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Here you can get help on how to use Cross Connect on Windows 8. This type of application is often called “Metro” or “Windows Store App” or “Windows RT” or even “Windows 8 Metro App”

Select one of the following menus.

It has always been intended that this program is free of charge. However, because some of the services we provide in this program cost the providers of this program money, We want to give you a chance to make a donation to help us pay for these costs.


Themes

I really need your help with “Themes”. I am not an artist but I have tried my best to make some good color themes that you see in CrossConnect. Please make your own themes and send them too me. I will then include them in the next version of CrossConnect. You can send me a theme by going to the bottom of the “theme” settings and hit the “Copy” button. Then you can paste it into this web pages comments or email to me at info@cross-connect.se


Icons

The following is a list of all the icons you can see in Cross Connect:



This will move you to the next chapter


This will move you to the previous chapter


This will allow you to search for a specific Book, Chapter and Verse.


This takes you to a search dialog to find all verses with a word or words you are searching for.

If you do a fast search the following rules apply:
A fast search returns verses containing all of the given words. Put a “+” in front of each word to find any one of the given words in each verse. Put a “-” in front of a word to find all of the verses that don’t have that word. Wildcards “*” and “?” can be used. In languages using symbols like chinese and japanese you must put “*” before and after each character. Use only the slow search to find “Strongs” numbers.

Example search 1:
+mary +joseph
Will get all verses containing either mary or joseph. It will return far over the maximum limit of 200.

Example search 2:
mary joseph
Will get all verses containing both mary and joseph. It will return about 7 verses.

Example search 3:
mary -joseph
Will get all verses containing mary that also don’t contain joseph. It will return about 39 verses.

Example search 4:
mary
Will get all verses containing mary. It will return about 46 verses which makes sense. It is the sum of the number of verses found in examples 2 and 3.

Example search 5:
m?r?
Find all verses containing words that are 4 letters long and start with “m” and the third letter is “r”. This will find “mary” and “more” and “mire” and “mark”

Example search 6:
mar*
Find all words of any length that start with “mar”. This will find “mary” as well as “married” .

Example search 7:
mar* -jos*
Find all verses containing words of any length that start with “mar” yet in the same verse you can’t have a word starting with “jos”.


When you see this button, it means that the window will synchronize with the other windows.
Pressing this button will disable the linking functionality. This means this window will not synchronize with the other windows if a verse is hit in any other window


When you see this button it means that the synchronizing of this window with other windows is turned off.
Pressing this button will synchronize this window with the other windows if a verse is hit in any other window


This sends you to this page over the internet for help.


Settings

You can change how your bible looks by changing some of the settings in the “Settings” menu. There are also some important internet links you can set there but normally you should never need to change any of these internet links. If you are in doubt here about what to do, you can always hit the “Default Settings” button to restore the settings to a safe and simple state.


Highlight text markings

If this is true then the superscript verse markings and other special markings will always be higlighted. This is good if you want these markings to show up better.


Show the words of Jesus in red

In very few of the crosswire bibles it is possible to show every thing that Christ said in red. The only bible I am aware of that has this possibility is the “English Standard Version”. Set to true to show in red and false to show normally.


Use small verse numbers

If true then all the verse numbers will be shown as superscripts. If false they will be shown as normal texts in parenthesis.


Show note positions

If true then any notes in the bible will be marked with a letter “a to z, aa to zz” to show where you can look at the notes to this bible to see extra information about that particular verse.


Show the book name on each verse

If true then at the start of every verse you will be shown the books name, for instance; “Genesis”


Show the chapter number on each verse

If true then at the start of every verse you will be shown the chapters number.


Show the verse number on each verse

If true then at the start of every verse you will be shown the verse number


Show Strong’s numbers

If true then you will be shown the “Strongs number reference” for almost each word in the bible. You must however have a bible that has the strongs numbers included. For instance, “The King James Version (1769) with Strongs numbers and Morphology”. When you then press on this reference you will be shown another window that describes what the original word in greek or hebrew was with other additional information.


