Aug 13, 2009 David Lang

Sneak Peek at Accordance 8.3

Yesterday I hinted that a new update to Accordance is coming soon. It's in beta-testing now, and the list of enhancements is extensive. Here is a sneak peek at a few of them, but I'm not going to tell you what they are. You need to look at the screenshots, compare them with the current version, and tell me in the comments what's different. Fair enough?

The screenshot below shows two new features. You can't see it, but I have the mouse hovered over the first occurrence of "father" in Matthew 1:2 of the ESVS. I also have the command key held down. As you can see, the corresponding word in the Greek is highlighted and the Instant Details box shows instant information about the word. But two things are different than what you'll see in your current implementation. What are they?

First Sneak Peek at 8.3

Okay, that one was hard, so the next one is easy. What's new?

Second Sneak Peek at 8.3

This last one is a little more subtle. Here I've done a search for agapao in Greek and then clicked the book pop-up menu next to the Go To Box. What's different, and what does it indicate?

Third Sneak Peek at 8.3

These are just a few of the new enhancements in 8.3. Hopefully you caught them all. There are some even cooler ones that aren't quite as easy to show, but I'll talk about those once 8.3 is released.

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August 13, 2009 11:45 AM

#1 - when pressing command it only highlights the word that it directly corresponds to in the original language (instead of every matching work in the paragraph)?

AND - The ESVS shows the Greek Strongs module in the Instant Details box as default now? (I suppose the new feature might be the option to select what module you want to show in the Instant Details box?)

#2 - History menu actually shows the original language (instead of transliteration).


#3 - The book pop-up narrows the search to the selected book AND indicates what books the word that is being searched for occurs in (Luke does not use "agapao" in Acts).


Great features - I am super excited and love Accordance.  Thanks for the "Study Bible on Steroids!"

David Lang

August 13, 2009 12:09 PM

Very close, Jeremy. The Key number highlighting now highlights only the corresponding word in the case of repeated words where until now it highlighted all repeated words.

The Instant Details box still shows the same info it always has by default, but when you hold down the command key it will show the appropriate dictionary entry. It's like a preview of what you'll get when you triple-click. It also works for verse references to show the first commentary.

The select book menu next to the Go To box now only shows those books which were found by the search, and selecting a book takes you there automatically. You no longer have to click the Go To button or hit return after you select a book to go to. However, selecting a book does not narrow the current search to just that book.

Alan Kurschner

August 13, 2009 5:07 PM

David, I suggested this a long time ago, and maybe it will be on the new version, but I trust it is important enough to suggest it again. Could you add a "Transliteration Lemma" to your "Copy As" menu? I find myself using transliterations in many contexts, but I have to manually type the lemma, add macrons, etc. when I use the lexical form.


David Lang

August 13, 2009 5:37 PM

Alan, that suggestion didn't make it into 8.3, so I'm glad you suggested it again. However, you can use the current Copy As Lemma command to copy transliterated lemmas. Just go to the Greek and Hebrew settings in the Preferences, and choose to Export Greek and Hebrew as Transliteration. When you Copy As Lemma, it will do the transliterating for you automatically.

Hope this helps.

Alan Kurschner

August 13, 2009 8:29 PM

Yes that helps. I forgot that transliteration feature was in the preferences. Thanks. I hope you consider adding this feature to the contextual menu in a future version.

Keep up the good work.