Windows 10 Cross Connect is finished with many new features

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Published on: June 29, 2015
Windows phone user interface is now identical to the desktop-app version.
Windows phone user interface is now identical to the desktop-app version.

CrossConnect for Windows 10 is now released. This version now applies to all phones, pads, tablets, PCs and Desktops. The added features are as follows:

  1. One Drive backup/restore redone to be MUCH faster (100+ times) and more efficient in all ways.
  2. The backup/restore is now working on even local disks and memory disks.
  3. A new import of “Sword Modules” is implemented.  This means it is now much easier to import your own bibles/commentaries/dictionaries/books from a disk instead of being forced to only download from the servers.
  4. Two new Sword formats are allowed. They are “RawText” and “RawCom” which although these are very rare formats, they do have importance. This is because there is a fantastic tool available called Simple Bible Reader / Converter which converts virtually any bible to the Sword format yet only the “RawText” and “RawCom” Sword format WHICH now work in CrossConnect. This new functionality together with the new functionality of importing your own Sword module gives a powerful new lift to CrossConnect.
  5. The phone and desktop-app programs are now identical. The same look and feel and the same user interface. This will be a major lift for the phone users since many were longing for the desktop type of interface. Since the code between the phone and desktop is the same, this means all functionality is the same. However, some devices have
    Windows phone user interface is now identical to the desktop-app version.
    Windows phone user interface is now identical to the desktop-app version.

    limited functionality which might limit what CrossConnect can do on that particular device.

  6. The audio playback is redone to allow better background playing capabilities. This fixes some bugs in the phones audio system and gives to the desktop the new background audio capability which means you can listen to the bible at the same time you do other work or play.

Dictionaries added to CrossConnect

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Published on: August 4, 2014

dictionaryYou can now open crosswire dictionaries with CrossConnect. What then happens is 2 windows appear in CrossConnect.  The upper window is the index and the lower windows shows what it is you selected in the index.  Since most of the indexes are extremely long a search field is added to the index window so you can quickly find your index.  In the search you don’t need to enter all the characters of your index. It is enough to enter just the first character or perhaps the first few characters.

Images viewable in CrossConnect

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Published on: July 29, 2014

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Now you can see images in CrossConnect. Also new is a server called Xiphos that has lots of books with images. Mainly bible maps which are nice to have when studying the bible. In the download screen of CrossConnect select the Xiphos server and then set the document type to “Books” and select for example “eBibleTeacher” or “Kretzmann Popular Commentary” which are 2 favorite books of maps.metromaps

Many more audio bibles added to CrossConnect

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Published on: May 27, 2014

We have just added audio bibles Amharic, Arabic OT, Bengali NT, Czech NT, Farsi OT, another French, Gujarati, Hindi OT, Indonesian, Italian OT, Japanese, Kannada, Korean OT, Malayalam, Marathi, Punjabi, Polish OT, Romanian OT, Telugu, Thai, Uyghur NT, Urdu OT, Vietnamese OT, Mandarin OT, Cantonese OT, Zulu  to our list of audio bibles. That makes our total collection the following:

Language Description Old Test. New Test.
Afrikaans Afrikaanse Bybel X
Amharic መጽሐፍ ቅዱስ [ድምፅ] X X
Arabic العربية X
Arabic الصوت الكتاب المقدس X X
Bengali বাংলা X
Bulgarian българската Библията X
Czech Česká X
German Deutsch X
English ESV – dramatic – Faith comes by hearing X X
English KJV – dramatic – Fire Fighters for Christ X X
English WEB/ASV97 – no music – D. Williams X X
English New KJV – no music X X
Spanish Español X X
Spanish La Fe Viene Por El Oír Nueva Versión Internacional X
Farsi فارسی کتاب مقدس X X
Finish Suomen Raamattu X
French Française – Parole de Vie X X
French Française – v. Louis Segond – 1910 X X
French Canadienne-française – Parole de Vie X
Gujarati ઓડિયો બાઇબલ X
Hebrew עברית תנך X
Hindi हिंदी X X
Indonesian X X
Italian Italiano X X
Japanese 日本のオーディオ聖書 X X
Kannada ಆಡಿಯೋ ಬೈಬಲ್ X X
South Korean 한국 오디오 드라마 신약 X
South Korean 한국 오디오 X X
Malayalam സത്യവേദപുസ്തകം – ശബ്ദം X X
Marathi मराठी ऑडिओ बायबल X X
Dutch Nederlandse bijbel X
Polish polska biblie X X
Portugees Português X X
Punjabi ਆਡੀਓ ਬਾਈਬਲ ਵਿਚ X X
Romanian Român X X
Russian русская библия X X
Serbo-croatian Srpsko-hrvatski Bibliju X
Swedish Svenska bibel 2000 X X
Swahili Kiswahili X X
Tamil தமிழ் பைபிள் X
Tagalog Tagalog X
Telugu తెలుగు ఆడియో బైబిల్ X X
Thai เสียงพระคัมภีร์ X X
Ukraine Українська Біблії X
Urdu اردو بائبل X X
Uyghur X
Vietnamese Việt Kinh Thánh X X
Chinese 广东戏剧圣经 — 廣東戲劇聖經 Cantonese Chinese X
Chinese 粤语华人圣经 — 粵語華人聖經 Cantonese Chinese X X
Chinese 普通话戏剧圣经 — 普通話戲劇聖經 Mandarin Chinese X
Chinese 普通话华人圣经 — 普通話華人聖經 Mandarin Chinese X X
Zulu Zulu Audio IBhayibheli – [1959] X X

