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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.


 

Jul 1, 2013 David Lang

Accordance to Keynote, Part 2

In my previous post, I talked about the Keynote presentation I'm producing to teach a Sunday School class on "Understanding the Old Testament." In that post, I surveyed the Accordance resources I am mining for the content of my Keynote slides. In this post, I want to explain the techniques I use to get Bible text out of Accordance and into Keynote.

Whenever I want to copy some Bible text to paste into Keynote, I do not use the standard Copy command in Accordance. Instead, I use the Copy As Citation command in the Accordance Edit menu. The keyboard shortcut for this command is control-command-C. Copy As Citation will copy whatever Bible text you select and format it however you like. You can have Accordance enclose the copied text in quotation marks, remove superscript characters, include or remove the verse references in the actual text of the citation, and even create a summary reference for the whole citation. For example, in discussing the Sabbath, I wanted to show how the two passages which list the 10 Commandments (Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5) give slightly different reasons for observing the Sabbath. Here's my selection of one of these passages in Accordance:

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If I do a standard Copy and paste this text into Keynote, I get this:

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Note how this gives the text as I saw it in Accordance, complete with the tabs for the poetic formatting, the superscript footnote markers (which unfortunately have lost their superscript style—it's on our to do list), and the individual verse references which only show the verse number rather than entire reference.

If I Copy As Citation, I get this instead:

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Note how the entire passage is shown as a continuous paragraph without all the line breaks and indentations, how the footnote markers and individual verse references have been removed, and how quotation marks and a full, summary reference preceded by a long dash have been added at the end.

How Accordance formats the text when you Copy As Citation is determined by the Citation settings of the Accordance Preferences. Here are my current settings:

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You can see that I have opening and closing quotation marks in the Marker fields for the Content, that I have chosen to suppress poetry and hide superscripts, that I am omitting all the verse references within the content, and that I have a long dash appearing before the Citation Reference. That's why Copy As Citation formats the text as you saw in the previous screenshot.

Now, just as I use Copy As Citation rather than the standard Copy in Accordance, when I switch to Keynote I use the Paste and Match Style command rather than the standard Paste. One of the strengths of Keynote is all of its pre-formatted templates. Professional designers have carefully chosen fonts and styles which look right together, and I don't want to mess up that design by pasting in a different font or style from Accordance. By choosing Paste and Match Style, Keynote will ignore the font and style information that got copied from Accordance and will instead match the style of the Keynote template. Here's what I get when I use Paste and Match Style:

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The font here is actually pretty close to the one I copied from Accordance, so the difference isn't as obvious as it could be. It is easy to see however that the Keynote template uses a much larger font size than I copied from Accordance. By choosing Paste and Match Style, I can make sure the font, size, and style of text in all my slides remains consistent.

Those are the techniques I use to get properly formatted Bible text from Accordance into my Keynote slides. In my next post, I'll show you a slick way to get images from Accordance into Keynote.


 

Jun 27, 2013 David Lang

Accordance to Keynote, Part 1

In the probably-bit-off-more-than-I-can-chew department, I've recently begun teaching a Sunday School class on "Understanding the Old Testament." My intention in this class is to give folks a birds' eye view of the Old Testament, exposing them to parts of the Bible they rarely visit and often struggle to understand. To do this effectively, I can't afford to spend a lot of time going into depth on individual passages. So naturally, I've spent the last six weeks or so going through Genesis 1 and 2! At this rate, I may finish when I'm sixty!

My inability to skim the surface aside, I've been preparing a Keynote slide show each week to help focus my class's attention on the main points I want to get across. And since I tend to procrastinate, I'm thankful for great Accordance resources and a few simple tricks that make preparing this slide show a snap!

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First, let me talk about some of the resources I'm using.

Bibles: As readers of this blog are probably aware by now, my preferred translation is the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB). It offers a good mix of readability and fidelity to the original languages, and is generally unafraid to offer a fresh translation of those well-known passages most translations are unwilling to modify (John 3:16, Psalm 23, Matthew 5-7, etc.). Of course, when I want to bring out an aspect of the text which is made clearer in another translation, I won't hesitate to use it. For example, when I want to bring out the structure of the underlying Hebrew text, I'll generally turn to the English Standard Version (ESV). When I wanted to discuss whether Genesis 1:1 should be translated "In the beginning God created" or "When God began to create", I used the Jewish Publication Society translation (JPS) as an example of the latter rendering.

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Finally, while I don't show the underlying Hebrew text to my class, I do use the tagged Hebrew text in my own preparation to teach.

Commentaries: While I'm going into the first three chapters of Genesis in some depth, I am not doing a lot of verse-by-verse exposition. Rather, I'm focusing on bringing out the literary structure of these texts and the way they would have been understood by their original audience. Consequently, I don't often turn to expositional and critical commentaries when preparing for my class. Instead, I tend to go to background commentaries like the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Background Commentary on the Old Testament (ZIBBCOT) and the IVP Bible Background Commentary on the Old Testament. I once read a review by a New Testament scholar I admire who panned the use of background commentaries because any more traditional commentary worth its salt will usually provide the relevant historical background information. While that's certainly true, the challenge is often finding those nuggets amid all the verse-by-verse exposition. I love these background commentaries because they're focused on the kind of information I most want to bring out.

For much the same reason, I often find myself turning to Study Bible notes before full-blown commentaries. Study Bibles like the ESV Study Bible often have concise but highly relevant information, as well as helpful charts and images that can easily be incorporated into a Keynote presentation.

Graphic Resources: Some of the commentaries and study Bibles already mentioned are a great source for visuals that can be dragged into Keynote slides. ZIBBCOT had a great illustration of the three-tiered cosmology which most ancient peoples assumed to exist, and it made such concepts as water above the sky much easier to explain.

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The ESV Study Bible offered a concise chart of the days of forming and filling in Genesis 1 that helped me think through how to structure that particular slide of my presentation.

Another graphic resource I use heavily is The Accordance Gallery of Bible Art. Filled with great classic artistic depictions of various Biblical episodes, I tend to use the images in this tool to illustrate broad concepts and to add visual punch to title slides. While I'm still a little early in the Old Testament to make much use of the Bible Lands PhotoGuide, I did use the view of Israel from atop Mount Nebo to illustrate my slide that talked about the Old Testament being "The Story of a Land."

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I likewise used an image of the high priest offering incense from Carta's Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem for the slide on the Old Testament as "The Story of Redemption."

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While I will turn to other Accordance resources from time to time, this combination of Bibles, background commentaries, study Bibles, and visual resources has served me well in quickly putting together my Keynote presentation each week. In my next post, I'll show you some of the tricks I use to get the information out of Accordance and into Keynote as quickly and painlessly as possible.