January 2013 — December 2013

Accordance to Keynote, Part 3

August 01, 2013 - David Lang — Last month, I began a series of posts on getting information from Accordance into a Keynote presentation. In part 1 of that series, I surveyed some of the resources I've been using most often in my development of a Keynote presentation for teaching Sunday School. Among the resources I highlighted were resources with lots of great visuals like the Carta books which are currently on sale. Now that we've released several titles from Rose Publishing, I'm now using those books as well. In part 2 of that series, I showed you how to get formatted ...

New Disqus Commenting System

July 25, 2013 - Darin Allen — You might have noticed that our commenting system looks a little different today. We just switched over to using Disqus, an elegant commenting format that allows for profile pictures, commenting threads/replies, and more. All of our earlier comments have been preserved at the bottom of their respective blog posts under a section called "Archived Comments." We encourage you to create a Disqus account and join the conversation. You can add a short bio for other members to see and also an Avatar, or profile picture. < > To leave a ...

Digital Celluloid to Replace Cellophane

July 25, 2013 - David Lang — In Tuesday’s post, Darin announced the release of five visually rich books by Rose Publishing: the Rose Guide to End-Times Prophecy, Rose Bible Overview, Rose Deluxe Then and Now Bible Maps, Rose Guide to the Tabernacle, and Rose Guide to the Temple. All of these books are packed with high quality visuals and extremely helpful information, but the last two I mentioned presented a bit of a challenge. You see, the print versions of these books use clear cellophane pages to create maps and reconstructions which can be “changed” simply by ...

New Releases from Rose Publishing

July 23, 2013 - Darin Allen — We are excited to announce the release of five new titles from Rose Publishing. Rose’s slogan is “Bible topics explained visually,” and that is a fitting description. Each of the five titles we are releasing are filled with colorful illustrations, maps, charts, diagrams, and other helpful visual aids. If you are wondering whether or not these Rose titles are for you, ask yourself three questions: 1) Are you a visual learner? Many of us learn best when visual aids are used to supplement the text. The new Rose titles are packed with ...

Using the MT-LXX Parallel, Part 2

July 22, 2013 - David Lang — In a previous post, I introduced you to the MT-LXX Parallel, a specialized Reference tool which offers a word-by-word comparison of the Hebrew Bible and the Greek Septuagint. In that post, I showed how to use the MERGE command to piggyback off a search of the tagged Hebrew Bible and tagged Greek Septuagint. This allowed us to search the Hebrew Bible for every occurrence of the lexical form tselem ("image")—no matter what its inflected form—and to see those results displayed in the MT-LXX parallel. We then searched the tagged Septuagint for ...

Accordance 10.2 is Now Available

July 12, 2013 - Darin Allen — < > Accordance 10.2 is now available via the "Check for App Update" option in the Accordance menu. This update is not available yet in the Mac App Store, but it is coming soon. Thank you for your patience!< > For a complete breakdown of the major new features and enhancements, be sure to check out our New Features in 10.2 page! We'd also love to hear your feedback on this major update, so feel free to let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, or the user forums. Thanks!

Using the MT-LXX Parallel

July 09, 2013 - David Lang — When you display the Hebrew Bible and Greek Septuagint in parallel panes of a Search tab, the parallel verses are displayed side-by-side, but it is not immediately apparent which Hebrew word a particular Greek word is translating. For example, in Genesis 1:1, the Greek word ouranon corresponds to the Hebrew word Shamaim. I can see that by dragging my cursor over each word in the Hebrew and Greek to find out which words mean “heaven,” but other than that, there is no easy way to see the relationships between these two texts. That’s ...

Using the Upgrade Calculator

July 02, 2013 - Darin Allen — Have you tried using our new Upgrade Calculator yet? This handy feature is designed to help you learn about the new Accordance 10 Collections and provide a complete breakdown of the new modules these Collections would add to your personal Library should you choose to upgrade. To get started with the Upgrade Calculator, just open Easy Install from the Accordance menu and click on the Upgrade Calculator button in the bottom-left. < > Below is a breakdown of the information you will find in the Upgrade Calculator: < > The left side of ...

Accordance to Keynote, Part 2

July 01, 2013 - David Lang — In my previous post, I talked about the Keynote presentation I'm producing to teach a Sunday School class on "Understanding the Old Testament." In that post, I surveyed the Accordance resources I am mining for the content of my Keynote slides. In this post, I want to explain the techniques I use to get Bible text out of Accordance and into Keynote. Whenever I want to copy some Bible text to paste into Keynote, I do not use the standard Copy command in Accordance. Instead, I use the Copy As Citation command in the Accordance Edit menu. The ...

Accordance to Keynote, Part 1

June 27, 2013 - David Lang — In the probably-bit-off-more-than-I-can-chew department, I've recently begun teaching a Sunday School class on "Understanding the Old Testament." My intention in this class is to give folks a birds' eye view of the Old Testament, exposing them to parts of the Bible they rarely visit and often struggle to understand. To do this effectively, I can't afford to spend a lot of time going into depth on individual passages. So naturally, I've spent the last six weeks or so going through Genesis 1 and 2! At this rate, I may finish when I'm sixty! My ...

