Powerful - flexible - customizable - searchable. Bible Study works in Joomla 3.x and 2.5 (version 8.x) and Joomla 1.5 (6.2.4). Unlimited media files, internal video/audio player, ACL throughout (to control viewing and editing privileges).
You can publish your study notes and multimedia files in nearly as many ways as you can imagine. Views include study lists and details, teachers, series, a landing page - plus podcasting and a module for your latest sermons.
Plugins for automated podcasting, backup, and search. Plus a front end entry system. In short, if you have a church and wish to publish your sermons online, this is the product you need. In addition we offer unmatched support on our user forum.
Bible Study was designed by a pastor with a heart for ministry over the internet and is maintained by a dedicated group of believers.
The current version (8.0.8) fixes some bugs in podcasting with special characters and adds a new feature allowing you to set a secondary sort order after a user has arrived at your listing page and clicks on a drop down. See our site for more details.
1.5. Version 8.x is for Joomla 2.5 and 3.x. To upgrade from a previous version, please use the Joomla 1.5 migration tool we have provided first. Version 6.2.4 is for Joomla 1.5 sites.
I recommend this component to anyone that is running a church website that wants to have a complete listing of their multimedia content, categorized by books of the Bible, topic, teacher, series, and type of message. Check it out on their demo site, or feel free to check out my live version at http://www.colbertchurchofchrist.org/index.php?option=com_biblestudy&view=studieslist&Itemid=80
I have been extensively testing this release on native mode Jooomla 1.5 RC4 and later nightlies, it is stable, easy to use and can easily be styled to fit in with your site template.
Its main features:
Works with J! 1.5 Native mode
Extensive database use for regularly used items such as the names of preachers, series titles, topics, bible books and media file locations. Also stores size and duration information.
Multiple media handled for the same study (text and mp3 and video for example with different icons for each)
component table can be styled for background colour\text size etc from the back-end
Module that shows most recent studies\talks again with plenty of configurable information elements and style tags.
Component view that has configurable drop down menus to easily find a certain series or speaker and also full text search.
Limitations - Its a back-end component so there no front-end editing, you will need to upload your media seperately and manually enter the duration and size information. At the moment it doesn't include podcasting functionality but that is in the pipeline for the next version.
Support from the developer has been second to none and plans for future releases sound very promising.
A great component that does so much more than it's humble title suggests.