April 2011

Don't Make it Harder Than It Has to Be

April 27, 2011 - David Lang — When creating a complex Greek or Hebrew search, the less complicated you make it the less likely you are to get confused or introduce erroneous syntax. For example, the other day, I saw someone search for all verbs in a grammatically tagged text using the following search argument: *@[VERB]. If we break down the syntax piece by piece, the asterisk (*) when doing a Search for Words will find any word, the at symbol (@) connects a word to a tag so that the tag constrains the words that can be found, and the tag being used appears in square ...

Don't Forget the Parallels

April 25, 2011 - David Lang — Yesterday I spent the afternoon writing an Easter meditation, and I wanted to see all the gospel accounts of the resurrection. I could have gone about finding those passages in a variety of ways, but by far the easiest way was to open one of the parallel modules dealing with the gospels. A Parallel module is a database of parallel passages, and we currently have three pertaining to the gospels. Harmony is based on A. T. Robertson's Harmony of the Gospels, Gospels is based on the Aland synopsis, and Synoptics is based on the synopsis of Huck ...

Sharing Accordance over Coffee

April 20, 2011 - Darin Allen — [Today's post is by Darin Allen, our new Director of Marketing and the guy who did all the legwork on our iPad 2 Giveaway. Like many members of the Accordance team, he started out as an enthusiastic user.] One of my favorite things about Accordance is the passion of our users. Personally, I invested in Accordance after a colleague from seminary offered to meet with me one-on-one to demonstrate the software in action. We sat in a coffee shop for over an hour while he showed me how he used Accordance to study the Bible in ways I ...

Think Sync: Accordance for iOS 1.2

April 19, 2011 - David Lang — When we laid out our initial spec for Accordance for iOS, we planned to offer two ways to get your Accordance modules onto your iOS device: direct download and syncing with Accordance on your Mac. When it became apparent that the syncing feature would take longer than we hoped, we decided not to hold up the iOS release just for that one—admittedly important—feature. While it was certainly the right decision, leaving out the syncing feature meant that modules which were not available for download could not be installed on an iOS device. ...

New in 9.3: The Assistant Window

April 18, 2011 - David Lang — One of the big features of Accordance 9.3 is the new Assistant window. The Assistant window is designed to give new Accordance users a simple way to get started while also exposing them to the main user interface. You can open the Assistant window simply by selecting it from the Window menu. You can also specify that you want it to appear every time Accordance starts up. To do that, go to the Assistant/Search All settings of the Preferences and check Show on startup. The Assistant window presents you with a few basic ...

Fixes for the Frustrated

April 15, 2011 - David Lang — Since we released 9.3, a few of you have been frustrated in your attempts to update. If you've been able to update to 9.3 successfully, only to get a migration error or be asked to locate the Accordance folder, those problems are the result of bugs in 9.3. The solution is to update to 9.3.1, an update we released last night which fixes those and a few other bugs. If you're using Check for Updates in Accordance 9.2 and every time you try to update to 9.3 you get an FTP error, you need to download the installer for 9.3.1 directly from our ...

More New Stuff! Devotionals

April 14, 2011 - David Lang — One of my favorite new features of Accordance 9.3 is the new Daily Readings feature. Simply choose a devotional or daily reading plan in the Read section of the new Assistant window or from the Daily Reading submenu of the Window menu. Accordance will then open a new workspace showing the current day's reading or devotion, along with all the relevant passages of Scripture. It's simple, intuitive, and convenient. And when you're done with that day's reading, you can just close the entire workspace and get back to whatever else you were working ...

New Accordance, New Demo, New Podcast

April 13, 2011 - David Lang — Today has seen a flurry of new releases and announcements. In case you've missed them, here's a brief recap: New Accordance: We're very excited to announce the release of Accordance 9.3, a free update for all users of Accordance 9. This is a major update which addresses a number of much-requested features, and I'll be covering it in detail in future posts. Until then, download it, play with it, and have fun. New Demo: Of course, you shouldn't keep all that fun to yourself, so encourage your friends to try Accordance 9.3 for ...

She Can't, But You Still Can

April 13, 2011 - David Lang — Last night my daughter, Bethany, informed me that she was thinking about entering our iPad 2 Giveaway. I told her that as the daughter of an employee, I didn't think she was eligible to enter. Sure enough, the contest rules clearly state: Employees of the Company and members of their immediate family are not eligible to participate and win. The term “immediate family” includes spouses, siblings, parents, children, grandparents, and grandchildren, whether as “in-laws,” or by current or past marriage(s), remarriage(s), adoption, ...

Come See Us at the Gospel Coalition Conference

April 12, 2011 - David Lang — Attending the Gospel Coalition National Conference in Chicago this week? Be sure to stop by the Accordance booth and say hello. We're in booth number 64, which I'm told is across from the information booth and near the escalators on the fourth level of the McCormick Center. If you ask nicely, they might even give you a preview of the Mac and iOS updates we're getting ready to release. :-) Oh, and if you're still in the "Windy City" on Friday, be sure to join us for the free Accordance training seminar we'll be offering. See ...

Collecting Marked Verses

April 11, 2011 - David Lang — In my previous post, I explained that you can option-click individual verses in a search result to mark them with a blue bookmark. Once you've marked some verses in this way, you can quickly navigate to those marked verses using the up and down navigation arrows labeled Mk. You can also collect all those marked verses in a separate tab to avoid having to wade past verses you're not currently interested in. In the example I've been using, I searched the ESV for the phrase "do not fear" and found results ranging from words of reassurance ...

Tip: Marking Hit Verses

April 08, 2011 - David Lang — When you search the text of the Bible and begin reading through the results, you may find that some hits are more relevant or useful than others. For example, let's say you search the ESV for the phrase "do not fear." There are 37 occurrences of that phrase in 35 verses, and they range from words of reassurance to a woman in childbirth to promises of deliverance from enemies to condemnations of those who do not fear God. With such a wide range of results, you need a way to sort through the results and mark the verses that interest you. ...

Decker Reminisces and Reflects on Technology

April 06, 2011 - David Lang — Rodney Decker is Professor of New Testament and Greek at Baptist Bible Seminary in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, the creator of the NT Resources website, and a long-time Accordance power user. In his most recent blog post, he reflects on his own use of technology, reminiscing about his first Mac purchase and reflecting on his new experiment of using an iPad. It's a worthwhile read, and not only because he praised the search capabilities of our iPad app. ;-)

Twittering Away About the iPad Giveaway

April 04, 2011 - David Lang — Last Friday, I told you about our April iPad 2 Giveaway and explained that you can enter via our website, Facebook, or Twitter. If you enter via Twitter, you can choose to tweet a prewritten message, or you can customize the message in some way. For every Twitter follower that enters through the link in your tweet, you get an extra entry, thereby increasing your chance of winning. Because I have predefined searches for tweets mentioning Accordance, I am now seeing a huge number of these tweets each day. Most just have the prewritten ...