I have known the developers of Accordance for years. As a Windows user, we’ve had many and varied discussions about the advantages of a Mac vs. a standard Windows-based PC. Truth be told, the nature of the beast has forced me to use a standard PC. And so I made the decision to buy Accordance for use via the Emulator on my PC.
Once installed, it worked great. I have no complaints – it met my needs. But the qualification here is, once installed. My PC had all kinds of weirdness attached to it and each time I wanted to upgrade the settings drove me nuts. At one point, I had to uninstall and reinstall everything. The problem was not Accordance Bible Software (which is wonderful) but the PC and working under the Mac emulator.
And then the day finally came when I began working for OakTree Software and I HAD to get a Mac. Just one small problem: I had to work on a PC AND a Mac (again, the nature of the beast regarding the work I’m doing). Now what? My husband encouraged my out-of-the-box thinking and after much discussion with Accordance staff, we came up with the solution: A Mac-Mini with Accordance Bible Software installed on it, a switchbox, and my PC, all connected to the same keyboard, monitor, and mouse. These hardware components, together with shared network drives on both the Mac-Mini and my PC make working with Accordance Bible Software a truly cost-effective way to work. And I can still use my professional software which, unfortunately, is only available for PCs
It sounds a lot more complicated than it is. You simply connect everything, and it works! (Well, I admit the Windows-PC still has a few issues, but it has always had issues…) If you have a network set up in your home for multiple computers (such as Internet or printers access), it is easy to set up the Mac-mini so that you can share between computers and send to a printer, also via the network.
Now I have the best of both worlds. My Mac-mini was a top-of-the-line model costing around $800, but you can get one for as low as $500, good enough to meet your needs if all you want is to get the most out of your Accordance Bible Software. True, you won’t get the laptop, take along functionality. But you can still copy and paste whatever you want to text files and seamlessly move them to your PC for use in Word, WordPerfect, PowerPoint, or whatever other software you use on your PC.
Obviously, it would be nice to be able to work on only one computer, but for people like me whose career depends on their Windows-based PC skills but who want Accordance Bible Software for their Bible studies, this is an option definitely worth considering. So why don’t you treat yourself? Upgrade to Accordance V10 (which is amazing), and enjoy it to the fullest by installing it on a Mac-Mini.