Accordance Blog

January 2009 — December 2009

Reminiscin’

September 21, 2009 - David Lang — Dr. Joel Willitts of the Euangelion blog has been writing a series of posts entitled "Accordance and Me," in which he recounts his personal experiences with Accordance. In part 1, he describes his first exposure to Accordance at Dallas Theological Seminary, including its enthusiastic recommendation by the late Dr. Harold Hoehner. (See this post for my own reflections on Dr. Hoehner's remarkable support of Accordance.) In Accordance and Me, part 2, Dr. Willitts describes his experience of using Accordance with the PC emulator prior to ...

Accordance's Unsung Feature: It Just Works

September 18, 2009 - David Lang — I never cease to be amazed at the hassles some people are willing to put up with where computers and computer software are concerned. For years Mac users have been telling their Windows-using brethren that "Macs Just Work," that they aren't prone to all the instability and malware that most computer users assume is just par for the course. The same is true of Accordance. Where other Mac Bible software programs have sometimes left their users dealing with major headaches and broken functionality, Accordance users have happily been u ...

Another Week, Another Update

September 17, 2009 - David Lang — Two weeks ago, we released a free update to Accordance 8.3 with a ridiculous number of new features. A week later we released 8.3.1 to fix several bugs. Now, a week after that, we're announcing the release of Accordance 8.3.2, another minor bug-fix update. What's the deal with all these bug-fix releases? Are we having trouble getting our act together? Not at all. Each of these updates is actually a testament to how quickly we respond to reported problems. The release of 8.3 came at about the same time Apple released the new Snow ...

Tip: Open more than one Scripture link

September 16, 2009 - David Lang — When you're looking at a string of hypertexted Scripture links in a tool, such as a series of cross references to a verse, you can preview each link in the Instant Details box simply by dragging your cursor over the link. You can also click each link to view it in a separate window or tab. But what if you want to view all those passages at one time? There are actually two ways to do this. You can select more than one Scripture link to view by starting your selection in the middle of the first link and ending your selection in the middle ...

Forget that Stack of Books

September 15, 2009 - David Lang — One of the most shocking things about seminary was the number of expensive books I had to buy—especially when it came to language study. I had taken Biblical Hebrew and Classical Greek in college, but somehow, none of the books I had bought in college would do for seminary. Instead of my inexpensive Hebrew Bible without apparatus, I was told I had to purchase a copy of Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia. Instead of the Greek New Testament I had picked up in college, I needed to buy the current edition published by the United Bible Society. My ...

New in 8.3: Copy as Citation Improvements

September 11, 2009 - David Lang — Accordance's Copy as Citation feature is designed to let you copy verses out of Accordance in whatever format you desire. Want the text of the verses to appear as a continuous paragraph enclosed in quotation marks and followed by a parenthesized reference? Want the text to be pasted at a different font size than you view it within Accordance? Want the reference to appear above the text and followed by a colon? All of these combinations and more can be set in the Citation preferences. The nice thing about this is that it saves you ...

Squish! Accordance 8.3.1 Squashes Bugs

September 09, 2009 - David Lang — Just as you're settling into a new Accordance update, here we come with another one. Last week we released Accordance 8.3 with lots of new features, enhancements, and yes, a few minor bugs. As those bugs have been reported, our programmers have been hard at work squashing them. Accordance 8.3.1 is therefore now available for download. Whether or not you've experienced any bugs in 8.3, you'll want to go ahead and download this latest version. And while this latest update is just a bug-fix release, there is one minor enhancement we left out of ...

New in 8.3: Copy as User Tool Link

September 08, 2009 - David Lang — One time-saving new feature in Accordance 8.3 is Copy as User Tool Link. User Tool links are links to other texts and tools which you can create from within an Accordance user tool. A user tool link is essentially a search, in which you tell Accordance what module to open, what field to search, and what to search for. So, for example, if I wanted to link to BDAG's article on agapao, I would enter [BDAG, Greek Entry, agapaw] in a user tool edit window and then format the whole thing as a hypertext link. When I update the tool, I'll have a ...

The Collected Works of John M. Frame Now Available

September 07, 2009 - Rick Bennett — We are proud to announce the release of The Collected Works of John M. Frame, Volume I: Theology. The following are included in Volume I: Theology: The Doctrine of the Knowledge of God The Doctrine of God (2003 ECPA Gold Medallion Award for Theology and Doctrine) Salvation Belongs to the Lord No Other God: A Response to Open Theism Perspectives on the Word of God The Amsterdam Philosophy Also, lecture outlines and study questions for Doctrine of the Knowledge of God (Apologetics), Doctrine of God (ST I), and other ...

New in 8.3: Changing the Resource in a Pane

September 04, 2009 - David Lang — Yesterday, I announced the release of Accordance 8.3, which can be freely downloaded here. I also told you about a few of the many cool new features. Here's another one I know you're gonna like. For some time now, you could use keyboard shortcuts to change the main search text in a Search window. Pressing control-plus or minus would change the search text and corresponding text pane to the next or previous text in the list. You could also use control-1 through control-0 to pull up one of the first ten Bibles in the list. That was cool, ...