Show word morphology

If true then you will be shown the morphology for almost each word in the bible. You must however have a bible that has the morphology included. For instance, “The King James Version (1769) with Strongs numbers and Morphology”. When you then press on this reference you will be shown another window that describes what the morphology means however this extra window is unnecessary if you already know what the morphology coding means.


Show the headings

Some bibles have extra headings included. If this is true then those headings will be shown.


Start each verse on a new line

If you want each verse to be shown on its own line then set this to true. This can be very helpful for right-to-left (RTL) languages.


Show added notes by chapter

If you add your own notes to the verses, then you can set this to true to ensure that your added notes will be only shown chapter by chapter. Otherwise all your notes will be shown for all chapters in the same window. This is however automatically over-ridden if you have more then 200 notes.


Use internet dictionaries

If this is true then when you hit a “Strongs number” then you will use the “Hebrew dictionary internet link” or the “Greek dictionary internet link” to get your Strongs translation. If this is false, then you will use the internal dictionaries for Strongs numbers.


Use Highlights

If this is true then all your bibles will have the verses highlighted that you have choosen to be highlighted. This of course only has an effect if you have choosen some verses for highlighting. This is here for the case that you may not want to see all your highlighting.


Synchronize to each verse

During the “Text to speech (TTS)” it is possible to accent each verse that the computer is reading, as it is reading it. If you set this to false, there will not be verse accenting and the reading will be by chapter.


Hebrew dictionary internet link

This is the link that is called by this program each time you press on a “Strongs number” in the old testement. The “{0}” will be replaced by the strongs number you pressed.

The current default setting is:

http://www.eliyah.com/cgi-bin/strongs.cgi?file=hebrewlexicon&isindex={0}


Greek dictionary internet link

This is the link that is called by this program each time you press on a “Strongs number” in the new testement. The “{0}” will be replaced by the strongs number you pressed.

The current default setting is:

http://www.eliyah.com/cgi-bin/strongs.cgi?file=greeklexicon&isindex={0}


Custom bible download addresses

This is a link to where you can download custom (your own) bibles. We now have however a much simpler method of getting your own modules into CrossConnect. The newer method is with OneDrive.

By default this is set to CrossConnects own server which has only an example of how you can set up your server. We sometimes put there bibles that people give to us to put there. The format of this is:

  • [root of your server],
  • [where the crosswire zipped ztext bibles are relative to the root of your server. The names of these zipped files are xxx.zip where xxx is the name found in the config files at the top of the file],
  • [where a single tar.gz file called “mods.d.tar.gz” can be found relative to the root of your server. This file contains all the crosswire configure files referencing the bibles you have in the previous link]

The current default setting is:
www.cross-connect.se,/bibles/raw,
/bibles/biblelist

In order to make the mods.d.tar.gz file and your “zip” file, use the following instructions:
Your files must be in the zText format. That is you will have files that are called nt.bzs, nt.bzv, nt.bzz, ot.bzs, ot.bzv and ot.bzz. If you don’t have these files then you need to create them with a program called mod2zmod. You might also want to try the software http://www.churchsw.org/2013/02/simple-bible-reader-converter.html . It converts from/to almost any bible format.

The way you would need to do it in Windows is to first install BibleDesktop

http://www.crosswire.org/bibledesktop/download.html

The reason you need a bibledesktop program installed is so you can see what is going on and see what you might be doing wrong. The program mod2zmod which you will use to make the conversion to zText looks in the DEFAULT installation area for the module. So you must have the module you want to convert correctly installed in bibledesktop. If you don’t see your bible to convert in bibledesktop, then you can’t convert it.

You need to put all your modules in

C:\Users\[your user name]\AppData\Roaming\Sword

Put your conf files in

C:\Users\[your user name]\AppData\Roaming\Sword\mods.d

and your other files in their respective:

C:\Users\[your user name]\AppData\Roaming\Sword\modules\texts\rawtext\[module name]

Then you need to get the mod2zmod program from

http://crosswire.org/ftpmirror/pub/sword/utils/win32/sword-utilities-1.7.0.zip (or the latest version)

unzip all these programs to c:\temp\bible so that mod2zmod.exe is in c:\temp\bible\mod2zmod.exe

You could actually put the files anywhere but I say c:\temp\bible\ just to make it simple.

