Accordance Blog
Feb 10, 2012 David Lang

Bible Software for Impatient People

NoColorWheel Yesterday I was talking with a friend of mine, and he was contrasting his experience of using Accordance with various other programs. He observed that with these other programs, he will perform an action and then experience a second or two lag before anything happens. He then contrasted that with Accordance by saying, "In Accordance, everything is instantaneous." He speculated that he might not mind the lag in these other programs so much if he hadn't already experienced the responsiveness of Accordance, but he was spoiled by the ability to get the information he wanted without delays. I then joked with him that perhaps our new marketing slogan should be "Bible Software for Impatient People."

I remember the days when our lead programmer (then our only programmer) was first developing the Accordance Bible Atlas. Getting a late-nineties Mac to process all that map and altitude data to produce 3D maps was a remarkable feat of engineering. Even more remarkable was the fact that these images could be manipulated in real time, without any significant lag.

A 3D Map of the Battle of Gibeon

These days, computers are orders of magnitude faster, yet the responsiveness Accordance conitnues to show is the exception rather than the rule. I'm not sure why that is, but I suspect that many software developers no longer see it as important to optimize their software because newer hardware will eventually alleviate the lag. This is a far cry from the days when Steve Jobs challenged Larry Kenyon to shave ten seconds off the boot time of the original Mac by showing that those wasted seconds multiplied by millions of days and users amounted to lifetimes of needless waiting.

Here at Accordance, we have no patience for spinning color wheels and needless delays. It can be hard enough to focus on studying the Bible without such interruptions, so we're determined to eliminate them as far as possible. If you're an "impatient person" who could go the rest of your life without seeing another color wheel, you know the value of that kind of responsiveness.

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Donovan

February 10, 2012 1:48 PM

I completely agree. But not only speed is an issue, but annoying bugs. I know no software package is perfect, but at what point are you expecting users to debug your software so that you can rush out new features?  This approach just seems so incongruent to the whole ethos of the Apple Mac platform in the first place.

All this said, I urge Accordance to stay the course on their standards. It is one of the things that makes Accordance stand out of the pack!


Jeremy

February 10, 2012 8:56 PM

I'm a recent Mac convert who just switched over from BibleWorks to Accordance...I have to say I ENJOY USING Accordance over against BibleWorks due to its speed, ease of use, & elegant layout.

However, my only complaint is that it doesn't look like a real modern-Mac app (21st century), i.e., the UI has a very plain 2D face; whereas, other apps that I'm using are far more 3D looking animated face- very pleasant to use & look at.      Example: Accordance's graphs (including the Construct Window); interface icons (though the icons in the Resource Palette are modernly pleasant to look at, but not A.'s actual interface icons); & even Timeline uses a 2D construct to show distances of time.

P.S. Though I have to admit: Bibleworks is a great program for what it does & for what it offers, but now using a Mac, its Windows UI pales in comparison to Accordance's - I'm glad I switched; just would like to see the same interface but updated with a 3D flowing, animated face.


Helen Brown

February 11, 2012 12:29 AM

Jeremy, we agree, and are actively working on a UI update which I think you are going to really appreciate. Please be patient as these things take time.


Jeremy

February 14, 2012 8:33 PM

THANK YOU HELEN & EVERY PROGRAMMER AT OAKTREE!

I'll gladly waiting to see what you-all have come up with for the need that I have for visual stimulation.

Cheers.




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