Mar 20, 2015 Richard Mansfield

Top Ten Features of Accordance Mobile 2.0

The wait is over--Accordance Mobile 2.0 is finally here!

I’ve had the privilege to use Accordance 2.0 since the alpha stage last year. It has been fun to see it develop into the version that officially released yesterday. Over the past few weeks, I would occasionally post a screenshot to illustrate something on the iPhone or the iPad and wait to see how long it took for someone to notice I wasn’t using the “regular” version (v. 1.7x).  Truthfully, v. 2.0 has been the only iOS version of Accordance I’ve used for months now, having removed the previous version from both my iPhone and iPad. In spite of that, the official launch of v. 2.0 makes it all feel new again because now I can talk about it!

Having spent a good bit of time with Accordance Mobile v. 2.0, I thought I’d offer a Top Ten list of new features. This is my list, but you may have your own, and I'd like to hear your favorites, too.


1. A New Name

We have to distinguish various versions of Accordance one way or another. For instance, there's Accordance for the Macintosh and Accordance for Windows. Our version of iOS has been called a number of things: “iAccord,” “Bible Study with Accordance,” “Accordance for iOS,” etc.

With the release of v. 2.0, you will see two names. In the iTunes App Store, we still refer to it as “Bible Study with Accordance.” That’s simply so that people who aren’t familiar with us, but who are perhaps looking for Bible study software, will find us. From now on, when we refer to it elsewhere, we will use the name “Accordance Mobile.” This will help us distinguish this version from the traditional version. We will probably use this name for our eventual Android Version, too.


2. Enhanced Text Selection

This has probably been the most requested feature for Accordance on the iPad and iPhone: selecting text is now more versatile in Accordance Mobile 2.0. In the new version, selection handles can be used to select words, phrases, parts of a verse or multiple verses.

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Selecting just one word brings up Instant Details, as in the past, along with the Action Menu. Selecting multiple words brings up even more options in the Action Menu. Here you have a number of choices for what can be done with the chosen text: Copy, Highlight, Clear, Share, Search, Amplify, Define, Note, and Bookmark. These choices will vary sometimes based upon whether you are selecting content in a biblical text or another title in your Accordance Library.

3. Define Words with the iOS System Dictionary

One of the options in the Action Bar is “Define.” This will allow me to access the built in iOS System Dictionary on my iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. In my case, it’s the New Oxford American Dictionary. Although I might have Bible dictionaries in Accordance Mobile, this other dictionary may be better suited for general definitions.

4. Social Sharing

Another one of the new options in the Action Bar is Social Sharing. You know how it is—sometimes you read something really profound and want to share it with others. By selecting the Share button, I can share any Bible verse or passage from a book in my Accordance Library on Facebook, Twitter, or any other means of communication I have set up on my iPhone or iPad.

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Tip: Use the share feature to save clips to popular note-sharing apps like Evernote or OneNote.

5. Display Customization

Have it your way. Accordance Mobile 2.0 allows you to customize the look and feel of the app in an infinite number of ways. Change the font, change the font color, change the background—whatever allows your creativity to best intersect with your study of the Bible. You can even change the color of hyperlinks. Customizations can be made universally or to individual titles.

6. Enhanced for Larger Screen Sizes

Since September we’ve been asked, “When is Accordance going to be updated for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus?" The new larger iPhone screens are game changers. I know because I’ve got the iPhone 6 Plus. With the larger, high-resolution screen, I’ve often found myself using my iPhone for purposes that I used to reserve for the iPad. The lines are blurred between these kinds of devices, but it doesn’t matter for Accordance users--we’ve got you covered. Accordance Mobile 2.0 takes advantage of the additional space and resolution quite well and is perfect for the larger screen sizes of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

The image below is from an iPhone 6 Plus.

7. Link/Unlink Parallel Panes

Need to explore intertextuality between the Old and New Testaments? Read the introductory material in a commentary or study Bible while in a pane parallel to a biblical text? Now you can. A new button appears in the Additional pane to Unlink and Link content. Click the Linked button (linked) to unlink the panes; click the Unlinked button (unlinked) to link the panes. When panes are unlinked, each can be navigated independently. A separate Table of Contents icon will appear in the parallel pane of the unlinked text.

