Accordance Blog

November 2009

Sneak Previewing Syntactical Searching

November 27, 2009 - David Lang — In Monday's post, I hinted that those who stopped by the Accordance booth might get a sneak preview of a new feature slated for the next version of Accordance. Of course, none of you likes it when I give such cryptic hints, and I received several comments and tweets asking for more information. I think word has generally leaked out, but in case you haven't heard, we were demonstrating the ability to search syntactically tagged Greek and Hebrew texts. All of the tagged texts we currently have available have been morphologically tagged, ...

The Bible Software Shootout

November 24, 2009 - David Lang — In yesterday's post, I mentioned the "Bible Software Shootout" at the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature and promised to give a more detailed account of it. While described as a shootout, it was really conducted more like a marksmanship competition. Each Bible Software developer was given five challenges, ranging from almost trivially simple to somewhat more involved. From our perspective, none of the questions was particularly difficult or taxing, since it's the kind of stuff Accordance users do every day. In fact, one of ...

Snapshots of SBL

November 23, 2009 - David Lang — Last week I gave you a few snapshots of my experiences here in New Orleans. As I mentioned then, we're here for the annual meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) and the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL). ETS ran from Wednesday through Friday. SBL is running from Saturday through Tuesday. For most of our crew, Friday was spent manning and then breaking down our ETS booth, only to take everything across the street to set up for SBL! I and one of our sales staff spent that day conducting an all-day Accordance training ...

Live from N'Awlins

November 18, 2009 - David Lang — Yesterday I flew to New Orleans for the annual meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Society of Biblical Literature. We set up our booth last night and are now demonstrating Accordance to ETS attendees. I don't have time to give a detailed account right now, but here are a few random thoughts about the show. These meetings are hosted in different cities around the U.S. each year, and I always enjoy the years when these shows are in the South. Why the regional bias? One simple reason: it's only in the southern cities ...

Bibliographic Citation: Comparison Video and Pages Footnotes

November 16, 2009 - David Lang — Last week we released Accordance 8.4 and talked a fair amount about the new Bibliographic citation feature. On Friday, Rick Mansfield of This Lamp put together another one of his videos comparing Accordance's Bibliographic citations with those of another program. While Rick has a few criticisms of our implementation, I think Accordance comes off looking pretty good. One Accordance advantage which Rick didn't bring out (because he pasted every citation into Word) is that Accordance lets you paste Bibliographic citations into programs l ...

Did we not go far enough?

November 13, 2009 - David Lang — In Tuesday's post, I described a new feature of Accordance 8.4 as offering "help for the Google generation." Now, if you enter a string of words and hit return, Accordance will do as it always has and assume you want an exact phrase, but if the exact phrase is not found, Accordance will offer to perform an AND or OR search for the words entered. One user, however, commented that he doesn't think we went far enough: I think its right to cater for the Google generation, because that's what we are and that's what we expect. It's not ...

I Can't Believe You're Not Waiting 'Til 9 For This!

November 12, 2009 - David Lang — Releasing a new Accordance version to our beta-testers always inspires excitement and a little nervousness on our part. Rather than just throwing half-baked features at our testers and users, we work hard to get them right before anybody outside of Accordance staff ever sees them. If our beta-testers indicate that a new feature requires major tweaking, our planned release schedule may have to get pushed back. So we're always hopeful that new features are essentially good to go. By the time we sent 8.4 out to the beta-testers, we had ...

Bibliography Citations in Accordance 8.4

November 11, 2009 - Rick Bennett — Yesterday David announced the release of version 8.4, and one of our newest features: export of bibliographic citations for tools. Today I'd like to describe this in more detail, and highlight some of its strengths. As of today we support two citation styles: SBL and Turabian. SBL is the standard for most in the Biblical studies field, but Turabian is widely used in colleges and seminaries. At this stage we felt that these two styles would meet the needs of the majority of our users. But, there's one problem: neither of them has a ...

Accordance 8.4: Bibliographic Citations and More

November 10, 2009 - David Lang — I'm pleased to announce the release of yet another significant update to Accordance 8. Accordance 8.4 adds a number of cool new features and interface enhancements, and can be freely downloaded here. Bibliographic Citations: Now when you use the Copy As Citation command to copy text out of an Accordance tool, Accordance will automatically append the Bibliographic information for that selected text. You can currently choose from four citation formats (SBL footnote, SBL bibliography, Turabian footnote, and Turabian bibliography) in the n ...

Our Greatest Asset

November 06, 2009 - David Lang — My boss has repeatedly said that our company's greatest asset is our users. Sure, your purchases enable us to feed our families, keep the lights turned on, and fund new development, but that's not what he's talking about. Rather, he's talking about all of the intangible ways you contribute to what we do. Here are a few examples. You push us to be our best: In a little more than a week I'll be heading to the annual meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Society of Biblical Literature. My favorite part of demonstrating ...