Accordance Blog

January 2009 — December 2009

The Numbers Game

June 08, 2009 - David Lang — Way back on March 1, 2006, I wrote a blog post entitled "Why We Don't Bother to Count". In that post, I explained that while other developers advertise the number of electronic books they offer, we don't even bother to count them. Why don't we go around quoting the number of books we have to offer? There are several reasons. 1. The quantity of books in your library doesn't matter nearly as much as the quality. I have no less than 17 Greek lexicons and dictionaries in my Accordance library. Guess how many I regularly consult? Two! If I had the ...

Accordance Bird Dogs

June 03, 2009 - David Lang — Over the past few months, I've been playing around with Twitter. At first I thought it was the ultimate form of navel-gazing. And indeed it is in the case of people who post the mundane minutiae of their personal lives. Yet for all its faddishness and inherent narcissism, Twitter is an incredible medium for spreading news and information. Twitter is essentially a huge and open word-of-mouth-referral network, and since we've always relied heavily on the word of mouth recommendations of our users, Twitter represents a great opportunity for us t ...

Didn't Know You Had It? Greek Parsing

June 02, 2009 - David Lang — Last night, someone on our forums asked the following question: Is there a way to do a search on the inflected form of a Greek word and come up with a list of all the different English words used to translate it? Searching on a Strong's number in a tagged text returns a list of all the English terms used to translate the Greek root form of the word. I'm wondering if it's possible to do that kind of a thing with each inflected word in the GNT? It certainly is possible, using a tool you may not even have realized you have: Greek Parsing. ...

Website Improvements

June 01, 2009 - David Lang — In the last few weeks, we've been quietly making improvements to the Accordance website to make it easier to find the information you most want. Here are some of the most notable improvements. Movie Magic: The Accordance 8 artwork on the front page now does more than just look pretty. It's a placeholder for our new "What is Accordance" promotional video. Click the artwork to play the video. New Products Page: To make it easier to see the various primary collections available, we've revamped our Products page with a visual listing of each l ...

Excellent Review of Accordance for Basic Bible Study

May 26, 2009 - David Lang — Timothy Butler of Open for Business has written an excellent review of Accordance which focuses on its usefulness for basic Bible study. As I've opined before, most software "reviews" are little more than a regurgitation of the developers' own marketing blurbs. As someone who has written a few software reviews myself, I understand why that is: writing a good review is hard work. It means taking the time to learn how to use a program competently and thinking through how well it meets the needs of its intended audience. Butler has clearly done ...

Lighting the Lamp: Accordance Podcast

May 22, 2009 - David Lang — I'm very excited to announce the premiere episode of Lighting the Lamp, our new Accordance podcast. The first episode covers the ins and outs of searching by verse. If you subscribe to the podcast, iTunes will download future episodes automatically. Here's what Dr. J had to say on our forums about the podcast: Initially, we are going to be reproducing the webinar series, as we were not happy with the quality of those recordings. We also want to develop a pool of basic podcasts for new users [and potential users], as these are the people that ...

Apologetics Study Bible Released

May 18, 2009 - David Lang — We're pleased to announce the release of the Apologetics Study Bible for use with Accordance. This innovative study Bible from Broadman & Holman is designed to help people find answers to difficult questions about the intellectual credibility of the Christian faith, the relationship of Christianity to other religions, what the Bible has to say about today's tough issues, etc. It features book introductions, commentary, and more than 130 feature articles by such notable apologists and scholars as Craig Blomberg, Darrell Bock, Charles ...

Accordance Users: A Force to Be Reckoned With

May 13, 2009 - David Lang — Yesterday I talked about how much user requests led to the new features in Accordance 8.2.3. Meanwhile, a discussion has started on our user forum in which people are simultaneously praising the new changes and asking for further enhancements! You, our users, expect Accordance to work the way you do, and you constantly encourage us to improve. Not only are you a force for us to reckon with, you are also a force to be reckoned with when someone asks for purchasing advice. The other day, someone on Twitter asked us and a competing Bible s ...

Scoring Points: Accordance 8.2.3 Released

May 12, 2009 - David Lang — Since we released Accordance 8 last year, we've followed our usual practice of offering free downloadable updates which offer minor new features and bug fixes. In November, we released Accordance 8.1, which was so chock full of new features we could easily have made it a paid upgrade. Then in March of this year, we released Accordance 8.2, with German and Spanish localization and about a dozen other minor enhancements. A couple of bug fix releases followed to bring us up to 8.2.2. Yesterday, we released Accordance 8.2.3 for download. Yet some ...

NRSV New Testament now with Key Numbers

May 07, 2009 - David Lang — For years now, Accordance users have enjoyed the ability to examine the Greek and Hebrew behind those translations which have been tagged with Key Numbers. In version 8, we took that ability one step further with Key number highlighting, a new feature which lets you drag your cursor over a word in a Key numbered text to highlight the corresponding word in a grammatically tagged Greek or Hebrew text (or vice versa). Of course, all the cool things you can do with Key numbers only work with those translations which have actually been tagged with ...

