Accordance's Unsung Feature: It Just Works
I never cease to be amazed at the hassles some people are willing to put up with where computers and computer software are concerned. For years Mac users have been telling their Windows-using brethren that "Macs Just Work," that they aren't prone to all the instability and malware that most computer users assume is just par for the course. The same is true of Accordance. Where other Mac Bible software programs have sometimes left their users dealing with major headaches and broken functionality, Accordance users have happily been uninterrupted in their study and research through countless technological changes.
Way back in the day, there were Mac versions of several commercial Bible programs. Granted, they were being left to languish by their developers, but many of them still worked, until Apple transitioned from 68K chips to PowerPC chips. Many of these programs broke and vanished into oblivion. We released a PowerPC version of Accordance which ran faster than ever.
When Apple released OS X, Accordance ran flawlessly under Classic until we released an OS X version of Accordance 5. Accordance was the first Bible program for OS X. The look of Accordance 5 was a somewhat awkward combination of Classic and OS X interface design. It wasn't until version 6 that Accordance had a true Aqua interface. Nevertheless, early adopters of OS X were happily able to run Accordance natively with no major problems.
OS X sparked a new wave of Mac Bible software development, initially from enthusiastic shareware developers and more recently from a couple of Windows software developers. Conventional wisdom would tell you that these new programs which don't have to worry about backward-compatibility should be leaner, meaner, and more stable than Accordance.
So much for conventional wisdom. Some of these programs seem to break with each new Apple advancement: Leopard, Safari 4, Snow Leopard, etc. Users of one program had to buy a paid upgrade even to open an electronic book in Leopard. Users of another have had to put up with stability issues and garbled Greek and Hebrew since the release of Snow Leopard. These users must then wait anxiously for an update to fix whatever got broken.
Meanwhile, Accordance has gone right on working. The average Accordance user is pleasantly surprised by our updates, which feature minor enhancements and fixes to obscure bugs you probably didn't know were there. For those who need Bible software that just works, Accordance is the clear choice.