Accordance Blog

September 2012

Opening and Amplifying in Accordance 10

September 28, 2012 - David Lang — Accordance has always offered two distinct ways to access any resource. You can simply open it, in which case you'll get a new window showing the beginning of that resource; or you can amplify to it. Before you can amplify to a resource, you must first select a word or verse reference you want to look up in that resource. For example, if I select a word like "Heaven" in a Bible text, and then amplify to an English Bible dictionary, that dictionary will automatically open to the first article which mentions heaven. As I said, Accordance has ...

Accordance 10 is now Available on the Mac App Store

September 19, 2012 - Darin Allen — At long last, Accordance 10 is now available on the Mac App Store! Thank you for your patience, as we know many of you have been waiting for this release. For those interested in the differences between the Mac App Store version and the version you can buy directly from our website, here they are. Mac App Store Requires Intel Macs running OSX 10.7.3 or later Updates are released through the Mac App Store Updates may be delayed due to Apple’s approval process Possibility of future iCloud support No special ...

Searchin' fer Buried Treasure

September 19, 2012 - David Lang — Avast, ye lubbers! Know ye what today be? Aye, today be International Talk Like a Pirate Day! In honor of this day, I challenge ye to embark on a quest fer buried treasure aboard the good ship Accordance. Tell us, if ye dare, which is the only English Bible clever enough to mention pirates by name? Judge ye it to be a true rendering? Or like most things to do with pirates, is it a bit of a stretch? If ye successfully navigated that first challenge, here's another'n for ye. Can ye find a story of pirate lore that could serve ...

Recent Releases and Updates

September 17, 2012 - Helen Brown — In all the excitement over the release of version 10, the release of some new modules went unannounced and mostly unnoticed. Included in most levels of our new Collections: Bible Themes Dictionary -- the basis of several publications, this powerful topical work explores themes of the Bible with links to the verses and to related themes. Many Thoughts of Many Minds -- a treasury of quotations from the literature of every land and every age English Revised Version -- the forerunner of many modern revisions of the ...

Highlights and Diagrams as a Teaching Tool

September 14, 2012 - David Lang — Yesterday I told you about the Sunday School class I'm teaching on Bible Study methods using the book of Colossians. I told you about the I See! So What? Hmm… method, and showed how I used a User Notes file as a convenient way to record the class's observations, applications, and questions about Colossians 1:3-8. The next week we went over Paul's prayer for the Colossians in 1:9-14, and this gave me a great opportunity to talk about one particular kind of observation they should make when studying a passage. You see, when we read these ...

User Notes as a Teaching Tool

September 13, 2012 - David Lang — For the past few weeks, I've been teaching a Sunday School class on Bible study methods using the book of Colossians. Rather than just giving a series of lectures about the Bible, I want to get people reading the Bible for themselves and learning some basic methods of interpretation. I started by laying out a bare-bones inductive method: what I call the I See! So What? Hmm… method. The I See! step refers to making simple observations about the text being studied. The So What? refers to deriving simple life applications from the text. T ...

Accordance and Airplay Mirroring

September 10, 2012 - David Lang — I upgraded to Apple's Mountain Lion Operating System this weekend, and by far the coolest thing about it is Airplay Mirroring. I can now wirelessly mirror my laptop screen on the family TV through our Apple TV. This came in handy the other night when we had an impromptu family discussion about teenagers who think Biblical righteousness means no longer being able to have any fun. I pulled up Matthew 6:16, which talks about how hypocrites "disfigure their faces" to show the world that they're fasting, went into reading mode, mirrored it to the ...

Accordance 10 Analytics: Making Options More Accessible

September 07, 2012 - David Lang — In January of this year, I heard a conference speaker make an oft-repeated observation about the book of Ephesians: namely, that it is clearly divided into two parts. The speaker asserted that in the first three chapters, Paul uses verbs in the indicative mood—that is, verbs that make a statement or convey information. In the last three chapters, Paul switches to imperative verbs. Thus, he moves from theology to application, from instruction to exhortation. This inspired me to blog about how you could use Accordance's Analytics tools to see i ...

IVP OT Dictionaries: A Personal Recommendation

September 06, 2012 - David Lang — When we first released the IVP Dictionary of the OT: Pentateuch and IVP Dictionary of the OT: Historical Books in May of this year, I blogged about how useful they are and how excited we were to be able to offer them. Since then, I've found myself turning to these dictionaries more and more in my own research, and I just wanted to offer a quick personal recommendation. As I've been writing about various aspects of Old Testament narratives—worship practices, pagan religion, daily life, etc.—I've been looking up subjects that are not ...

Accordance 10: Making Features More Discoverable

September 05, 2012 - David Lang — Last week, I blogged about how Accordance 10 tries to strike a balance between hiding lesser-used features that might add to a new user's learning curve, while still keeping them easy to find and easily within reach. Today I want to show how some of our efforts to simplify the interface have actually made many features more easily discoverable. One example of this is the new gear icon in the top right corner of every text pane. Click this icon, and the first item you'll see is Move Up or Move Down. This option replaces the pane ...

10.0.2 Update Addresses Urgent Issues

September 02, 2012 - Helen Brown — If it ain't broke... don't fix it. But sometimes it is broke. Despite the widespread acclaim the initial release of version 10 received, we recognize that some things were broken. Most seriously, and fixed within 24 hours as 10.0.1, was the last minute bug that broke amplifying, triple-clicking, and copying of images. We took the opportunity to add searching of the Library by the new Library module names. This version was only posted as an update therefore many new users encountered the same bugs at first, our apologies. ...