Accordance Blog

January 2010 — December 2010

Friday Night with Accordance 9

September 16, 2010 - David Lang — Last Friday night we invited all the sales, office, and tech support staff to attend a dinner and demonstration of the new features in Accordance 9. For many of them, this was their first chance to see what the development staff has been working so hard to produce. Dr. J and I both made long drives to be there as well, even though we had been testing the new features for weeks. After all, we both need to be able to tell you about everything that's new, and we've been around Accordance long enough to know that there would surely be cool little ...

Much Ado About Accordance 9

September 15, 2010 - David Lang — If you've visited our website recently, you've already noticed that big changes are afoot. The most obvious change is that the website has a cool new look, including a banner which reads Accordance 9. No, Accordance 9 is not yet available. We did our best to coordinate all the website and infrastructure changes with our new product releases, but I'm afraid we didn't quite make it. So for a very short while, we're going to be in a state of transition. Okay, so now that you know Accordance 9 is right around the corner, how can you ...

The Number One Reason to Attend the Users' Conference

September 10, 2010 - David Lang — Over the past few weeks I've been counting down the Top Ten Reasons you should plan to attend the Accordance Users' Conference in the Dallas area September 24-25. I'm now ready to reveal the number one reason to attend the Users' Conference. But first, let me list once again reasons 2 through 10. 10. Hang Out with Other Accordance Users: See here for more. 9. Get to Know Accordance Developers: See here for more. 8. Go Light or Heavy: See here for more. 7. Get Personal and Practical Help: See here for more. 6. Try ...

Understated Power

September 09, 2010 - David Lang — "David's a nice guy but he sure talks about himself a lot." Hearing those words was like a punch in the gut. I was in college, and a Bible study leader relayed to me that a girl I knew had described me that way. What a blow to learn that rather than being seen as an interesting conversationalist, I was coming across as a self-absorbed boor. That revelation caused me to take a hard look at how I relate to people, and I soon learned that it is far more rewarding to let people discover interesting things about you than to give a laundry list of ...

Top Ten Reasons to Attend the Users' Conference: #2

September 08, 2010 - David Lang — Over the past few weeks I've been counting down the Top Ten Reasons you should plan to attend the Accordance User's Conference in the Dallas area September 24-25. Here again are reasons 3 through 10, along with reason 2. 10. Hang Out with Other Accordance Users: See here for more. 9. Get to Know Accordance Developers: See here for more. 8. Go Light or Heavy: See here for more. 7. Get Personal and Practical Help: See here for more. 6. Try Before You Buy and Buy at a Discount: See here for more. 5. Get Up ...

Dr. J Shares Power Tips and Tweaks

September 07, 2010 - David Lang — Dr. J has just posted a new Lighting the Lamp podcast entitled Power Tips and Tweaks. In it he does an excellent job of exposing you to a few options and settings that can improve your workflow and make your life much easier. Of the power tips he covers, my favorite are the various copy options that are available. Be sure to check it out.

Top Ten Reasons to Attend the Users' Conference: #3

August 31, 2010 - David Lang — Over the past few weeks I've been counting down the Top Ten Reasons you should plan to attend the Accordance User's Conference in the Dallas area September 24-25. Here again are reasons 4 through 10, along with reason 3. Remember, today is the last day to pre-register at a 30% discount! 10. Hang Out with Other Accordance Users: See here for more. 9. Get to Know Accordance Developers: See here for more. 8. Go Light or Heavy: See here for more. 7. Get Personal and Practical Help: See here for more. 6. Try Before Y ...

Dr. J explores NIVAC

August 30, 2010 - David Lang — Dr. J has just done a new Lighting the Lamp podcast on the recently-released NIV Application Commentary series (NIVAC). In it, Dr. J shows how NIVAC is distinct from other commentaries and examines NIVAC's take on five different passages. This podcast can help you make an informed purchasing decision. Just be sure you make it before the introductory sale ends!

Top Ten Reasons to Attend the Users' Conference: #5 and #4

August 27, 2010 - David Lang — Over the past few weeks I've been counting down the Top Ten Reasons you should plan to attend the Accordance User's Conference in the Dallas area September 24-25. Here again are reasons 6 through 10, along with reasons 4 and 5. Take note, iPhone and iPad users, these latest two are for you: 10. Hang Out with Other Accordance Users: See here for more. 9. Get to Know Accordance Developers: See here for more. 8. Go Light or Heavy: See here for more. 7. Get Personal and Practical Help: See here for more. 6. Try B ...

Fort Worth Evangelical Examiner Article on Users' Conference

August 26, 2010 - David Lang — The Fort Worth Evangelical Examiner has posted an interview with yours truly about the upcoming Accordance Users' Conference in the Dallas area. Be sure to check it out!

Hate Meetings? I Love 'em!

