Listen, I am not doing this just to argue with you or anyone nor to probe a point. I am doing because I am trying to accomplish something very basic, a comparison of bible texts with Accordance. And the obvious way does not work properly.
I need to compare Bible versions. See image to see how Logos 5 does it. You will see that under the ESV John 5:4 is omitted but under the NASB it is not. I am able to look two bible next to each other and see the differences.
Next, See the Accordance screen capture where I am trying to do the same thing and you will see that Accordance omits John 5:4 in both ESV and NASB (unless I use the NASB as the search Bible and I already addressed the problem with that).
And when you look at the difference report that Accordance creates for John 5:1-6, you will see that John 5:4 is omitted on both Bibles without any explanation. That should not be as it is not a proper comparison. And this is why: unless I know before hand that the ESV omits John 5:4 and the NASB does have John 5:4 I was just lead astray by Accordance Software into a wrong understanding of the Bible. I need to know that there is a difference so I can studied further. But according to Accordance results there isn't any difference between the ESV and the NASB as far as John 5:4 as it is omitted in both.
The only reason I know that the ESV omits that verse is because Mounce told me in a class I am taking. Otherwise I would have encountered this and unless I knew before hand that the NASB did not omit the verse I would have assume that the NASB also omits the word or figure that something is wrong.
I am not making this up. If you look at Accordance explanation of how to compare Bible text it says:
"You can compare the differences between the first two texts, or multiple texts, of each language displayed in the panes of a Search tab. Differences can be displayed either as highlights in the text, or as a text report."
How can I see the difference if the biggest one is omitted? As you can see from the Accordance Difference report, that BIG difference, the omission of one verse and half of the other is not shown nor explained but assumed that whoever is using Accordance will know. This is a constant thing I see with Accordance: it assumes that the user knows why.
I am sorry, but Accordance assumes too much. As you clearly states, Accordance requires the user to do "an informed choice". That may work well for Scholars but not for the common believer like me that is no expert in Biblical scholarship but just want to study God's Word and be transformed by it.
The way you suggest does NOT allow me to use the Compare function as it will be greyed out not can I do a Difference List as it is also greyed out. What you suggest is a work around to accomplish what the Bibles in Parallel pane are suppose to do, according to Accordance.
I am a graphic designer and photographer, I use software that it is way more complex than Accordance and I know that each one has a learning curve. I have spend over a month learning how to use Accordance and I spend more time trying to figure out the software than using it for what I bought it: to study the Bible. Maybe for you is easy, intuitive and makes sense. But every time I open Accordance committed to use it I find myself closing it and using Logos. I don't even use Accordance mobile app anymore. Too frustrated with its backward way of selecting text and highlighting.
So this is not a matter of not willing to listen or to learn. Nor arguing about which one is best or my ways vs your way not=r about winning an argument. It is a matter of not being able to compare Bible text nor trust that comparison because I am not sure if all the text will be included in the comparison.
Edited by davidmedina, 18 November 2013 - 02:52 PM.