Open a command window. If you don’t know what this means, run the program “cmd”
Let’s say you have a bible module called Jerusalen

in the command window type “cd C:\Temp\bible”
in the command window type “mkdir Jerusalen”

in the command window type “mod2zmod Jerusalen Jerusalen 4 2”

You will see lots of text running by and after a few minutes your bible is converted and is in the directory C:\Temp\bible\Jerusalen.

Now you have created either 3 or 6 files with names nt.bzs,nt.bzv,nt.bzz,ot.bzs,ot.bzv,ot.bzz

Now you need to fix the “jerusalen.conf” file. Open the file with a text editor and change the row in the conf file from

ModDrv=RawText

to

ModDrv=zText

and change

DataPath=./modules/texts/rawtext/Jerusalen/

to

DataPath=./modules/texts/zText/Jerusalen/

and please add the row

Lang=en

for english or

Lang=es

for spanish, or the proper 2 digit code for the language, into your conf file. it is important for CrossConnect.
You should also have

Encoding=UTF-8
BlockType=BOOK
CompressType=ZIP
SourceType=OSIS

However sourceType osis might be wrong. If the text shows up strange on the screen then this SourceType=OSIS might need to be removed. Also, if the
texts are strange on the screen, you might try changing encoding to Encoding=Latin-1

Now all of these new files you created needs to be made into a zip file. How you make this
zip file is extreamly important. It must have a specific structure. In our case above it will look like the following

mods.d\jerusalen.conf
modules\texts\ztext\Jerusalen\nt.bzs
modules\texts\ztext\Jerusalen\nt.bzv
modules\texts\ztext\Jerusalen\nt.bzz
modules\texts\ztext\Jerusalen\ot.bzs
modules\texts\ztext\Jerusalen\ot.bzv
modules\texts\ztext\Jerusalen\ot.bzz

Note that the name of the file jerusalen.conf is spelled with lower case letters instead of being the module name Jerusalen.conf.

You should now have a file called Jerusalen.zip with the above structure and files. Put this file in onto your server in the “raw” directory.

Now you need to make a mods.d.tar.gz file which contains ALL your “conf” files. To make this file you will need a free tool call 7-Zip.

make a directory called mods.d and put all your “conf” files in it. Right click on your mods.d directory and select “7-Zip->Add to archive” and choose the archive format “tar”.
This will create a file called mods.d.tar . Now right click on the file mods.d.tar and select “7-Zip->Add to archive” and choose the archive format “gzip”.
Now you have the final file called mods.d.tar.gz. This you need to put onto your server in the “biblelist” directory


Talking bible internet link

This is the link that is called by this program each time you press on the “Listen to this chapter” menu to listen to the bible. The “{0}” will be replaced by the absolute chapter number from zero to 1188 where zero is Genesis 1:1 and 1188 is Revelations 22:21. The “{1}” will be replaced by your currently selected language’s 2 character ISO name.

The current default setting is:

http://www.cross-connect.se/ bibles/talking/getabsolutechapter.php?chapternum={0}&language={1}

What is returned by this web-page is an xml file listing all the available recordings for that chapter with the given language on top of the list.


Highlight name 1-6

This is simply a name for your highlight color that you will only see in the screen to set a highlight onto a verse.


Copy bookmarks, highlights and notes to the clipboard

When you hit this button then all your bookmarks, highlights and notes will be copied to the clipboard. You can then go to some other application and paste these notes into that application. For instance if you want to move your settings to another phone or computer then paste this into an email and send it to that computer. On that computer then you can copy that text to the clipboard and then use the button mentioned below.


Import bookmarks, highlights and notes from the clipboard

Read the text above this. When you have gotten a text containing all the bookmarks, highlights and notes then copy that text onto the clipboard and then hit this button to import the text. Note that this will only work if you have a correctly formated xml text on the clipboard.


Default settings

Hit this button to get the suggested values of all the settings on this page.


