May 2009

Excellent Review of Accordance for Basic Bible Study

May 26, 2009 - David Lang — Timothy Butler of Open for Business has written an excellent review of Accordance which focuses on its usefulness for basic Bible study. As I've opined before, most software "reviews" are little more than a regurgitation of the developers' own marketing blurbs. As someone who has written a few software reviews myself, I understand why that is: writing a good review is hard work. It means taking the time to learn how to use a program competently and thinking through how well it meets the needs of its intended audience. Butler has clearly done ...

Lighting the Lamp: Accordance Podcast

May 22, 2009 - David Lang — I'm very excited to announce the premiere episode of Lighting the Lamp, our new Accordance podcast. The first episode covers the ins and outs of searching by verse. If you subscribe to the podcast, iTunes will download future episodes automatically. Here's what Dr. J had to say on our forums about the podcast: Initially, we are going to be reproducing the webinar series, as we were not happy with the quality of those recordings. We also want to develop a pool of basic podcasts for new users [and potential users], as ...

Apologetics Study Bible Released

May 18, 2009 - David Lang — We're pleased to announce the release of the Apologetics Study Bible for use with Accordance. This innovative study Bible from Broadman & Holman is designed to help people find answers to difficult questions about the intellectual credibility of the Christian faith, the relationship of Christianity to other religions, what the Bible has to say about today's tough issues, etc. It features book introductions, commentary, and more than 130 feature articles by such notable apologists and scholars as Craig Blomberg, Darrell Bock, Charles ...

Accordance Users: A Force to Be Reckoned With

May 13, 2009 - David Lang — Yesterday I talked about how much user requests led to the new features in Accordance 8.2.3. Meanwhile, a discussion has started on our user forum in which people are simultaneously praising the new changes and asking for further enhancements! You, our users, expect Accordance to work the way you do, and you constantly encourage us to improve. Not only are you a force for us to reckon with, you are also a force to be reckoned with when someone asks for purchasing advice. The other day, someone on Twitter asked us and a competing Bible ...

Scoring Points: Accordance 8.2.3 Released

May 12, 2009 - David Lang — Since we released Accordance 8 last year, we've followed our usual practice of offering free downloadable updates which offer minor new features and bug fixes. In November, we released Accordance 8.1, which was so chock full of new features we could easily have made it a paid upgrade. Then in March of this year, we released Accordance 8.2, with German and Spanish localization and about a dozen other minor enhancements. A couple of bug fix releases followed to bring us up to 8.2.2. Yesterday, we released Accordance 8.2.3 for download. Yet some ...

NRSV New Testament now with Key Numbers

May 07, 2009 - David Lang — For years now, Accordance users have enjoyed the ability to examine the Greek and Hebrew behind those translations which have been tagged with Key Numbers. In version 8, we took that ability one step further with Key number highlighting, a new feature which lets you drag your cursor over a word in a Key numbered text to highlight the corresponding word in a grammatically tagged Greek or Hebrew text (or vice versa). Of course, all the cool things you can do with Key numbers only work with those translations which have actually b ...

Creating a "Places" Workspace

May 06, 2009 - David Lang — As I've mentioned several times, we're currently offering a sale on most of our Graphic resources, such as the Atlas, Timeline, PhotoGuide, the Biblical World in Pictures, etc. These resources give you a visual glimpse into the historical and geographical context of the biblical narratives, and so help to make those narratives come alive. Yet once you've got some of these resources, how do you get the most out of them? One way is to search them all at once using a Favorite Workspace. To create a favorite workspace, simply open a new ...

David’s Midlife Crisis

May 04, 2009 - David Lang — One of my favorite features of the Timeline is the ability to option-drag from one point to another to see how much time elapsed between them. For example, if you display Individuals and Events in the Conservative dating scheme, you'll see the life of David along with the various events in David's life. If you option-drag from the beginning of David's life to one of those events, you'll see in the Instant Details box how old he was at that moment. For example, if you option-drag to "Samuel Anoints David," you get an age of about 11 ...

YouTube and other Network Sites

May 01, 2009 - Helen Brown — For those who don't keep up with the forum, here is Joel's post about our latest venture in cyberspace: As many of you have undoubtedly noticed, we have been making a concerted effort to not only continue to expand the program's capabilities and resources, but also our method of reaching more people more effectively. We have a Twitter account, a Facebook page, a Blog with RSS/FeedBurner feed, a video podcast: Lighting the Lamp about to go into full swing, and now our very own YouTube Channel! On our YouTube page you'll see a link to ...