released! This new version adds the ability to download Bibles via the API in multiple formats. With the ‘Enable Downloads Tab’ setting enabled, a tab is added to the API documentation that allows the user to download Bibles.  This downloads page can also be added to a WordPress website via a new shortcode in our WordPress plugin. Features of the downloader include: Ability to download multiple files at once, as a ZIP file. Ability to cache files for quick download later.  No need to render the files for every download. Easy control over how long files are cached and how much disk space is used. Formats include Compact PDF – ready to print, takes up minimal paper CSV Plain Text Machine Readable plain text More formats will be added in the next release Additional improvements include: Embedded API documentation has been made responsive and has been rearranged into nestled tabs Rearranging API configuration page into tabs Added Chinese Bibles Misc bug fixes Note: Since there was no changes to the user interface itself, so there is no need for a 4.1.0 version of the standalone client.  

Bible SuperSearch 4.0.1 Released

Bible SuperSearch 4.0.1 has been released.  This bugfix release resolved issues searching for keywords containing certain Unicode characters. Also, the language used for Bible books now defaults to that of the first selected Bible (as it worked in the legacy code). This release affects all modern Bible SuperSearch products: Standalone Client WordPress Plugin API

Bible SuperSearch 4.0 Officially Released! API source code now available

We are pleased to announce the release of Bible SuperSearch 4.0.  This release finalizes the complete rebuild of the software that has been in progress since late 2015.   With this release, we are releasing the source code to our API. Bible SuperSearch was originally built to be ran completely independent of our website.  Now that this rebuild has been finished, we can offer this option once again.  Our client software allows anyone to install the Bible search engine easily on their website; adding the API allows for complete independence from our website.

Bible SuperSearch API 4.0.0 Release Candidate 1 Released

We are pleased to announce the first 4.0.0 pre-release of our API code. The API, when combined with a user interface, will allow running Bible SuperSearch completely independent of our website. Please report any bugs to us immediately. The final release is on schedule for May 4, 2019. https://sourceforge.net/projects/biblesuper/files/API/ NOTE:  This code is not production ready and should not be used in a production environment.

The Number of Verses in the Bible

There are a few different numbers floating around for the total number of verses in the Bible.  Most people, when looking for a count, will just find and quote one of these numbers. No one has time or patience to actually count the verses. And probably the easiest way to do this would be to add up the number of verses in each of the 1189 chapters. We know how many verses a chapter has by looking at the number of the last verse. But still, this would take time. However, building the Bible search engine (Bible SuperSearch) has enabled us to have computers do the counting for us. And the number of verses always came out to be 31,102. In order to build the Bible search engine, the Bible was imported into a (MySQL) database for easy querying. Each Bible has it’s own database table. For the KJV, the table is ‘bible_kjv’. In the table, each verse has it’s own row:   index book chapter verse text 1 1 1 1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 1 1 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. 3 1 1 3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 4 1 1 4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and

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Bible SuperSearch API 4.0.0 alpha 1 released

We are pleased to announce the first alpha release of our API code. The API, when combined with a user interface, will allow running Bible SuperSearch completely independent of our website. https://sourceforge.net/projects/biblesuper/files/API/ NOTE:  This code is not production ready and should not be used in a production environment.

Bible SuperSearch 2.7.5 Released

Bible SuperSearch 2.7.5 has just been released.   Fixed some bugs in Internet Explorer Added a destination page option. This will allow displaying the form on one page, but viewing the results on another.  Note: Both pages must be on the same domain. Work on Bible SuperSearch 4.0 is progressing; it should be ready by Spring 2019, if not sooner.