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#1 David Lang

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Posted 13 June 2005 - 09:54 PM

Ruben Gomez of Bible Software Review recently blogged on the need for Bible Software developers to be more "pedagogical" in their documentation/help. By pedagogical, RubČn means that we should do a better job of teaching people how to use our software.

With respect to teaching people how to use Accordance, there's no shortage of material available:

1. In the Manuals and Documents folder of your Accordance folder, you'll find a PDF User's Guide, as well as an abridged Mini-Manual.

2. Online Help is available from within the program, and the Window Help command in the Window menu will give you contextual help for whatever window is active.

3. Within the online help, a tutorial is available which will walk you through most of the features of the program.

4. Just this year, we released a Video Training DVD which will actually show you how to use Accordance, and we'll be releasing a more comprehensive edition of it in the future.

My question to you is, "How are we doing?" Were you aware that all of these resources are available? Which of them have you turned to for help, and which have you found most helpful? What more can we be doing to help you become Accordance power-users?
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#2 RPat



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Posted 15 June 2005 - 03:29 PM

I've used all but the training DVD. The manual and mini-guide are useful, but I would add some tips or a FAT (Frequently Asked for Tips) section.

For example, when I asked how do I print a single article in the Journals, I got a couple answer from users that were OK, but then Helen gave the "secret handshake". :)

It wasn't intuitive that I had to select the article, then set the scope to articles and then search *. At that point, the search window would contain only the entire article I wanted

These types of "recipes" w/reference to the manual and mini-manual pages would be great! In fact, when I posted her e-mail as a response, several people viewed the post (even though the forum was in test mode!)

That second part of adding the manual page references is key. Too often a recipe is given and of course it is limited and you learn a task, but including the page references makes it easy to learn more widely the functions and become much more proficient.

Just a few thoughts,


Edited by RPat, 15 June 2005 - 03:34 PM.

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