8. Brand New Help System

As the saying goes, Good help is hard to find, but not when it comes to Accordance, fortunately. Our desktop help system is literally award winning. And now we have thoroughly revised our Accordance Mobile Help to bring it up to that same level. Accordance Mobile Help is an HTML-based help system that can be accessed from within Accordance and/or bookmarked on any device. You'll find exactly what you need in this Help system that is both thorough and easy to access.

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Tip: Bookmark Accordance Mobile Help on all your devices. Since iOS devices only display one program at a time, you can have Accordance Mobile open on one device and Accordance Mobile Help open on another device.


9. Improved Easy Install

Easy Install is now much easier! If you’ve ever tried to install your entire Accordance Library onto your iOS device and were frustrated at having to touch every checkbox, you’ll be glad to know there’s now a new Download All button next to the original Download button. Or if space is limited, and you can only install a handful of select titles, the newly added Easy Install Search field will be very helpful to find only the titles you really need.

10. Accordance Mobile Widget

Want a shortcut to Accordance from the lock screen or any other program on your iPhone or iPad? Now it’s as easy as swiping down on the Today List in iOS. The edit button at the bottom of the Today List allows you to add Accordance to your view. It will list the most recently opened titles from your Accordance Library. Select the title and Accordance opens up with your selected title in place.

So those are my top ten features of Accordance Mobile 2.0. What are yours? Feel free to give your picks in the comments below!


 

Mar 19, 2015 Timothy Jenney

Accordance Mobile 2.0 (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #119)

Accordance Mobile 2.0 is here! Designed for iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches running at least iOS 8.0, the latest version of “Bible Study with Accordance” (iPhone App Store name) is sure to please. It is optimized to take advantage of the iPhone 6 and 6 plus screen sizes—and boasts a host of new features: enhanced text selection, social sharing, highlight symbols, quick definitions, tool bookmarks, easier downloads, and more. Join Dr. J for this quick tour of the very latest in mobile Bible study software.

See also: What's New in Accordance Mobile 2.0

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Dec 19, 2013 Accordance Bible Software

Accordance for iOS 1.7 is now Available

Great news, Accordance fans! Version 1.7 of the Bible Study with Accordance app is now live in the App Store. If you own an iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch, be sure to check for updates and download the latest version to all your iOS devices. Here are the new features in version 1.7.


Updated Design for iOS 7

One of the biggest changes is a fresh new interface that conforms more with iOS 7 design principles and UI standards. For those using Apple’s latest mobile operating system, we hope this will provide a more consistent experience as you move between the Accordance app and other apps that have been optimized for iOS 7.

Please note that this new design will only appear for those using iOS 7. Anyone still using iOS 6 will keep the previous Accordance design that fits in line with those design principles better.

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In-App Registration

Users can now create and register their Accordance account directly within the app. Previously, this required users to leave the app and register their account using a web browser. Now, there is a fast and simple registration process that takes place entirely within the app.

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In-App Store

Another big change is the addition of an in-app store, which is accessible via the Library view. Please note that this in-app store is not comprehensive, and therefore it is not intended to be a replacement for our online store at accordancebible.com. However, we wanted to provide a convenient way for new customers that might not know about the accordancebible.com store to add more Bibles and study tools to their iOS library. The in-app store currently offers a handful of Bible translations and study Bible notes, and we may expand this offering in the future.

Please also keep in mind that any discounts you have will not apply when ordering via the in-app store.

Tutorial for New Users

There is now an opening tutorial that will run for first-time users of the Accordance app. This tutorial is designed to teach new users some of the basic navigational elements of the app, and how to access some of the main features.

Why so Long?

We appreciate your patience, as we know it’s been a while since we’ve put out a major release of our iOS app. We had some unexpected changes to our iOS team early in 2013, which required us to bring on some new team members and get everyone up to speed. The good news is that our iOS team is now in a great place to begin focusing on new features, and we are excited to deliver them to you! At the very top of our list is arbitrary text selection, as we know that many users want the ability to select a customizable section of text, rather than just choosing from the predefined categories of word, sentence, or paragraph. We are currently working on this feature for the 1.8 release, as well as other features and enhancements. Thank you again for your patience, and we look forward to bringing you more exciting updates for the Bible Study with Accordance app in 2014!

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Dec 30, 2011 Rick Bennett

Happy Birthday iOS

Almost one year to the day we announced the long-awaited release of the Accordance iOS app. It is exciting to look back and see the progress we’ve made in that time thanks to a devoted development team, and the enthusiastic support and recommendations of our users. In that time we’ve had a significant number of downloads from users all over the globe. Thank you for making our app a success!

