Accordance Blog
Apr 22, 2014 Matt Kenyon

Workspace Wednesday

We at Accordance believe that our software is so much more than just a tool to study the Bible. It's a means of community and creativity. We've created Workspace Wednesday because we want to give you a chance to show us your creative workflow in Accordance.

Watch the video to find out how you can participate:

Join us on social media to post your workspace:

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How it works:

  • Take a screenshot of your workspace
  • Post the screenshot to the comments section of our Workspace Wednesday post every Wednesday
  • Hashtag the post with #work_wed
  • Eagerly await sweet victory

How to take a screenshot of your desktop:

Mac users: the keyboard shortcut ⌘Cmd+Shift+3 will take a screenshot of your screen and place the image file on your desktop. If done correctly, you should hear the sound of a camera taking a snapshot.

Windows users: the keyboard shortcut ⌘Win+PrntScrn will take a screenshot of your screen and automatically save it in the Screenshots folder within your pictures folder.

For more information on how to take screenshots with earlier versions of Windows, follow this link.

May the best workspace win!


 

Mar 25, 2014 Matt Kenyon

Accordance: You Had Me at “Hello”

My first experience with Accordance was as philosophically enlightening as it was informative.

As a new employee with Accordance, I had the opportunity to join the team in Atlanta for a training seminar of the application. In other words, they let loose a fire hose of information on me — in a good way.

The first thing that I noticed upon walking into the classroom was the wide spectrum of attenders. I saw women and men, pastors and scholars, plaid-donning seminary students with gauged earrings and some “seasoned” enough to be my grandparents — it was a full house. Well, I thought to myself, I suppose Accordance is for everyone.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise because the Scriptures are for everyone, and making the Word of God accessible and applicable to all is what Accordance does best. Mark, our teacher, was approachable yet intimidatingly knowledgeable, both in Bible study and Accordance use. He spared us not a moment as we got right down to the nitty gritty of Accordance use.

AccordanceSeminarAs we plowed down into the search commands, the keyboard shortcuts, and the modules, I began to understand the point of the application. A wise businessman once said that technology is best when you forget you’re using it. Meaning, a tool reaches the fullest realization of its purpose when it's not an obstruction to achieving a goal, but the unconscious means to do so.

Accordance does just that. It’s not meant to be a piece of showmanship--an app for app’s sake (though it is pretty)--it’s meant to be a lens by which the pastor, scholar, or layperson can gaze through to further experience the unfathomable fruits of the Bible. That’s what’s important to the users and that’s what’s important to Accordance.

As the day pressed on, we drilled down deeper and deeper into the immense power of the program. The amount of available texts and tools was staggering. I’m sure I had the geekiest grin on my face while watching Paul’s missionary journey animated on a 3D map in Atlas view, and by the time we got to the User Tools and Notes, my mind was reeling at the customization potential.

Though the theological portion of my brain was firing off synapses of nerdiness like nobody’s business, what really caught my attention was the underlying, vibrant passion of the developers.

When you read a historical literary work, any good English teacher will tell you the key to success is to understand the “author’s intent.” Well, as the day’s eight-hour training session waned to a close, I began to see the developers' intent in creating Accordance--put simply, a love for the Word of God and a desire to see others infected with the same passion.

On my lunch break, my fiancée back in my hometown of Orlando shot me a text to check up on me. I responded, rather cryptically (as is my tendency): “I think Accordance is going to help my walk.”

Is it odd to say that a computer application will make me a better student of the Scriptures? Maybe, but it’s absolutely true.


 

Aug 1, 2013 David Lang

Accordance to Keynote, Part 3

Last month, I began a series of posts on getting information from Accordance into a Keynote presentation. In part 1 of that series, I surveyed some of the resources I've been using most often in my development of a Keynote presentation for teaching Sunday School. Among the resources I highlighted were resources with lots of great visuals like the Carta books which are currently on sale. Now that we've released several titles from Rose Publishing, I'm now using those books as well.

In part 2 of that series, I showed you how to get formatted text from Accordance into Keynote using Copy As Citation in Accordance and Paste and Match Style in Keynote.

In today's post, I want to show you the easy way to get images from Accordance into Keynote.

First, let's look at how to find the right image for your Keynote presentation. Quite often, I'll just go looking in the Accordance Tool module I think is likely to have the image I want. For example, if I'm looking for a classic artistic depiction of a Bible story, I'll just open up Bible Art and turn to the passage in question. If I want an image of a Biblical place, I'll turn to PhotoGuide, or perhaps the American Colony collection. Browsing for images in the most likely places is slower than doing a library-wide search, but sometimes it leads me to stumble across images I hadn't thought to use. So never underestimate the value of browsing—provided, of course, you have the time for it.

Keynote11 When I'm in a hurry, I typically will enter a search term in the Search All field of the Workspace toolbar. By clicking on the magnifying glass at the left of the search field, I can choose to search by Image and confine my search to [All Tools], [Graphics Tools], or any custom group I happen to create. Because simple key word searches are usually lightning fast, I typically search [All Tools].

Right now, I'm teaching through Genesis 3, and I want to find an artistic depiction of Adam and Eve being driven out of the Garden of Eden. If I enter "expel" and hit return, Accordance searches all my tools for any image with some form of the word "expel" in the caption. This returns some results, but when I click on each module in the left panel to see the results in the panel on the right, I find that none of these has the image I want. Changing my search to "expulsion" finds even more results, and after scanning through each module I find two artistic depictions of the expulsion from Eden: one in Bible Art and the other in the Rose Guide to the Temple.

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I decide I want to use the depiction by Gustave Doré in Bible Art. To use it, I can simply click the thumbnail in the preview pane of the Search All tab. This will open a Picture window and I can simply choose Copy Picture from the Edit menu (or use the keyboard shortcut command-C) to copy the picture at its full resolution. In Keynote, I would then simply select an image on a picture slide and choose Paste from the Edit menu (or use the keyboard shortcut command-V). This will replace the image I selected with the image I had copied from Accordance.

Another easy way to copy images from Accordance to Keynote is to drag an image thumbnail directly from Accordance onto an image drop zone in Keynote. Unfortunately, this can only be done from a Tool tab; not from the preview panel of the Search All tab. So in this case, where I've used the Search All tab to find an image, I have to take the intermediate step of opening Bible Art in a tab of its own. This is easily done by double-clicking the name Bible Art in the left panel of the Search All tab.

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Now I can simply drag the thumbnail in the Bible Art tab over to Keynote and drop it on one of those image drop zones. This will copy the full-size image to Keynote and size it to fit the drop zone.

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By using either of these methods, I can very quickly assemble a series of slides with great-looking visuals.