Accordance Blog

June 2010

What's a Picture OF a Thousand Words Worth?

June 25, 2010 - David Lang — As Helen pointed out in the previous post, a picture is indeed worth a thousand words. The Bible Lands PhotoGuide and other graphical resources (now on sale) can be used to illustrate a sermon or lesson in ways that would be difficult to depict verbally. Now, if a picture is worth a thousand words, what is the value of a picture of a thousand words? One of my favorite articles in the PhotoGuide is the one entitled "Inscriptions and Ancient Texts." This article contains in one convenient place all the photos of ancient inscriptions and ...

Worth a Thousand Words

June 23, 2010 - Helen Brown — A picture can indeed make all the difference: wake up the audience, illuminate a point, illustrate the geography, define a point in history... just what you need to shake off summer doldrums. Anyone care to guess who is in this picture and when and where it was taken? Of course, nowadays it's relatively easy to find pictures on the internet, if you know what you are looking for. But in Accordance the PhotoGuide pictures are linked to the people, the history, and the Scripture references as well as the places. The Atlas and T ...

More E Than Book: Thinking Outside the Binding

June 22, 2010 - David Lang — Over the past two weeks, I've been blogging about how Accordance goes beyond mere electronic delivery of print books. After introducing the series, I showed how Accordance gives you unparalleled control over the appearance of the text. Next I demonstrated how Accordance lets you control the context of what you see. In this post, I want to show how you can "think outside the binding" when it comes to your books, interacting with them in whatever way will best suit your purposes. Let's say I'm a student at Reformed Theological Seminary ...

Are Accordance Users Arrogant?

June 18, 2010 - David Lang — On Twitter, I have searches set up to find any tweet which mentions Accordance. Yesterday I saw one that made me laugh. Someone posted a "straw poll" asking for comparisons of two Windows Bible programs, and then specifically asked not to receive any recommendations of Accordance! It sounds as if this person has experienced some overzealous Accordance evangelism in the past. Just over a year ago, I blogged about our Accordance "bird dogs"—users on Twitter who start "barking" about Accordance in response to any tweet asking for Mac Bible ...

More E Than Book: You Control the Context

June 15, 2010 - David Lang — In the past couple of posts, I've argued that Accordance goes beyond mere electronic delivery of print books. Instead, we leverage the flexibility and power of the computer to give you new ways to interact with your books. In the previous post I showed how Accordance gives you unparalleled control over the appearance of the text. In this post, I want to talk about how Accordance lets you control the context of what you see. When viewing the text of the Bible, what you enter in the search entry box determines what you see in the display ...

More E Than Book: You've Got the Look

June 11, 2010 - David Lang — Yesterday I argued that Accordance goes beyond mere electronic delivery of print books. Instead, we leverage the flexibility and power of the computer to give you new ways to interact with your books. One way we do that is by giving you unparalleled control over the appearance of the text. Most e-Book readers give you some control over the appearance of text. Apple boasts about iBooks' flexibility in that regard by saying that you can change the text size or "even change the font." That's great, and more than enough flexibility if your ...

More E than Book

June 10, 2010 - David Lang — People have been talking about e-books and e-publishing for a long time, but reading books on electronic devices has only recently become a popular activity. With the rising popularity of Amazon's Kindle and now Apple's iBooks, it seems that all you hear about these days are "e-books." Of course, we've been publishing books of various kinds in electronic format for more than fifteen years, yet you rarely hear us talk about "e-books." That's because we think more about the "e" than the "book." In other words, we're more interested in l ...

Accordance Users Conference: What a Lineup!

June 08, 2010 - David Lang — The schedule is set for the inaugural Accordance Users' Conference in the Dallas area September 24-25, and I'm really excited about the lineup of speakers, sessions, and panels we're offering. In an attempt to capture the coolness of this conference in 140 characters or less, I posted the following summary on Twitter: Abegg. Wallace. Olive Tree. OakTree. Mac. Mobile. Hands-on. Face-to-Face. Developers. Scholars. Pastors. Users. Cool! http://bit.ly/bTWWOn Abegg, of course, refers to Dr. Martin Abegg, leading Dead Sea Scrolls scholar ...

Israel Tour Opportunity

June 04, 2010 - Helen Brown — A few places are still available on a tour to Israel led by Accordance developers and users who are very familiar with the land. This one-time opportunity allows you to join a small group (30 max) for an insiders' tour of the archaeological sites, traditional holy places, and current Christian communities. The tour leaves on Feb 24, 2011, returning March 12. The cost will be approx $3,500 per person including airfare, tour, hotels, and all expenses except lunches and incidentals. Please send me an email as soon as possible if you ...