We are forever searching for more audio bibles. Our main source for audio bibles is The Word Project. If you know of any other free audio bibles let us know

Changed the font system

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Published on: May 24, 2014

Before this change, the only way to change the font was to change the theme or the font in the theme. Then all windows would change font.  Now you can have different fonts for each window.  This is particularly helpful for those who are interested in Greek and Hebrew because those languages don’t look good in all fonts.  Also for Asian languages.  In this change we have also added many Asian fonts so that Asians can have more of a choice of what font they would like to use. Also many western fonts were added.fons

OneDrive / SkyDrive backup and restore added to CrossConnect

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Published on: May 11, 2014

OneDrive
CrossConnect can now communicate with OneDrive (Formerly know as SkyDrive). All settings/bibles/etc can be put onto your OneDrive and then you can restore those settings to any device.  You can even restore from a Tablet to a Phone and vice-verse.  This also has several other benifits:

  1. You can have different setups for example one for study and one for leisure. To do this, simply backup your “Window setup” under different names. Then restore the one you want.
  2. For very advanced users, they can manipulate/Add/remove bibles now on all devices. Previously they were forced to have their own website to download private bibles/commentaries/books from. Now you can add these in the OneDrive and then restore to your device.

Windows Phone 8 with Text-To-Speech

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Published on: February 15, 2014

This is a very major release with many core changes

All the changes recently made to the Windows 8 are now in the windows phone 8.

A very short list of the major changes are:

  1. Highlight any verse in 6 different colors.
  2. Versification: This means that bibles with apocrypha or other books or chapter/verse order can be read properly. Before only bibles following the KingJamesVersion system of books/chapters/verses could be read properly.
  3. Text to speech reading of the bibles. Also called Speech Synthesis. Now any bible can be read out loud by the computer. During the reading, the currently read verse is highlighted. Microsoft has “voices” in 16 different languages and often male and female voices.
  4. It is now possible to Export and Import Personal Notes, Bookmarks, and Highlighting. This is so you can share your settings between different computers and to your telephone.
  5. You will notice window handling is faster.  Less blinking of all the screens.

Release for Windows 8/8.1/RT

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Published on: January 29, 2014

CrossConnect has just made a major release but only for Windows 8/8.1/RT. The Windows phone programs will come soon in a few weeks.
The great new features are the following:

  1. Highlight any verse in 6 different colors.
  2. Versification: This means that bibles with apocrypha or other books or chapter/verse order can be read properly. Before only bibles following the KingJamesVersion system of books/chapters/verses could be read.
  3. Text to speech reading of the bibles. Also called Speech Synthesis. Now any bible can be read out loud by the computer. During the reading, the currently read verse is highlighted. This is only available in windows 8.1. Since windows 8.1 is free for those with windows 8, GET IT NOW…
  4. It is now possible to Export and Import Personal Notes, Bookmarks, and Highlighting. This is so you can share your settings between different computers and eventually to your telephone.
  5. Remote storage of all settings. Remote storage means that automatically all settings can/will be shared between computers which you have logged in on with the same authentication profile.  Remote storage is very unpredictable so this type of sharing between computers is not especially helpful when you want settings immediately to be moved between computers. Therefore if you want immediate sharing it is better with the new Export/Import system.

Special thanks to Mario for help and encouragement for these changes.
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Cross Connect works on 512MB WP7 WP8 Phones

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Published on: July 12, 2013

Previously CrossConnect would only work on phones designated as 1GB or more. Now Cross Connect works on all the newer 512MB phones that are REALLY CHEAP!

CrossWire encrypted (coded) bibles now readable in Cross-Connect

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Published on: July 12, 2013

Cross-Connect now can read encrypted(coded) bibles. Currently there are only 5 such bibles that are encrypted and they are listed below. If the key is not included then you must obtain the key from another source which could mean that you must pay to get the key.

Language Bible Name Is Key Included
Spanish Reina-Valera 1909 con números de Strong Yes
German Hoffnung fuer alle – Die Bibel No
German Hoffnung fuer alle – Worterklaerungen No
English The Scriptures 1998 by Institute for Scripture Research Yes
English New English Translation with over 60,000 translator, study and text critical notes No
English NET Bible Footnotes presented in the form of a commentary No
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