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Digital Catholic Bible

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Digital Catholic Bible lets users easily find Bible passages by chapter and verse or by searching for specific keywords. It's nothing fancy, but it's easy to use and is a great electronic alternative to a traditional Bible.

The program's interface is basic and intuitive. There are eight versions of the Bible to choose from, although only one is in English. Users can select a book, chapter, and verse from a drop-down menu or search for a chapter with keywords. Each passage is displayed in a large customizable reading pane. The font color, size, and style can be changed, as well as the background color, letting users adjust the display to their liking. The font size can be set quite large--up to 48-point--making the text accessible to readers with poor eyesight. Multiple passages can be opened in tabs, making it is easy for users to switch back and forth. Digital Catholic Bible has a comparison feature and a query feature, but it's not clear how these are to be used, and there's no Help file. Fortunately, the program's other features are pretty obvious, so basic use of the Bible is easy. Users will especially appreciate the ability to select favorites and organize them by user-defined categories.

Digital Catholic Bible is free. It installs and uninstalls without issues. We recommend this program to all users, although we think it's shame that the program contains features that may not be usable because they're not explained.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.5 stars

    out of 15 votes

    • 5 star: 5
    • 4 star: 4
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 4
    • 1 star: 1
  • Current version:

    3.1 stars

    out of 9 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 4
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Aborted install due to too many unwanted programs"

    February 27, 2013  |   By RonZ1950

    Version: Digital Catholic Bible 1.3

    Pros

    N/A never finished the install

    Cons

    N/A never finished the install

    Summary

    Any download that has so many unwanted programs load along with it does not meet with my approval. It took 15 minutes to find and delete the "crap" that came with it

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simple, but for some tasks, an excellent design"

    December 30, 2011  |   By Barzillai

    Version: Digital Catholic Bible 1.3

    Pros

    The 1.3 version I downloaded has two English translations, the Douay-Rheims and the Christian Community Bible. It also has a short Help file.

    I liked the simple (after I figured out how to set it up) side-by-side comparison of the Latin Vulgate to English. The Digital Catholic Bible's design for this side-by-side comparison is excellent. Very easy to read and fast as I moved around checking on passages.

    Tabs allow many different books, different comparisons, etc. to be just a click away. No tabs are saved on exit, however.

    Favorites are easy to set and can be organized in groups. Side-by-side comparisons are not saved on exit, but other references are -- like bookmarks.

    Search is rather powerful, allowing: { "stirred up" -king } just as in an Internet browser.

    DCB worked fast on a Windows 7 64 Dell computer with Intel solid state drive and 1.73 gigahertz Intel Core i7 Q 820 processor.

    Cons

    Other free Bible applications are more powerful. Look elsewhere for a more comprehensive full-featured Bible application. The Digital Catholic Bible is on the skimpy side of the robust scale.

    Summary

    Not as a summary but an aside, there may be an easier way to set up the comparisons, but the first one I found that worked the way I liked (Latin left English right) is:

    SELECT VERSION (then select one of the two English Bibles) > NEW COMPARISON > (then select the Latin Vulgate) > BOOK (then select the book and chapter, etc).

    I will use Digital Catholic Bible only for Latin-English word study, but I will be glad I have the application on my computer.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Good reference program"

    September 25, 2011  |   By dynodeanmccabe

    Version: Digital Catholic Bible 1.3

    Pros

    All sorts of ways to look up and just read the bible verse by verse. Great chapter layouts.

    Cons

    A little slow in some areas. Doesn't default right away where you want it. But as a good cafeteria catholic, I can let this shortcoming slide.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Good program"

    April 30, 2011  |   By mariafransisca11

    Version: Digital Catholic Bible 1.3

    Pros

    Good program

    Cons

    none so far

    Summary

    You can download Latin Vulgate Catholic Bible free here:
    catholicholybible.blogspot.com

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  • 4.0 stars

    "The Digital Catholic Bible is an excellent tool."

    January 17, 2011  |   By RNganga

    Version: Digital Catholic Bible 1.3

    Pros

    I like the ease of selection of books, chapters and verses.

    Cons

    Would it be possible to use the bible on software tools like openlp? Na dhow would one go about it?

