May 6, 2009 David Lang

Creating a "Places" Workspace

As I've mentioned several times, we're currently offering a sale on most of our Graphic resources, such as the AtlasTimelinePhotoGuide, the Biblical World in Pictures, etc. These resources give you a visual glimpse into the historical and geographical context of the biblical narratives, and so help to make those narratives come alive.

Yet once you've got some of these resources, how do you get the most out of them? One way is to search them all at once using a Favorite Workspace. To create a favorite workspace, simply open a new workspace from the File menu and add tabs containing the resources you want to be included. Many people will set up favorite workspaces for Greek or Hebrew studies, word studies, favorite commentaries, etc. Once you've got your workspace set up, click and hold on the Favorites button of the Resource palette (the star at the bottom right) and choose Add Workspace from the pop-up that appears. Give your workspace a name and save it.

Once you've created a Favorite Workspace in this way, you can select any word or verse reference in Accordance and then amplify to your Favorite Workspace. In other words, when you select some text and choose your Favorite Workspace from the Resource palette, every resource in that workspace will automatically be searched for the text you selected. You can then just go from tab to tab (by clicking each one or using control-tab) to examine what each resource has to say.

To find out more about Biblical places, I created a "Places" Workspace with the following resources: The Atlas, the PhotoGuide, the Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary, the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary, the Holman Book of Biblical Charts, Maps, and Reconstructions, the Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Bible, the New International Dictionary of Biblical Archaeology, ISBE, the Biblical Archaeology Review Archive and the Biblical World in Pictures, Ramsay's St. Paul the Traveler, and the works of Alfred Edersheim. Basically, I selected anything I could think of which focuses on places, includes illustrations, or offers a great deal of historical background information.

A Favorite Workspace for finding information about Biblical Locations

Now, when I run across a place name, or even some mention of the temple or tabernacle, I select it and choose Places from the Favorites pop-up. Immediately I get a wealth of information about that place or structure, along with striking visuals.

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Mike S

May 07, 2009 10:29 AM

Fantastic entry to help me unlock the value of the massive number and kind of resources that come with Accordance!

One of the key things I like about this is the sharing of content connected with the power of the tool. I often find that I know how to use the tool, but am unable to connect it with the right content. Sure, I get the obvious ones, but half I never would have thought to include! 

I personally would love to see more specifics on how to unlock the value of the content like this!


Thanks sooo much!


May 08, 2009 9:05 AM

Great tip.  I hadn't considered using workspaces this way before.  Are there any keyboard shortcuts for Amplify that could save time from selecting the workspace on the menu or right-clicking?


May 13, 2009 5:19 PM

This is a great tip -- Thanks!  Tips like this would make a wonderful additional session at your training workshops, too.


sclough:  I don't know of a single keyboard shortcut that will work, but you can right-click (or control-click) on the place name in a text, and then a contextual menu appears.  "Favorites" is one of the options in the contextual drop down menu, and workspaces are listed at the bottom of the Favorites list.

Peace, Kerry