November 2008

"Boy, You guys have really been busy!"

November 26, 2008 - David Lang — Over the past seven days, we've been exhibiting Accordance at the annual meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Society of Biblical Literature. We had about half a dozen people manning our booth at ETS, and no less than fourteen for the larger booth at SBL. Since I started working for Accordance in 1995, I've participated in every SBL meeting except one, and we've always been extremely busy. Still, I've never seen it like this. Usually I get a little time to stroll around the exhibit hall or otherwise take a break, but this ...

Saving Space with the Apparatus

November 21, 2008 - Helen Brown — The Apparatus comprises the footnotes to the Greek and Hebrew text which detail the important variants between different manuscripts. These are available on the Studienbibel CD-ROM (others are on the NT Apparatus CD-ROM). I received this question from a user yesterday (slightly edited): I am a relative newcomer to Accordance and am very much enjoying the software so far. I have a quick question about a specific module. I like to use the module "NA27-GBS" often because of its inclusion of the text critical markings, but I often find myself ...

Now That's a Review!

November 18, 2008 - David Lang — Dee Dee Warren (aka "Dizzle") at World of Apple has written an incredibly comprehensive review of Accordance 8. Reviewing a software program properly requires a great deal of time, effort, and skill. Over the years I've been disappointed to see many reviewers simply regurgitate our own marketing materials or simply settle for listing the contents of various packages, a fact I once lamented on the Bible Software Review forums. I have no such complaints about this World of Apple review. Ms. Warren has done a remarkable job of exposing non-users ...

Coming Up for Air

November 14, 2008 - David Lang — In the Accordance calendar, the months of October and November are both exciting and exhausting. This is the time of year when we gear up for the annual meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Society of Biblical Literature. It is at these conferences on Biblical scholarship that we release new materials primarily of interest to scholars and students. Last year, we released the tagged Dead Sea Scrolls Biblical Manuscripts, the New English Translation of the Septuagint, the tagged pentateuch and critical apparatus from Swete's ...

New in 8.1: New links within User Tools

November 06, 2008 - David Lang — When Accordance 8 was released, it included support for two new kinds of links within Accordance tools: links to other Accordance modules, and links to internet URLs. The immediate reaction we got was, "This is great! Can we include those links in our own user tools?" The answer at that time was no, but it was always our intention to add that capability in user tools. In 8.1, we have. To create a link to another Accordance module, enclose your link in brackets and use the following format: [Module name, Field to be Searched, Search Argument] ...

New in 8.1: Looking Up Both a Word and a Verse

November 05, 2008 - David Lang — Picture this scenario. You're looking at Matthew 6:10 in the tagged Greek New Testament (GNT-T), and you triple-click the Greek word translated "done" in the phrase "Your will be done." This opens your default Greek lexicon to the entry on ginomai, a word with an extremely broad semantic range. The article for this word in BDAG is no less than four pages long. Who wants to wade through such a lengthy article in order to find the discussion of how this word is used in Matthew 6:10? Is there a way to zero in on that particular meaning using ...

New in 8.1: Moore Improved User Notes

November 04, 2008 - David Lang — Earlier this year, we did a training seminar at Moore Theological College in Sydney, Australia. Moore college focuses a great deal of attention on teaching a particular exegetical method in which the students create a block diagram of each passage, write their own exegetical comments on the passage, and create their own working translation. Those who use Accordance generally do this by creating three sets of user notes, which they'll conveniently view in parallel panes alongside the passage. Yet while it is convenient to view all these user ...

Lookin' Good! Accordance 8.1

November 03, 2008 - David Lang — It's here. After less than two weeks of hints and promises, Accordance 8.1 is now available for download. Like all our point releases, this new update is free to all users of Accordance 8, and is packed with enough new stuff to be well worth paying for. You can read a quick summary of what's new here. Meanwhile, I want to talk about the most obvious changes: the changes to Accordance's appearance. First, the Workspace window features redesigned tabs which actually look like tabs, as opposed to the former push-button style tabs. The new tabs ...