Aug 15, 2012 David Lang

Wouldn't It Be Nice? Integrated Palettes

Ever since version 1.0, Accordance has used floating palettes to keep certain features readily accessible no matter how other windows happened to be arranged on your screen. Palettes such as the Resource palette and Instant Details Box would float above other windows, and could be placed anywhere you wanted. I keep my Resource palette along the right edge of the screen and my Instant Details box along the bottom, but I've seen other Accordance users arrange these palettes in every conceivable configuration.

While floating palettes have their advantages and are still widely used today (witness the number of OS X apps that have an "Inspector" palette), modern interface design has shifted away from them somewhat. Modern apps tend to use them as temporary interface elements that you toggle on and off as needed (again, think Inspector), but which are not designed to be left open all the time around the edges of the screen. Modern apps tend to use a single window interface and place always-needed features in panels which appear along the edges of the application window.

While offering less flexibility with respect to where you can place these features, window panels do offer some advantages over separate palettes. If you have a laptop that you often plug into an external display, you may find yourself frequently switching between the small and large screens. You can adjust an app with a single window interface to different screen sizes by clicking the green jelly bean button in the window's title bar. Not so an app that uses floating palettes. Window panels can also be toggled open and closed with relative ease, all the while leaving the window size the same. When you close a floating palette, you leave a blank area on your screen where the palette used to be. Worse still, you tend not to fill that area of the screen with other stuff because you'll eventually want to open the palette again.

So modern interface design has moved away from floating palettes to integrated window panels. Wouldn't it be nice if Accordance followed suit?


Hmmmm. It sure would be nice.

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August 15, 2012 5:04 PM
It would also allow for OS X full-screen use. Yes, I would like that. Stop teasing us David!

Rod Decker

August 15, 2012 5:40 PM
This is beginning to smell like a teaser series for v 10! OK, I'll be glad to say that, yes, these would all be nice. Looking forward to it!

Tony Lawrence

August 15, 2012 5:45 PM

I am starting to see a pattern developing with the posts: "better" "smarter"... I am wondering what the next post will be? "faster" "cleaner" From my perspective and the screen shots I would say "cleaner" or "clearer."

Thanks for the teasers. Now mine: "sooner."

Richard Hendricks

August 15, 2012 5:59 PM



August 15, 2012 6:04 PM

Pleeeeeeaaaaase tell this is coming soon. I am exactly the guy who uses a laptop with an external monitor at work but a laptop only at home. Moving the panels is not my favorite activity. I've been dreaming of a single-window interface for some time. I would love to see this happen. :)


August 15, 2012 6:14 PM

After the recent series on teaching directly from Accordance, I've been using it in my weekly Bible study class.  The BIGGEST annoyance has been the fact that I have to move the pallet windows out of the way to resize everything when I unplug from the projector.  This will be awesome!

Dan Langston

August 15, 2012 7:25 PM

It would be amazing, bring it on!


August 15, 2012 9:04 PM

I'm not so sure... oh wait, yes I am. YES!

Bryan Catherman

August 16, 2012 6:46 AM

At this point, you should start telling us the cost of Accordance X so this pastor on a meager salary can make adjustments to my budget and start saving up for this. 

Alan Houtzer

August 16, 2012 8:24 AM
Next up: wouldn't it be nice if Accordance were lemony fresh? I agree with your paragraph about portables with large desktop screens. I have a big screen on my desk, but that screen never travels with me to Bible Study. If I take advantage of my big desktop screen, then my instant details palette ends up on top of the text. If I move it, the where will it be when I go back to the smaller internal display? If Accordance is working on solving this issue, then I will get better use of both my big screen and Accordance. Thanks!


August 17, 2012 10:36 AM

This screenshot looked strange, I downloaded it and measured, and sure enough, chapter navigation buttons are 1 px more apart than verse and book navigation buttons. Please fix it. :-)


August 18, 2012 5:04 AM

Yes it would be very nice!