That said, and this is a very personal opinion, I think Accordance has kept user content creation (currently User Notes, User Tools, User Bibles and Highlighting) to the side for WAY too long. They need to invest in this area as a top priority. The core of reading and searching and helping to drive creative and wonderful ideas, but it's way to hard to do that in the tool. I was hopeful for a while a few years ago when they did a few nice things with User Tools, but that momentum disappeared and we've been told outright it's not a priority. <sigh> For this reason, I don't buy commentaries in Accordance any more.. ever. I use Logos for commentaries and books, and Accordance for texts and their tightly integrated resources. I do this because I can engage with the Commentaries, link easily, edit easily, highlight the way I want to highlight, not end up with some hideous mix of patterns and colors that I have to print a legend to remember.</sigh>
I think taking notes on Accordance tools wasn't as big of a deal to me until I started reading books on the Kindle where taking notes is so easy. I forgot to mention this in my earlier answer to Tim's question about the Kindle, but this is also a factor, too. Accordance doesn't currently allow for notes on non-text titles and Logos does, but it seems easiest on the Kindle. When I take a note on the book in the Kindle, it's forever there unless I delete it, and it automatically travels from device to device. I don't have to specify what notes file to use as I do in Logos because there's an assumption that the notes for a book simply go with that particular book.
I'm very hopeful that in the near future, we will have the ability to include our own notes on all
Accordance titles. I think Accordance should follow the Kindle's example and make the process easier than on Logos by simply associating a note on a title with that title and not require the user to specify it and possibly record a note in the wrong place.
User tools are another feature that I've long wanted to see beefed up in Accordance. I actually create user tools a good bit, but I'd do it significantly more if there were a few basic features such as the ability to indent text and add bulleted and numbered lists. The ability to add graphics and tables would open up an entire new world for me; however, I'd settle for right now just for improvements in formatting features in user tools.
Logos is better in their Personal Book Builder regarding some of the formatting issues, but I do not like the fact that it all has to be done in a Word file with tags added to every level. This seems cumbersome, especially in regard to making corrections. Even if editing the user tool in Accordance means opening a separate window, at least I don't have to go back to a separate source file and then re-import my changes.
Logos 4 went for two years without any PBB feature (after it had been included in the previous Libronix software), and I feel that Accordance missed an opportunity to really come out strong in this area by improving user tool features in the interim and really promoting the heck out of it.
But there's still opportunity. Like I said, I believe that ultimately creating these kinds of tools in Logos is awkward. Accordance could really shine in this area with some improvements to the current capabilities.
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Gear for running Accordance:
2012 15" MacBook Pro (retina) - 2.7 Ghz Core i7, 16 GB RAM, 750 GB SSD, Yosemite
2014 15.6" Acer R7-572 - 1.6 Ghz Core i5, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB mSATA, 1 TB HDD, Windows 8.1
2015 8" Toshiba Encore 2 Write - 1.33 Ghz Atom Z3735F, 2 GB RAM, 64 GB eMMC, Windows 8.1
2014 iPhone 6 Plus, 128 GB, Verizon, iOS 8.3
2013 iPad Air, 128 GB, T-Mobile, iOS 8.3