(I had to edit this article)
Apparently the desktop version of Glo depended heavily on an online server, so much so that even if you install all media locally (all the pictures, maps, art) it still needs to interact with the server.
When and why I am not sure, I did successfully use it offline at points, but now it is a brick. Every since the parent company shut down their desktop support servers in 11/2017 the desktop application wants a login that will not work. Bummer this was a great resource, that a lot of people paid for and it is now useless. They still have a subscribe phone version, but it is not useful for visual teaching at all and it is missing all the virtual tours.
Glo Bible Software by Immersion Digital is one of the best sources for pictures that you will find.
All the greatest are pulled together here with unbelievable resolutions.
- All of Gustave Dore’s Biblical Work
- Some of James Tissot’s Gospel Paintings (Re-Touched)
- Most of David Roberts location paintings from the late 1800’s
- Some of Todd Bolen’s Bible Places photos
- Some of the Library of Congress’ Holy Land collection
- Immersion Digital Virtual Reality 3D Panoramic Tours of Holy Land Spots
- Exclusive content created by Leen Ritmeyer
- Immersion Digital Reconstructions in Virtual Reality 3D Panoramic of spots and Biblical Events
- Additional classic Biblical Artwork.
I am not even including the maps, which are fun, because they used MapQuest and were able to zoom in, unfortunately on their classic software the support from MapQuest which was only available over the internet has ended, but the rest of it is well worth the cheap price tag. To buy the classic software on Amazon buy Glo Bible Premium Multi-Device Digipack, it includes all of the stuff above, it might be a little hard to install on Windows 8 or 10, I had to install mine in safemode.
Glo is the successor to Illumina and has a new web and smart phone based version in the mix, though these versions seem to be going away from the dominance in visual resources that the original version had. Check out their website at Glo Bible for more information.
The search in the program works well, but can be slow and if you used the VR tours in teaching you need use the program directly. I have not found a way to use the VR tours directly in Power Point. With the other visual pieces there is a copy button that allows you to put them in a Power Point presentation.
This is well worth and highly recommended.