BibleTime is a Bible study application built with Qt, using the SWORD programming library to work with Bible texts, commentaries, dictionaries and books provided by the CrossWire Bible Society.
The history of BibleTime
A brief history...
- June of 1999
- Thomas Hagedorn, Thorsten Uhlmann and Joachim Ansorg started to work on a Bible study application for KDE 1.0.
- August 1999
- The first version was released two months later as version 0.1. This version was very simple and supported only the most basic things.
- November 1999
- After three months of hard work version 0.2 was released to the public. This version was usable, it supported basic printing, searching and offered a simple editor for personal notes. BibleTime 0.2 was later ported to KDE 2 and totally redesigned with a more powerful interface, better printing and a lot of internal changes. This version was called BibleTime 0.3.
- November 2000
- BibleTime 1.0 was released almost one year after version 0.3 and was the first version onsidered stable. BibleTime 1.1 and 1.2 followed later on. BibleTime 1.2 was the first version of BibleTime for version 3.0 of KDE.
- July 2005
- BibleTime version 1.5 was released after a long period of development.
- September 2006
- BibleTime version 1.6 was released, and utilized CLucene as its search engine.
- May 2007
- The source code was copied to the svn repository. This was the formal beginning of the KDE4 based development. The build system was changed: cmake was selected as the new system. These moves were made possible by a new active developer joining the team. Until this there had been only two main developers who couldn't continue the work even though they had been planning even a complete rewrite. Now the last of the original developers retired and the new developer started to port BibleTime for KDE4. The porting work was done mainly by two developers.
- January 2008
- BibleTime version 1.7 was released, the first version developed with Qt4 for use with KDE4.
- May 2009
- BibleTime version 2.0 was released, developed only with Qt4. WebKit html engine had been integrated to the Qt framework which made leaving KDE behind possible. This transition paved the way for BibleTime to be made available on other platforms in the future.
- October 2009
- The BibleTime Team hosted it's first ever Bug-a-thon, bringing together developers, contributors and userbase to work on improving the BibleTime application. This was some kind of a culmination of the growing of the team: several new C++ and other developers had joined in lately, making also the Qt-only and Windows releases possible.
- Late October 2009
- First beta candidate for the Windows platform was released.
- 20 December 2009
- BibleTime 2.5 Christmas Edition was released, and with it, the first stable version of BibleTime for Windows.