Aug 21, 2012 David Lang

What's Your Favorite Accordance 10 Theme?

One of the new features of Accordance 10 is the ability to choose from a variety of text formatting "themes". Accordance has always offered an unparalleled level of control over the appearance of Bibles and books, but you had to tweak each option yourself and there was no way to preview the results in the Set Text Display dialog. With Accordance 10, not only can you preview the changes you make right in the dialog, but you can choose from more than a dozen predesigned "themes."


So what are your favorite themes? Are you using different ones for texts and tools or for different kinds of study? Have you narrowed it down to a couple you like but can't decide between?

Are there any you would never use? Are there any you generally like but have further customized in some way?

Are there other looks you think we should add?

Sound off in the comments and let us know your personal preferences.

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Archived Comments

Stuart Kurtz

August 21, 2012 4:10 PM

I like to put original language texts in a custom theme that is pretty close to "Vintage," but customized to de-emphasize the references.

The idea of themes is great, but it would be even greater if it was possible for users to create/edit their own themes. Accordance 10 feels like a jump forward in interface design, but it still not fully modern. A further step in this direction would be to use non-modal inspector palettes to replace modal dialogs here and elsewhere.

But the goal would be to let users set up (and even share) favorite themes, and then to be able to easily re-use them. That's really only possible with built-in themes now.


Darin Allen

August 21, 2012 4:51 PM

I'm a fan of Spring Sky. I tweak this a bit by making the text slightly darker, and it looks great. i use this for my tools and the default theme for texts.

Brenton Bills

August 21, 2012 5:04 PM

I second Stuart Kurtz's suggestion that some method be created for users to create and share themes. I don't think there hasn't been a time when, while talking with other Accordance users, I have asked what font and color combinations others are using. Finding a great theme really does make for a more enjoyable Accordance experience.


August 21, 2012 9:24 PM

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The integrated window is definitely a move in the RIGHT DIRECTION and I thank you for that.

However, AFTER ALL THESE YEARS, I am still disappointed w/the UI interface: perfect examples of what would be exceedingly pleasing are Bare Bones' Yojimbo app &/or Chronos' SOHO Notes.

Updating the following would make Acc. and absolute pleasure to USE AND actually ENJOY: 3D looking Toolbar with 3D colored-icons, 3D Analysis charts and graphs (think iWork), 3D looking buttons (examples: Vs, Ch, Bk; Art; AA; L), Timeline app (horrible), 3D syntax trees, highlighters (in User Notes), and Diagrams (are you kidding!). You've started in the right direction but the UI interface work (for a modern Mac app) is indeed needing.



August 22, 2012 12:20 AM

This is a great new feature. I'm using spring sky for texts and slate for tools.

I can't imagine ever using honey or elegance. Honey is hard to look at and elegance is hard to read. 


August 22, 2012 4:36 PM

I like Vintage theme. And monochrome buttons in the toolbar. A la Aperture style. Only some of them are too complicated, like Language, User Notes, User Tools, Timeline, Atlas. Too many small details in those icons. Could you please simplify them? But overall impression is very good. Reader mode alone is worth the upgrade! :-)


August 22, 2012 4:44 PM

Chuck wrote: "I can’t imagine ever using honey or elegance. Honey is hard to look at and elegance is hard to read."

I agree. Honey could have this background color: 48, 19 100. (HSB Slider mode). And Elegance could have Apple Chancery font. Still not the easiest to read, but better. Vintage theme with Georgia font, 20% line spacing is excellent theme.