Accordance Blog

October 2010

Swish, Swish, Swish! Z is for Zondervan

October 28, 2010 - David Lang — When I was a kid, I loved watching old black-and-white episodes of Zorro, the swashbuckling hero of Spanish California. After foiling some plan of the corrupt Spanish governor or defeating outlaws of every conceivable stripe, Zorro would carve the letter Z into a nearby wall or tree or—most satisfying of all—into the clothing of his now disarmed and cowering enemy. The mark of Zorro struck fear into the heart of bullies and brigands while promising freedom and justice to the people. In the (hopefully!) less violent world of Biblical ...

Don't Look Now, But This is Our "Quiet" Season

October 26, 2010 - David Lang — Every November, we exhibit Accordance at the annual meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) and the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL). We typically unveil a whole host of new scholarly resources at those shows, which means we're working feverishly throughout the month of October to pull all those releases together. Yet while the months leading up to November are generally frantic periods of development, we typically don't release a lot of new modules during that time. From your perspective, this time of year could be regarded ...

Soar on the Wings of My JBL-batross

October 22, 2010 - David Lang — The albatross is among the largest of flying birds, capable of soaring across vast expanses of ocean. But thanks to Coleridge's famous Rime of the Ancient Mariner, the albatross has also become symbolic of heavy burdens which are difficult to escape. In that poem, an albatross begins following a ship across the sea—an event regarded by mariners as a good omen. But the poem's main character shoots the albatross with a crossbow, and the ship's good fortune dies with the hapless bird. In an attempt to atone for what they believe to be a curse f ...

Accordance 9: Revamped Search All

October 21, 2010 - David Lang — Accordance has always offered lightning fast searches and incredibly convenient ways to interact with your search results . . . with one notable exception. The Search All window let you search every module in your library at once, but it didn't exactly break any speed records. What's more, it showed you where the results were found, but you still had to open each resource separately to examine the results. That approach was okay when the Search All feature made its debut in Accordance 3, but now Accordance offers hundreds of modules c ...

The Greek Grammarians' Choice?

October 19, 2010 - David Lang — Yesterday I was in a bookstore looking for the companion workbook to William Mounce's Basics of Biblical Greek. I found what I was looking for in a stack of Greek grammars, readers, and interlinears. As I looked through this stack of books, I was immediately struck by the fact that the vast majority of them—roughly 80%!—were written by Accordance users. Most of these authors actually mention Accordance in the acknowledgements and describe it as indispensable to their work. Among the books I was looking through were the most popular ...

Accordance 9: Limiting the Number of Zones

October 14, 2010 - David Lang — In my previous two posts I've discussed the new zones feature of Accordance 9. Zones lets you open different kinds of Accordance resources in different areas of your workspace. But what if you find the proliferation of zones to be a little too much? On a 27-inch iMac screen, you can view a half-dozen or more zones quite comfortably. But on a thirteen-inch MacBook screen, too many zones can quickly become unwieldy. That's why we let you limit the number of zones which Accordance can open. If you go to Preferences, the first item i ...

Accordance 9: Hone Your Zones

October 13, 2010 - David Lang — Yesterday I described the new Zones feature of Accordance 9. Zones are areas of a workspace which can each contain multiple tabs. You might have a zone with tabs containing Bible texts, another zone with tabs containing dictionaries, and a third with tabs containing commentaries. Or you might divide your resources among zones completely differently. Zones are designed to let you work however you like. Today I want to explain how new zones are created and how Accordance attempts to guess which zone you're going to want a new resource to ...

Accordance 9: Bible Study "in the Zone"

October 12, 2010 - David Lang — Yesterday I was at the library of the local seminary doing final checks on a major new Accordance module. I removed twenty-six thick volumes from the shelves and spread them across the table in order. As I found errors I needed to check against the print copies, I would locate each volume in turn, returning it to its place when I was done. That way, I could easily find that volume the next time I needed it. Of course, no process of study is ever that neat and linear, so despite my best intentions, I soon had several open volumes spread ...

Accordance 9: Search Window Changes

October 08, 2010 - David Lang — One aspect of the Accordance interface which is most changed in Accordance 9 is the Search window. We rearranged things a bit to save on screen real estate and to make certain features easier to access. Here are a few of the changes that were made. First, we got rid of the More options section of the window and made the controls it contained more accessible. For example, the search field and range pop-ups, which only apply when searching by words, now appear to the right of the Words/Verses buttons when Words is selected. When Verses is ...

Seminary Survival Video Contest Winners

October 06, 2010 - David Lang — A while back I blogged about the Friday night dinner at which we gave the sales staff a in-depth demonstration of Accordance 9. What I didn't tell you in that previous post was that we also took the opportunity to vote for the winners of our Seminary Survival Video Contest. We're now ready to announce the winners and show you their work. Our runner-up was Kris Litman-Koon's The Accor-Dance, a spoof of The Safety Dance by Men Without Hats. That was my favorite song when I was in the sixth grade, which I'm afraid doesn't say much for my ...

Accordance 9: What You See and What You Don't

October 05, 2010 - David Lang — Okay, so Accordance 9 was released two full weeks ago and I have yet to describe the new features in detail. Frankly, I've been too busy attending the users' conference and teaching training seminars to talk up Accordance 9 properly. What's more, our sales staff have been so overwhelmed just trying to keep up with all the orders that I've been a little hesitant to promote Accordance 9 any more than we already have. I'm afraid things haven't really let up for them, but if I don't talk up the features of 9.0 soon, I'm afraid I might lose my ...

Is Bible Software Primarily About the Library?

October 04, 2010 - David Lang — In preparation for a comparative review, a Mac reviewer recently asked users of another Bible program how they thought it compares with Accordance. The answers were all interesting, but one of the more notable responses came from one of that developer's former marketing employees. He wrote, in part, that "both programs are, in essence, about accessing information in a library." He then went on to say that because the other program has a larger overall library, it is the better Bible software choice. He continued: "That's a big point for those ...