Accordance Blog

October 2009

Dr. J Teaches Greek Searching

October 28, 2009 - David Lang — Dr. J has just released a new podcast episode covering Greek searching. If you're wanting to work with grammatically tagged Greek texts, I'd strongly recommend this podcast. Dr. J explains root, lemma, and inflected searches in a way that those without a detailed knowledge of Greek can easily understand. Just don't get thrown by his discussion of the English words "dessert" and "desert"! ;-)

Lessons from a Kamikaze-Woodpecker

October 26, 2009 - David Lang — I'm sitting in the library of the local seminary checking a few modules I'm working on against the corresponding print editions. Every few minutes or so, I find myself interrupted by a loud bang. I look out the high picture windows to see a large pileated woodpecker sitting on the ground, looking a little dazed and confused. Obviously, it had launched itself at the reflection it mistook for a rival, and instead of driving away another bird, found itself beating its head into a wall. How fortunate for the woodpecker that he was built to ...

The Case of the Disappearing Search Argument

October 20, 2009 - David Lang — Good interface design is tough. Like any form of engineering, the devil is in the details, and it is the little things that often determine whether a program is hard or easy to use. Whenever we make even small interface changes, we can go round and round about the various pros, cons, and potential pitfalls. Even then, we don't always get it right. One little thing which I think we have gotten right is this: when you enter a search and hit return, your search argument stays put. In other words, if you enter "Adam" and perform your s ...

Booking Time in Dr. J's Studio

October 16, 2009 - David Lang — Back when I was developing our first two Accordance video training DVDs (the video from which is now freely available online), I recorded the audio in my bedroom using a reasonably good microphone setup. This meant recording either when my wife and kids were not in the house or after the kids had gone to sleep. (If you listen carefully, there are a few sessions where I sound a little sleepy myself!) The quality of the audio was passable and we thankfully had someone who knew how to clean it up. I recently needed to record some audio for ...

Accordance 8.3.3 and BDB Complete

October 15, 2009 - David Lang — Last week, we released yet another Accordance update. Accordance 8.3.3 fixes several minor bugs and cleans up corruptions in User Notes modules. There are no new features to report this time . . . or, are there? Okay, so we can't seem to resist adding at least one new feature in every update, and this is one most people will never notice. Right now you'll only experience this feature if you use BDB Complete, which has recently seen major improvements. Eventually, you'll see it in other modules as well. Before I describe this new f ...

Is There an Echo?

October 12, 2009 - David Lang — The other day on a Bible software forum, I saw a request for help with an interesting search. An individual wanted to find all places where someone's name is repeated, such as in Luke 10:41 where Jesus says, "Martha, Martha." How, he wondered, could this pattern be found for any name? Naturally, such a search is trivial using Accordance. To construct it, open the GNT-T, click the Words button, then open a Greek Construct window by going to File --> New Construct --> Greek or using the keyboard shortcut command-2. In the construct ...

Searching for Abundance

October 08, 2009 - Helen Brown — I came across the word περισσεια (perisseia, abundance) and wanted to study it further. Easy, I thought, I'll just option-click the Search button on the Resource palette to find all the words derived from the same roots. Problem: I get 710 hits since the root peri is used in many compound words with otherwise unrelated meanings. But perisseia has only the one root, so how will I find similar words? I open a Greek Construct, dragged in ROOT and select περι from the list. Then I option-drag this Root item into the same column, add *- ...

Who's Your Daddy? Part 2

October 06, 2009 - David Lang — In yesterday's post, I began offering tips for how to get the most out of Accordance's edition of the Church Fathers. I began by showing how to combine the three modules which comprise the church fathers into a single Search All group. This makes it easy to search for a particular father without having to remember if he appears in the Ante-Nicene series (CF-AN), the Nicene and Post-Nicene series one (CF-NPN1), or the Nicene and Post-Nicene series two (CF-NPN2). Today, I want to show you how to narrow a search to a particular father or even a ...

Who's Your Daddy?

October 04, 2009 - David Lang — Accordance's Church Fathers with Church History CD-ROM includes 37 volumes of the Early Church Fathers in English, along with Philip Schaff's eight-volume History of the Christian Church. Priced at just $129, this massive collection of material is available for less than $3.00 per volume. At that price, this add-on is a no-brainer for anyone interested in patristics, church history, or the history of interpretation. Yet once you have all this material available within Accordance, how do you get the most out of it? ...