Changes from Verbum 7 to Verbum 8


Verbum 8 is the most significant change in an upgrade since Verbum 4. It not only adds many new features, but it also changes existing features and user interfaces in ways that will take some time to adjust to. There are also a handful of features that didn’t make it into 8.0 that we plan to bring back in the near future.

This article outlines the key changes that you’ll want to be aware of if you’re coming to Verbum 8 from Verbum 7. It makes no attempt to capture the changes from Verbum 6 or earlier, though much of what follows is applicable to earlier versions as well.



The main areas of change are found in the following places:

  1. User Interface

  2. Home Page

  3. Library

  4. Resources

  5. Search

  6. Go Box

  7. Docs

  8. Guides

  9. Tools

  10. Notes

Let’s look at each one.


User Interface

  1. Tabs: (a) The large panel icon has been moved to a smaller version in the panel tab, similar to what you find in most web browsers. (b) Tabs now include the panel icon and retain space for the x so you can hover over a tab and close it without making it active first or using the middle- or right-click menu. (c) When space is limited, the active tab retains the panel’s abbreviated name. But inactive tabs may collapse down to only the panel icon. We’re reevaluating various aspects of the tab design, and behavior and may improve the experience based on user feedback.

  2. Panel menu: The Panel menu is no longer accessible through the main panel icon. It’s now behind the vertical ellipsis icon (⋮) in the top right of each panel.

  3. Sidebar menu: The Sidebar menu is now in the top left of most panels and is represented by the icon with three horizontal lines (☰).


Home Page

  1. Go box: The Go box has been consolidated with the Command box in the main toolbar. See the Go box section below for more details.

  2. Preferred Bible: The new Home Page no longer provides a way to set a preferred Bible. For now, you’ll need to do that in the Prioritize sidebar of the Library, which you can find in the Panel menu (⋮). We’ll be bringing similar functionality back in the near future.

  3. Preferred lectionary: You can no longer set your preferred lectionary from the Home Page. We’re exploring how best to bring this functionality back in Verbum 8.

  4. Update notifications: There are no longer notifications on the Home Page for application and resource updates. We plan to bring these back in the near future. You can see resource updates in the Library with the new Added facet, which you’ll find at the bottom of the new Sidebar menu.

  5. Customizing content: The Explore section doesn’t yet have the ability to customize which feed sources to show or hide. This is in testing and will be available in 8.1 around December 10, 2018.

  6. Reading Plan card: (a) The Reading Plan card loads the predefined (or your customized) Reading Plan layout in place of your current layout. In Verbum 7 (and earlier) we opened your resource into your existing layout if you had panels open, but loaded the Reading Plan layout only if there was nothing open. We’ll be restoring this prior behavior soon, and then we plan to add a setting to allow you to decide whether to open the layout or just open the resource on a per-card or per-cart-type basis. (b) The new Home Page also no longer allows you to jump to various readings. We don’t currently plan to restore this behavior. (c) You can no longer mark a reading session as complete from the card. We don’t currently plan to restore this behavior either. (d) You can no longer make modifications to your reading plan from the Home Page (i.e., catching up or adjusting to today).

  7. Lectionary card: (a) The Lectionary card no longer has the ability to choose an arbitrary date. We’ll be adding this back in the near future. (b) We no longer show lectionary readings in a tooltip on hover.

  8. Prayer List card: The Prayer List card no longer allows you to mark individual prayers as prayed for. We don’t currently plan to restore this behavior.

  9. Saints card: There’s no longer an option to choose an arbitrary date. We’re exploring bringing this back in the future.

  10. Resource excerpts: There are no longer resource excerpts on the Home Page. We’re exploring ways to show selections from resources in the future.

  11. Account profile link: We no longer display your profile image and link to your account on We plan to restore this functionality in a future release.

  12. Reading lists: We no longer show recently modified reading lists. We’re not sure if we’ll bring this back or not.

  13. Faithlife brand links: The links to various Faithlife products are no longer present. We’re exploring ways to bring these back.

  14. Auto-updating: The Home Page no longer automatically updates each day if left open.



  1. Library icon: The Library has a new icon that better reflects that it is a group of books.

  2. Prioritize Resources: The Prioritize Resource option is now in the Panel menu instead of visible in the toolbar area.

  3. Resource count: The resource count has moved to the new filter bar.

  4. Collection picker: The collection picker has been replaced by the facets in the new sidebar.



  1. Interlinear button: The inline interlinear and interlinear pane have been consolidated into a single split button that allows you to toggle your interlinear display on and off.

