Theophilos Bible Software Changes Hands

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New owners continue to offer Theophilos Bible software for free while making best-selling Bibles and commentary available for use with software.

The beginning of the year 2007 looks very promising for Theophilos and its users

Theophilos Bible Software, LLC (Theophilos LLC), a privately-held US-based company, has acquired the assets of Theophilos Bible Software from author, Ivan Jurik of Bratislava, Slovakia.

Jurik released the first version of Theophilos for Microsoft Windows-based PCs in 1997 as freeware and brought dozens of Bibles and reference materials, mostly public domain, classic texts, into the Theophilos format. Since then, Theophilos software has been downloaded by hundreds of thousands of users all over the world. In addition, the software has been licensed by several Christian publishers as the engine for their Bibles and reference materials including Abilene Christian University Press.

The principals of Theophilos LLC have existing relationships with Christian publishers giving them access to contemporary Christian reference materials which they have already begun publishing in the Theophilos format. They also plan to invest in the development of classic reference materials from the public domain. "We've been aware of Theophilos for quite some time," said Jeff Wheeler, vice president, development of Theophilos LLC, "Though it isn't as well known to Bible software users as other freeware products, we think it brings some very unique features to its users." Among the special features of Theophilos are:

  • Extensive multimedia capability. Users can attach pictures, video, or audio recordings to each verse of the Bible. The CD-ROM version of the program comes with several dozen narrated Bible passages, over 200 illustrations, and several maps. An audio version of the KJV Bible indexed to each verse in the Bible is also available.
  • Special attention to users with vision impairment. Theophilos is compatible with Jaws and other screen reader software and makes use of keyboard shortcuts for most commands, enabling users with impaired vision to more readily make use of the program.
  • Multilingual user interface. The entire user interface, including all menus and error messages, can be translated into another language by the end user. The program can thus be used in the native language of its user instead of in English only. Configuration for 19 languages is built into the program.
  • Custom electronic publishing tools. Users of Theophilos can purchase the Scribe program ($29.99) which allows them to easily convert Bible reference materials of their own into the Theophilos format, to be used alongside the rest of their Theophilos library.

"The beginning of the year 2007 looks very promising for Theophilos and its users," said Ivan Jurik, author and former president of Theophilos Bible Software. "Today the brand is entering a new era under new leadership. Users of Theophilos will immediately benefit from this change as the software becomes more capable in fulfilling their study needs and expectations by offering many widely popular book titles they asked for over the years."

"Theophilos users have patiently waited for the availability of Bibles like the New International Version," said Wheeler. "We're pleased to be able to bring these titles to Theophilos users at affordable prices."

The following new add-on Bibles and books are now available for use with Theophilos:

  • New International Version Bible -- today's best-selling Bible translation ($19.99)
  • New Living Translation, Second Edition -- a popular, easy-to-understand translation of the Bible ($12.99)
  • Bible Knowledge Commentary -- a two-volume commentary on the whole Bible from Dallas Theological Seminary ($24.99)
  • Complete Word Study Dictionary, Old and New Testament volumes -- in-depth explanations for every Hebrew and Greek word used in the Bible (Two volumes, $14.99 each)
  • Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament -- a six-volume commentary that explores the meaning of key Greek words and phrases of the New Testament verse-by-verse ($19.99)

In addition to releasing six new add-ons for Theophilos, the company has restructured its product line so that over 30 classic Bibles and reference books, previously sold as commercial add-ons to Theophilos, are now available for free from its Web site.

The free download of the Theophilos program includes the King James Version Bible, Matthew Henry's Commentary and Easton's Bible Dictionary. Over 50 Bible translations and books are available for use with the Theophilos program, most of which are free. Over 20 of the Bibles are non-English Bibles including Greek, Latin, Spanish, French and Russian. Complete product information can be found at the Theophilos Web site.

About Theophilos Bible Software, LLC
Founded in 2007, Theophilos Bible Software, LLC is a privately-held software development and marketing company. Theophilos Bible software is available at the Theophilos Web site, http://www.theophilos.com. Further information can be found at the site.

Press related inquiries:
Michelle Stramel
(319) 393-1071
press @ theophilos.com

"Theophilos" is a trademark of Theophilos Bible Software, LLC. Other product or service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.

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