Backup / Restore and Sword module import


CrossConnect can now communicate with any disk/memory device/network drive. This includes Microsoft’s “OneDrive”. All settings/bibles/etc can be put onto your disk and then you can restore those settings to any device. This can be accessed in the menu at the bottom of the screen.  You can even restore from a Tablet to a Phone and vice-verse.
This has the added benifit that 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.

Sword module import

With this “Sword Module import” found on the Backup/Restore setup you can import your own bibles/commentaries/dictionaries/books from a disk/network drive instead of being forced to only download from the given servers.
“Simple Bible Reader / Converter” is a fantastic tool you can download that converts virtually any bible/commentary to the Sword format. This means that now almost any electronically available bible/commentary can be imported into CrossConnect by using the tool “Simple Bible Reader / Converter” and the “Sword module import” functionality in CrossConnect.

The “Sword module” format is a zip file that contains 2 directories; mods.d and modules. In the mods.d directory must exist a single “*.conf” file which is a “Sword” configuration definition file. In the modules directory are usually several levels of sub-directories and eventually the actual bible/commentary/dictionary/book. You need to see the documentation at crosswire.org if you are interested in more details about this “Sword module” format


Install voices

To enjoy the “Text-to-Speech” capabilities of cross-connect you need to install at least one voice on your device. Unfortuneately installing voices is not so straight forward and is complicated by what operating system you have on your device. The following is advice on how to proceed depending on your operating system. Windows 10 desktop “Home” version might not be able to install any new voices. If things don’t work then just try everything below. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t see what is in the pictures. Just continue to the next section and try that. Windows 10 is still changing so what you see below might not be valid anymore. Please add in the comments section if you find other ways to do this.

Note that “Text-to-speech” is available in these languages: Chinese (Simplified), English (U.K.), English (U.S.), French, Italian, German, Russian and Spanish.  Possibly more in the future.

This link might be helpful as well

  • Windows 10 mobile. Simply go to the Settings -> Time and Language -> Speech -> Add languages
  • Windows 10 Desktop. Follow the steps below and stop when you notice you have “voices”

Settings -> Time and Language -> Region & Language -> Add a language

In some cases this might be all you need to do. However you might also be notified by the operating system that you need to do the next section below “add a feature”.
settings-time

regionandlangaddlang

Settings -> System -> Apps & Features -> Manage optional features -> Add a feature

 

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manage-optional-feature-in-apps-and-feature-menu

Find the language you want and then look for “Text to Speech”. Add the feature

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  1. mario says:

    Thomas,

    This is Mario again. I’m back after being away due not owning my Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet. Now coming back to your wonderful app. I see you’ve kept up the good work. Really big thank you.

    Two questions: I cannot find the new backup to OneDrive. That was one of my request. I understand now it’s easier to add and remove my own modules. I did get it to work back in February but could not keep the web server. Is this feature not available in Windows 8 version?
    Second, there’s something strange with Windows Store. Somehow your app does not show up easily in search results. I tried bible, and many other keywords without seeing it. But it re-installed itself fine on my Acer tablet. Not sure what wrong. This is a wonderful app and I think it’s not being found by many.
    Can you add keywords to make it easy to find?

    Last but not least, I will make sure to send you some PayPal donation to support your work. Sorry I was not being able to keep it up in the past. As promised I will fulfill my pledges. Thank you much. We love you.

  2. mario says:

    sorry, I just found the back up feature. I was expcecting it in the Settings around “Use Remote Storage” Oh well.
    I will let you know if I have any issues.
    This app is full of features….Great job again.
    I just wish all can find it in Windows store. Not sure how Microsoft display search results. Something really needs to change there

    • admin says:

      Yes, the OneDrive backup is a great feature. Hope you like it.
      I can’t figure out why cross connect is so far down in the windows store. But that is only in English. In all other languages it’s near the top

  3. mario says:

    Thomas,

    Can you look into the Windows Store issue. I can not even find your app by searching cross connect or bible…it’s not even in the list. In the past at least it was there. May you need to add other keywords in the app description, I’m not sure. Anyway it’s very strange. It’s the if the app is not the store at all. Not Cross-Connect brings is up.

