Accordance Blog

March 2014

Accounting for Spelling Differences

March 28, 2014 - David Lang — In a recent thread on the Accordance User Forums, someone looking for purchasing advice asked some questions about an Accordance tool called the Dictionary of Early Christian Biography. This dictionary provides in depth biographical information about a variety of figures in the history of the early church, and it just happens to be a great example of a little-known feature of some Accordance tools. This short video demonstration will show you what I mean. Dictionary of Christian Biography from Accordance Bible Software on ...

Throwback Thursday: Tools for Accordance 2

March 27, 2014 - David Lang — We've been doing a lot of reminiscing lately, and I promise we'll get back to helpful tips and other kinds of posts soon. Still, since it's Thursday again, I'll continue reminiscing for "Throwback Thursday." In my most recent post, I went back before my own involvement with Accordance to look at Accordance pre-history. Before I took that detour, however, I was beginning to talk about the development of Accordance 2.0. In this post, I'll pick up there. For me, the most promising feature planned for Accordance 2.0 was the addition of ...

As Accordance Turns 20

March 26, 2014 - Helen Brown — Our baby is now all grown up! We bought our first Mac computer in 1984, three months after its debut, and soon afterwards a friend planted a little seed in our minds: why not write a program to use the Mac for Bible Study? We had a deep interest in the Bible, some knowledge of Greek and Hebrew, and the time to work on the project along with part-time positions in our own professions. It was an intriguing idea. For all that the Mac was easy to use, it proved very difficult to program for. I well ...

Accordance: You Had Me at “Hello”

March 25, 2014 - Matt Kenyon — 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 ...

Another 20/20 Sale

March 20, 2014 - Helen Brown — Thank you for the amazing response. This sale is now over. Continuing our 20th Anniversary Celebrations: 20% off the entire store for 20 days! We invite all our users to “clip” this coupon and enter the code at checkout to get a 20% discount on one entire order: Order anything you’d like from our store and take advantage of 20% off our already low prices. You can even put the order on our payment plan for up to 12 months. This one-time sale does have special conditions: ...

Throwback Thursday: Accordance and The PerfectWord

March 20, 2014 - David Lang — As readers of this blog well know, we're currently celebrating the twenty-year anniversary of the initial release of Accordance Bible Software. In fact, today only, you can purchase twenty popular Accordance add-ons for just twenty bucks each. For my part, I've been doing a fair amount of reminiscing about Accordance's early days in this series of Throwback Thursday posts. The response to these posts has been fascinating. A number of users who go all the way back to Accordance 1.0 have shared their stories in the comments on this blog o ...

20 Products for 20 Bucks to Celebrate 20 Years

March 19, 2014 - Julie Palmer — Accordance Bible Software is turning twenty! That's a rare feat in the software industry, and we have you, our users, to thank for it. We'd like to show our appreciation for your years of support by offering an unprecedented deal on twenty popular Accordance products. Normally costing between $29.99 and $99.99, you can now grab them for just 20 bucks each! But you'll have to hurry. This sale lasts just one day—Thursday, March 20. Be sure to keep an eye on our 20th Anniversary Page for even more ways to celebrate with us. These ...

Accordance is Twenty! Celebrate with Us

March 18, 2014 - David Lang — Twenty years. First released in Spring 1994, Accordance Bible Software is proudly celebrating twenty years of helping people around the world get the most out of their Bible study. In the fast-moving, ever-changing world of software development, twenty years is an eternity. Consider for a moment how many of the applications you commonly use have been around for twenty years. With the exception of industry standard word processors and spreadsheets, you probably can't think of many. When Accordance was first released, Aldus PageMaker was ...

Compare all the Pauline Salutations

March 17, 2014 - David Lang — In my last Throwback Thursday post, I mentioned my role in the design of the Parallels window. This window lets you view parallel passages side-by-side, such as parallels in the Synoptic Gospels or those found in Kings and Chronicles. Yet Accordance also includes Parallel databases covering less obvious parallel passages. For example, the Epistles parallel database lets you compare similar passages in the various New Testament epistles. You can open the Epistles parallel from the Library or from the New pop-up menu of the Toolbar. When ...

Throwback Thursday: Every Mac User's Dream

March 13, 2014 - David Lang — In my last Throwback Thursday post, I explained how I went from being an early Accordance user to unexpectedly landing a part-time job with the company. I wasn't the first employee of Accordance Bible Software, but I am the longest running, having remained with the company for nearly twenty years now. As I explained in my last post, I started with the company when Accordance 1.1a—a minor update which added support for the tagged Septuagint—was about to be released. At that point in time, Accordance was narrow in scope but ...

A Preschool Lesson on Lachish

March 12, 2014 - David Lang — Last night as I was helping Jo Jo, my five-year-old son, brush his teeth before bed, I asked him who Naaman was. No, I don't typically quiz my preschooler on obscure Bible stories, but some weeks ago he had shown me a craft he had made during a Sunday school lesson about the leper healed by Elisha (2 Kings 5), and I had been impressed with his level of comprehension. The other day I had stumbled across that craft again, and I was curious to see how much he remembered. Not surprisingly, the words "Naaman" and "leper" failed to jog his memory, ...

Setting and Searching Your Default Bible

March 11, 2014 - Linda Perry — When your startup is set to open 'Default Search Tab' (Preferences, General Settings), you can set your default search Bible by going to Preferences and selecting Search Tabs from the column on the left. Find the text pop-up menu in the upper part of the pane and select your preferred text from the list. Also select Words and Exact or Flex Search. Click on the OK button (bottom right). Now whenever you open a new workspace, this Bible text will appear ready for you to enter your search query. Then ...

Accordance 10.4: Free Update with Lots of New Features

March 10, 2014 - David Lang — If you launched Accordance 10 over the weekend, you probably received notice that a new update is available. If that hasn't happened yet, be sure to choose Check for App Update from the Accordance menu (on Mac) or the Utilities menu (on Windows) as soon as possible. Accordance 10.4 is a major update chock full of new features and enhancements. These include support for Retina displays and Mac OS X's fullscreen mode, numerous enhancements to user notes, the ability to use transliteration in Key number searches, and more. While there are ...

Have You Customized Your Toolbar?

March 07, 2014 - David Lang — The Accordance toolbar only made its debut with the release of Accordance 10, but if you're like me, you quickly found yourself going to it all the time. I frequently use it to open the Library, open a new module, enter a search in the Search All field, and most often, to amplify. One of the best things about the toolbar is its customizability. Just right- or control-click the Toolbar to access the following contextual menu: In this menu, you can choose how you want the toolbar items displayed: as Icon and Text, Icon Only, Text ...

Throwback Thursday: Unexpected Employment

March 06, 2014 - David Lang — For the past two "Throwback Thursdays," I've reminisced about my first exposure to Accordance in a life-changing demo, and my first purchase of Accordance 1.0. At the end of that second post, I mentioned how I was so excited about my purchase of Accordance that I was quick to send in my registration card. I also hinted that this decision would likewise turn out to be life-changing. It occurred to me afterward that the idea of mailing a registration card to a software company might seem pretty strange in these days of electronic ...

Creating a Custom Map for Genesis 19

March 05, 2014 - David Lang — This past Sunday I covered the end of Genesis 19 for my Sunday School class. Describing the aftermath of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, this passage relates how Abraham gazed out from the vicinity of Hebron to see smoke rising from the Dead Sea plain. He does not know that Lot has escaped to the small town of Zoar with his daughters. The passage then describes how Lot and his daughters leave Zoar to live in a nearby cave. There each of Lot's daughters conceives a son through incest with their father. These sons go on to father the ...