Apr 19, 2011 David Lang

Think Sync: Accordance for iOS 1.2

iOSappicon When we laid out our initial spec for Accordance for iOS, we planned to offer two ways to get your Accordance modules onto your iOS device: direct download and syncing with Accordance on your Mac. When it became apparent that the syncing feature would take longer than we hoped, we decided not to hold up the iOS release just for that one—admittedly important—feature.

While it was certainly the right decision, leaving out the syncing feature meant that modules which were not available for download could not be installed on an iOS device. While a small subset of modules are only available on disk, they included major works such as Word Biblical Commentary, many of the older Zondervan materials, etc. Furthermore, without the ability to sync user notes, there was no easy way to take notes on your iOS device and then transfer those back to your Mac. Thankfully, Accordance 9.3 for Mac and Accordance 1.2 for iOS now add the long-awaited ability to sync between platforms. Accordance 9.3 for Mac was released last week, and Accordance 1.2 for iOS became available through the app store just last night. Both updates are available for free.

To sync modules and notes between your Mac and iOS devices, you need to make Accordance for iOS available to sync by Sync icon in the Library view.


Then in Accordance for Mac, select Sync with Mobile Device from the Accordance menu. A dialog box will appear showing which iOS devices are currently available to sync over a WIFI connection. Select the device you want and click Connect.


You'll then see a listing of all the Accordance modules available to sync.


These currently include Texts, Tools, and User Notes. You can check each category to sync all the modules in that category, or you can open the category and choose specific modules to sync. Once you've selected the modules you want on your iOS device, simply click Sync Now.

That's all there is to it. Now you can load any modules you own onto your iOS device, and transfer any notes you've taken between the two platforms.

Accordance for iOS 1.2 offers a number of other exciting features which I'll detail in upcoming posts. Until then, you can find a list of them here.

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Archived Comments

Tom Bailey

April 19, 2011 2:11 PM

Don't you mean "select Sync with Mobile Device from the ACCORDANCE menu"?


David Lang

April 19, 2011 2:31 PM

I do indeed. Thanks for catching it.

Danny Zacharias

April 20, 2011 3:40 PM

The sync went flawlessly, I'm very impressed. It took devonthink iOS a few months to get syncing down right.


April 21, 2011 6:56 AM

I take it that the only items not syncable are user tools? 



April 21, 2011 2:41 PM

User tools are the only module type currently supported by Accordance for iOS that are currently not syncable.  They will be in an upcoming release.