Accordance Blog

September 2011

Opening Commentaries in a Zone Versus a Pane

September 30, 2011 - David Lang — In Accordance, you can open a commentary (or any other reference-based tool) in a pane within your Bible search tab, or in a separate zone. So what are the strengths and weaknesses of each approach? To open a commentary as a pane, select it from the Reference Tool pop-up menu on the right side of the Search window. The primary advantage of opening your commentary as a pane is that it will appear alongside your Bible text and scroll in sync with it. All you need to do is select the commentary you want and Accordance does the ...

Commentary Where You Least Expect It

September 29, 2011 - David Lang — In my last post, I weighed the advantages of purchasing entire commentary sets rather than individual volumes, and I promised to show you how larger sets can be mined for hidden gems. Imagine for a moment that you're preaching through Ephesians 4, a passage which is concerned with the need for Christians to “maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” You go to your bookshelf, which contains every volume of Word Biblical Commentary (isn't imagination fun?), and pull out the volume on Ephesians. You turn to the section on ...

Commentary Sets vs. Individual Volumes

September 28, 2011 - David Lang — Not long ago, a seminary student explained why he prefers to buy individual volumes of a multi-volume commentary rather than the entire set. He said that when he is studying or teaching through a book of the Bible, he would prefer to buy the best commentaries he can find on that particular book. Then when he moves on to another book, he'll buy commentary volumes on that book. For those who prefer to purchase commentaries that way, we have a number of large commentary sets which can be purchased in individual volumes or small groups of v ...

Pushing the Limits

September 26, 2011 - David Lang — Some things never change. When I first purchased Accordance in 1994, I had already been waiting two years for it to be released. I had seen a demo of an early prototype in 1992, and even then it was the most advanced Bible software I had ever seen. By the time I actually received the half-dozen installation disks (on floppies!), I was really eager to get started. Compared to what Accordance can do now, of course, version 1.0 was much more limited. One of the most obvious ways you could customize it back then was by creating your own ...

New Ancient Commentary

September 23, 2011 - David Lang — At the Lausanne Disputation in 1536, Protestants and Roman Catholics debated the doctrines of the Reformation in an attempt to decide the religious loyalties of the surrounding region. John Calvin, then only twenty-seven, was in attendance, but he largely remained silent, allowing other, more experienced Reformers to argue their case. At one point, a Roman priest accused the Reformers of holding the teaching of the church fathers in low esteem, since that teaching overwhelmingly contradicted Protestant doctrines. At that, Calvin stood and ...

A Better Shopping Experience (Part II): Create your own Comparison Chart

September 21, 2011 - Darin Allen — A few weeks ago I wrote about our new and improved product landing page. In my blog post, I mentioned that this page was the first in a three-step process to improve the shopping experience on our website. I am pleased to announce that we have just completed step two, which is a new comparison chart for our primary collections. Now, I know what you’re thinking. A comparison chart? Pshhh, big whoop, I see comparison charts all the time! But not so fast, my snarky friend, this isn’t your typical dusty old comparison chart—this is a fully ...

Is Divorce Over Alzheimer's Acceptable?

September 20, 2011 - David Lang — Over the weekend the blogosphere has been abuzz over Pat Robertson's response to a question about divorce on a recent broadcast of The 700 Club. The caller wanted to know how to respond to a married man who is now dating another woman because his wife has Alzheimer's disease. He feels justified because she "as he knows her is gone." Although Robertson declared that this is an ethical question "beyond his ken," he seemed to agree that the man is justified in divorcing his wife. That has prompted a number of blog posts and discussions about ...

Linking Atlas and PhotoGuide

September 19, 2011 - David Lang — Our Graphics Bundle combines our interactive Bible Atlas, Bible Lands PhotoGuide, and interactive Timeline at a significant savings, which is probably why it's one of our best-selling products. To get the most out of this bundle, I recommend linking the Atlas and PhotoGuide in your preferences. Doing so will enable you to double-click a place name on the map to look it up in the PhotoGuide, giving you detailed information about that site along with spectacular and illustrative photographs. To do this, simply open the Preferences ...

Concerned about Controversy? Consult Counterpoints

September 15, 2011 - David Lang — When I was a student at a secular university, I was very interested in apologetics. In my discussions with professors and students who did not share my beliefs, I wanted to know how to offer a rational defense of those beliefs. When I got to seminary, I was very excited to take a course in apologetics because I thought I would learn new arguments I could actually use. I was surprised to find that the course was focused on discussing various views on how apologetics should be done. I learned about Classical Apologetics, Presuppositional ...

Commentary on the MacBook Air Giveaway

September 14, 2011 - Darin Allen — We are almost halfway through our MacBook Air Giveaway, and the excitement is building. If you haven’t entered yet, you can do so now on our giveaway page, and be sure to leave a comment in response to the video. We have already received over 1,000 comments, and it has been both encouraging and entertaining to read what people have to say about Accordance. I have compiled some of my favorites for your enjoyment, along with my own personal reflections in italics. New Customer “All my research points to Accordance as THE ...

Seminars in Dallas, Houston, Minneapolis, LA, and Atlanta

September 09, 2011 - David Lang — A week from today I head to the Lone Star State to teach a series of Accordance training seminars in Dallas and Houston. We'll be at Redeemer Seminary on Saturday the 17th, and Dallas Theological Seminary on Monday the 19th. On Wednesday the 21st, we'll be at the College of Biblical Studies in Houston. Our Texas seminars are usually packed, so if you haven't registered for one of these yet, be sure to do so right away. As always, these seminars are free for you. They are not however, without cost. I just realized I'll be missing most of ...

Accordance 9.4.2 Syncs Unicode Bibles and More

September 06, 2011 - David Lang — A new update to Accordance 9 was released today. Accordance 9.4.2 supports the syncing of Unicode Bibles with iOS devices, fixes several minor Lion-related issues, and even offers a few speed enhancements. Up to now, opening a new Map tab is one of the few things in Accordance which required me to wait several seconds. Granted, I'm using a four-year-old MacBook Pro, so maybe I felt the pain of it more than most of you do. Now, however, a new Map opens in about a second—even on my older machine. Accordance 9.4.2 is free to all users of ...

Making More Work for Ourselves

September 05, 2011 - David Lang — Last week, I spent all day in a meeting with other developers. We were hashing out the interface for several upcoming additions to Accordance for iOS, and I'm really excited about where the app is going. In these meetings, I and the other non-programmers have the luxury of being able to suggest cool ideas without any real notion of how easy they'll be to implement. By the end of the day, I think we were all feeling a little guilty. So when we squeezed in one last feature to discuss, we all tried to make it as easy as possible for our i ...

Mug for me, MacBook Air for you

September 02, 2011 - Darin Allen — In case you haven’t heard, Accordance is giving away a MacBook Air this month. Apple’s latest ultra-thin device now features Thunderbolt connectivity and a new Intel processor that is up to 2.5x as fast as older models. In short, it’s crazy cool and you want one. Trust me. Apple isn’t exactly new to cool though, as they have built a reputation as pioneers of innovative and exciting technology. Their vast repertoire of cool gadgets is what makes walking into an Apple store so exciting for me. Even when I don’t need to buy anything, I ...