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#1 Tony Lawrence

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Posted 26 November 2009 - 11:30 AM

I took advantage of the recent sale of the Biblical Archaeology Review Archive. It was a great purchase and I recommend those interested in biblical archaeology purchase it before the sale ends. However, I have a suggestion for improving it.

I have been a subscriber of the print edition of BAR for over a decade and have found the photos and graphics contained in the print edition to be superb. The current module, like the other Accordance modules, features great search abilities. One disappointment is the quality of the photos. They are not nearly as good as the those in the PhotoGuide. The photos and graphics in the BAR Archive are grainy and small. As such they do not reproduce well when copied and pasted into Keynote or Powerpoint.

Since the current module is from 1975-2003, an update should be forthcoming in the not too distant future. Upgrading the quality of the photos would greatly enhance this useful tool.

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Posted 26 November 2009 - 12:35 PM

Sorry, we used the images supplied to us by BAS, and while we hope to add more years of BAR soon, I see no way the old images can be updated.
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Posted 26 November 2009 - 08:24 PM

I think it also says something for the quality of the pictures in the Photo Guide. I go there first before I look at my BAR or BAS Bible World in Pictures.

It's worth noting though, that when using pictures from BAR or BAS World in Pictures, they seem to render slightly more clear in Keynote than in PowerPoint.

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Posted 26 November 2009 - 10:21 PM

The quality of the pictures in Bible Lands PhotoGuide is great. (I would love it if Accordance would also have a module with Todd Bolen's photos. http://bibleplaces.com/, http://blog.bibleplaces.com/)

The Bible World in Pictures (BAS) and Biblical Archaeology Review Archives Accordance modules have many pictures (and diagrams) not in Bible Lands PhotoGuide. It would be nice to have the Accordance BAR Archives module expanded to include 2004-2009.

I appreciate all the work the OakTree staff spent in "Photoshopping" the photos in the BAS Pictures module to improve the quality for Accordance.

There have been complaints about the quality of BAS Photo Archives Complete Set released by the Biblical Archaeological Society itself. http://www.padfield....bas-photos.html (I would agree with the reviewer that the quality of the Ancient Inscription CD is good.)

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Posted 27 November 2009 - 02:22 AM

I think it also says something for the quality of the pictures in the Photo Guide. I go there first before I look at my BAR or BAS Bible World in Pictures.


I totally agree. The quality in Photoguide is so obvious when you start comparing it with other resources.

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Posted 27 November 2009 - 08:40 AM

The PhotoGuide is great but many of the photos in BAR are unique and would be helpful in classroom situations. I also agree with arnehalbakken about the photo sets of Todd Bolen at bibleplaces.com. I have the full set of the Pictorial Library of the Bible Lands and the Historic Views of the Holy Land. Todd's descriptions of the photos are extremely helpful. Anyone needing to supplement their photo library would benefit from his collection.

While my personal website <http://biblelandphotos.org> has several hundred photos of the Bible Lands that are free they are not the quality of either the PhotoGuide or Todd Bolen's series.

Edited by Tony Lawrence, 27 November 2009 - 08:42 AM.

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