January 2011 — December 2011

Concerned about Controversy? Consult Counterpoints

September 15, 2011 - David Lang — When I was a student at a secular university, I was very interested in apologetics. In my discussions with professors and students who did not share my beliefs, I wanted to know how to offer a rational defense of those beliefs. When I got to seminary, I was very excited to take a course in apologetics because I thought I would learn new arguments I could actually use. I was surprised to find that the course was focused on discussing various views on how apologetics should be done. I learned about Classical Apologetics, Presuppositional ...

Commentary on the MacBook Air Giveaway

September 14, 2011 - Darin Allen — We are almost halfway through our MacBook Air Giveaway, and the excitement is building. If you haven’t entered yet, you can do so now on our giveaway page, and be sure to leave a comment in response to the video. We have already received over 1,000 comments, and it has been both encouraging and entertaining to read what people have to say about Accordance. I have compiled some of my favorites for your enjoyment, along with my own personal reflections in italics. New Customer “All my research points to Accordance as THE ...

Seminars in Dallas, Houston, Minneapolis, LA, and Atlanta

September 09, 2011 - David Lang — A week from today I head to the Lone Star State to teach a series of Accordance training seminars in Dallas and Houston. We'll be at Redeemer Seminary on Saturday the 17th, and Dallas Theological Seminary on Monday the 19th. On Wednesday the 21st, we'll be at the College of Biblical Studies in Houston. Our Texas seminars are usually packed, so if you haven't registered for one of these yet, be sure to do so right away. As always, these seminars are free for you. They are not however, without cost. I just realized I'll be missing most of ...

Accordance 9.4.2 Syncs Unicode Bibles and More

September 06, 2011 - David Lang — A new update to Accordance 9 was released today. Accordance 9.4.2 supports the syncing of Unicode Bibles with iOS devices, fixes several minor Lion-related issues, and even offers a few speed enhancements. Up to now, opening a new Map tab is one of the few things in Accordance which required me to wait several seconds. Granted, I'm using a four-year-old MacBook Pro, so maybe I felt the pain of it more than most of you do. Now, however, a new Map opens in about a second—even on my older machine. Accordance 9.4.2 is free to all users of ...

Making More Work for Ourselves

September 05, 2011 - David Lang — Last week, I spent all day in a meeting with other developers. We were hashing out the interface for several upcoming additions to Accordance for iOS, and I'm really excited about where the app is going. In these meetings, I and the other non-programmers have the luxury of being able to suggest cool ideas without any real notion of how easy they'll be to implement. By the end of the day, I think we were all feeling a little guilty. So when we squeezed in one last feature to discuss, we all tried to make it as easy as possible for our i ...

Mug for me, MacBook Air for you

September 02, 2011 - Darin Allen — In case you haven’t heard, Accordance is giving away a MacBook Air this month. Apple’s latest ultra-thin device now features Thunderbolt connectivity and a new Intel processor that is up to 2.5x as fast as older models. In short, it’s crazy cool and you want one. Trust me. Apple isn’t exactly new to cool though, as they have built a reputation as pioneers of innovative and exciting technology. Their vast repertoire of cool gadgets is what makes walking into an Apple store so exciting for me. Even when I don’t need to buy anything, I ...

Who Says Breakin' Up is Hard to Do?

August 30, 2011 - David Lang — With all due respect to Neil Sedaka, breaking up isn't really that hard to do, and sometimes it can be a good thing. No, I'm not talking about the tragic end of an Accordance for iPad initiated church romance, but the breaking up of a large commentary set into individual volumes. That's just what we've done with the recently released New International Commentary on the New Testament (NICNT). Now you can purchase and download individual volumes instead of having to buy the entire set at once. Obviously, you'll pay more if you buy the series ...

When the Trainers Got Trained

August 29, 2011 - David Lang — If you've ever been to an Accordance training seminar, you know it can feel a little like drinking from a firehose. Rest assured that it's nothing compared to what many of those trainers went through a few years ago. Back then we invited prospective trainers from around the country to come to Orlando for two days of intensive Accordance instruction. Rather than giving them some script to follow in teaching a seminar, we made it our goal to make sure they became real Accordance experts. After all, a big part of leading a training seminar ...

A Better Shopping Experience

August 26, 2011 - Darin Allen — One of the questions we often get from new customers is “Which Accordance collection is right for me?” I remember asking this same question when I first bought Accordance. I knew I wanted original language tools because I was studying Greek and Hebrew in seminary at the time. I knew I wanted commentaries and Bible dictionaries to help me develop better sermons. Lastly, I knew I wanted the Atlas and other graphics tools because they looked insanely cool. Ultimately, I decided that the Super Bundle was the best fit for my needs. I was extremely ...

About.com Reviews Accordance

August 24, 2011 - David Lang — Jack Zavada, a contributing writer for About.com, has written a very positive review of Accordance 9. In addition to mentioning Accordance's power, breadth, and "Eyeblink fast searching," he also mentions our helpful customer service staff and Dr. J's podcasts. Be sure to check it out, and please add your own user review. Update: Mary Fairchild of About.com also reports on our back-to-school sale and points to Mr. Zavada's review. She says of Mr. Zavada's review: "Spending a few months exploring Accordance 9 before writing his review, ...

