Accordance Blog

January 2010 — December 2010

Babylonian Talmud in Hebrew and New Rabbinics CD-ROM

February 10, 2010 - David Lang — Several years ago, we released Neusner's 22-volume English translation of the Babylonian Talmud as a reference tool which could be viewed in parallel with the tagged Hebrew Mishna. Since that time we've heard a chorus of requests to have the Hebrew text of the Babylonian Talmud itself. We're pleased to announce that the Babylonian Talmud in Hebrew is now available on our new Rabbinics CD-ROM. The Talmud Bavli (T-Bav-F) currently includes 16 of the 21 tractates, and will be updated at no additional charge as more tractates become available. ...

Classic Mac Goodness Worth Remembering

February 09, 2010 - David Lang — In general, I think OS X is a huge improvement over the classic Mac OS. That said, every long-time Mac user knows that not everything in OS X has been an improvement. For example, OS X has some incredibly cool typographic capabilities, yet it still cannot italicize text in a font which does not have an italic version. The classic Mac OS would use the italic version of a font if it existed, but if there was no italic version, it would simply use an algorithm to slant the text. You can see this if you open an Accordance text or tool with italic ...

Detaching a Tab in a Workspace

February 08, 2010 - David Lang — When you open a new resource in Accordance, it typically opens as a tab in your workspace. Workspace tabs are a great way to keep all your resources neatly organized, but the one drawback to them is that the frontmost tab obscures all the tabs behind it. What if you want to see the new resource alongside your main passage of study? Thankfully, Accordance doesn't lock you in to one way of working. If you want to detach a tab from a workspace so that you can view that resource in a separate window, simply choose Detach Tab from the Tabs submenu ...

Mapping Sites Mentioned in Acts

February 05, 2010 - David Lang — In an interesting bit of synchronicity, while I've been blogging about combining and customizing Atlas layers, a user asked the following question on our user forums: I would like to map all the places mentioned in the book of Acts. How do I do so? You can only highlight one place at a time. Any ideas? By mentioning the ability to highlight one site at a time, this user showed that he already knows how to find sites on the map. Let's say, for example, that you're reading in Acts 17 and you want to map all the places mentioned in the first ...

Converting Multiple Map Layers to a Layer Set

February 04, 2010 - David Lang — In yesterday's post, I showed you how you can hold the shift key down to select more than one map layer of the same type. By shift-selecting the Tribes of Israel and Middle Eastern Nations region layers, we were able to see which modern nations currently contain the territories allotted to the twelve tribes of Israel. Once you've created a useful combination of layers, you can convert them into a layer "set." Sets are combinations of individual layers, and you already have a few pre-installed for you. Modern Nations and Roman Provinces are ...

Shift-Select to Combine Map Layers

February 03, 2010 - David Lang — If you own the Accordance Bible Atlas, you already know that you can overlay the map with layers showing various sites, regions, and routes. You can even draw and save your own layers. But what if you want to combine more than one layer of the same type? For example, let's say you want to see which modern nations now contain the territories allotted to the twelve tribes of Israel. If you look at the region layer pop-up menu of the Map window, you'll see a layer for the Tribes of Israel, and you'll see a layer for Middle Eastern nations, but ...

Life Without the Resource Palette?

January 27, 2010 - David Lang — The Resource palette is perhaps one of the most useful and recognizable aspects of the Accordance interface. It enables you to open any Accordance module, and if you first make a selection of text, to search any module you choose for that text (a process we call "amplifying" your selection). As a longtime Accordance user, I rely on the Resource palette a lot. If you don't like the default look of the Resource palette, you can modify it in a number of ways. First, you can collapse any sections of the palette you don't use by clicking a ...

Saving Screen Real Estate

January 26, 2010 - David Lang — In a recent update of Accordance (there have been so many in the last year I can't remember which one), we added a new capability which has changed the way many of you interact with Accordance. The Instant Details box has always shown the basic tagging information for any word in a Key-numbered Bible text or grammatically-tagged original language text you mouse over. This would include a brief definition called a gloss, but many users asked to see more. So we now allow you to hold down the command key to see your default dictionary's ...

Moonlighting on Macs in the Ministry

January 22, 2010 - David Lang — Most employers frown on their employees taking a second job. Since no one can serve two masters, it is rare that someone can "moonlight" and not allow their regular work to suffer in some way. Even worse would be to use your primary employer's company blog to promote your moonlighting work. I've already done the former, and now I'm about to do the latter. Fortunately, I have a very understanding employer. Last year, when there was no shortage of Accordance work for me to do, OakTree Software graciously gave me the time I needed to write a b ...

