Accordance Blog

July 2011

Parsing a Selection

July 29, 2011 - David Lang — I have a confession to make. When I was taking Greek in seminary, I didn't always come to class fully prepared. I know, it's hard to believe—especially in light of how consistent I've been with the blog this week—but I'm afraid it's all too true. There were times when I came to class without my translation assignments completed, and I would sit through class just hoping I wouldn't be called on to read my translation or parse something. I'm sure none of you reading this can relate. On my desktop at home, I had Accordance and could get ...

Accordance for iOS 1.3 Now Available

July 27, 2011 - David Lang — I'm very pleased to announce that a major update to Accordance for iOS is now available through the App store. Accordance for iOS 1.3 offers a host of new features and minor enhancements that will have a major impact on your mobile workflow. Highlight: Accordance for iOS now comes with a default set of highlight styles, and allows you to highlight entire verses by tapping and holding on the verse reference. The highlight files from your desktop Accordance can also be synced with your iOS device, so any word-specific highlighting you've ...

Group Activities

July 22, 2011 - David Lang — Yesterday I showed how easy it is to create a custom group of modules using the beefed up library search capabilities of Accordance 9.4. In today's post, I want to show you a few things creating these groups enables you to do. Open every module in the group: Yesterday I created a group of every module containing books published by Zondervan. Having found all these modules and put them together in a convenient place, I could now just double-click the folder for my Zodervan group in the Library window to open every single module in that ...

Creating Groups is Easy in 9.4

July 21, 2011 - David Lang — The other day I showed how to use Accordance's Search All feature to find commentaries which discuss a selected passage. In that post, I mentioned that I selected a custom group containing all my commentaries rather than having Accordance search all my modules. In this post, I want to show you how to create such groups—a process which is now made easier by the improved Library searching in Accordance 9.4. To create a custom group of modules, simply scroll down to the bottom of the Library window until you see a folder labeled My Groups. ...

Accordance 9.4 is Here

July 20, 2011 - David Lang — I'm pleased to announce that Accordance 9.4 is now available. This free update for anyone with Accordance 9 includes some really cool enhancements you'll soon wonder how you ever lived without. The link I just gave summarizes the new features really well, so I'll just mention two of my favorites. The first is the ability to search your library by Module name, full Title, Author, Publisher, or Any Category. This makes it much easier to find your modules even when you can't remember the module name. Want to find every commentary you own? ...

PhotoGuide: Have You Read the Introduction?

July 19, 2011 - David Lang — As I mentioned last week, I've recently started a blog about a new book I'm writing called Feet to Follow, Eyes to See. At that blog, I've been discussing the value of traveling to Israel as a way to help "connect the dots" in our understanding of the Bible. As I was writing that blog post, I remembered a similar discussion in the Introduction to our Bible Lands PhotoGuide. The PhotoGuide is an illustrated dictionary of biblical locations, and anyone who owns it quickly learns to link it to the Atlas so that it comes up whenever you ...

Finding Relevant Commentaries

July 18, 2011 - David Lang — Accordance offers a lot of commentaries, and their number is growing all the time. Some commentaries cover a single book, some an entire testament or the whole Bible, and some an odd assortment of books. Series like Pillar, MacArthur, NIGTC, etc. are missing volumes that have not yet been published, and it's hard to remember which of these commentaries includes a volume on Ephesians. Accordance makes it easy to jump from the text of the Bible to a commentary, but how do you know which commentary will have something on that passage? The ...

The NIV Family of Translations

July 15, 2011 - David Lang — Earlier this year, I told you that, now that the 2011 edition of the NIV had been released, we would only be able to sell the 1984 edition and the TNIV for a limited time. Those of you who owned these earlier members of the NIV family were able to purchase the new edition at an upgrade price, and many of you did. Well, thanks to a change in policy, we're now able to offer the upgrade to the NIV11 free of charge. If you previously paid for the upgrade, you'll now be credited that amount toward a future purchase. We're also able to ...

Using the Show Pop-up Menu

July 13, 2011 - David Lang — One of the things that makes Accordance tools unique is that you can show as much or as little of the text as you want. The other day I showed how you could select a couple of articles in the Tool browser and then display only those two articles. That way you can print, copy, and otherwise interact with just the articles you want. The portions of a tool you see are determined by your search argument and the current setting of the Show pop-up menu. By default, the Show pop-up is set to All Text. That means that when you do a search, the ...

New Accordance Feature Inspires New Book

July 12, 2011 - David Lang — Earlier this year, we released Accordance 9.3 with improved support for reading devotionals. At the same time, we released a number of new devotional modules. While preparing those modules, I began thinking about other kinds of devotionals we could add. At the same time, I had just returned from Israel and was trying to process all the things I had seen and learned. The confluence of those two factors gave me an idea for a new book: a daily devotional focused on exploring biblical narratives in the light of their real-world setting. ...

Contribute to the Next Pastor's Study Post

July 11, 2011 - David Lang — The Pastor's Study series of blog posts has been immensely popular—so much so that on the weeks I missed getting one posted, people on the Accordance forums would anxiously ask if the series was over. I've now run out of guest posts by individual pastors, but I want to keep the series going by asking a little less of a lot more of you. Are you a pastor who would like to contribute to the next Pastor's Study post but who doesn't have time to write a dissertation about your sermon-prep workflow? Then read on: Most pastors don't have the ...

Not All E-Books Are Created Equal

July 08, 2011 - David Lang — Recently I've been discussing the various cool things you can do with the Tool Browser. The Tool Browser is a powerful and flexible feature of the Accordance application which interacts with the information built into each Accordance module. When we develop an Accordance module, we think long and hard about what should and should not appear in the browser. What will the user expect? Are there special circumstances we need to work around? It's part of what makes developing an Accordance module more of an art than a science. For ...

Tool Browser: See What You Need to See

July 07, 2011 - David Lang — On Tuesday, I showed how you can option-click a section of the Tool Browser to highlight it. When you do, all subsequent searches will be limited to the selected portion of the tool. But this tip isn't just useful when you want to narrow a search; it can also be used to display only the portions of a tool you want to see. For example, let's say you're studying the Assyrian siege of Lachish described in 2 Kings 18–19, and you want to read a couple of relevant articles from the Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible—such as the articles on ...

The Pastor's Study: Non-Biblical Texts and Text Criticism

July 06, 2011 - Robb Brunansky — This week's installment of The Pastor's Study comes from Robb Brunansky, the senior pastor of Desert Hills Evangelical Free Church in Phoenix, AZ, and a PhD candidate in New Testament at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. Robb is also one of the trainers who teaches our Accordance training seminars. The primary reason I decided to purchase Accordance in 2005 was for the original language tools. I had been trained in seminary to use the Greek and Hebrew text, and I wanted to maximize those skills, even grow t ...

Tool Browser: Setting a Search Range

July 05, 2011 - David Lang — Last week, I gave a few tips for how to get more out of the browser which is built into every Accordance tool. Today I want to give you a glimpse into the real power the Browser offers. Let's say you want to search Jonathan Edwards' Freedom of Will for the word "happiness." It's part of a compilation of Edwards' works, and if you search the Content field of that entire module you get more than 1200 occurrences of "happiness"! What you need, therefore, is a way to restrict the search to Freedom of Will by itself. To restrict your ...