Accordance Blog

January 2010 — December 2010

User Tools: Tutorials and Examples

August 06, 2010 - David Lang — Have you been keeping up with our Lighting the Lamp podcasts lately? Dr. J has been hard at work producing video tutorials on various aspects of Accordance. Most recently, he finished a series on how to create your own User Tools. Meanwhile, some new user tools have been posted to the Accordance Exchange recently. If you haven't discovered all the free resources available from the Exchange, be sure to check it out. Who knows? Maybe between Dr. J's podcasts and the examples you download from the Exchange, you'll find the inspiration to create ...

See! I Said You Could

August 03, 2010 - David Lang — Last week I said that whenever you ask us if you can do something with Accordance, we usually answer with a simple and straightforward, "Yes, you can!" Of course, the danger of making such a claim is that I'm practically inviting you to test its validity. So I wasn't at all surprised to get the following "challenge" in the comments on that post: Not a comment, but a challenge. I want to create a greek analytical lexicon arranged by dictionary form (not alphabetically) with all subsequent forms underneath it with frequencies. How do I do ...

Thorough Review of NIVAC for Accordance

August 02, 2010 - David Lang — The NIV Application Commentary on the New Testament is one of a spate of new Accordance resources released in recent weeks. If you've been considering adding this commentary to your Accordance collection, Rick Mansfield of This Lamp has written an excellent and extremely thorough review. Rick describes the major features of the commentary itself, then discusses the added value of the Accordance edition. Be sure to check it out.

Yes You Can!

July 30, 2010 - David Lang — Midterm congressional elections are still several months away, but already my mailbox is getting stuffed with political ads, my answering machine is becoming filled with recorded pitches for various candidates, my television screen is getting cloudy from all the mud being slung inside it, and my ears are continually met with various talking points and campaign slogans. If I were to create a campaign slogan for Accordance, I think I would modify the slogan frequently chanted during the last presidential election: "Yes we can!" That's because ...

Making Hebrews Come Alive

July 29, 2010 - David Lang — Recently my family's devotions have involved reading through the book of Hebrews. The writer of Hebrews spends a lot of time talking about the design of the Mosaic tabernacle, the function of the high priest, the offering of animal sacrifices, and other cultic practices dating from the second millennium BC: Now the first covenant also had regulations for ministry and an earthly sanctuary. For a tabernacle was set up, and in the first room, which is called the holy place, were the lampstand, the table, and the presentation loaves. Behind ...

The Mystery of the Lost Images

July 23, 2010 - Helen Brown — The special service that we use to send out mass emails and newsletters has been acting up lately. We successfully sent out our Piñata letter on Wednesday, but now the images have disappeared from everyone's copies. We will try to track them down and return them to their rightful place, but in the meantime here are the images we used: PS: Thankfully the problem is now fixed, but I'll leave this post up anyway.

Accordance Buzz

July 22, 2010 - Helen Brown — It took the news that Facebook has 500 million subscribers to prod us into paying attention to our own Facebook Page (not exactly true, we started working on it a few weeks ago). Clearly that is where the action is. Just yesterday we released version 8.4.7, and then sent out a general email with a sneak peek at the upcoming iPhone app, and our page really lit up with comments. Earlier we mentioned the release of The New Unger's Bible Dictionary, a remake of a classic. Be sure to Like us on Facebook to get immediate Accordance ...

Commentaries Update

July 15, 2010 - Helen Brown — Now only $699! The Hermeneia Commentary set has been very well received but remained beyond the reach of many users who really wanted it. Now, with agreement from Fortress Press, we are able to drop the price to an affordable $699. This top-of-the-line commentary is a must for every scholar and student of the Bible in the original languages. HOTC and HNTC have now been released together with the combined Holman Bible Commentary. Jeremy, who labored over these commentaries for many months, has written an excellent review of the ...

Out of the Oven

July 12, 2010 - Helen Brown — Sometimes it does seem as if preparing modules for Accordance is a bit like roasting the Thanksgiving turkey. It just takes so long to go through the necessary steps: defrosting, cleaning, salting, stuffing, wrapping, roasting, testing... It isn't made any easier by the delicious smells emanating from the oven, and the constant inquiries of "is it done yet? when can we eat?" We are pleased to announce that a batch of modules made it through the process in the last few days and are now posted for your enjoyment. The much ...

Best Commentaries

July 03, 2010 - Helen Brown — The BestCommentaries.com website run by John Dyer offers a valuable resource for the student of Scripture. He manages a comprehensive list of commentaries on the Bible, especially of multi-volume series. Volumes are given tags defining the type such as technical or devotional. Many volumes are rated based on other published listings and by members of the site. Links are provided to sellers of the volumes, both hard copy and software, and now also to Accordance! My only criticism is that with so much data the pages can load rather slowly. & ...

