Rejoice! The eBible.org repository for Sword Project modules is
now officially open!
That means that it is now easier to get your favorite minority
language (and some majority language) Bible translations into open
source Bible study apps like Xiphos (Windows and Linux), Eloquent
(Mac OS X), PocketSword (iOS), and AndBible (Android). Actually,
AndBible needs an upgrade before it is easy to get those
translations into it, but at least it is possible, now. It is easy
on the other platforms, though. For details, please see http://mpj.cx/p=509
The main differences between the eBible.org repository and the old
WBT Sword repository are:
- Size: 677 modules, as of today
- Automation: instead of a manual process taking a month or
three of manual labor to produce a Sword module from USFM or USX
source, it takes a few minutes with a combination of Haiola and
some external scripts to add a Bible to the repository.
- Regular updates: I pass updates and additions on regularly,
making incremental electronic publishing practical.
I'm in the final labor pains of getting automatic PDF generation
done using XeTeX. It is kind of like the XeTeX process used by
Paratext/Pathway, but more complete, more general, and more
automatic. It will actually produce 2 PDF formats: one optimized for
economical printing, and one optimized for viewing on screen or
printing of small portions. Stay tuned...
I have a small backlog of Scriptures that need to be processed.
Please be patient, and don't hesitate to give me more work. I'll get
to them after I get the PDF generator working. I just kind of need
to focus on one thing at a time to ensure the quality of what I do.
Please pray for me.
||Your partner in
electronic Bible publishing,