Jan 5, 2011 David Lang

Accordance for iOS: Instant Details

A couple weeks ago, I began telling you about our iOS app by showing some of its powerful search capabilities. Today I want to show you how to get instant information about the words or links under your cursor . . . I mean, finger.

In the desktop version of Accordance, you can get instant information about certain items simply by dragging the mouse cursor over them. For example, you can drag the mouse over a word in an English Bible with Strong's numbers to see the Greek or Hebrew word it translates. That information appears in the Instant Details box. On an iOS device, there is no cursor to hover over an item and not enough screen real estate for a dedicated Instant Details box, so to get instant information about an item, you simply tap and hold with your finger. When you do, a translucent box will appear showing the information for the item you tapped. In the first screenshot below, you can see that I tapped the word "image" in the ESV to see its Strong's number and the Hebrew word it represents.


You can dismiss this box by tapping the close icon or by performing some other action, such as swiping to scroll. You can also tap and hold text inside the box to select and copy it. So for example, you could copy the Hebrew word ‏צלם and paste it into the search field for the Hebrew Bible (see the second screenshot above).

In the screenshot below, you see what you'd get if you were to do that search for צלם. In a grammatically-tagged Greek or Hebrew text, a tap and hold on a word will bring up the parsing information and English gloss.


Now let's say I want to look up צלם in a Hebrew lexicon, like HALOT. The initial release of the iOS app does not include amplifying from one resource to another, so if you want to look a word up in HALOT you'll need to open HALOT and search for it. But since I already copied צלם from the Instant details of the English word "image," all I have to do is open HALOT, click the Find button, and paste the word into the entry box.

In tools such as HALOT, you can tap and hold on hypertexted Scripture references to see those verses, like so:


In the desktop version of Accordance, there is a special kind of hypertext link which gives you an instant preview of what you would see if you were to click it. Things like abbreviations are linked back to an abbreviation list, and clicking an abbreviation will take you to that list. But you can also see what that abbreviation means simply by hovering your cursor over the link and looking in the Instant Details box. In the initial version of the iOS app, this instant preview is not supported, so tapping an abbreviation will simply take you to the appropriate entry in the abbreviation list, and you'll need to click a back arrow to get back to the article you were reading.

As you can see, Accordance for iOS does not give you all of the instant detail capabilities of the desktop version, but the things you most want instant information about—key numbers, Greek and Hebrew parsing, and Scripture links—can be viewed with a simple tap and hold.

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Archived Comments

Steven Lo Vullo

January 05, 2011 12:28 PM

It's good to see that we have the ability to copy and paste from the ID window. Will we eventually have the ability to copy and paste from texts and tools. For me this is vital.

Mike Jarvis

January 05, 2011 1:19 PM

David, is there any possibility in the future that a more detailed (but basic) definition of Hebrew and Greek words could be added to the instant details window. Just thinking and dreaming out loud, but it would great to the have instant details window tied into whatever lexicon I have loaded (or use most frequently) on my iPad.

Also, what about the possibility of incorporating airplay to project our notes, text, etc., onto the bigger screen using Apple TV?

A big thanks to the team there at Accordance for making a great Bible study software program even better using iOS!

Adam Payne

January 05, 2011 1:30 PM

Mike, I'm not affiliated with Accordance, but I do know that, as of right now, Apple has not opened up AirPlay video (only audio) to third party apps. That's why you can stream Pandora to your AppleTV, but Netflix will only send the audio. Only Apple apps (Video, YouTube, etc) will send the video stream right now. It's completely possible for the 3rd party apps to do it, but Apple has to allow it first. 


January 07, 2011 11:44 AM

A wonderful start! A few observations:

1. In the text window, the color difference between "Words" and "Verses" is rather subtle to my tired old eyes.

2. The HALOT isn't available for use in a parallel pane. thus one must close out of the text, and open the HALOT. While that's a bit awkward, it's still OK. What's not OK is that when you go back to the text, what gets displayed is Gen 1:1, rather than the place where you left off. Thus, the app is not-yet-ready-for-prime-time when it comes to word study.

Keep up the great work.


January 13, 2011 4:36 PM

I'd like to second Mike's comments about more detail in the Instant Details window... As you are only concentrating on one thing at a time, using more screen wouldn't really be a problem... 

being able to copy the Hebrew and paste it into TWOT for example is very useful. A drop-down list of possible Hyperlinks would obviously be better... but all in all a good start.. Many thanks for the hard work...


February 07, 2011 10:07 AM

I have never used the desktop version of Accordance but have just started using the IOS version on my iPhone. I have been looking for a good Strong's included app for some time having used eSword on Windows-based devices in the past. Version 1 is a great start but I would hope that Instant Details for the Greek/Hebrew lexicons is being considered as high priority and preferably in a parallel pane. Also echo Bill's comment about return to Gen 1.1 after using a tool. Keep up the good work please.


April 21, 2011 3:54 PM

This blows me away! What an incredible tool! I praise God for all your efforts in making these kinds of tools available!!