August 2012

Dr. J Featured at ScreenFlow

August 30, 2012 - Helen Brown — Accordance was already proud of our very own Lighting the Lamp podcast series. Most such productions involve a team of experts. However, ours is written, designed, filmed, narrated, edited, and produced by one person: Dr. Timothy Jenney! Dr. J and Lighting the Lamp are featured today on the ScreenFlow blog. ScreenFlow is the screen and voice capture software that Dr. J has used from the start. Now they are recognizing the incredible professional results that he has achieved, and giving Accordance 10 some welcome publicity at the same ...

Accordance 10: Hidden, But Easy to Find

August 28, 2012 - David Lang — Interface design requires finding the right balance between two often conflicting objectives. An interface is intuitive if it is easy for a new user to understand. This typically requires hiding advanced features and options which they are not likely to need. On the other hand, a program's usability typically depends on having those features and options right at one's fingertips. The more the advanced user has to go digging to find those options, the more difficult the program is for him or her to use. It is relatively easy to create an ...

Tailoring Accordance 10 to Your Personal Tastes

August 24, 2012 - David Lang — Accordance has always been extremely customizable, but Accordance 10 offers new ways to adjust its look and functionality to your own personal tastes. Here are a few of the new options you should be aware of. Customize your Toolbar: The new toolbar now places a number of features and resources at your fingertips, but you can customize it by control- or right-clicking it. The contextual menu which appears lets you choose how you want the toolbar items displayed. I prefer to use the small icon size and to display both icons ...

Accordance 10 Constructs Now Look as Sleek as They Work

August 23, 2012 - David Lang — The Accordance Construct window has been around from the very beginning. In fact, when I first saw an early prototype of Accordance way back in 1992, our lead programmer was showing how you could drag grammatical tags onto the Construct window to perform incredibly powerful searches. Accordance was the first Bible study program to offer such a graphical search interface, and it enabled students and scholars to search the original texts of the Bible without having to become experts in computer science. Back when I first saw it, the ...

Accordance 10: No Sacred Cows, No Unnecessary Slaughter

August 22, 2012 - David Lang — When it came time to redesign the Accordance 10 interface, we were determined that there would be no "sacred cows" we would be unwilling to sacrifice. On the other hand, we were equally determined that we would not engage in unnecessary slaughter: that is, we saw no point in change merely for the sake of change. In every design decision, we tried to simplify, declutter, and beautify, while being careful not to fix what wasn't broken or to lose Accordance's distinct advantages. One example of this can be found in the redesign of the ...

What's Your Favorite Accordance 10 Theme?

August 21, 2012 - David Lang — One of the new features of Accordance 10 is the ability to choose from a variety of text formatting "themes". Accordance has always offered an unparalleled level of control over the appearance of Bibles and books, but you had to tweak each option yourself and there was no way to preview the results in the Set Text Display dialog. With Accordance 10, not only can you preview the changes you make right in the dialog, but you can choose from more than a dozen predesigned "themes." So what are your favorite themes? Are you using ...

It Sure IS Nice! Accordance 10 is Here!

August 20, 2012 - David Lang — All last week, I wrote a series of posts asking, "Wouldn't it be nice?" Each post looked at a specific way Accordance could be improved, and offered a carefully cropped screenshot of a version of Accordance still in development. It didn't take long for you to realize that Accordance 10 must be on its way. Neither did it take long for you to start asking, "When?" I'm delighted to inform you that Accordance 10 is available now! And yes, it sure is nice! For Accordance 10, we took a hard look at every aspect of the Accordance interface, ...

Wouldn't It Be Nice? Slicker Pictures

August 17, 2012 - David Lang — Many Accordance tools contain images of some kind, which are displayed in the tool as a clickable thumbnail. In Accordance 8, when you clicked this thumbnail you would get a new tab displaying the image at the full size of the workspace. That was nice, but if you wanted to look at a series of pictures you would have to switch back and forth between the tab containing the tool and the tab containing the picture. Sure, you could have detached the picture tab so that it appeared in a separate window, but how many of us thought ...

Wouldn't It Be Nice? More Flexible Searching

August 16, 2012 - David Lang — Accordance searching has always been about precision. When you enter a word or phrase, that exact entry is found. Your search results are not cluttered with approximate hits. You simply find what you're looking for. Unfortunately, that level of precision can be a bit of a double-edged sword—especially when you don't know exactly what you're looking for. Now, Accordance has always had built in ways to broaden a search and make it more flexible, such as wildcard symbols, search commands, and fuzzy searches; but using those t ...

Wouldn't It Be Nice? Integrated Palettes

August 15, 2012 - David Lang — Ever since version 1.0, Accordance has used floating palettes to keep certain features readily accessible no matter how other windows happened to be arranged on your screen. Palettes such as the Resource palette and Instant Details Box would float above other windows, and could be placed anywhere you wanted. I keep my Resource palette along the right edge of the screen and my Instant Details box along the bottom, but I've seen other Accordance users arrange these palettes in every conceivable configuration. While floating palettes have ...

Wouldn't It Be Nice? Smarter Context

August 15, 2012 - David Lang — Have you ever noticed that when you do different kinds of searches in Accordance, you're really wanting different things? Let's say you do a verse search for Ephesians 2:8. The Search tab dutifully displays that verse, and that verse only. But you don't want just that verse; you want to begin reading at that verse and continue reading the verses that follow it. To see that verse in context, you need to drag the context slider all the way to the right. Now, leave the context slider set to all and enter the following search: ...

Wouldn't It Be Nice? Better Module Names

August 14, 2012 - David Lang — I've been using Accordance for a long time, and in my completely unbiased opinion, it's easily the best Bible software on the market. Still, there is always room for improvement, and there are times I find myself thinking, "Wouldn't it be nice if Accordance functioned like this?" For example, look at the module names that appear in the Library window and various Resource menus. Many of these modules have rather cryptic names consisting of abbreviations or titles which have been shortened in some way. All those shortened names can make i ...

AND Command vs. At Symbol

August 08, 2012 - David Lang — A couple of recent user forum threads have centered around a common mistake made by those beginning to use more advanced search commands and symbols: namely, they use the AND command when they should use the At symbol (@). What's the difference? Put simply, the AND command searches for two separate items which appear together in the same verse (or sentence, paragraph, chapter, etc.). The At symbol, on the other hand, lets you look for one word which meets more than one criterion. For example, if I want search a Bible with Strong's ...