Accordance Blog

February 2010

Hard Sayings and Bible Difficulties

February 24, 2010 - David Lang — As I mentioned in a previous post, my family has been reading through 1 Peter recently. During our family devotions, I'll teach from my laptop while my wife and kids all follow along with their print Bibles. They'll each take turns reading portions of the passage, and then I'll read through it again offering commentary and explanation. I rarely prepare ahead of time, and so I sometimes find myself scrambling for answers. That was the case the other day when we read 1 Peter 3:18-22: For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous f ...

Who Wants an Office?

February 23, 2010 - David Lang — When I started as OakTree Software's sole employee, the company was run completely out of a home office, and I worked at my own home using my own computer. As we added new staff members, the ability to work at home was both a practical necessity and a major perk. Once we began hiring our own sales staff and selling directly (before that all sales had been handled by another distributor), we decided that we would need a dedicated office for sales. Since the office we got was bigger than the sales staff needed at that time, the rest of us ...

Accordance: Don't Write Books Without It

February 22, 2010 - David Lang — As I mentioned in a previous post, I've written a book entitled Macs in the Ministry which is now available. I'm blogging about the book at macsinministrybook.com, so if you're interested in learning what this book is all about, you can find out more there. In this post, I want to underscore how indispensable Accordance was to me in the writing of the book. Obviously, Accordance was the place I turned to find passages of Scripture to cite. One of the aspects of the book I'm proudest of is the fact that it's more than just a straight ...

Orlando Training Seminar with Me and Dr. J

February 19, 2010 - David Lang — A week from today at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, we'll be offering a free all-day Accordance training seminar. Both Dr. J and myself will take turns doing the training, and while one is teaching the other will be available to help anyone who is having a hard time keeping up. If you're in the Orlando area, be sure to register now. Not in Central Florida? We've got other seminars coming up in Kentucky, California, Illinois, Missouri, Atlanta, and Massachusetts! Dr. J and I won't be at all those locations, but they'll be lead ...

Interactive Atlas vs. Static Maps

February 18, 2010 - David Lang — The Accordance Bible Atlas is not a series of static maps, but a completely interactive atlas which delivers the information you need in whatever form you require. If you look for a place name, it appears highlighted on the map regardless of whether that place name is included in any of the layers you currently have displayed. It's simple, quick, and just works. Many other programs simply offer their users a series of static maps to choose from. What do I mean by static maps? I mean that they are essentially images of pre-drawn ...

Where Does That Quotation Come From?

February 17, 2010 - David Lang — As I mentioned last week, my family and I have been reading through 1 Peter in our family devotions. Last night we ran across 1 Peter 3:10-12, which the HCSB prints in bold type. The HCSB uses that style to indicate a quotation from the Old Testament, but how can you find out which Old Testament passage is being quoted? One way to find the source of a quotation is to open a parallel pane containing the notes for your translation. Many translations indicate the source of a quotation in footnotes, so by displaying the Notes in parallel ...

Who Was Emperor When 1 Peter Was Written?

February 12, 2010 - David Lang — As I've mentioned many times on this blog, my family's devotions have centered around the chronological reading plan in the Daily Readings module. It's supposed to take a year, but I think we've been working on it for going on four years now! Anyway, we're now in 1 Peter so we may just finish before the start of year five. In our devotions, my wife and kids will take turns reading portions of the passage, and then I'll read through it again offering commentary, explaining the historical background, ripping off tidbits I've heard from ...

Why We Are Not at MacWorld Expo This Year

February 11, 2010 - David Lang — We began exhibiting Accordance Bible Software at MacWorld Expo in New York way back in the summer of 1998. We've been to every expo since then both in New York and San Francisco. The only expos we missed were the two summer shows held in Boston after Apple announced it would not participate in a Boston Expo. Our decision not to exhibit at those shows proved to be the right one. Without Apple, the summer Expo died out quickly, leaving only the winter Expo in San Francisco. Last year, Apple announced that it would no longer participate in ...

Babylonian Talmud in Hebrew and New Rabbinics CD-ROM

February 10, 2010 - David Lang — Several years ago, we released Neusner's 22-volume English translation of the Babylonian Talmud as a reference tool which could be viewed in parallel with the tagged Hebrew Mishna. Since that time we've heard a chorus of requests to have the Hebrew text of the Babylonian Talmud itself. We're pleased to announce that the Babylonian Talmud in Hebrew is now available on our new Rabbinics CD-ROM. The Talmud Bavli (T-Bav-F) currently includes 16 of the 21 tractates, and will be updated at no additional charge as more tractates become ...

Classic Mac Goodness Worth Remembering

February 09, 2010 - David Lang — In general, I think OS X is a huge improvement over the classic Mac OS. That said, every long-time Mac user knows that not everything in OS X has been an improvement. For example, OS X has some incredibly cool typographic capabilities, yet it still cannot italicize text in a font which does not have an italic version. The classic Mac OS would use the italic version of a font if it existed, but if there was no italic version, it would simply use an algorithm to slant the text. You can see this if you open an Accordance text or tool with italic ...

Detaching a Tab in a Workspace

February 08, 2010 - David Lang — When you open a new resource in Accordance, it typically opens as a tab in your workspace. Workspace tabs are a great way to keep all your resources neatly organized, but the one drawback to them is that the frontmost tab obscures all the tabs behind it. What if you want to see the new resource alongside your main passage of study? Thankfully, Accordance doesn't lock you in to one way of working. If you want to detach a tab from a workspace so that you can view that resource in a separate window, simply choose Detach Tab from the Tabs ...

Mapping Sites Mentioned in Acts

February 05, 2010 - David Lang — In an interesting bit of synchronicity, while I've been blogging about combining and customizing Atlas layers, a user asked the following question on our user forums: I would like to map all the places mentioned in the book of Acts. How do I do so? You can only highlight one place at a time. Any ideas? By mentioning the ability to highlight one site at a time, this user showed that he already knows how to find sites on the map. Let's say, for example, that you're reading in Acts 17 and you want to map all the places mentioned in t ...

Converting Multiple Map Layers to a Layer Set

February 04, 2010 - David Lang — In yesterday's post, I showed you how you can hold the shift key down to select more than one map layer of the same type. By shift-selecting the Tribes of Israel and Middle Eastern Nations region layers, we were able to see which modern nations currently contain the territories allotted to the twelve tribes of Israel. Once you've created a useful combination of layers, you can convert them into a layer "set." Sets are combinations of individual layers, and you already have a few pre-installed for you. Modern Nations and Roman ...

Shift-Select to Combine Map Layers

February 03, 2010 - David Lang — If you own the Accordance Bible Atlas, you already know that you can overlay the map with layers showing various sites, regions, and routes. You can even draw and save your own layers. But what if you want to combine more than one layer of the same type? For example, let's say you want to see which modern nations now contain the territories allotted to the twelve tribes of Israel. If you look at the region layer pop-up menu of the Map window, you'll see a layer for the Tribes of Israel, and you'll see a layer for Middle Eastern nations, ...