One new feature is called Cloud Sync. The capability for Bible Analyzer to save its settings to "the cloud" (Internet) has been requested by some users. With this capability users who have Bible Analyzer installed on multiple devices can save many of their files and settings to a common "cloud synced" folder such as Dropbox, Google Drive, or Onedrive. This will even work across platforms. For instance, one can work in a Windows installation of Bible Analyzer and continue in a Linux or Mac installation. Where you stop on one synced installation will be where you begin on another. This even works with multiple portable installations on the same system.
Here is the section in the Users Manual that describes Cloud Sync. It is setup from a new tab placed in Preferences.
- Cloud Sync
Certain Bible Analyzer settings can be synced across devices using "cloud" based systems such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Onedrive and others.
How To Use
To use, click the "Select Folder" Button to select a folder that is normally synced to the "cloud" using your system of choice, and ensure the "Sync to Cloud" Button is checked.
It is highly recommended that you create a subfolder under your main synced folder for the settings.
Once the folder is selected, the settings files will be saved to the synced "cloud" folder and can be read by any other Bible Analyzer 5.4 or later installation synced to the same folder.
When Sync to Cloud is selected and there are already settings data in the synced folder from another Bible Analyzer installation, the option will be given to reload the current installation with the remote settings or retain the current settings. Regardless, when the current installation is closed, its settings will replace the remote, synced folder settings.
Settings that define the size and layout of windows (and other setting local in scope) are not read from the synced folder. They are read from the local settings files to retain size and layout for the current device.
The Reference History now holds up to 25 references and the list is saved between runs. The list is also saved to a "cloud folder" if selected.
Two more audio verse timing indices has been added to the existing timings database. Any users who have already purchased the database can redownload to get the new timings. Another Scourby audio set has been indexed as well as a set by Paul Mims.
Several other minor fixes and enhancements are in v5.4
Linux and Mac
The wxPython code base the Bible Analyzer GUI is built upon has not yet made it into the Linux repositories for easy installation. It will be in the Ubuntu 19.10 release later this month, but likely won't be in Linux Mint until next summer. Once 19.10 is released and stable we will soon release the Linux edition of v5.4.
The Mac edition will hopefully be ready soon as well. It will be fully 64bit (as is v5.2) and should install on the latest MacOS version (Catalina, 10.15). Bible Analyzer v4.9 is 32bit and will not run on Catalina. We hope to have the issues that would not allow v5.2 to run on some systems resolved with 5.4.
Here is the beta download for Windows. Please only install it as a portable installation to test. If you use the normal setup, it will overwrite any existing Bible Analyzer files.
If you get a crash, please send the report along. If there are any other problems, post to this topic or send me an email.