Creating a "Places" Workspace

May 06, 2009 - David Lang — As I've mentioned several times, we're currently offering a sale on most of our Graphic resources, such as the Atlas, Timeline, PhotoGuide, the Biblical World in Pictures, etc. These resources give you a visual glimpse into the historical and geographical context of the biblical narratives, and so help to make those narratives come alive. Yet once you've got some of these resources, how do you get the most out of them? One way is to search them all at once using a Favorite Workspace. To create a favorite workspace, simply open a new workspace ...

David’s Midlife Crisis

May 04, 2009 - David Lang — One of my favorite features of the Timeline is the ability to option-drag from one point to another to see how much time elapsed between them. For example, if you display Individuals and Events in the Conservative dating scheme, you'll see the life of David along with the various events in David's life. If you option-drag from the beginning of David's life to one of those events, you'll see in the Instant Details box how old he was at that moment. For example, if you option-drag to "Samuel Anoints David," you get an age of about 11 years. ...

YouTube and other Network Sites

May 01, 2009 - Helen Brown — For those who don't keep up with the forum, here is Joel's post about our latest venture in cyberspace: As many of you have undoubtedly noticed, we have been making a concerted effort to not only continue to expand the program's capabilities and resources, but also our method of reaching more people more effectively. We have a Twitter account, a Facebook page, a Blog with RSS/FeedBurner feed, a video podcast: Lighting the Lamp about to go into full swing, and now our very own YouTube Channel! On our YouTube page you'll see a link to a new ...

The Accordance Blog: tips on feeds, subscribing, and navigating

April 24, 2009 - Rick Bennett — Over the last several months, since our transition to a new web hosting service, we have been tweaking and improving our blog. Because the blog is one of our primary ways of communicating with our users (both current and potential), we want to make sure that you are getting the most out of your experience and are able to get up-to-date information on your favorite Mac Bible software. In this post I'd like to go over a few tips that can help you in this area. For those new to the 'blogosphere,' the terms thrown around can be a bit ...

Designed for Mac. Trusted by Scholars. Right for You.

April 23, 2009 - David Lang — When we released Accordance 8 last year and gave our web-site a fresh new look, we decided it was also time for a new slogan. You can see it in the banner at the top of this blog page: "Designed for Mac. Trusted by Scholars. Right for You." J. P. Kang, who is responsible for our official Accordance Twitter feed, recently asked our "followers" (that always sounds kind of egomaniacal to me) to "retweet" our slogan. That reminded me that I have never really talked about what we mean by our slogan. The main reason I haven't is that I hope it's ...

Accordance and "Loose Loins"

April 22, 2009 - David Lang — Doctoral candidate and Accordance power user Rick Mansfield recently blogged about an interesting expression in Isaiah 45:1. In that passage, the LORD says of Cyrus that he will "loose the loins" of kings. Rick uses Accordance to examine the expression, and even includes a photo from the Bible Lands PhotoGuide (now on sale). While his post is not an Accordance tutorial, it is an excellent example of the exegetical process, and well worth checking out.

Graphic Bible Study

April 21, 2009 - David Lang — One of the best ways to deepen your study of the Bible is to make it "graphic." That's why we provide so many resources with great visual content. Our interactive Bible Atlas has led the field since it was first released in 1998. (To see it in action, watch these videos). Our Bible Lands PhotoGuide offers great pictures of biblical locations, but is even more valuable for all the teaching material it contains. Our Timeline makes it easy to explore the historical context of Biblical events. (To see it in action, watch these videos). Then ...

Render Unto Caesar

April 15, 2009 - David Lang — Today in the United States is Tax Day, the day when income taxes are due to be paid to the government. No, it's not exactly the happiest day of the calendar year, but on the bright side, our experience of paying taxes connects us with the Biblical world in ways few other experiences can. I mean, when we approach the Bible, we enter a world which is very different from our own. So many Biblical practices seem foreign to us and require some research into the historical context. But taxation . . . now there's a practice we can immediately relate ...

It's Good to Have Options

April 13, 2009 - David Lang — When asked by a flight attendant if he wanted something to eat, the airline passenger asked, "What are my options?" "Yes or no," was the flight attendant's reponse. While air travelers may have precious few options these days, Accordance users have plenty. Here is a list of ten cool options: all of which can be accessed by holding down the option key: 1. Resize the text in all panes. Hold down the option key while clicking the text-size buttons above a text pane, and the text in all panes of that window will be resized. 2. Close all tabs but ...

Maximizing your Hebrew Potential, II

April 10, 2009 - Rick Bennett — In my last post, I discussed the Hebrew workspace I use in my Hebrew Syntax class, and how you can use Accordance to enhance your Hebrew experience. In this post we'll continue working through the tabs in that workspace. The second tab (from the left) is used to display the results of word searches. Since I'm addicted to right-clicking (old habits die hard), I use that method to do word searches within the text I'm working on. You can also use the drop down menu, or resource palette to accomplish the same task. By clicking on the details of ...

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