August 26, 2010 - David Lang — I used to work at a large church where Mondays were basically one long series of meetings. We'd have a general staff meeting first thing in the morning, then break off into meetings with other members of our respective ministry departments, and in the afternoon we would plan the weekly worship meeting. Some of these meetings—such as the worship planning meeting—were creative and fun, but the cumulative effect of all these meetings was tiring and even a little discouraging. At the end of the day, you felt like you had come away with a long l ...

Preferences You Need to Know About

August 25, 2010 - David Lang — Whenever I do a training seminar, I'm surprised to see long-time Accordance users still getting the copyright info for each new module they open, or a save warning for each window or tab they close. If you use Accordance the way I do, you're constantly opening resources, looking up information, then closing them again. You don't want to be hassled with all those warning messages and temporary windows, do you? If you haven't discovered that you can turn those things off yet, go to Preferences right now and select General Settings. At the ...

Top Ten Reasons to Attend the Users' Conference: #7 and #6

August 24, 2010 - David Lang — Over the past few weeks I've been counting down the Top Ten Reasons you should plan to attend the Accordance Users' Conference in the Dallas area September 24-25. Here again are reasons 8, 9, and 10, along with reasons 6 and 7: 10. Hang Out with Other Accordance Users: See here for more. 9. Get to Know Accordance Developers: See here for more. 8. Go Light or Heavy: See here for more. 7. Get Personal and Practical Help: I mentioned this in passing in my previous post about the Users' Conference, but the user's c ...

More "Yes You Can!"

August 23, 2010 - David Lang — A few weeks ago, I made the claim that whenever you ask us if you can do something using Accordance, we're usually able to answer with a simple and straightforward, "Yes you can!". Not long after that, I backed that up by answering "Yes you can" to a specific challenge. A few days ago, someone posted the following question in response to that second post. Thanks, David. This has inspired me to play around a bit with the analysis window and its options. Is there a way to see words from a particular pericope listed in order of the ...

Seminary Survival Video Contest

August 20, 2010 - David Lang — Ever seen an episode of Man vs. Wild? Survival expert Bear Grylls gets dropped into the middle of the Everglades or the Arctic tundra and shows you how to survive if you're ever in a similar situation. Grylls won't just tell you which frogs are poisonous and which are good eating, he'll SHOW you by eating one himself! Well there's one survival situation I doubt even Grylls would know how to handle: a seminary education. Anyone who has ever been dropped in the middle of that wild and woolly world will understand immediately how hard it ...

Top Ten Reasons to Attend the Users' Conference: #8

August 19, 2010 - David Lang — Last week I began a top ten list of reasons you should plan to attend our inaugural Accordance Users' Conference outside of Dallas on September 24-25. Here again are reasons number 9 and 10, along with reason number 8: 10. Hang Out with Other Accordance Users: See here for more. 9. Get to Know Accordance Developers: See here for more. 8. Go Light or Heavy: Whenever we do a one day Accordance training seminar, we ask the attendees to give us their feedback on what they liked and what we could do better. The one thing ...

What About the iPad?

August 18, 2010 - David Lang — In a previous post I blogged about my experience using the prototype Accordance iPhone app to read along during the Sunday morning sermon. I expected a fair bit of response to that post, but what I didn't expect was how much apparent angst it would create regarding the iPad. Apparently, because I focused on my use of the app on the iPhone, some people worried that our initial iOS app would not be available for the iPad. Not to worry. Just because I describe testing the app on my iPhone, that doesn't mean we're not also planning to ...

Top Ten Reasons to Attend the Users' Conference: #9

August 17, 2010 - David Lang — Last week I began a top ten list of reasons you should plan to attend our inaugural Accordance Users' Conference outside of Dallas on September 24-25. Here again is reason number 10, along with reason number 9: 10. Hang Out with Other Accordance Users: See previous post for more. 9. Get to Know Accordance Developers: Ever wanted to meet the people behind the product? If not, you should. I work with them, and I can tell you that every one of them is worth getting to know. The more I look at the Bible software industry, the more I ...

Accordance on the iPhone: Testing the Prototype

August 16, 2010 - David Lang — There are a lot of things I love about my job, but one of the things I love the most is that I get to play with cool new developments before most other people do. One of those cool things I'm getting to play with these days is our prototype iPhone app. Before you get too excited, we've still got a good deal of work to do before the iOS app is ready for release. Right now we're doing some internal testing and evaluation of the features that have been implemented so far, and I can't even guarantee that the way the app works now is exactly ...

Top Ten Reasons to Attend the Users' Conference: #10

August 13, 2010 - David Lang — Our inaugural Accordance Users' Conference is fast approaching, and time is running out to pre-register at a 30% discount. Until August 31, you can pre-register for the conference for just $70 ($35 for students). After that, the registration will go up to $100/$50. If you're still undecided about whether you should attend, I'll be giving you my top ten list of reasons you won't want to miss it. Here's reason number 10: 10. Hang Out with Other Accordance Users: Every time I exhibit Accordance at a show or teach a seminar, I'm a ...

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