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For me this excitement came to a peak with the recent release of version 1.4. With this release our app has moved beyond being a simple reader and is now capable of functioning as an independent Bible study tool with extremely fast performance and an equally impressive feature set. But, we’re not stopping there. We have aggressive development plans for 2012 and are dedicated to investing in this platform.

Although an app should never be measured by what’s planned, I can say that development for version 1.5 is underway and will bring with it a more polished reading experience.

For those that may have missed the version 1.4 announcement here’s a recap of the new features (which you can also find on our Help Page):

1. Selection in a Pane

Press and hold in a pane brings up a magnifier to enable precise selection of a word or reference. When released, it opens either an Actions menu or an expanded Instant Details popover with the actions at the bottom.

2. Actions Menu

Always offers Copy and Highlight, and where appropriate offers Search and Amplify. For Key number texts, Search and Amplify then offer Word or Key Number options, whereas in tagged original texts you can search or amplify the Inflected Form, Lemma, or Root.

Search opens the current main text or tool and finds the selected word.

Amplify opens the appropriate text or tool to the selected word or entry. A two finger swipe to the right returns to the previous view. The previous module can also be selected in the Library.

3. Instant Details

Now displays black text on a Newsprint background.

For Key Number words the parsing and gloss are displayed if a tagged original text is also installed. The definition of the related Key dictionary is displayed and can be scrolled.

For tagged original texts the Syntax is shown, if installed, and the full article from the top lexicon of the same language.

Tool hyperlinks display the linked content.

The Actions menu buttons appear at the bottom.

4. Library View

Now organized hierarchically by module type with the first section for Recent Modules.

Search at top level searches all the sections.

Editing the order of modules, or removing them, is done within each section.

New Notes files are now created from the User Notes popover.

5. Devotionals

Modules with readings for each day now appear as Devotionals as well as General tools.

When opened from their section they appear in a new view with a parallel pane displaying the Bible text.

6. Main Text and Tool Views Changes

Press and hold on the Search button opens the History menu. The first item in the History is the Read mode which clears the current search results.

Wider side margins.

Parallel pane chooser uses a segmented control to select the list of modules of the desired type.

Most internal and external hyperlinks now work when a Reference tool is displayed in a parallel pane.

7. History Menu

Opens with a long tap on the Search icon in the main view, or a short tap on the History button in the Search view.

As needed, shows Read, New Search, and a list of past searches in that module.

8. Verse Selection Actions Menu

Adds the Amplify button which opens the first Reference tool with an entry for that verse.

The User Note action offers the option of creating a new User Note file.

9. Grid Style Verse Chooser

Available in Settings as an alternative to the Wheel and the List.

10. Other

The contents of both Recent Modules and the History menu are saved between sessions.

Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar: 3rd Edition is supported including the audio links.

iOS 5 will no longer purge modules for lack of space. However, only user content (Notes, Tools and Highlights) is backed up in iTunes or iCloud.


 

Feb 10, 2011 Rick Bennett

For your Reading Pleasure

After we updated our website and blog, I wrote a post offering some tips on subscribing to and navigating the blog. If you're new to the whole blogosphere and find some of the terms are confusing, I recommend checking it out. Since then we've continued to experience a growing number of subscribers, to whom we're thankful for continuing to read and interact with David's hidden gems of Accordance as well as our various updates and promotions.

In this post I'd like to follow-up with some more tips on subscribing to the blog, and reading it on your iOS devices.

Based on our blog stats, most readers subscribe to the blog with Google Reader (or one of its related services). And for many of you that subscribe in this fashion, I'm sure you've noticed that our posts are truncated. This has been the number one reason why I subscribed to all feeds with Mail (because it mysteriously does not truncate the feed). But, I've recently found an awesome little app that has cured my Google Reader woes—Reeder for iPhone, iPad and soon for Mac (now in public beta). Reeder takes your Google Reader subscriptions and turns them into a whole new reading experience. You can even use it to subscribe to our User Forums.

The key feature of Reeder with regards to our blog (and others whose content is truncated), is 'readability.' With this feature you can instantly load the content of the entire post into the same window without launching a web browser.

The only drawback to Reeder is that you cannot (currently) manage your subscriptions. For that you'll still have to launch your browser and log in to your Google Reader account.

Here are a couple Reeder screenshots, and below is a short screen cast with some advanced tips on subscribing to new content that I hope will make reading our blog a more pleasurable experience.

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