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Nov 21, 2015 Richard Mansfield

7 Reasons to Visit AAR/SBL Booth #903

If you're attending the AAR/SBL Meeting in Atlanta, be certain to come by Exhibitor Booth #903 to experience everything new related to Accordance Bible Software! Our booth is humming with activity, and if you haven't had a chance to stop by, don't miss the opportunity to be a part of the excitement!

ETS 2015

Here are SEVEN reasons you should drop everything and come by the Accordance booth right now:

  1. If you've never used Accordance, you need to see it in action!
  2. If you've never purchased Accordance, you can get the incredible Essential Collection for 40% off at the conference!
  3. Whether you purchase Accordance or not, you can register to win a FREE 64 GB iPad Air 2!
  4. Learn about our conference-only discounts, including reduced prices on everything in the catalog!
  5. Come see our new titles for the Accordance Library released only yesterday!
  6. Discover the incredible new features in Accordance 11.1!
  7. Hang out with Accordance employees and fellow users--it's one big celebration going on in booth #903!

See you soon!


Nov 9, 2015 Richard Mansfield

Come See Us at ETS/SBL to Win a 64 GB iPad Air 2!

iPad Giveaway The annual November Bible conferences are fast approaching, and as always, Accordance will be there! These days, thanks to modern technology, attendees at academic conferences no longer have to leave their research tools behind; instead, their libraries travel with them wherever they go!

This year, we're giving away a 64 GB iPad Air 2 so that if you're the winner, you will be able to carry your entire Accordance Library wherever you go in the palm of your hand! The current iPad Air 2 is the most powerful and up-to-date tablet from Apple in this size range. And 64 GB of storage is more than enough space to carry a theological library with you at all times that would rival personal libraries of generations past!

And if you win the iPad, we'll even let you pick the color!

During either conference, simply register for the drawing at our booths (ETS #29 & SBL #903) from November 17-24 or at the Accordance Training Seminar (November 20).

Please, only one entry per registered attendee please.


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!


May 14, 2014 Matt Kenyon

Swiping, Tapping, and Scrolling into the Future

It’s no secret that we are right in the middle of the mobile revolution. In January 2014, mobile devices accounted for 55% of internet usage in the United States, officially surpassing desktop internet usage. That was four months ago, and the numbers have undoubtedly risen. As a business, we knew that if our users were on smartphones and tablets, that’s where we needed to be, too. We quickly realized that a vital step to catering to this new trend was optimizing our website for mobile devices.


Mobile optimization is a catch-all term that simply refers to the editing of a website to suit the mobile user's experience. Every business has different goals when it considers optimizing its website for mobile devices. Here were three of ours:


Have you ever visited a website and had to "pinch-to-zoom" your screen just to read what seemed like microscopic font? Have you ever gotten so frustrated with this pursuit that you’ve given up altogether? That’s the opposite of mobile optimization (one might even say it’s mobile-phobic) and it’s the very thing we wanted to get away from.iPhonesize We needed scalability, the ability to resize the content on our site to various screen sizes without compromising the visibility of images, text, and other elements. Our site now looks great on big and small screens alike.


Another crucial difference between desktop and mobile browsing is that users aren't going to be navigating our website with the traditional means of a keyboard and mouse. Flicking, tapping, scrolling, and swiping have officially trumped typing in the mobile revolution. For this reason, banners, links, and menu items needed to be sized appropriately for tapping. Tiny buttons would only frustrate our fast-fingered users.


We wanted to keep the user experience as close to that of the desktop site as possible, but when you start downsizing, things inevitably get crowded. Not every element on our homepage would fit on a 4-inch screen. We quickly realized that we needed to make some cuts. We considered scrapping the Tour page of our mobile site, but the optimized functionality was so slick, we ultimately decided to adapt it. Today, users can still access the content on this page through any device.

Learning as we go

We decided against creating a separate mobile site (which was the only solution for years) because it has many disadvantages. Instead we used a responsive technology that reorganizes the pages and swaps the content based on the screen width, or the window width on a computer. You can try it out by varying the window size in your browser.


We tried removing the site search functionality on mobile, which meant that users could no longer quickly jump to a specific product page or blog post. We quickly realized our mistake and restored a mobile-friendly site search tool. We were learning to roll with the punches.

