Accordance Blog
Oct 3, 2013 Darin Allen

Growing Accordance for Mac and Windows Together

This has been a big week for Accordance, as we finally released Accordance for Windows on Monday. Early comments and reviews have been very positive, and we are overwhelmingly appreciative to everyone who has helped share the news via Facebook, Twitter, and email. We have also received a few comments from users who are concerned that our commitment to developing Accordance for Windows will cause development on Accordance for Mac to suffer. I wanted to take a moment to address these concerns and offer some clarification on our growth strategy.

 

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The fact is, the Accordance team has been growing a lot these past few years. In many ways, we’ve never stopped growing since we released Accordance 1.0! This growth has allowed us to bring on a brand new team of Windows developers, and these new developers are the ones who are responsible for bringing you Accordance for Windows. While team members sometimes work together, none of the Windows developers were pulled off the Mac team in order to develop the Windows version, and we do not plan to pull any resources away from the Mac team in the future.

So what about those Mac developers? I’m pleased to say that all of our Mac developers are still working on making Accordance for Mac even better, and they never stopped. For example, while the Windows team was starting to work on Accordance for Windows two years ago, all of our Mac developers were busy developing Accordance 10 for Mac, our most substantial update in years. Moving forward, the Mac team will continue to make Accordance for Mac the best program that it can be. That means refining the user experience, enhancing current functionality, and adding cool new features. Some of those new features were actually released on Monday. That’s right, we released a substantial Mac update with new features on the same day we launched Accordance for Windows. Hopefully, that is an encouraging sign of our ongoing commitment to Mac!

 

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Now, some people might feel that we should have taken the resources we put into hiring new Windows developers and instead hired more Mac developers. However, this wouldn’t allow us to grow in the same way. Having a native Windows version opens up many new opportunities, as it allows us to reach a huge segment of computer users who don’t own Macs. As more Windows users discover Accordance, this will have a positive impact on both Windows and Mac development.

Feel free to leave comments or questions below, as we value your feedback. And again, thanks to everyone who has helped us spread the word about the new Windows version. We are truly grateful for the Accordance community and for all the encouragement you have offered us this week!


 

Sep 30, 2013 Accordance Bible Software

Accordance for Windows Just Released

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Today is a great day to be a PC user, because Accordance is now available natively on Windows! It’s true, after 20 years of history on Mac we are pleased to announce Accordance for Windows. The release version is Accordance 10.3 and it includes all of the new features that were simultaneously released today in Accordance 10.3 for Mac. You can learn about those new features on our New Features in 10.3 page.

All Accordance 10 collections include a universal license that covers up to five personal Mac, Windows, and iOS devices. So, if you are a pastor who uses a Mac at home and a Windows PC at the church, you only need one Accordance 10 license to cover both devices. This also means that if you already own an Accordance 10 collection for Mac, you can download Accordance 10 for Windows right now at no additional cost!

To learn more, be sure to check out our new Accordance for Windows page, where you'll find a new Windows video and an FAQ.

Tags: Windows

 

Jun 18, 2013 Darin Allen

Accordance for Windows: Questions and Answers

It’s been almost a year since we first announced that we were developing a native version of Accordance for Windows, and the response has been very encouraging. We appreciate all of the excitement from the community, and we wanted to take a moment now to answer some of the most common questions we've received about Accordance for Windows.


What is the current status of Accordance for Windows?

The Windows version is quite far along at this point. We recently launched a closed beta on June 6, 2013 and we currently have about 25 beta testers that are helping us test features and squash bugs.

Can I become a beta tester?

Possibly, we are planning to expand the beta in a week or two, so we do have some open spots for more testers. If you are interested in actively beta testing and bug reporting, you can post your request to the forums.

What does the Windows version look like?

The Windows version looks and works very similar to Accordance on Mac. All of the menus and dialog boxes use standard Windows interface elements and button placement, but apart from this we tried to maintain a unified interface where it made sense. There are several reasons we decided to pursue a unified interface, but the primary reason is that it is the best way for us to ensure that new features are added to both platforms in a timely manner. Here are two screenshots of the current Windows beta. Please note that the final release may look slightly different.

 

Windows Basic Workspace

NA28 Workspace

 

How well does Accordance run on Windows?

Very well. We are using native Windows code, which means that there are no translation layers or emulators to slow things down. Even in the current beta, Accordance for Windows runs quite smoothly. Most searches feel instantaneous, just like they do on the Mac. Speed has always been an important aspect of Accordance on Mac, so we made it a priority to optimize Accordance for speed on Windows as well.

When will the Windows version be released?

We will have a limited release in August 2013 for schools that are participating in our Academic Purchasing Program. A public release will follow shortly after that, but we do not have a specific date to announce at this point. Stay tuned for more updates.


Thanks for your interest in Accordance for Windows! Please pass on the word to your friends and family that a native Windows version of Accordance is coming soon. You can look forward to more information in the coming weeks, but in the meantime you can post comments and questions below.

Tags: Windows

 

Feb 11, 2013 David Lang

Did You Know You Can Hide Windows?

HideCommand1 It happens every week: Sunday rolls around and my main Accordance workspace is filled with tabs and zones related to my current work projects. But I have to teach Sunday school, and I want to present the passages and visual aids related to my lesson without closing—or showing—the other stuff I've been working on. Obviously, I'll want to open an additional workspace and do my lesson preparation in that, but how do I make sure my class doesn't see my main workspace?

The easiest thing to do is simply to hide my main workspace using the Hide command. You'll find that command in the Window menu, and choosing it does just what you would expect: it hides, or makes invisible, the front window without actually closing it.

HideCommand2 When you hide a window, its name will still appear at the bottom of the Window menu. A diamond will appear next to the name to indicate that the window is hidden. To show the window again, simply select its name, or choose the Show All command.

It's that easy, and you can use the Hide command any time you want to reduce clutter without actually closing something.