Computer software has become an excellent and efficient means to access Bible study resources. While
the offerings multiply and technology improves, how does one know which software is appropriate?
There are three major factors one should consider when evaluating software:
- quality of scholarship
- compatibility of operating system
- ease of navigation and usability
Quality of scholarship
Many software products utilize dated, copyright free, or public domain resources. While having some
resources is better than none, dated resources lack the benefit of the more recent advances in anthropology,
archeology, and biblical languages.
Compatibility of operating system
All current software is platform dependent. So it is essential that you know what type of computer
and operating system that you have. Depending on their resources, the software publisher may not have
their product available for all operating systems.
Ease of navigation and usability
How frequently a software program is used is dependent on how easily and intuitive it is. Are the icons
intuitive? Is the navigation simple? Does it require many clicks to access your resource? If the software
is too hard to use, the investment would not be appropriate.
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