Sep 4, 2009 David Lang

New in 8.3: Changing the Resource in a Pane

Yesterday, I announced the release of Accordance 8.3, which can be freely downloaded here. I also told you about a few of the many cool new features. Here's another one I know you're gonna like.

For some time now, you could use keyboard shortcuts to change the main search text in a Search window. Pressing control-plus or minus would change the search text and corresponding text pane to the next or previous text in the list. You could also use control-1 through control-0 to pull up one of the first ten Bibles in the list. That was cool, and users who are loath to take their hands away from the keyboard to use the mouse really appreciated it, but those users wanted more. They wanted the ability to do the same thing for individual text panes within a Search window.

For example, let's say I have a simple set up with two Bibles and a commentary displayed in three separate panes. Having the commentary in a pane lets me immediately look there to see the comments on a given verse.

Simple Three Pane Setup Before Shift-Control-Plus

Once I'm done looking at that commentary, I might want to look at the next one in the list, but I don't want to open an additional pane and I don't want to bother with the mouse. In 8.3, you can select the commentary pane and then use shift-control-plus or minus to cycle to the next or previous commentary. Or you can use shift-control-1 through 0 to access your top ten commentaries.

Simple Three Pane Setup After Shift-Control-Plus

Here's another cool application of this little shortcut. Let's say you click the Compare Texts checkbox in the More Options section of the window so the differences between your two Bible panes will be highlighted.

Compare Texts Before Shift-Control-Plus

To compare a different translation, just select the pane you want to change and press shift-control-plus or minus. The pane will change and the text difference highlighting will change with it.

Compare Texts After Shift-Control-Plus

Accordance 8.3 contains lots of little enhancements like this. They're not necessarily earth-shattering, but they do improve your workflow and enrich your study experience.

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Archived Comments

Helen Brown

September 04, 2009 12:35 PM

We also added shift -control [ and shift-control ] to cycle through the text panes, so you can select the pane you want directly from the keyboard, and then change the module displayed in it.

Nice for those with keyboard skills (I lack them).

Jeremy Writebol

September 04, 2009 12:50 PM

Very nice... you still have to hit "Return" once you "Shift-Control-+" to get the text of the commentary to appear, but maybe in a future update that can be modified to appear automatically??? Maybe???  

Thanks for the good work Accordance team!

David Lang

September 04, 2009 1:07 PM

Jeremy, are you perhaps referring to the behavior when you use control-plus in a Tool window to change the tool? In that case, if you've done any search beside the asterisk, Accordance does wait for you to hit return.

If it ran the search automatically, Accordance would then tell you if the search fails. Since you might be control-plussing several times to skip one tool and get to another, the automatic search would present more of a hassle than hitting return.

For example, if I search the reference field of EBC for Isaiah 40 I get a hit. If I then go to NAC, I don't. If I then go to WBC-OT, I do. If I proceed to WBC-NT, I don't. Automatically running this search every time I control-plus would give me an error message when I go to NAC and WBC-NT, which I might have intended to skip past anyway.

At any rate, using shift-control-plus to change the contents of a Search window pane does update automatically without rerunning the search.


September 07, 2009 12:39 AM

This ctrl-shift-+ is wonderful and all, but for those of us who can't learn keys very well, couldn't we have buttons for this? In fact, I was just thinking the other day that Accordance badly needs a feature like this. Now that I think of it, I'd heard of ctrl-+ before, but fat chance I can remember that. Why can't each display pane have some buttons to cycle around texts? Yeah, sure you can select from the drop down, but this is incredibly painful to go through all the books in order.

BTW, since at least on short keyboards you have to press shift anyway to get a +, I'm not sure what the distinction between ctrl-+ and ctrl-shift-+ is. Maybe it will be obvious when I get it downloaded.



September 13, 2009 10:08 PM

Another related thing: ^[number] is I think the default keys to switch Spaces in Leopard's space switching. Accordance not being a Cocoa app, as far as I can tell you can't change its key bindings. I could I guess change the Spaces from CTRL to command or option, except that a lot of apps use these keys for other purposes. Shouldn't you consider using Command-[number] instead?

I also wish that accordance supported the default Safari keys for changing tabs which is I think command{ and command}. Better to follow the lead of Apple on this stuff.

And I'm always hitting Command-T to open a new tab as per Safari as well. I think the key setup in Accordance needs to be brought in line with standards.