January 2009 — December 2009

Tip: Hit Tab then Type a New Search

December 30, 2009 - David Lang — Whenever you want to enter a new search in the search entry box at the top of an Accordance window, there's no need to take your hands from the keyboard, drag your mouse up there, select the previous search argument, and then go back to the keyboard to hit delete and begin typing a new search. Just hit the tab key and type your new search argument. Hitting the tab key automatically selects the contents of the search entry box so that the next thing you type will replace it. Try it. You'll save a lot of time over the mousing method.

Biblioteca Hispana de Accordance

December 29, 2009 - Rubén Gómez — Today's blog post comes to you in both Spanish and English from Rubén Gómez, editor of Bible Software Review. We asked Rubén to write about our new Spanish language collection: Biblioteca Hispana de Accordance. La nueva Biblioteca Hispana de Accordance en CD-ROM ofrece grandes ventajas para los usuarios de software bíblico en lengua española. Para empezar, reúne en un solo disco todas las Biblias castellanas distribuidas por OakTree Software, con un total de 5 textos bíblicos distintos, más otros 3 que se pueden ...

Victims of Success

December 28, 2009 - David Lang — Over the weekend, we learned to our chagrin that credit card orders being placed through our website were not authorizing successfully. True to Murphy's Law, this occurred on the weekend when we could do nothing to correct it. We therefore posted instructions on the website and forums describing how to get around the problem until we could get it fixed. This morning we contacted the processing company and learned why credit card orders were no longer being authorized. It seems we had processed so many orders this month that we had ...

The New Help Menu

December 23, 2009 - David Lang — Whenever I teach an Accordance training seminar, I spend a few minutes outlining where to look for help. I know there's no way the attendees will remember everything I teach them over the course of an eight hour day, so it's important that they know about the ongoing sources of help available to them. I'll therefore talk about the Help, the PDF manuals inside their Manuals and Documents folder, this blog, the user forums, the podcast, the older instructional videos, and more. These days, I just click the Help menu to enumerate many of ...

Sprucing up the Family Christmas Letter

December 22, 2009 - David Lang — Every holiday season, I write not one, but two (and occasionally even three) family Christmas letters. First, there's my own family's Christmas letter. Rather than writing a laundry list of the previous year's accomplishments and activities, I try to write something with a little devotional value. When I'm finished with that, my mother-in-law gives me her Christmas letter to edit (read: "ghostwrite") and format. Some years, I've even been asked to edit a third letter for my sister-in-law. With so many Christmas letters sent to many of ...

Podcast on the Graphics Bundle

December 18, 2009 - David Lang — If you've been toying with the idea of purchasing the Accordance Bible Atlas, Bible Lands PhotoGuide, and/or Timeline, now is the best time to do it. The Graphics DVD Bundle, which includes all three of these resources, is currently on sale for just $149. One of the biggest challenges we have with the Atlas, PhotoGuide, and Timeline is adequately communicating just how cool these resources are. When people see them in action, they're invariably blown away, but how do you write a product description which has that same effect? I'm not ...

Tip: Viewing Commentaries in a Pane

December 17, 2009 - David Lang — As you probably know, you can view any of your commentaries or other reference tools in parallel with the text of the Bible. To do this, you just select the commentary you want from the Add Reference Tool Pane pop-up menu. Here are a few tips for working with commentaries in parallel panes. Open a reference tool pane with a vertical orientation: By default, reference tool panes open in a horizontally-oriented pane below your Bible text panes. You can change this to a vertical orientation at any time by clicking the pane orientation ...

Tip: Preview your Favorite Commentary

December 15, 2009 - David Lang — Since this month is currently the best time to stock up on major commentaries, I thought I'd share a few tips for getting the most out of them. Here's the first: If you hold the command key down while hovering over a word in an English Bible with Strong's numbers or a grammatically-tagged Greek or Hebrew text, the entry for that word in your favorite Greek or Hebrew lexicon will be displayed in the Instant Details box. It's like an instant preview of what you would get if you triple-clicked the word. Did you know the same trick works f ...

Podcasting the Accordance News

December 11, 2009 - David Lang — If you haven't already seen it, you need to check out this week's podcast. Dr. J takes a break from Accordance training to recount all the latest news about ETS, SBL, the Bible Software Shootout, and various new products which have been released. Not only is it entertaining, it's remarkably informative (I didn't know all those facts about ETS and SBL). Dr. J even mentions a little side project of mine I'll tell you more about next week!

A Closer Look at the CNTTS Apparatus

December 10, 2009 - David Lang — Somewhat lost among all the new product announcements at the annual meetings of ETS and SBL was the news that the CNTTS Apparatus is now complete. We've been working with the Center for New Testament Textual Studies at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary for years now to release their New Testament Critical Apparatus for use in Accordance. The apparatus has been released in stages, with new portions of the New Testament appearing each year. With this year's release, the apparatus now covers the entire New Testament. While at SBL, w ...

