Last updated:
February, 2020

BibleShow operating instructions

The scope of buttons, sliders and text/list/check boxes is briefly described in tooltips that are visible while hovering mouse arrow over them. Additionally, below you can find more details of BibleShow main functions.

Launching and closing the application:

  • Double click on BibleShow 5 icon located on the desktop; or follow the path: Start - BibleShow 5.
  • For closing the software, you may click on Exit button; or just press F12 key.

Reference input:
  • Select in list boxes: Bible version, book name, chapter and verse number; or
  • Type the reference in the corresponding textbox using shortcuts (for example: mt6.9) followed by Enter key or View button.
  • Parallel display of up to 4 Bible versions is possible by marking the appropriate checkbox.
  • Press Information button to learn more about a specific Bible version.

Presentation control:
  • The current verse can be previewed in Monitor window or displayed on the large screen when Show button is depressed. If you find it grayed out, this means you must select a complete (correct) scripture reference.
  • Use Hide button to clear (blank, remove) the verse/image displayed on the screen.
  • You are also able to freeze the displayed verse while looking for next scripture reference.
  • Jump to next/previous verse by using down/up arrow buttons. These become grayed out when first or last book's verse is reached.

Text browsing:
  • This is the panel where you can browse the Scripture text, but also reach a Bible verse based on the reference (accessed by pressing buttons corresponding to version/book name and chapter/verse number).
  • For your convenience, there are three dedicated buttons for direct access to book, chapter and verse context.
  • The browser allows you to preview the current verse, but also the whole chapter (or adjacent verses).
  • At the left side of each verse there are several command buttons to show/freeze/hide the text on the screen, or to add the corresponding reference in program list.
  • Bottom-right slider is for increasing/decreasing relative font size.

Monitor and preview:
  • In this window you can either see the mirroring of Display window, or to preview the current scripture while Preview button is depressed.
  • Moreover, you are able to preview all changes of the active theme or display settings, by accessing Options - Configure panel.
  • Bottom-left icons present the state (enabled/live/frozen) of each Display window, NDI and Data output.
  • You may also save the current verse slide as a image file in order to be imported by other applications.

Themes management:
  • Switching between predefined themes is simply done by selecting another item from themes list. If the current theme was modified, you will be prompted to save the settings before loading a new theme.
  • Here are the basic operations for themes handling: Filter, Save, Configure, Rename, Delete and Download.
  • If your PC is online, Download button loads the page with theme collections available for install. Users are also encouraged to create and share their original and good quality themes.
  • Default folder for saving theme files is Themes, located in BibleShow installation folder.
  • Press Arrange button to line up theme icons horizontally or vertically.

General configuration:
  • This menu takes you to general display settings, unrelated to a specific theme. There are four sections with plenty of fine-tuning options: display window/output, text aspect, slides transition and copyright notice.
  • Users are advised to play with all these settings and find out the optimum values for their needs. Preview window is there to assist you in taking the most suitable choice. To skip saving the (improper) changes just keep Ctrl key pressed when exiting BibleShow.
  • There are few important settings you might consider adjusting: display screen, transitions effect and copyright notice duration.

Display windows:
  • BibleShow can work with up to 4 Display surfaces configured independently. By default, the first display is the main one, fully featured, and the additional three displays are useful for specific purposes.
  • Each additional display can be configured taking as source the Bible text or mirroring another active Display. As a Bible text source, you may select up to 7 parallel versions (4 on main screen and 3 on additional displays). All scriptures are based on the reference selected in Browser panel, but software tries to synchronize automatically all versions that contains verse mapping information within module data.
  • For each display, there are up to 3 possible destinations: Window, NDI and Data. Display Window can be configured to fill a specific monitor number or partially covering the screen surface.
  • Note that BibleShow works best on systems with multiple video outputs working in Extended mode. You may quickly switch between desktop viewing modes by pressing WIN & P shortcut.
  • Stage display monitor should be configured to take a mirrored image of main display or even to use a theme with black background and merged reference.