All things considered, we’re quite pleased with the mobile site we’re currently operating with, yet eager to embrace any new technologies coming down the pike.

If you’re reading this blog post on an iPad, iPhone or Android device, you’re a perfect case study. The reason you don’t need to squint or pinch to read this text is because of this optimization initiative. Thankfully, we saw the wave of the mobile revolution rapidly approaching and rather than get swept away in the changing tides — we resolved to ride it.


Jan 9, 2013 David Lang

Learn More About Accordance for iOS 1.6

Just before the start of the new year, Accordance for iOS 1.6 went live in the app store. This new version features a host of interface improvements and feature enhancements. Be sure to check out Dr. J's excellent video introduction below, and if you haven't yet updated to this latest version of our mobile app, what are you waiting for?


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.


Aug 22, 2011 David Lang

Single? Apparently Accordance Can Help

iOSHeart 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 an iPad in church, open the Greek or Hebrew in a parallel pane and tell her you're checking the pastor's sermon for accuracy. She'll either think you're smart and spiritual or she'll think you're an arrogant know-it-all. If the latter, do a quick search for "Berea" and show her that the Bereans were commended because they "examined the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so" (Acts 17:11 HCSB). With Accordance on your iPad and a little quick thinking, you could end up looking like a great catch.

While I doubt we'll start a new marketing campaign around the promise that Accordance can help you "get a babe in church," you never know how you'll meet the love of your life. Who knows? Maybe Accordance on your iPad will help you catch her eye.


Mar 9, 2011 David Lang

A Tourist Guidebook on Steroids

When we first developed the Bible Lands PhotoGuide, we envisioned it as a reference work and teaching tool. If Accordance users wanted to find out more about a site, they could look it up in the PhotoGuide and get an in depth description and photos with detailed captions. If they wanted to put together a slide presentation, they could do so simply by dragging the image thumbnails onto a Keynote drop-zone. With the advent of the iPad, we've discovered a new use for the PhotoGuide: as a tourist guidebook.

If you travel in Israel, Turkey, Egypt, Greece, or other Bible lands, you're likely to pick up a tourist guidebook of some kind. These books are usually a convenient size and offer listings of the sites tourists typically visit. They give information about the things worth seeing at each site, along with brief descriptions of hotels, restaurants, and other attractions. The better ones may include photographs and illustrations to help prepare you for what you'll be seeing.

I relied heavily on tourist guidebooks in preparing the PhotoGuide. They were able to give me insight into what I was seeing in modern photos of various sites, but they were not necessarily good at giving information that would help illustrate the Bible. For that I had to turn to historical atlases, Bible dictionaries, and the like. The result is that the PhotoGuide combines the best of both worlds. Like our human guide on this trip, who is able to explain the features of the land today, yet who is also a scholar with expertise in biblical geography, the PhotoGuide helps you see the living world of the Bible behind the ancient ruins which remain.

One reason tourist guidebooks only seem to give cursory information about the Biblical significance of each site is that they simply don't have the space for it. A guidebook has to cover hundreds of sites in a volume small enough to be carried with you, and it has to include information about hotels and amenities as well as historical information. There's simply no way they can do all those things well. The PhotoGuide, on the other hand, is not limited by the constraints of a print volume, and so is able to provide the depth those resources cannot. Of course, it's not very convenient to carry a laptop with you while hiking up Herodium, so its effectiveness as a guidebook while touring biblical sites has always been limited.

Herodium from below as seen in the PhotoGuide. (You don't want to hike up there carrying a laptop!)

Now, however, you can load Accordance and the PhotoGuide on your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad. Which means, of course, that you can carry all that information with you to each site you visit. Where a print guidebook might offer a diagram of the Herodium which shows you the location of the synagogue or the round eastern tower, with the PhotoGuide you can find a photo which matches your current vantage point and read about what you're actually seeing.

The interior of Herodium as shown in the PhotoGuide

Whether or not you ever get to travel to Israel or other Bible lands in person, the PhotoGuide can really help you appreciate the historical and geographical setting of the Bible. If you do get the opportunity to tour these places, remember to load the PhotoGuide on an iPhone or iPad so you can use it as a tourist guidebook: a tourist guidebook on steroids!