    Summary

    I have tried to use the product on the openlp software but I'm unable. May be because I do not know how to go about it. Are there any instructions on this?

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Add more Catholic Versions plus the Indonesian version."

    December 30, 2010  |   By Judewang

    Version: Digital Catholic Bible 1.3

    Pros

    The program is light on my computer and it's faster to open than most bible softwares. Serves well for quick references and daily reading program.

    Cons

    Adding The Jerusalem Bible, NRSV and NAB is a bonus. Indonesian translations Lembaga Alkitab Indonesia would be an added advantage for the Indo-Malay Catholics.

    Summary

    I also noice that this program is so far, one of the few that offers digital Catholic versions. It has the potential to grow with the addition of Catholic Versions in English and in other languages. I stay in a region with many Catholics who speak Malay and Indonesian and have used Bibleworks but the Indonesia version does include the Deuterocanonical books. My continued search led me to a useful site @ Alkitab Electronik (http://www.alkitab.or.id/dmedia/copyright.htm.) which provides both the New Indonesian Translations and the Deuterocanonical books. This will help many Malay-Indonesian speaking Catholics in this region.
    The search features for DCB is commendable but much can be done to improve it. It would also be more desirable to provide addition features for customization in the meaning that readers could also add their own footnotes with linkable scriptural passages pertinent to that version consulted, for example the footnotes and side references that are found in the hard copy of the Jerusalem Bible. This is helpful especially for those who embark in a more serious scrutiny of the Bible.
    Overall this program is well worth the effort and it has the potential to grow into one of the best Catholic Bible Software. Keep up with the good work to make it even better.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Has its shorcomings but otherwise very helpful"

    December 8, 2010  |   By almunday

    Version: Digital Catholic Bible 1.3

    Pros

    It provides the Christian Community Bible version as well as the Douai. Most helpful where some Bible softwares discriminate against Roman Catholic versions and the CCB is not otherwise available electronically.
    Works with Linux using WINE.

    Cons

    It does not include the Jerusalem Bible or New American Bible translations as authorised in some countries.
    Would be helpful to have an easy way of only opting to only having one's own Bible language available so as to save space.

    Summary

    Works very well and is a step in the right direction towards providing for RC users and I like it very much. I find its usability as good as other Bible softwares and it is without the price tags that sometimes come with being able to use some currently used versions of the Bible. This serves the purpose of making the Bible more available in modern translations very well.
    I dare say that optional Greek and Hebrew Bible version add-on modules would be helpful. Inclusion of the additional Bible texts accepted by Eastern Orthodox Christians would as well, (with explanations as to their status to RC's). Similarly the RSV translaton in line with the RSV (Catholic Version) and RSV - Common Bible Edition, which included the Orthodox Bible portions. Inclusion of the Knox translation would also be potentially helpful, including for study purposes.
    I am pleased to see that a Mobile Java version of this software is now available from http://www.digitalcatholicbible.com/download.htm if not here.
    Do not allow the drawbacks of the DCB put you off. It is well worth installing and using. It may not have some of the bells and whistles of some other Bible softwares but it is very useful and easy to use

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Okay, but could be better"

    June 1, 2010  |   By joolsxavier

    Version: Digital Catholic Bible 1.3

    Pros

    It was nice to have a catholic bible on my computer

    Cons

    To have a catholic bible on my computer was okay, but it was not good as it didn't have other bibles too.. Don't bother with this if have sence

    Summary

    Ban book

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  • 2.0 stars

    "It's the first software supporting catholic canone."

    December 7, 2009  |   By erikarlo

    Version: Digital Catholic Bible 1.3

    Pros

    Made on catholic canone; easy to use; the interface is quite good to view; it runs under linux with Wine without any problem.

    Cons

    It's not open source and it has no native linux version. The xml files with biblical text are strange, so it's very difficult to add other biblical texts. The search function sometimes has some difficult and it's not very careful.

    Summary

    I think that this software is the first that try to make available the catholic canone in different languages. But Xiphos, Bibletime, La Parola or The Word are more efficient and agreable. I don't understand the reason why this product is not open but only freeware: why there's not a linx/mac version? The xml files including the biblical text are formatted in a strange way: in my opinion, it was better to use the xml format made by OpenOffice; in this way, everyone could make a Bible version for his personal use...

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