NDI video streaming:
  • Network Device Interface (NDI) is a standard developed by NewTek to enable video-compatible products to communicate, deliver and receive broadcast quality video in a high quality, low latency manner that is frame-accurate and suitable for switching in a live production environment.
  • NDI output is mostly useful for streaming video on Internet, but BibleShow users will be interested to send displayed content from one wireless device (e.g. laptop) to another computer (e.g. projection PC), both connected to the same LAN.
  • Currently BibleShow is able to send one NDI output per instance, corresponding to specified Display number. Overall performance is limited by CPU speed, but you benefit of NDI alpha channel. For applications that requires streaming over NDI with a high framerate/resolution and GPU acceleration, please consider using vMix Desktop Capture of display window.
  • NDI Video Monitor is the application developed specifically for this purpose: remote display on any screen of Bible verses or any other NDI source. Plenty of configuration options are available for exigent users.
  • NDI® is a registered trademark of NewTek, Inc. Visit for more information.

Data files output:
  • BibleShow can save data files in XML text format and PNG picture format for each displayed Bible verse. The text file data.xml contains detailed information related to current displayed scripture: reference, verse text, image path, language, copyright, etc. The picture file image.png is a still frame capture of display window.
  • Output data are mostly used for online video streaming of church service, when graphic overlay of scripture verses is a nice-to-have feature. Software vision mixers like vMix or other live video title generators can ingest these BibleShow data sources and overlay helpful lower thirds or creative text content.
  • Output folder, found in BibleShow install location, contain besides XML and PNG files, two XAML predefined templates (BibleShowText, BibleShowImage) useful for easy retrieval of saved text and image data.
  • There are detailed online resources to setup Data Sources into vMix software and mapping them to Title/XAML input. Watch the online tutorial and read the user guide.

Theme design:
  • Theme configuration menu offers a large range of options to satisfy the taste and preferences of most users and viewers. There are three main categories: slide background, scripture layout and verse/reference text (styled with italics).
  • The background may be transparent, solid color, static picture, video clip, gradient animation or NDI source. Default folder for saving background files is Backgrounds, located in BibleShow installation folder. Video clips must be loopable for smooth playback. Here are some websites with free pictures and video loops:,,
  • Background contour can be highlighted by using border settings, while background content can be enhanced by applying several lighting and color corrections.
  • Layout menu allows you to adjust the size and position of reference and verse containers.
  • Reference and verse text can be formatted by changing the font, alignment, outline, shadow and glow settings. There are endless combinations to choose from; you are limited just by your own imagination.
  • If words of Christ are highlighted in Bible text source, these can be formatted distinctively for an attractive display.

Preferences selection:
  • Preferences menu is for BibleShow software operator and it offers extended capabilities to modify the look and feel of application interface.
  • First of all, the user can enable or disable any of 8 panels located on top menu bar, just below the BibleShow title. Then, each panel can be freely moved and resized as you wish.
  • Interface has been translated in several languages, but any volunteer is encouraged to translate the menus in his/her native language.
  • The application is looking for updates at startup and will notify you when a new BibleShow major version is released.
  • Only if you notice chromatic aberration of interface or displayed image, try to disable hardware graphics acceleration.
  • Skin color palette is rich in options, but also allows users to define their custom base colors.
  • You can choose from previewing full Bible chapter in browser window or just up to 3 verses.
  • The font name, style and size of browser text can be easily personalized. Skilled users with good CSS knowledge are able to completely rewrite the style of each HTML element displayed in the browser window.
  • When the software is closed all these preferences are automatically saved in BibleShow.ini configuration file.
  • The user has the option here to open another instance of BibleShow application or to create on desktop a shortcut to current profile. Up to 4 instances can work independently (in standalone mode) or connected to the first instance, thus multiplying the display capability.