  2. Information: The resource information button has moved to the Panel menu.

  3. Next/Previous annotation: Navigating to Next note or Highlight in the locator bar is not yet available with the new Notes tool, but we plan to bring it back in a future release.

  4. Resource font: The default resource font for Latin and Greek text is now Sirba GRK instead of Skolar. You can switch back to Skolar in Program Settings by changing the Default Resource Font to Default (Verbum 7). You can also type set Default Resource Font to Default (Verbum 7) into the Go box.



  1. Search button: The Search button is now part of the Go box. It has mostly the same behavior, but it now also passes the contents of the Go box to the search panel.

  2. Bible search: The first search tab is now Bible instead of Basic. We made this change since Bible search is the most frequently used search type.

  3. Search Helps: Search Helps (a.k.a. Search Cookbook) has been replaced with Search Templates, which you’ll find in the new search sidebar. Not all Search Cookbook items have been brought into Search Templates. We’ll be adding more in the future based on user feedback, which you can share in the new Verbum Search group.

  4. Graph search results:

    The text link to graph search results is now a button.


Go Box

  1. “Enter Passage; Click Go”: In Verbum 7, entering a passage and clicking Go would load the Passage layout. In Verbum 8, it opens your preferred Bible to the passage. If you’d like to open the layout instead, you can select it as the second option from the autocomplete menu. We’re planning to change this behavior to open the Passage layout instead of your preferred Bible in a future update.

  2. Topics: The Verbum 8 Go box doesn’t yet handle topics in the same was as Verbum 7 did. Instead, you’ll need to enter a command such as Open Topic to love in the Go box and choose “Topic” from the Layouts suggestions.

  3. Pericope matching: The new Go box doesn’t yet support finding Bible passages by matching their pericope name.

  4. Preferred Bible vs. Top Bibles: Ctrl+Enter now launches a search in your preferred Bible instead of your top Bibles. We made this change based on data that shows that most users search their preferred Bible more often than their top Bibles.

  5. Search button: The Search button is now part of the Go box. It has mostly the same behavior, but it now also passes the contents of the Go box to the search panel.



  1. Documents now docs: The Documents menu is now the Docs menu.

  2. Column grouping: The ability to group documents by type has been replaced with faceted browsing in the new sidebar.

  3. Note documents: Note documents are now Notebooks, but they’re not yet integrated into the Docs menu. For now, you’ll create, find, and manage your notebooks in the Notebooks sidebar of the new Notes tool.



  1. Guides menu: The Guides menu has been reorganized to focus on guide (and workflow) templates. It is scrollable with collapsible sections and has a Find box and pinnable area for your favorite go-to guides and workflows. Right-click on anything in the Guides menu to pin it to or unpin from the top.

  2. Guide as tools: Guides are now more like tools than documents. Saved guides on a particular passage or topic (sometimes called guide instances or guide reports) are no longer part of Verbum 8, and customizations you make to guides happen to the template instead of the instance or document as in Verbum 7.

  3. Guide notes: Notes taken on guide sections are currently not visible. We’ll be migrating these to the new Notes tool in the near future and exposing them in guides similar to how notes appear in workflows.

  4. Favorite commentary discussions: Commentary discussions that you starred will be converted to favorites. We’re still exploring how best to bring these back.

  5. Default guide templates: The default templates for Passage Guide, Exegetical Guide, Sermon Starter Guide, Word Study Guide, and Topic Guide have been updated. If you used a custom “My Passage Guide” template in Verbum 7, those settings will automatically be applied to Passage Guide. You can reset to the new defaults in Verbum 8 by right-clicking on the guide template in the Guides menu.



  1. Tools menu: The Tools menu is now scrollable with collapsible sections and has a Find box and pinnable area for your favorite go-to tools.

  2. Interactive media: We now display all tool-like interactives in the Tools menu, but there’s no longer a link to open all interactives in the Library. You can manually browse your library for interactives by typing type:interactive or clicking Interactive under the Type facet.



The new Notes tool represents the most significant area of change from Verbum 7.

Here are the two key differences:

  1. Notes database vs. Notes documents: Instead of creating note documents to store your notes and highlights, notes are now stored in a single database. You can optionally organize your notes and highlights in notebooks, but notes don’t need to be in notebooks.

  2. Tools menu vs. Docs menu: While notebooks (the analog to note documents) will be coming to the Docs menu in the near future, for now, the place to create, find, and manage your notebooks is in the Notes tool, which you’ll find in the Tools menu.

See the dedicated Notes FAQ for a complete list of changes and missing features.



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