Brilliant Idea for Multi-Column View
Between all our online video training and new webinars, we're making every effort to teach our users all the ins and outs of Accordance. But every so often, our users come up with a trick we haven't thought of. In a recent thread on our user forums, one of our users requested the ability to flow the text of a single Bible text across multiple columns. He even created a mockup of what he envisioned. Here it is:
As you can see from the screenshot, the advantage of a multi-column view is that you can see more of the text at one time. Several other people chimed in to say it was a good idea, and I quietly began to ruminate on all the technical and interface ramifications of such a feature. Then Robb, one of our regional Accordance trainers and a real Accordance power-user pointed out a way that you can create such a view right now, with the current version of Accordance!
Here's how to do it:
1. Open three (or more) parallel panes containing the same Bible text and navigate to the passage you want to display.
2. Click on the second pane, then hold down the control (ctrl) key and click once in the scroll bar underneath the scroll thumb.
3. Click on the third pane, then hold down the control key and click twice in the scroll bar underneath the scroll thumb.
The resulting window should look something like this:
Now, let me explain how this works. Usually when you scroll a window with parallel panes, all three panes stay in sync. However, you can temporarily break this synchronization by holding down the control key while you scroll the selected pane. Clicking in the scroll bar underneath the scroll thumb will scroll the text one "page," so that the verse at the bottom of the pane will be advanced to the top of the pane. This is just a little quicker than scrolling the selected pane one verse at a time. Thus, by paging down once with the second pane and twice with the third pane, you can quickly arrange the panes as though the text were flowing across the three columns. When you're ready to go beyond the last verse of the third column, then page down the third column without holding the control key. This will advance all three panes to the next section of text, and then you can hold down the control key to page down the second and third columns again.
Obviously, this is a little more work than if Accordance automatically did all this for you, but once you get in a rhythm, it should be easy to set up. And best of all, you don't have to wait for some future upgrade. Thanks, Robb, for a brilliant outside-the-box solution.