Accordance 8.4.1 Adds Google Maps Integration

December 09, 2009 - David Lang — One of the good things about exhibiting at the annual meetings of ETS and SBL is that we do demos of Accordance all day long under the most rigorous of conditions. In response to an attendee's questions or challenges, I may find myself doing searches I would never have thought to do on my own. By the end of the week, we've generally uncovered a handful of obscure bugs that need squashing. Accordance 8.4.1 does just that, and is now available for download. It's a free update to all users of Accordance 8. Oh, and since we seem to have a ...

The Search for ‘Sacred Names’

December 08, 2009 - Rick Bennett — Last year, almost to the day, I wrote a blog post on our release of Comfort and Barrett's, The Text of the Earliest New Testament Greek Manuscripts. In that post I highlighted some of our enhancements to the book, which included creating a separate corpus of morphologically-tagged Greek texts that are contained in the book (collated in canonical and manuscript order). As soon as I became aware of this project I started thinking of ways in which this resource could be used to contribute to the field of New Testament textual criticism. At ...

ETS Paper on the INFER Command

December 04, 2009 - David Lang — On the second day of the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, I slipped away from the Accordance booth to hear a paper presented by Robert Marineau, a student at Dallas Theological Seminary. The subject of the paper was The Accordance 'INFER' Search and Its Use for Intertextual Studies. The INFER command was one of the big new features added in Accordance 8.0. It is designed to let you infer literary connections (quotations, allusions, etc.) between two texts. While I can demonstrate the feature reasonably well, Mr. ...

This and That

December 03, 2009 - David Lang — There have been some interesting internet discussions and posts related to Accordance lately. If you haven't discovered them yet, here are a few links. Rubén Gómez of Bible Software Review has posted videos showing how to perform searches on the gospel material known as "Q" (those passages common to Matthew and Luke but not in Mark). They're worth checking out, not only for their teaching value but also to hear Rubén's sultry Spanish accent! ;-) Karyn Traphagen has asked readers of her Boulders 2 Bits blog whether schools or ...

Extending Our Lead in Dead Sea Scrolls Research

December 01, 2009 - David Lang — Before Accordance 1.0 was first released way back in 1994, we began working with a leading Qumran scholar who was interested in developing a grammatically-tagged text of the Dead Sea Scrolls. In fact, we helped demonstrate an early prototype of that text at the SBL meeting of 1994. The tagged Qumran sectarian manuscripts were finally released for sale in 1999, and Accordance immediately became an indispensable tool for many Qumran scholars. Not long after that, work began on tagging the various Biblical scrolls found at Qumran. Since ...

Sneak Previewing Syntactical Searching

November 27, 2009 - David Lang — In Monday's post, I hinted that those who stopped by the Accordance booth might get a sneak preview of a new feature slated for the next version of Accordance. Of course, none of you likes it when I give such cryptic hints, and I received several comments and tweets asking for more information. I think word has generally leaked out, but in case you haven't heard, we were demonstrating the ability to search syntactically tagged Greek and Hebrew texts. All of the tagged texts we currently have available have been morphologically tagged, ...

The Bible Software Shootout

November 24, 2009 - David Lang — In yesterday's post, I mentioned the "Bible Software Shootout" at the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature and promised to give a more detailed account of it. While described as a shootout, it was really conducted more like a marksmanship competition. Each Bible Software developer was given five challenges, ranging from almost trivially simple to somewhat more involved. From our perspective, none of the questions was particularly difficult or taxing, since it's the kind of stuff Accordance users do every day. In fact, one of ...

Snapshots of SBL

November 23, 2009 - David Lang — Last week I gave you a few snapshots of my experiences here in New Orleans. As I mentioned then, we're here for the annual meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) and the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL). ETS ran from Wednesday through Friday. SBL is running from Saturday through Tuesday. For most of our crew, Friday was spent manning and then breaking down our ETS booth, only to take everything across the street to set up for SBL! I and one of our sales staff spent that day conducting an all-day Accordance training ...

Live from N'Awlins

November 18, 2009 - David Lang — Yesterday I flew to New Orleans for the annual meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Society of Biblical Literature. We set up our booth last night and are now demonstrating Accordance to ETS attendees. I don't have time to give a detailed account right now, but here are a few random thoughts about the show. These meetings are hosted in different cities around the U.S. each year, and I always enjoy the years when these shows are in the South. Why the regional bias? One simple reason: it's only in the southern cities ...

Bibliographic Citation: Comparison Video and Pages Footnotes

November 16, 2009 - David Lang — Last week we released Accordance 8.4 and talked a fair amount about the new Bibliographic citation feature. On Friday, Rick Mansfield of This Lamp put together another one of his videos comparing Accordance's Bibliographic citations with those of another program. While Rick has a few criticisms of our implementation, I think Accordance comes off looking pretty good. One Accordance advantage which Rick didn't bring out (because he pasted every citation into Word) is that Accordance lets you paste Bibliographic citations into programs l ...

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