Announcing NIVAC Release

July 02, 2010 - Helen Brown — I would love to have Rick Bennett or David Lang blog about NIVAC, and I am sure one of them will soon. Right now they are keeping their noses to the grindstone to complete these and other important projects. So it is left to me to post the exciting news that the NIV Application Commentary is (almost) ready for release, and we are happily taking orders. During the 90 day introductory period we are offering the complete New Testament set of 20 volumes ($532) for the special one time only price of $317. Similarly, the 8 volume ...

What's a Picture OF a Thousand Words Worth?

June 25, 2010 - David Lang — As Helen pointed out in the previous post, a picture is indeed worth a thousand words. The Bible Lands PhotoGuide and other graphical resources (now on sale) can be used to illustrate a sermon or lesson in ways that would be difficult to depict verbally. Now, if a picture is worth a thousand words, what is the value of a picture of a thousand words? One of my favorite articles in the PhotoGuide is the one entitled "Inscriptions and Ancient Texts." This article contains in one convenient place all the photos of ancient inscriptions and ...

Worth a Thousand Words

June 23, 2010 - Helen Brown — A picture can indeed make all the difference: wake up the audience, illuminate a point, illustrate the geography, define a point in history... just what you need to shake off summer doldrums. Anyone care to guess who is in this picture and when and where it was taken? Of course, nowadays it's relatively easy to find pictures on the internet, if you know what you are looking for. But in Accordance the PhotoGuide pictures are linked to the people, the history, and the Scripture references as well as the places. The Atlas and T ...

More E Than Book: Thinking Outside the Binding

June 22, 2010 - David Lang — Over the past two weeks, I've been blogging about how Accordance goes beyond mere electronic delivery of print books. After introducing the series, I showed how Accordance gives you unparalleled control over the appearance of the text. Next I demonstrated how Accordance lets you control the context of what you see. In this post, I want to show how you can "think outside the binding" when it comes to your books, interacting with them in whatever way will best suit your purposes. Let's say I'm a student at Reformed Theological Seminary ...

Are Accordance Users Arrogant?

June 18, 2010 - David Lang — On Twitter, I have searches set up to find any tweet which mentions Accordance. Yesterday I saw one that made me laugh. Someone posted a "straw poll" asking for comparisons of two Windows Bible programs, and then specifically asked not to receive any recommendations of Accordance! It sounds as if this person has experienced some overzealous Accordance evangelism in the past. Just over a year ago, I blogged about our Accordance "bird dogs"—users on Twitter who start "barking" about Accordance in response to any tweet asking for Mac Bible ...

More E Than Book: You Control the Context

June 15, 2010 - David Lang — In the past couple of posts, I've argued that Accordance goes beyond mere electronic delivery of print books. Instead, we leverage the flexibility and power of the computer to give you new ways to interact with your books. In the previous post I showed how Accordance gives you unparalleled control over the appearance of the text. In this post, I want to talk about how Accordance lets you control the context of what you see. When viewing the text of the Bible, what you enter in the search entry box determines what you see in the display ...

More E Than Book: You've Got the Look

June 11, 2010 - David Lang — Yesterday I argued that Accordance goes beyond mere electronic delivery of print books. Instead, we leverage the flexibility and power of the computer to give you new ways to interact with your books. One way we do that is by giving you unparalleled control over the appearance of the text. Most e-Book readers give you some control over the appearance of text. Apple boasts about iBooks' flexibility in that regard by saying that you can change the text size or "even change the font." That's great, and more than enough flexibility if your ...

More E than Book

June 10, 2010 - David Lang — People have been talking about e-books and e-publishing for a long time, but reading books on electronic devices has only recently become a popular activity. With the rising popularity of Amazon's Kindle and now Apple's iBooks, it seems that all you hear about these days are "e-books." Of course, we've been publishing books of various kinds in electronic format for more than fifteen years, yet you rarely hear us talk about "e-books." That's because we think more about the "e" than the "book." In other words, we're more interested in l ...

Accordance Users Conference: What a Lineup!

June 08, 2010 - David Lang — The schedule is set for the inaugural Accordance Users' Conference in the Dallas area September 24-25, and I'm really excited about the lineup of speakers, sessions, and panels we're offering. In an attempt to capture the coolness of this conference in 140 characters or less, I posted the following summary on Twitter: Abegg. Wallace. Olive Tree. OakTree. Mac. Mobile. Hands-on. Face-to-Face. Developers. Scholars. Pastors. Users. Cool! http://bit.ly/bTWWOn Abegg, of course, refers to Dr. Martin Abegg, leading Dead Sea Scrolls scholar ...

Israel Tour Opportunity

June 04, 2010 - Helen Brown — A few places are still available on a tour to Israel led by Accordance developers and users who are very familiar with the land. This one-time opportunity allows you to join a small group (30 max) for an insiders' tour of the archaeological sites, traditional holy places, and current Christian communities. The tour leaves on Feb 24, 2011, returning March 12. The cost will be approx $3,500 per person including airfare, tour, hotels, and all expenses except lunches and incidentals. Please send me an email as soon as possible if you ...

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