Accordance 8.3 Available for Download

September 03, 2009 - David Lang — I'm very pleased to announce the release of Accordance 8.3, a free update for all users of Accordance 8. When we announced this release on Twitter last night, we remarked that this update contains a "ridiculous number of new features." As you can see from the list of new features here, that wasn't marketing hype. Be sure to see the full list and download the upgrade, and check back here for upcoming posts about these new features. For now, I'll just highlight a few of my favorites. Extensive use of Help Tags: Help tags are those little ...

Negating Grammatical Characteristics

August 31, 2009 - David Lang — All last week, we saw how Accordance enables you to search grammatically-tagged original language texts without having to learn an arcane set of codes or commands. First, we saw how Accordance uses an easily understandable and transparent search syntax, so that you can just type the grammatical characteristics you want to find. Next we looked at Accordance's simplified dialog box interface which lets you choose the grammatical details you're looking for. Rather than a confusing array of checkboxes and options, Accordance presents you with a ...

Knowing When to Bend the Rules

August 28, 2009 - David Lang — As a writer, I'm something of a stickler for proper grammar, correct punctuation, and good sentence structure. However, I'm also of the opinion that the truly skillful writers know when to bend or even break the rules. A slavish adherence to rules many readers aren't even aware of can actually hinder communication, and when that happens, no one will care that you avoided dangling prepositions (like the one I used in the previous clause). The goal of good writing is effective communication, even when it means bending a few grammatical rules. ...

The Hannah Montana of Bible Software

August 27, 2009 - David Lang — Our children and the children of my wife's sister are roughly the same age, so sleepovers are usually arranged such that all the boy cousins stay at one house while the girl cousins stay at the other. This past weekend, our boys spent the night at their cousins' house while one of the girl cousins spent the night with our girls. I generally prefer to have the boys, because when we have all girls, I am forced to watch movies I might otherwise avoid. This time, it was The Hannah Montana Movie. If you're not familiar with Hannah Montana, i ...

Simplifying Greek and Hebrew Searching

August 26, 2009 - David Lang — In my previous post, I said that Accordance spares you having to learn a computer programming language in order to search grammatically-tagged Greek and Hebrew texts. That's a very good thing considering how many real human languages pastors- and scholars-in-training are expected to tackle. Accordance's search syntax is transparent and understandable even to the first semester student of Greek, something which is not necessarily true of other programs. But perhaps that's no big deal, since most programs offer some kind of simplified ...

Which Languages Should You Know?

August 24, 2009 - David Lang — As the back-to-school season begins, pastors- and scholars-in-training are embarking on the daunting task of learning new languages. Many seminary students are already taking their first courses in Biblical Greek and Hebrew, while Ph.D. students may be adding French, German, Latin, and any of a number of ancient Semitic languages. Learning the languages is important, which is why Accordance spares you the added burden of having to learn a programming language. For example, if you want to find all Greek verbs in the present tense, you ...

Interview with Helen Brown

August 21, 2009 - David Lang — Over the years, I've talked with users who told me they had called to place an order or for technical support and that they had talked with "the nicest lady with a British accent." When they tell me that, I know right away that they've dealt with Helen Brown. Helen doesn't answer phones nearly as much these days, but she still interacts extensively with Accordance customers. You may have conversed with her by email, and if you're active on our user forums, Helen's name will be immediately recognizable to you. Many users marvel at how quickly ...

Tip: Zooming in on a Map, Timeline, or Image

August 20, 2009 - David Lang — Accordance Map, Timeline, and Picture windows all include In and Out buttons so you can zoom in and out on these graphics. But there's a slicker way to zoom which you may not have discovered. If you want to zoom in on a particular region of the map, timeline, or an image, simply drag a selection rectangle around that area and then double-click inside the rectangle. The area you selected will now fill the window.

New American Commentary Now Available

August 19, 2009 - David Lang — A couple weeks ago, I announced the release of the 43-volume Hermeneia commentary. I'm very pleased to announce that we have also just released the New American Commentary (NAC) by Broadman and Holman publishers. This commentary contains 38 volumes, including two volumes previously unavailable in electronic form. NAC is written from a conservative evangelical perspective and is aimed at the pastor, teacher, and Bible student. While it deals with current interpretive debates and issues, it is not overly technical, presenting solid ...

Sneak Peek at Accordance 8.3

August 13, 2009 - David Lang — Yesterday I hinted that a new update to Accordance is coming soon. It's in beta-testing now, and the list of enhancements is extensive. Here is a sneak peek at a few of them, but I'm not going to tell you what they are. You need to look at the screenshots, compare them with the current version, and tell me in the comments what's different. Fair enough? The screenshot below shows two new features. You can't see it, but I have the mouse hovered over the first occurrence of "father" in Matthew 1:2 of the ESVS. I also have the command key ...

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