Accordance Blog

June 2009

The Accordance Podcast on your iPhone

June 26, 2009 - Rick Bennett — Most of you are probably aware by now that we have a Video Podcast in iTunes, Lighting the Lamp. Since we announced it back in May we've added several new episodes including one dedicated to the ESV Study Bible, and are currently in a multi-part series on Commands and Symbols. Last week Apple released the newest evolution of their iPhone, the 3Gs, along with the 3.0 OS. One of the many enhancements now available in the OS is the ability to subscribe to, and download a Podcast directly from the iPhone (or iPod Touch). For those who ...

Get the Word Out: Referral Rewards

June 25, 2009 - Helen Brown — We rely on personal recommendations to draw new users to Accordance, and we are grateful to everyone who, for sheer love of Accordance, encourages everyone within reach to get it for themselves. But some people are a little shy when it comes to recommending a product. Some teachers use Accordance to prepare their lessons, but never mention Accordance in the class. Some students get great marks for assignments done with Accordance, but never let on to their friends. You know who you are... So here's an incentive to Get the Word Out — our ...

Accordance Beast

June 22, 2009 - David Lang — Greg Willson, a friend of mine whose musical stylings can be heard on our latest demos and podcasts, mentioned me on Twitter a couple weeks ago and described me as an "Accordance Beast." He might have meant that I am grossly uncivilized, but I took it to mean that he sees me as something of an Accordance power user. I tweeted back that I liked the label and asked jokingly if I could get it printed on a T-shirt. Yesterday, one of my Father's Day presents was a T-shirt emblazoned with the words "Accordance Beast"! It was a wonderful ...

Getting in on the Act

June 19, 2009 - David Lang — Eric Lee Welch, self-proclaimed Accordance bird-dog, has apparently been having some fun with our Twitter campaign to encourage people to "Complete the Switch." In case you're not on Twitter or have not been following accordancebible, here are some of the playful exhortations we've tweeted so far: Don't settle for leeks and onions when you can have milk and honey. Complete the Switch to Mac! http://bit.ly/DjHQy #macbible Don't put your hand to the plow and look back. Complete the Switch to Mac! http://bit.ly/DjHQy ...

Tweet to Complete the Switch

June 11, 2009 - David Lang — As part of our new Complete the Switch promotion, we've put together a little Twitter marketing campaign. Once each day, we'll be unveiling a new humorous "tweet" with a Biblical exhortation to Complete the Switch. You can keep up with them by following accordancebible or accordanceguy, and if you enjoy them, we would appreciate you retweeting them. Here are the two we've unveiled so far: Don't settle for leeks and onions when you can have milk and honey. Complete the Switch to Mac! http://bit.ly/DjHQy #macbible Don't put your h ...

Complete the Switch

June 10, 2009 - David Lang — These days, a lot of people are switching from PCs to Macs, and those who depend on Bible study software are trying to weigh their options. If these Mac switchers haven't yet heard of Accordance, they'll soon find their options to be frustratingly limited. That's why I'm pleased to announce our new Complete the Switch promotion. We've devoted a section of our website to making our case for why Mac switchers should also switch to Accordance for Bible study. There you'll find testimonials, relevant links, even Complete the Switch web ...

The Numbers Game

June 08, 2009 - David Lang — Way back on March 1, 2006, I wrote a blog post entitled "Why We Don't Bother to Count". In that post, I explained that while other developers advertise the number of electronic books they offer, we don't even bother to count them. Why don't we go around quoting the number of books we have to offer? There are several reasons. 1. The quantity of books in your library doesn't matter nearly as much as the quality. I have no less than 17 Greek lexicons and dictionaries in my Accordance library. Guess how many I regularly consult? Two! ...

Accordance Bird Dogs

June 03, 2009 - David Lang — Over the past few months, I've been playing around with Twitter. At first I thought it was the ultimate form of navel-gazing. And indeed it is in the case of people who post the mundane minutiae of their personal lives. Yet for all its faddishness and inherent narcissism, Twitter is an incredible medium for spreading news and information. Twitter is essentially a huge and open word-of-mouth-referral network, and since we've always relied heavily on the word of mouth recommendations of our users, Twitter represents a great opportunity for us t ...

Didn't Know You Had It? Greek Parsing

June 02, 2009 - David Lang — Last night, someone on our forums asked the following question: Is there a way to do a search on the inflected form of a Greek word and come up with a list of all the different English words used to translate it? Searching on a Strong's number in a tagged text returns a list of all the English terms used to translate the Greek root form of the word. I'm wondering if it's possible to do that kind of a thing with each inflected word in the GNT? It certainly is possible, using a tool you may not even have realized you have: Greek ...

Website Improvements

June 01, 2009 - David Lang — In the last few weeks, we've been quietly making improvements to the Accordance website to make it easier to find the information you most want. Here are some of the most notable improvements. Movie Magic: The Accordance 8 artwork on the front page now does more than just look pretty. It's a placeholder for our new "What is Accordance" promotional video. Click the artwork to play the video. New Products Page: To make it easier to see the various primary collections available, we've revamped our Products page with a visual ...