January 2010

Life Without the Resource Palette?

January 27, 2010 - David Lang — The Resource palette is perhaps one of the most useful and recognizable aspects of the Accordance interface. It enables you to open any Accordance module, and if you first make a selection of text, to search any module you choose for that text (a process we call "amplifying" your selection). As a longtime Accordance user, I rely on the Resource palette a lot. If you don't like the default look of the Resource palette, you can modify it in a number of ways. First, you can collapse any sections of the palette you don't use by clicking a ...

Saving Screen Real Estate

January 26, 2010 - David Lang — In a recent update of Accordance (there have been so many in the last year I can't remember which one), we added a new capability which has changed the way many of you interact with Accordance. The Instant Details box has always shown the basic tagging information for any word in a Key-numbered Bible text or grammatically-tagged original language text you mouse over. This would include a brief definition called a gloss, but many users asked to see more. So we now allow you to hold down the command key to see your default dictionary's ...

Moonlighting on Macs in the Ministry

January 22, 2010 - David Lang — Most employers frown on their employees taking a second job. Since no one can serve two masters, it is rare that someone can "moonlight" and not allow their regular work to suffer in some way. Even worse would be to use your primary employer's company blog to promote your moonlighting work. I've already done the former, and now I'm about to do the latter. Fortunately, I have a very understanding employer. Last year, when there was no shortage of Accordance work for me to do, OakTree Software graciously gave me the time I needed to write a ...

Support for Older Macs

January 21, 2010 - David Lang — A few years ago, I lent my year 2000 Pismo PowerBook to a friend who needed to run some classic Mac software. My son had tripped over the power cord years before and had broken the connector, so I ended up buying a second battery and a separate battery charger to keep the thing running. Not an ideal solution, but it worked. My friend reported to me last year that my laptop had finally died, which I take to mean that he can no longer get the batteries to charge. I suspect that a few hundred dollars would get this decade-old Mac running just ...

Accordance 8.4.2 Released

January 20, 2010 - David Lang — I'm pleased to announce that Accordance 8.4.2 is now available. This is a free download to all users of Accordance 8 or above. This new update primarily includes fixes for bugs so obscure few of you would ever discover them, but is also includes a few minor enhancements. In the duh-can't-believe-we-left-that-out department, we've added the Edit User Note command to the contextual menu which appears when you right- or control-click a verse in a Text window. Yes, you could always choose Edit User Note from the Selection menu or use the ...

Learning Something New at the Company Dinner

January 19, 2010 - David Lang — This past Friday night, all the OakTree Software staff located here in Central Florida gathered for our annual company dinner. Since we have a number of employees located in other parts of the country, we try to schedule the company dinner at a time when at least some of those far-flung staff members happen to be in town. Last year, the dinner was timed to coincide with a visit from one of our associate scholars. This year, a module developers' training seminar gave us an excuse to include several out of town members of our module development ...

Free Updates and Sale Prices

January 14, 2010 - David Lang — In the past few days, we've released a number of free module updates, as well as offering discounts on select modules. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary has been updated to include page numbers and a browser which reflects the volume divisions of the print edition. Previous versions of Anchor had page number information at the beginning of each article, but did not have actual page numbers presented throughout the text. Anchor is currently on sale for just $199. Context of Scripture has undergone a major upgrade with the addition of page ...

Bridging the Gap Between the Two Davids

January 13, 2010 - David Lang — In yesterday's post I told you a Tale of Two Davids. I described the "other David" (not myself) as generally following a tried-and-true process of study and lesson preparation, while I tend to be a little more random and prone to "fly by the seat of my pants." I then pointed out that Accordance accommodates both of these approaches to Bible study. It is fast and efficient enough to accommodate someone like myself who does not follow a set procedure each time I study the Bible, yet customizable enough to let you develop predefined layouts for ...

A Tale of Two Davids

January 12, 2010 - David Lang — Back when I was in college, I served as one of two interns helping with a local church's youth ministry. The other intern was also named David, and he was a brilliant guy who eventually went on to become a professor of medieval history. The two of us worked together to plan youth events and Bible studies, and as we did, it was interesting to me to see how differently we each approached those tasks. The other David's first impulse was to turn to the youth ministry's library of planning materials. He'd find some lesson outline on the topic we ...

Amplify to Perform a Fuzzy Search

January 11, 2010 - David Lang — In the previous few posts I've talked about how you can select text in a resource and then click the Search button on the Resource palette to search your current resource for that selection of text. I've shown how this feature makes it extremely easy to search for Hebrew words. I've also shown how you can hold the option key down to search for Greek or Hebrew inflected forms rather than lexical forms. Now, suppose you come across a phrase you want to search for, but you don't necessarily want to find that exact phrase. If you select that ...

Podcast on the Accordance Philosophy

January 08, 2010 - David Lang — Dr. J's podcasts keep getting better and better. His latest on "The Accordance Philosophy" really captures the reasons why we do the things we do. Be sure to check it out.

Amplify to Search for Inflected Forms

January 08, 2010 - David Lang — In yesterday's post, I showed how you can select some Hebrew text and click the Search button on the Resource palette to have Accordance build the right search syntax for you. I explained that by default, Accordance searches for lexical forms or lemmas—that is, the representative form of the word that appears in most lexicons. When Accordance searches by lexical form, it finds every occurrence of that lexical form no matter how it is inflected. In English, this would be like entering "run" and finding "run," "runs," "ran," "running," etc....

Amplify to Search for Hebrew

January 07, 2010 - David Lang — Yesterday I told you how using the Search button on the Resource palette to search for a selection of text is much more efficient than typing a search in the same window as your main text. Rather than replacing your main text with the search results, amplifying a selection of text in this way will leave your main text intact and display the search results in another tab. Today, I want to show you how truly powerful this feature is when working with the original Hebrew. Let's say I'm looking at Genesis 1:1 and I want to search for the phrase ...

Amplify to Search

January 06, 2010 - David Lang — What is the one section of the Resource palette which cannot be closed by clicking a disclosure triangle? It's the section at the bottom which includes the Search button. Ever wonder why that is? It's because we want to reinforce the idea that the search button should be an integral part of your workflow. When you're studying a passage and you run across a word you want to search for, simply select it and click the Search button on the Resource palette. This will open a new tab displaying every occurrence of that word in the current text....

Spoiled by Speed

January 04, 2010 - David Lang — I admit it. I've been spoiled. I've been using Accordance since version 1.0 and it has always been fast. It doesn't matter what hardware I run it on. I've never owned the fastest Macs, and for many years I limped along with entry-level Macs. Yet somehow, Accordance was always responsive and delivered search results very quickly. Some programs perform simple operations quickly but grind to a halt when doing anything more advanced. I've never found that to be the case with Accordance. Accordance is arguably the most powerful Bible software ...

Resolved to Read the Bible?

January 01, 2010 - David Lang — Happy New Year! Now that 2010 is underway, many people are resolving to improve themselves in various and sundry ways. If your New Year's Resolution is to shed those holiday pounds, I'm afraid Accordance won't be much help to you. But if your New Year's Resolution is to read the Bible through in a year, Accordance has got your back. Here are a few tips designed to make keeping that resolution easy. Discover the Daily Readings module: If you've purchased any level of the Library or Scholar's collections, you should have a module named Daily ...