Single? Apparently Accordance Can Help

August 22, 2011 - David Lang — Yesterday I saw someone post the following to Twitter (edited slightly to make it more coherent): Wanna get a babe in church?! Go to service without a Bible but with an ipad2 & bible software installed on it! Since I've been "off the market" for some time now, I can't personally vouch for the effectiveness of this strategy. Still, assuming this gentleman is on to something, I figured I'd pass it on to you single guys out there as yet another way Accordance can help. When a girl approaches you to ask what you're doing with ...

In Depth Review of Accordance

August 19, 2011 - David Lang — Earlier this year, Zeitschrift für Katholische Theologie published a review of Accordance 9 by Dr. Boris Repschinski. This review, written in German, is posted on the Universität Innsbruck website. Dr. Repschinksi has now kindly provided an English translation. This review is unusual in that it discusses the quality of the texts and tools available in Accordance, as well as covering in detail the software's features and search capabilities. Be sure to check it out.

See Links in Your Preferred Translation

August 18, 2011 - David Lang — On Monday, I showed you some tricks for seeing more than one Scripture link in a tool at the same time. Today, I want to show how you can specify which Bible text displays when you hover over or click on a Scripture link in an Accordance tool. For example, let's say your default Bible is an English translation, but you want the links in BDAG to go to the Greek New Testament rather than an English translation. If they're Old Testament references, you want those to go to the Greek Septuagint. Is that even possible? This is A ...

New iOS Update Shows Me How Much I've Forgotten

August 16, 2011 - David Lang — Most of the time, I'm excited about new Accordance updates and features. Not today. A new iOS Update is now available which adds support for Unicode Bibles including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Russian. Completely ignorant of the Asian languages, all I can do with those is appreciate how cool they look. But I did take Russian in college, and I was excited to load it on my iPad and "brush up" on my Russian. The new feature works great. I can display the Russian Synodal Bible in parallel with an English translation and read them ...

Scripture Link Tricks

August 15, 2011 - David Lang — In describing his workflow, Pastor Levi Durfey mentioned a feature he uses to explore cross-references to a passage. It's a little known feature, and there is another related to it, so I want to go over Scripture links in detail. Of course, you all know that when you're looking at a series of Scripture links in a tool, you can hover over each one to see it in the Instant Details box, or you can click the link to open the passage in a separate window. But what if you want to see all the cross-references in a separate window? Do you have ...

For Those Who Still Like Paper

August 12, 2011 - David Lang — In his Pastor's Study post yesterday, Pastor Levi Durfey explained how he likes to print his passage out in English and Greek so he can mark up the text the old fashioned way—using pen and paper. He does this by exporting the text and formatting it the way he likes in Pages, but you can also do this directly from Accordance. The trick is to be aware of all the options available to you in the Print Settings dialog. Here's another look at the way Pastor Durfey formats his "observation worksheet": As you can see, he has the ...

The Pastor's Study: Cross-Word Dictionary and the CIA

August 11, 2011 - David Lang — It's been a while since our last installment of The Pastor's Study, but I'm grateful for some other pastors who have chosen to contribute to this series. This new installment comes from Levi Durfey, Pastor-Teacher of the First Baptist Church of Baker, Montana. How I Use Accordance in My Sermon Preparation Preparation While I use Accordance’s user notes feature for short notes and quotes, I use iWork Pages for the writing of my sermon notes. This is partly because I like writing in one tool instead of using two and ...

NICNT (21 Volumes) Now Available

August 10, 2011 - David Lang — I'm pleased to announce that the New International Commentary on the New Testament (NICNT) is now available for Accordance. This highly acclaimed and immensely popular commentary series consists of 21 volumes covering all the books of the New Testament except for 2 Peter and Jude. The series seeks "to provide earnest students of the New Testament with an exposition that is thorough and abreast of modern scholarship and at the same time loyal to the Scriptures as the infallible Word of God." NICNT is so popular precisely because it ...

Parsing Power, Part 3

August 08, 2011 - David Lang — For the past several posts, I've been showing how you can customize the appearance of the parsing window to show specific information or to parse certain parts of speech. But what if you want to parse specific words or forms in a passage? Believe it or not, you can do that too. For example, let's say you're using Basics of Biblical Greek, and you're faithfully learning your vocabulary. You want to parse all the words in a passage that you don't yet know, but you want to force yourself to recognize the lemma, parsing, and meaning of the ...

Parsing Power, Part 2

August 05, 2011 - David Lang — Yesterday, I showed how you could customize the appearance of the parsing window to show only the specific information you want for each word parsed. But that's just the beginning of what you can do with the parsing window. What if you don't want parsing information for every word you select? For example, let's say you're using a grammar like Basics of Biblical Greek which does not even begin teaching the Greek verb until Chapter 15 (roughly equivalent to the start of a second semester). You want to reinforce your knowledge of the nouns ...

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