Support for Older Macs

January 21, 2010 - David Lang — A few years ago, I lent my year 2000 Pismo PowerBook to a friend who needed to run some classic Mac software. My son had tripped over the power cord years before and had broken the connector, so I ended up buying a second battery and a separate battery charger to keep the thing running. Not an ideal solution, but it worked. My friend reported to me last year that my laptop had finally died, which I take to mean that he can no longer get the batteries to charge. I suspect that a few hundred dollars would get this decade-old Mac running just ...

Accordance 8.4.2 Released

January 20, 2010 - David Lang — I'm pleased to announce that Accordance 8.4.2 is now available. This is a free download to all users of Accordance 8 or above. This new update primarily includes fixes for bugs so obscure few of you would ever discover them, but is also includes a few minor enhancements. In the duh-can't-believe-we-left-that-out department, we've added the Edit User Note command to the contextual menu which appears when you right- or control-click a verse in a Text window. Yes, you could always choose Edit User Note from the Selection menu or use the keyboard ...

Learning Something New at the Company Dinner

January 19, 2010 - David Lang — This past Friday night, all the OakTree Software staff located here in Central Florida gathered for our annual company dinner. Since we have a number of employees located in other parts of the country, we try to schedule the company dinner at a time when at least some of those far-flung staff members happen to be in town. Last year, the dinner was timed to coincide with a visit from one of our associate scholars. This year, a module developers' training seminar gave us an excuse to include several out of town members of our module development ...

Free Updates and Sale Prices

January 14, 2010 - David Lang — In the past few days, we've released a number of free module updates, as well as offering discounts on select modules. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary has been updated to include page numbers and a browser which reflects the volume divisions of the print edition. Previous versions of Anchor had page number information at the beginning of each article, but did not have actual page numbers presented throughout the text. Anchor is currently on sale for just $199. Context of Scripture has undergone a major upgrade with the addition of page numbers ...

Bridging the Gap Between the Two Davids

January 13, 2010 - David Lang — In yesterday's post I told you a Tale of Two Davids. I described the "other David" (not myself) as generally following a tried-and-true process of study and lesson preparation, while I tend to be a little more random and prone to "fly by the seat of my pants." I then pointed out that Accordance accommodates both of these approaches to Bible study. It is fast and efficient enough to accommodate someone like myself who does not follow a set procedure each time I study the Bible, yet customizable enough to let you develop predefined layouts for ...

A Tale of Two Davids

January 12, 2010 - David Lang — Back when I was in college, I served as one of two interns helping with a local church's youth ministry. The other intern was also named David, and he was a brilliant guy who eventually went on to become a professor of medieval history. The two of us worked together to plan youth events and Bible studies, and as we did, it was interesting to me to see how differently we each approached those tasks. The other David's first impulse was to turn to the youth ministry's library of planning materials. He'd find some lesson outline on the topic we ...

Amplify to Perform a Fuzzy Search

January 11, 2010 - David Lang — In the previous few posts I've talked about how you can select text in a resource and then click the Search button on the Resource palette to search your current resource for that selection of text. I've shown how this feature makes it extremely easy to search for Hebrew words. I've also shown how you can hold the option key down to search for Greek or Hebrew inflected forms rather than lexical forms. Now, suppose you come across a phrase you want to search for, but you don't necessarily want to find that exact phrase. If you select that ...

Podcast on the Accordance Philosophy

January 08, 2010 - David Lang — Dr. J's podcasts keep getting better and better. His latest on "The Accordance Philosophy" really captures the reasons why we do the things we do. Be sure to check it out.

Amplify to Search for Inflected Forms

January 08, 2010 - David Lang — In yesterday's post, I showed how you can select some Hebrew text and click the Search button on the Resource palette to have Accordance build the right search syntax for you. I explained that by default, Accordance searches for lexical forms or lemmas—that is, the representative form of the word that appears in most lexicons. When Accordance searches by lexical form, it finds every occurrence of that lexical form no matter how it is inflected. In English, this would be like entering "run" and finding "run," "runs," "ran," "running," etc. T ...

Amplify to Search for Hebrew

January 07, 2010 - David Lang — Yesterday I told you how using the Search button on the Resource palette to search for a selection of text is much more efficient than typing a search in the same window as your main text. Rather than replacing your main text with the search results, amplifying a selection of text in this way will leave your main text intact and display the search results in another tab. Today, I want to show you how truly powerful this feature is when working with the original Hebrew. Let's say I'm looking at Genesis 1:1 and I want to search for the phrase ...

Amplify to Search

January 06, 2010 - David Lang — What is the one section of the Resource palette which cannot be closed by clicking a disclosure triangle? It's the section at the bottom which includes the Search button. Ever wonder why that is? It's because we want to reinforce the idea that the search button should be an integral part of your workflow. When you're studying a passage and you run across a word you want to search for, simply select it and click the Search button on the Resource palette. This will open a new tab displaying every occurrence of that word in the current text. T ...

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