By the way, the PhotoGuide is currently on sale, along with two other collections of Holy Land photos.


Mar 8, 2011 David Lang

In Israel with Accordance on my iPad

As I mentioned a little over a week ago, my wife and I are currently touring Israel with some other members of the Accordance team. I've already described how I created custom maps of each day's itinerary to help my kids follow along with where we'll be each day. The maps include representative images from each site, together with a list of Scripture references. I printed each of those maps out and taped them to a wall in our home.

As soon as I finished those maps, I realized I would like to have quick access to them myself. So in addition to printing them to paper, I also printed them as a PDF which I could read on my iPad using GoodReader. I also downloaded the PhotoGuide and most of the Carta books to the iPad so I could travel light with the very best geographical resources available.

With my iPad thus equipped, I can view each day's map while riding on the tour bus. If I want to read the Scripture references on the map, I can simply select and Copy from GoodReader, then switch to Accordance and paste the string of references into a search view. If I want to find out more about a site, I can look it up in the PhotoGuide or one of the Carta books. For example, I knew the ancient port of Acco was associated with Joan of Arc in some way, but I couldn't remember how. A quick lookup in the PhotoGuide reminded me that Crusaders renamed it Saint Jean d’Acre in honor of her, and the town was subsequently referred to as Acre.

As you can imagine, with Dr. J and other members of the Accordance staff on this tour, we're getting deeper into each site than I assume the average tour group does. Add to that the fact that our tour guide is a biblical scholar in his own right, and it's hard to keep up. With Accordance on my iPad, I'm managing to look a little more knowledgeable than I am! ;-)


Jan 5, 2011 David Lang

Accordance for iOS: Instant Details

A couple weeks ago, I began telling you about our iOS app by showing some of its powerful search capabilities. Today I want to show you how to get instant information about the words or links under your cursor . . . I mean, finger.

In the desktop version of Accordance, you can get instant information about certain items simply by dragging the mouse cursor over them. For example, you can drag the mouse over a word in an English Bible with Strong's numbers to see the Greek or Hebrew word it translates. That information appears in the Instant Details box. On an iOS device, there is no cursor to hover over an item and not enough screen real estate for a dedicated Instant Details box, so to get instant information about an item, you simply tap and hold with your finger. When you do, a translucent box will appear showing the information for the item you tapped. In the first screenshot below, you can see that I tapped the word "image" in the ESV to see its Strong's number and the Hebrew word it represents.


You can dismiss this box by tapping the close icon or by performing some other action, such as swiping to scroll. You can also tap and hold text inside the box to select and copy it. So for example, you could copy the Hebrew word ‏צלם and paste it into the search field for the Hebrew Bible (see the second screenshot above).

In the screenshot below, you see what you'd get if you were to do that search for צלם. In a grammatically-tagged Greek or Hebrew text, a tap and hold on a word will bring up the parsing information and English gloss.


Now let's say I want to look up צלם in a Hebrew lexicon, like HALOT. The initial release of the iOS app does not include amplifying from one resource to another, so if you want to look a word up in HALOT you'll need to open HALOT and search for it. But since I already copied צלם from the Instant details of the English word "image," all I have to do is open HALOT, click the Find button, and paste the word into the entry box.

In tools such as HALOT, you can tap and hold on hypertexted Scripture references to see those verses, like so:


In the desktop version of Accordance, there is a special kind of hypertext link which gives you an instant preview of what you would see if you were to click it. Things like abbreviations are linked back to an abbreviation list, and clicking an abbreviation will take you to that list. But you can also see what that abbreviation means simply by hovering your cursor over the link and looking in the Instant Details box. In the initial version of the iOS app, this instant preview is not supported, so tapping an abbreviation will simply take you to the appropriate entry in the abbreviation list, and you'll need to click a back arrow to get back to the article you were reading.

As you can see, Accordance for iOS does not give you all of the instant detail capabilities of the desktop version, but the things you most want instant information about—key numbers, Greek and Hebrew parsing, and Scripture links—can be viewed with a simple tap and hold.