Bible modules management:
  • BibleShow 5 version comes with the capability to install, update and remove Bible modules directly in application.
  • To see the full list of available Bible modules the computer must have established a stable Internet connection. However, you are still able to install modules by manual operation of downloading/copying files.
  • Basic module information is presented when a list item is selected. More details are available once you install the module.
  • Bible modules can be filtered by language or installation status.
  • Users are free to rename the full and/or short Bible name in their own language.

Scripture search:
  • Type in Text box the word or expression you want to search for, then press Enter or Search button. Additionally, you can select the books range or enable three search options to reduce the number of found occurrences.
  • Searching without accented characters is convenient for languages with diacritics when the operator uses an international keyboard layout.
  • Here are the wildcards recognized by software:
    • ? - replaces any letter. Example: searching M?thus?la - returns: Methuselah, Mathusala
      * - replaces any string. Example: searching Paul * Barnabas - returns: Paul and Barnabas, Paul said unto Barnabas, Paul also and Barnabas etc.
      < - replaces any word's leading string. Example: searching <Mara - returns: Marah, Maralah, Maranatha etc.
      > - replaces any word's ending string. Example: searching rim> - returns: Caphtorim, Asshurim, Abarim etc.

Program schedule:
  • BibleShow allows you to build and save a list with references that can be used later to display verses quickly or to transfer them from one computer to another.
  • The operations allowed with program lists are: load, save and empty.
  • Here are the actions specific to scripture references: add, move and remove.
  • There are two more buttons to go back and forth in program list.
  • Default folder for saving program list files is Programs, located in BibleShow installation folder.

History of displayed verses:
  • You can return or review anytime all the scripture references displayed during current working session.
  • This list is emptied by default at the time you exit the application.

AutoPlay scriptures:
  • VerseList section can be populated manually adding a specific reference or passage, loading a previously saved list of verses or accessing several databases with predefined verselists based on topics, Bible chapters or favorite subjects.
  • Control the automatic presentation by pressing Preview (to check the aspect and timings), Play/Pause (to render/halt the verse display), Hide (to stop auto-play mode) and navigation buttons (to skip forward/backwards a list item or verse).
  • The are 4 configuration sections for AutoPlay feature: timing (mainly for adjusting the average duration of slides), transition (effect between slides), aspect (of theme and text format) and progress lines design.
  • Whole list of verses and configuration options related to AutoPlay mode can be saved as a playlist file for future use or for automatic play at BibleShow application startup.
  • Default folder for saving VerseLists/Database/PlayLists files is AutoPlay, located in BibleShow installation folder.

Keyboard shortcuts:

Using these shortcuts is extremely important if you wish to reduce the reaction time during software operation. Experienced operator will avoid using the mouse, thus being able to display in 2-3 seconds any scripture, just using the keyboard. While local shortcuts (available only in BibleShow) can be accessed only by pressing function keys, global hotkeys (system-wide usable) requires Ctrl & Shift combination of keystrokes.

    F1 = open this help file
    F2 = add current reference to program list
    F3 = load program list with previously saved references
    F4 = save as a PRG file the references form program list
    F5 = move the keyboard cursor into Reference textbox
    F6 = move the keyboard cursor into word search textbox
    F7 = preview current scripture reference
    F8 = browse to Bible books and versions
    F9 = view the verse corresponding to selected reference
    F10 = show/freeze current scripture text
    F12 = close BibleShow software
    Esc = hide the displayed scripture and stop AutoPlay
    Enter = switch between show and hide modes
    PageDown = next verse
    PageUp = previous verse
    + = next reference in Program list (Forward)
    - = previous reference in Program list (Backward)
Esc, Enter
Hide, switch
Next verse
Previous verse
Next reference
Previous reference

Ctrl & Shift & F8
Ctrl & Shift & F10
Ctrl & Shift &
Ctrl & Shift &
Ctrl & Shift & +
Ctrl & Shift & -
Ctrl & Shift & Win
Activate BibleShow