Accordance Blog

December 2010

The Countdown is Over: Accordance for iOS is Here

December 31, 2010 - David Lang — At the risk of making your New Year's Eve countdown anticlimactic, the countdown to the release of Accordance for iOS is now over. Accordance for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch became available for download in the iTunes app store yesterday afternoon. It's a free app, and once installed, you can use Easy Install to download almost all of your existing Accordance modules. The exceptions are those modules which are only available on disk and not currently downloadable. In a future update, we'll add the ability to sync with your desktop Accordance ...

The Evolution of the Study Bible

December 29, 2010 - David Lang — When I was preparing to head for college, I bought myself a leather-bound copy of the NIV Study Bible. With the exception of Accordance itself, it was the best Bible study-related purchase I ever made. The notes, articles, and illustrations in that Bible were helpful in my personal study, in the classroom, and in a variety of discussions about what the Bible "really says." It was also thick enough and soft enough to serve as a good headrest during naps on Landis Green—something even Accordance has never been able to do for me! Back t ...

TUAW Includes Accordance in Best Mac Apps List

December 28, 2010 - David Lang — Last week, reviewer T. J. Luoma of The Unofficial Apple Weblog posted "The best Mac applications I used in 2010". We're pleased that he chose to include Accordance 9 in that list. Here's some of what he had to say: Accordance 9 was a significant release of the well-respected and long-time Mac Bible study software. Under-the-hood changes made Accordance even faster, and the app remains rock solid. See my review for further details. . . . Accordance is lightning-fast, and it supports systems going back all the way to OS 9. Accordance wins ...

If Not by Christmas, When?

December 27, 2010 - David Lang — Here at Accordance, we tend to be reticent about announcing new products until they're very nearly ready for release. The reason is simple: software development, like most creative enterprises, does not often lend itself to a clearly defined timetable. There are always unanticipated challenges and occasional design changes along the way, which means that any planned release date may need to be pushed back. We therefore try not to make promises we may not be able to keep. I'm sure you iPhone and iPad users who were hoping for an ...

Hear Me Discuss Accordance on ReformedCast

December 20, 2010 - David Lang — I spent this evening being interviewed by Scott Oakland of ReformedCast, a podcast which normally discusses Reformed theology but which occasionally focuses on the use of technology in Bible study and ministry. We discussed the history of Accordance, the evolution of Bible software in general, why we chose to develop Accordance for the Mac, what kind of tools are available for language study, what kind of specifically Reformed resources are available in Accordance, and more. The podcast runs for about forty-five minutes and can be found here. ...

What to Expect for the App: Powerful Searching

December 17, 2010 - David Lang — How do you take a full-featured, mature Mac program that has been in active development for nearly two decades and bring it to handheld devices like the iPhone and iPad? That's the question we've been wrestling with as we developed Accordance for iOS. First, we realized there was no way we could do everything at once, so we had to decide which Accordance features were must-haves for the initial release. Second, we were determined to port and use as much of our existing Accordance code as possible. Third, we knew whatever features made i ...

How About Making iPad Users Smile?

December 15, 2010 - David Lang — It seems no matter what I blog about these days, at least one iPad user responds with something to the effect of, "That's great, but where's my iPad app?" Yesterday, after blogging about the many ways we make Septuagint scholars smile, one user sent me this via Twitter: "how about making iPad using pastors smile??" While we've long had requests for an Accordance app for the iPhone, iPhone users are nowhere near as vocal in their requests as iPad users. I think that's because while the iPad is an iOS device, people use it more like a ...

Making Septuagint Scholars Smile

December 14, 2010 - David Lang — Throughout this year, we have been periodically releasing volumes of the Göttingen edition of the Greek Septuagint. First we released the five Pentateuch volumes, followed by the book of Ruth, and now we are pleased to announce the release of 1 Maccabees. The Accordance edition of the Göttingen Septuagint is currently the only electronic edition to include grammatical tagging of the text along with the fully searchable critical apparatus. Why is the Göttingen edition of the Septuagint important? It is the first truly critical ...

