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Reading Helps: Margin Notes, Bookmarks, Word/Acronym Definitions, Highlighting for all works (including commentaries)

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#1 Robert N

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 01:23 PM

Here are some ideas for reading helps.

 

Margin Notes

 

I often find myself reading a work and wanting to make some notes in the margin. I do this all of the time with real books I own. It is, frankly, cumbersome not to be able to make such notes readily. Even using User Notes on Bible Texts (which is all I believe they work on... please correct me if I am wrong). I would just like to be able to make a quick note in the margin of the text by clicking on the margin or something simple.

 

Bookmarks

 

I would very much like to see a simple means of quickly bookmarking the place I was last reading in a work. It might work to have the work automatically open to the last location it was open to in most cases, but a simple bookmarking keystroke or buttons (one for the primary reading bookmark and another for a pull down selection of all bookmarks?).

 

Highlighting

 

I find highlighting in Accordance cumbersome. I prefer the highlighting of WordSearch/QuickVerse. However, it seems to me a small list of highlight colors in a bar in the title bar or surrounding window frame of each work would be much easier to use. Allowing each user to set the number of highlight buttons normally visible would be good as well. The Logos highlighting is very elaborate and I suppose useful for those who use it in that way, but I am simply trying to read and mark and note my way through a work. 

 

Word/Acronym Definition

 

It would be nice if a protracted hover over a word/acronym would bring up a definition and if there wasn't a definition it would allow you to supply one. It would also be helpful is the user could define the hover time.

 

These are just some observations and some things I, as a user, would like to be able to do easily and simply. 

 



#2 Joel Brown

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 01:47 PM

Hi, Robert.  Thanks for your feedback.  We are well aware of our limitations in User Notes and Bookmarks, and we hope to do something about them soon.

 

Regarding the Highlights, why not detach the highlight palette?  Then you can size it and place it anywhere on your screen, one click away.  This seems to be just like what you are looking for.

 

For the word definitions, are you referring to English or original languages?  If you hold the Command-key down, the Instant Details will look up the word in your top lexicon, giving you the definition right there.


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