Accordance Blog

January 2008 — December 2008

Time Flies

December 31, 2008 - David Lang — Today, my thirteen-year-old son remarked that he couldn't believe how quickly 2008 had flown by. I thought to myself, "Think how I feel, kid!" For me, 2008 has been something of a blur—partly because time flies faster for a man pushing forty than it does for a boy of thirteen, and partly because this year has brought so many changes at such a breakneck pace. This is especially true where Accordance is concerned. Here are a few of the changes we've experienced this past year: Version 8 in '08: By far the biggest change has been the ...

The A-Team

December 17, 2008 - David Lang — The other day I stumbled across an internet conversation between two employees of another Bible software developer. One made a disparaging comment about the price of our ESV Study Bible module (see Monday's post), and the other questioned the wisdom of pointing people to the "A-team." The A-team? In case you're too young to remember, or old enough to remember but too sophisticated to have indulged in such low-brow entertainment, The A-Team was an eighties television show about a crack team of American commandos who are on the run for a ...

ESV Study Bible Now Available

December 15, 2008 - David Lang — We're very excited to announce that the ESV Study Bible is now available as an Accordance module. The print version of the ESV Study Bible was released in mid-October, and has already enjoyed record sales. Accordance is among the first Bible software programs to offer an electronic edition of this popular resource. One reason why the ESV Study Bible has become such a runaway success is that it offers rich content in a beautiful format. It is literally crammed with full-color maps and images, attractive timelines and tables, and detailed ...

More than a Digital Book: The Text of the Earliest New Testament Greek Manuscripts

December 11, 2008 - Rick Bennett — Description of the Print Edition Our version of this module represents the revised edition of Comfort and Barrett's popular work, The Text of the Earliest New Testament Greek Manuscripts (Tyndale House Publishers: 2001). This is an important work for New Testament studies because it gives access, in one volume, to transcriptions of some of the earliest New Testament papyri, along with some additional majuscules. There are transcriptions of 69 manuscripts dating from the early 2nd to 4th centuries CE. In addition there are introductory ...

An Interesting Search

December 10, 2008 - David Lang — Last year at SBL, someone remarked about the Accordance booth that it looked like there was actual research going on. I answered that indeed there was. It is not unusual to have users come to the booth and ask for help constructing a complex search. At this year's SBL, I had someone ask for help in finding every Hebrew verb which appears in the Nifal stem but which never appears in the Qal stem. I was actually impressed with how close he had gotten. In one tab, he did a search for [VERB Nifal] to get all the Nifal verbs in the tagged ...

Blog will be off-line this weekend

December 05, 2008 - Helen Brown — It's official now: we are completely crazy! Just as we get into full gear for the December sale, we plan to move the entire website to a new server and a new underlying system. You may not see much difference until you place an order, but you need to know that: The website and downloads will stay up, but once we notify the DNS servers of the move, it will take at least 24 hours for everyone to be directed to the new site.The Blog and Forum will be closed and unavailable for several hours.The online store will also be closed for several h ...

New Releases at ETS/SBL

December 02, 2008 - David Lang — Last week, I told you a little about our booth at the annual meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) and the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL). The pace was exhausting, but the energy and excitement in the booth were exhilarating. Here's a picture of the booth from the morning of the first day of SBL. Believe it or not, this was one of our least busy times! One thing I couldn't tell you about last week was all the new products that were released at ETS/SBL. Because we take a number of our staff to the conferences and leave a ...

"Boy, You guys have really been busy!"

November 26, 2008 - David Lang — Over the past seven days, we've been exhibiting Accordance at the annual meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Society of Biblical Literature. We had about half a dozen people manning our booth at ETS, and no less than fourteen for the larger booth at SBL. Since I started working for Accordance in 1995, I've participated in every SBL meeting except one, and we've always been extremely busy. Still, I've never seen it like this. Usually I get a little time to stroll around the exhibit hall or otherwise take a break, but this ...

Saving Space with the Apparatus

November 21, 2008 - Helen Brown — The Apparatus comprises the footnotes to the Greek and Hebrew text which detail the important variants between different manuscripts. These are available on the Studienbibel CD-ROM (others are on the NT Apparatus CD-ROM). I received this question from a user yesterday (slightly edited): I am a relative newcomer to Accordance and am very much enjoying the software so far. I have a quick question about a specific module. I like to use the module "NA27-GBS" often because of its inclusion of the text critical markings, but I often find myself ...

Now That's a Review!

November 18, 2008 - David Lang — Dee Dee Warren (aka "Dizzle") at World of Apple has written an incredibly comprehensive review of Accordance 8. Reviewing a software program properly requires a great deal of time, effort, and skill. Over the years I've been disappointed to see many reviewers simply regurgitate our own marketing materials or simply settle for listing the contents of various packages, a fact I once lamented on the Bible Software Review forums. I have no such complaints about this World of Apple review. Ms. Warren has done a remarkable job of exposing non-users ...

