Theocratic Shareware & Donationware
There are a number of sites operated by brothers who offer software for sale that is theocratically themed. The method of payment varies, with some expecting a specific amount (shareware) and others who offer the software and have a donation link on their site for those who use the software and find it useful. We call this second category donationware. Some sites fall between these two which makes them a bit hard to classify, so they are all here together. The basic idea behind this grouping is that there is some monetary compensation for the software either expected or voluntary.
Kingdom Hall Schedules by Majestic Software — Designed specifically for elders and ministerial servants. Includes support for Public Talks, Speakers, Publishers, Congregation Field Service Activity, Field Service Groups, Congregation Bible Study, Theocratic Ministry School, Service Meeting, Territories, Sound, Stage, and Cleaning schedules. Exchange data with other users, export reports to PDF, Word, Excel, RTF, HTML, or OpenOffice formats. Email reports directly from the program via Outlook, Gmail, or SMTP. (donation-ware)
Kingdom Media Center — is a Windows based application that is used to playback MP3 music and record meeting content to MP3 files. The site (online since 2008) includes instructional videos, parts list on how to build the center and other useful information. Includes a link for sending donations.
Theocratic Software — We list this site among donation ware, but the site really has only a link where donations can be sent. The site's owner encourages donations to the world wide work but does accept donations too. It's difficult to classify this brother's site, as he's quite busy and has a lot of programs appealing to a world-wide audience.
His software includes
Theocratic Ministry School TMS Software —This program has been created from the ground-up to facilitate the new arrangement of the Theocratic Ministry School schedule changes. TMS 2011 provides the basics that every School Overseer needs without being overwhelmed by hundreds of options. It is the essence of simple design. Activation is required and donations accepted. Be sure and read the FAQ section. Languages supported are: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, German and Simplified Chinese.
Service Record by Savard Software — A program to help track your field ministry. Has other shareware programs for secular tasks. Also has some freeware. Version 5.x is a completely new release. It has been redesigned from the ground-up to be a more intuitive, modern program. (Shareware)
The Bible Speaks — A program ($30 USD) featuring side by side Bible renderings. It is able to import the NWT from your Watchtower Library CD. We have tested this program and it is quite good. Unique feature of actually speaking the Bible using the computer sound system. BibleSpeak 4.0 Released! Speak Text "Out Loud" or "To a File"; New "Auto-Hide" Windows Increase Viewable Areas; Create your own "Audio Bibles"; Over 75 Free Bible Translations; Over 25 Free Bible Commentaries; Over 20 Free Bible Dictionaries; Many Free Books and Topics; Create Your Own Personal Bible Notes or Commentary; Supports e-Sword Topic Modules; Supports Internet Explorer 7 and Vista (Probably Windows 7 too)
TMS Explorer 2010 by TMS Ware — A program ($25 USD annually) for the Theocratic Ministry School Overseer with these features: Keep track of your students, their talk history, study points, setting history; Schedule the assignments; Print the assignment slips - just load the blank slips into your printer and click; Print the schedule to post on the information board; Print a handy worksheet for use during the school . Available in the following 18 languages. ASL, Czech, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Ukrainian.
Speakers Assignment — A public speakers scheduling program from Canada. Shareware with a CD purchase option.
Congregation Accounts — Neat Easy Accurate Timely Accounting. A set of spreadsheets with macros to help manage congregation accounting. Available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and also for Australia and all of the UK. The prices range from $14 to $19 and include free support. We heard from a new user recently (June, 2011) and he really likes this spreadsheet. He reports it's quite useful for the brother in charge of accounts.
Software for Theocratic Uses — Software for scheduling public talks (unique feature is sharing data with other users of the same program) and congregation talk timer. Although the software is essentially free, the site does have a donation button, which is why it's included in this grouping of links.