What is Exact Searching?

December 10, 2010 - David Lang — When you search for a Greek or Hebrew word in Accordance, Accordance ignores any breathing marks, accents, or vowel points. We do this because we don't want a search to fail just because you entered a rough breathing mark instead of a smooth one, or a sere instead of a seghol. To see how this works, open the tagged Greek New Testament (GNT-T) and do a search for εις. When the search is complete, choose Analysis from the Details pop-up menu. An Analysis of your search will open in a new zone and list every lexical form that ...

Hebrew Scholars: How's Your Poetry?

December 09, 2010 - David Lang — For years I've been "reading" 'Twas the Night Before Christmas to my children. I put "reading" in quotes because I've long since memorized it, so that I now merely recite it and turn each page at the appropriate point in the narrative. Yet as familiar as I am with that delightful poem, I learned something recently about its author from our new Christmas Classics module: Dr. Clement C. Moore, who wrote the poem, never expected that he would be remembered by it. If he expected to be famous at all as a writer, he thought it would be b ...

Accordance Update and Tyndale Tech Review

December 08, 2010 - David Lang — A free update to Accordance 9.1.1 is now available through Check for Updates or direct download. This new version improves the listing of open workspaces and zones in the Window menu and corrects a number of minor bugs. David Instone-Brewer of Tyndale Tech has posted a thorough review of Accordance which includes a number of excellent how-to tips. Be sure to check it out.

A Collection of Christmas Classics

December 07, 2010 - David Lang — Christmas is a season of story, song, artistry, and devotion. At its heart is the story of Jesus' birth, narrated in the Gospels and linked with a rich web of Old Testament prophecies and later New Testament reflections. Over the centuries, Christian preachers, poets, storytellers, and artists have reflected on the significance of the Christmas story in their own way, so that a rich body of Christmas literature and art now exists. We're excited to bring some of the best of that material together in a new Accordance module of Christmas ...

New Testament Manuscripts Image Collection

December 06, 2010 - Rick Bennett — At the Annual Meeting of the SBL we unveiled several new releases, but the one I am most excited about is the New Testament Manuscripts Image Collection. This is not only because I am somewhat of a self-professed Greek-geek, but also because I was able to see this project through from conception to completion. Most of the projects our team works on consist of electronic text conversions of existing print publications. In this case we were creating a totally new product. We used the Scripture ranges provided to us (with some ...

Subtle Design Decisions

December 03, 2010 - David Lang — Accordance modules are far more than mere electronic editions of print books. When we develop an Accordance module, we make a series of subtle design decisions aimed at making those resources as functional and easy-to-use as possible. Today, I'm going to pull back the curtain a bit and talk about one of the subtle design choices that went into the new Zondervan collections of Quotations and Illustrations I blogged about on Wednesday. I think it illustrates the care and craftmanship characteristic of Accordance module development. As ...

Have You Put Accordance in a Box?

December 02, 2010 - David Lang — At Thanksgiving, I was not so busy stuffing turkey in my mouth that I was unable to insert my foot as well. For some reason, the subject of career placement tests came up during our dinner conversation. You know the tests I mean: the ones that high school guidance counselors and college advisors administer to help young people pick a major and potential career path. I had always found such tests a little pointless, and I said as much when the subject was broached. One relative quickly contradicted my assessment, and I realized that he had b ...

Finding Illustrations and Quotations

December 01, 2010 - David Lang — Lost amid the flood of new releases this Fall are two Zondervan books aimed at helping busy pastors reinforce their points with pithy quotes and interesting stories. 1001 Quotations that Connect and 1001 Illustrations that Connect offer just what their titles suggest, and they can each be searched by title, content, topic, author, or Scripture reference. For example, let's say you're preaching a sermon on marriage. Search the Topics field of 1001 Quotations and you'll find 19 quotes dealing with various aspects of marriage, ...