Coming Up for Air

November 14, 2008 - David Lang — In the Accordance calendar, the months of October and November are both exciting and exhausting. This is the time of year when we gear up for the annual meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Society of Biblical Literature. It is at these conferences on Biblical scholarship that we release new materials primarily of interest to scholars and students. Last year, we released the tagged Dead Sea Scrolls Biblical Manuscripts, the New English Translation of the Septuagint, the tagged pentateuch and critical apparatus from Swete's ...

New in 8.1: New links within User Tools

November 06, 2008 - David Lang — When Accordance 8 was released, it included support for two new kinds of links within Accordance tools: links to other Accordance modules, and links to internet URLs. The immediate reaction we got was, "This is great! Can we include those links in our own user tools?" The answer at that time was no, but it was always our intention to add that capability in user tools. In 8.1, we have. To create a link to another Accordance module, enclose your link in brackets and use the following format: [Module name, Field to be Searched, Search Argument] ...

New in 8.1: Looking Up Both a Word and a Verse

November 05, 2008 - David Lang — Picture this scenario. You're looking at Matthew 6:10 in the tagged Greek New Testament (GNT-T), and you triple-click the Greek word translated "done" in the phrase "Your will be done." This opens your default Greek lexicon to the entry on ginomai, a word with an extremely broad semantic range. The article for this word in BDAG is no less than four pages long. Who wants to wade through such a lengthy article in order to find the discussion of how this word is used in Matthew 6:10? Is there a way to zero in on that particular meaning using ...

New in 8.1: Moore Improved User Notes

November 04, 2008 - David Lang — Earlier this year, we did a training seminar at Moore Theological College in Sydney, Australia. Moore college focuses a great deal of attention on teaching a particular exegetical method in which the students create a block diagram of each passage, write their own exegetical comments on the passage, and create their own working translation. Those who use Accordance generally do this by creating three sets of user notes, which they'll conveniently view in parallel panes alongside the passage. Yet while it is convenient to view all these user ...

Lookin' Good! Accordance 8.1

November 03, 2008 - David Lang — It's here. After less than two weeks of hints and promises, Accordance 8.1 is now available for download. Like all our point releases, this new update is free to all users of Accordance 8, and is packed with enough new stuff to be well worth paying for. You can read a quick summary of what's new here. Meanwhile, I want to talk about the most obvious changes: the changes to Accordance's appearance. First, the Workspace window features redesigned tabs which actually look like tabs, as opposed to the former push-button style tabs. The new tabs ...

In My Mind I'm Goin' to Carolina

October 30, 2008 - David Lang — In the immortal words of James Taylor, "In my mind I'm goin' to Carolina." That's Charlotte, North Carolina to be more precise. I'm scheduled to do two training seminars in Charlotte on November 7 and 8. And while a decent number of people have registered so far, it's really not enough to justify the cost of making the trip—especially when there's so much work to be done here. We're evaluating whether or not we need to change our plans, but you North Carolinians can make the decision easier by registering to attend one of those two seminars. ...

Have We Raised Expectations Too High?

October 28, 2008 - David Lang — A week ago, I wrote a brief post explaining that we're busy finishing up a new update to Accordance which will soon be released as version 8.1. Last night I had to laugh when the following comment was left on that post: so...a week later and no release.... How keen should we be? Hours? Days? Weeks? Months? A smiley-face emoticon at the end of this comment leads me to believe that it was half written in jest, but I also have to wonder if we've raised your expectations too high. After all, earlier this year, I hinted on a Thursday that version 8 ...

Searching the Accordance Blog

October 27, 2008 - David Lang — This has been a year of big changes at OakTree software: a new version of Accordance, new DVDs, new modules, a new web-site, along with behind-the-scenes changes in infrastructure and the hiring of new staff. Unfortunately, one of the unintended victims of all these changes has been the search engine for this blog. When we transitioned to the new web-site, something broke so that the blog search no longer worked; and we've been waiting to fix it until all those infrastructure transitions are complete. I'm sorry some of you have been ...

Studying the Optative, Part 3

October 23, 2008 - David Lang — In my previous few posts, I've been using Accordance to study the optative mood in Greek. For those of you who are starting to wonder why I'm so fixated on the optative; I'm really not. I'm merely using the optative as a sort of case study to show you how you can use Accordance to answer the kinds of questions I asked in my initial post. I answered the first three questions in my first follow-up post, in which I used the Search All window and the Hits Graph to explore the use of the optative in the Greek New Testament and extrabiblical Greek ...

When it's Quiet, Things Are Happening

October 21, 2008 - David Lang — As a father of four (soon to be five!), I've learned to get concerned when the house is too quiet. When my kids were toddlers, and it suddenly got quiet, that meant they were probably getting into something they shouldn't. When they were noisily playing with toys, that meant all was well, but when things were too quiet, that's when white iMac keyboards were getting decorated with black permanent marker! In much the same way, long time followers of this blog should notice a pattern: the blog tends to gets quieter shortly before some major new ...

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