  4. mario says:

    I tried again…Cross, Cross Connect, Cross-Connect, Bible, and nothing is showing. Is it only me?

    • admin says:

      Yes. I am sure it is there. Perhaps you have some strange hardware or limitation that prevents you from seeing CrossConnect. Go to the settings in “windows store” and see if you can adjust things there. Specifically the setting “make it easier to find apps in my preferred languages/accessibility” set to No. Otherwise That could stop you from finding CrossConnect if you have a very unusual language.

  5. mario says:

    Oh my God. You’re right. As soon I flip the setting which says : Make it easier to find apps with accessibility features to YES..it only show a few apps on “Cross Connect” key word search. They really need to change that. I don’t what that have with limiting my search results. I’m using full windows 8.1 Pro.
    I wonder how many people will flip that to ON and then complain that the windows store does not have many apps. I did not think that can limit my searches and here am a computer analyst. Oh well thank you.
    One other thing, I tried editing the settings xml file to restore my old highlights but could not get it to work. I was not using a good xml editor so I’m not sure what. It would not just work to do a restore after edit it. Finally I remembered the old way of using “copy to clipboard” so I used that first to import and then back up to onedrive. I guess we can’t edit the xml back up file to add new settings in batch. Or I was not doing it right. Thanks again. I like the new backup/restore feature. God bless.

  6. MD Idiake says:

    I have installed this app on my windows 10 box. Now, I am trying to download the bibles and I keep getting this message: “An error occurred trying to connect to the network. Try again later; Error while downloading file; Excep_fromHResult 0x80072EE4.”

    I have used ALL the servers and I still keep getting the same results (CrossWire, Bible.org, Crosswire Beta, Custom Bible Download Addresses).

    So, how do I go about resolving this issue?

    Thanks.

    MDi

    • admin says:

      Hello MDi,

      Wow that is really strange. For some reason CrossConnect cannot access the network. I can tell because actually you should be seeing more then just the servers you mentioned. You see, the server list is retrieved from internet but if the getting of the list fails then you get the default list that you mentioned. Look below at my list:

      my server list

      So something is wrong. I would recommend uninstalling and then reinstalling and making sure you say “yes” to any questions about access rights..

      Let me know if you fix it or if I can help you with something else…

      /Thomas

  7. kyre van Opstal says:

    Very good. I miss the hebrew original writing in the strongs. Now I cannot see the correct interpretation and how to write with Biblical Hebrew.

  8. Hergeir says:

    I really love your app. The only thing i can point a finger on is a design issue. I cant get the menu items to be white. This is only a problem for me because I like to read with black background.
    BTW this is on a windows 10 mobile device.

  9. Brian Howe says:

    Hello
    Since getting the latest Windows 10 update on my Lumia 950XL I have a white strip across the top of my screen. This only appears in “CrossConnect”, but it’s there in all modes of display. The strip is about 3or 4 mm deep.
    ‘Bye for now,
    Brian Howe

  10. Przemek says:

    Hello. PLEASE HELP 🙂 🙂 🙂
    I am trying to follow the point titled: “Custom bible download addresses”.
    After some effort, I succeeded to add module: PolBibTysia from Xiphos to BibleDesktop app.
    (It is Polish catholic bible.)
    Then, with the use of mod2zmod, I created zText files (6 files: nt.bzs,nt.bzv,nt.bzz,ot.bzs,ot.bzv,ot.bzz) – according to your instructions.
    I have put special files and catalogues on server. And changed Custom Bible download addresses to: http://www.chomikuj.pl/jejjju,/bibles/raw,/bibles/biblelist
    Please, take a look at my files on server http://www.chomikuj.pl/jejjju/bibles
    and tell me what I am doing wrong?
    When I click Download Bibles List – I get error: 0x80072EE7.
    Are the files wrongly put? What kind of mistake am I making?
    I need that Polish Bible because I have been always using this translation…
    Waiting for Your help 🙂
    Przemek from Warszawa

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