Voicemail no service

June 26, 2013 - Helen Brown — A technical fault has taken out the office voicemail. We expect it to be fixed in the next 24 hours. The lines are open, but if you only get a busy signal, please try again, or use the Livechat or send an email. Thank you for your patience.

Accordance for Windows: Questions and Answers

June 18, 2013 - Darin Allen — It’s been almost a year since we first announced that we were developing a native version of Accordance for Windows, and the response has been very encouraging. We appreciate all of the excitement from the community, and we wanted to take a moment now to answer some of the most common questions we've received about Accordance for Windows. What is the current status of Accordance for Windows? The Windows version is quite far along at this point. We recently launched a closed beta on June 6, 2013 and we currently have about 25 beta ...

Finding Sentences with Every Letter of the Alphabet

June 18, 2013 - David Lang — Not long ago I stumbled across a post on a Bible software forum that taught me a new word: "pangram." I had to Google it to find out that a pangram is a sentence that includes every letter of the alphabet. A classic example is that odd sentence used to display all the characters of a typeface: "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog." The forum post I read cited Deuteronomy 4:34 and Zephaniah 3:8 as examples of pangrams in the Hebrew Bible, then asked how to find a pangram in the Greek New Testament or Septuagint. Now, I have no idea ...

Don't Miss Our Summer Deals

June 17, 2013 - David Lang — < > In case you haven't heard, we're offering a new set of items for sale each week during the months of June and July. Last week's sale, which ends today, includes a must-have Hebrew lexicon (the unabridged BDB), and Hebrew grammars by Joüon-Muraoka and Waltke-O'Connor. Check the sale page each week to see a new set of deals.

Free Updates to Accordance and GNT Syntax

June 03, 2013 - Helen Brown — Accordance 10.1.7 was released over the weekend, free of course to all users of Accordance 10 (MacAppStore users will need to wait a few days). The improvements and bug fixes are listed here. The Help files have also been revised and updated. Accordance for iOS 1.6.5 is now live in the App Store, with more bug fixes, and the improved display implemented in 1.6. GNT28-T.syntax is now available to work with the GNT28-T. It is a free upgrade for users who own the GNT-T.syntax, but must be ordered in our store. This module provides full ...

New Release: Nestle-Aland 28th Edition (NA28)

May 16, 2013 - Darin Allen — We are excited to announce that we just released the 28th Edition of the Nestle-Aland Greek New Testament. The Nestle-Aland is the leading critical edition of the Greek New Testament used by scholars and seminary students all over the world. The 28th edition makes significant changes to the apparatus and uses the Editio Critica Maior as its basis for the Catholic letters (James, 1 and 2 Peter, 1-3 John, and Jude), so these letters will have textual differences from the NA27. Here are some details from the publisher on the changes they've ...

Customizing the Display of Accordance Texts

May 11, 2013 - David Lang — A while back, I started a series of posts on Accordance Preferences. So far, we've covered the General Settings (Part 1 and 2), the Appearance Settings, and the Workspace Settings. Now we're ready to tackle the Text Display Settings. This is where you can set the font, size, color, style, etc. of text in all your biblical and extrabiblical Text modules. But before I focus on all the specific options in this Preferences panel, let me give you an overview of the various ways you can change the appearance of a Bible text. Customizing the ...

Connecting and Stand-Alone Commands

April 24, 2013 - David Lang — Yesterday I talked about the Search menu, which conveniently lists everything you need to fill in a blank search box. Among the options in this menu are the various Search Commands in the Enter Command submenu. Today I'd like to point out something about that submenu: its divider line. This line divides the list of commands into two kinds, and we even have special names for them. The seven commands above the line are what we call connecting commands. The eleven commands below the line are known as stand-alone commands. Connecting ...

Help Filling the Blank

April 23, 2013 - David Lang — As a writer, I have often known the mockery of the blank page. It glares at you, laughing at your struggles to fill it with something meaningful. As Accordance users, we are constantly presented with a blank search box, ever ready to be put to use. Experienced users know exactly what to do with it, but new users may experience something of the mockery I feel when trying to fill a blank page. They may conceive of a search they would like to do, but how to construct it? They know Accordance is capable of much more than simple word and phrase ...

Zigging Won't Work? Try Zagging!

April 17, 2013 - David Lang — Monday, I wrote about a panel discussion at a recent conference which compared the use of the words βασιλεια (kingdom) and ευαγγελιον (gospel) in the Greek New Testament. To see the relevant data for myself, I did a search for βασιλεια ευαγγελιον, then chose Analysis Graph from the Stats and Graphs icon of the Search tab. I then chose to have the Analysis Graph break down this search by Lexical form (LEX). The resulting graph plotted the frequency of these two lexical forms across the entire New ...

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