Accordance Blog

January 2011 — December 2011

Simply Powerful, Powerfully Simple

March 18, 2011 - David Lang — I once saw a Bible software discussion in which someone wanted to search for Hebrew verbs which did not have a pronominal suffix. I was absolutely dumbfounded by the eventual solution that was offered, because it required a string of programming language gobbledygook which I found impossible to decipher. Puzzled, I fired up Accordance to see if I could construct the search. The solution I came up with was very similar to one of the English searches I've been discussing in the last two posts. I simply entered [VERB] [SUFFIX]. Unless I'm not ...

Contents Command to Compare

March 17, 2011 - David Lang — In yesterday's post, I talked about how you can use search commands to narrow your search results and avoid superfluous hits. The example I used was a search for "mercy" that would exclude hits for "mercy seat," and I demonstrated two approaches: mercy mercy seat and mercy seat. I explained that because the first search will eliminate any verse containing the phrase "mercy seat," it might eliminate valid hits, while the second search would find references to "mercy" even if it occurred in a verse which also contained the phrase "mercy seat." ...

Use Commands to Narrow Your Search Results

March 16, 2011 - David Lang — Suppose you're looking for verses that talk about "mercy." Do a word search for "mercy" in many English Bibles and you'll find a great many references to the "mercy seat." How do you weed out all the occurrences of "mercy seat" so that you can just concentrate on the references to mercy by itself? You do it by using search commands. Search commands let you group and exclude items from a search in a variety of ways, and you'll find them all conveniently listed in the Enter Command submenu of the Search menu. One simple way to exclude "mercy ...

Using ff in the Range Command

March 15, 2011 - David Lang — You would think that having seen Accordance developed since 1.0, having written and narrated the first Accordance training videos (in the days before Dr. J's excellent podcasts), and having taught more Accordance seminars than I can count, I would know everything there is to know about Accordance. But Accordance is so deep and powerful that I still discover things I never realized it was capable of. Such was the case this morning when I read this post to our user forums: I know I can search for a set of verses by typing in the reference. ...

What's in a Name?

March 14, 2011 - David Lang

Eyes Tired?

March 11, 2011 - David Lang — In this series of posts, I'm offering some simple tips to make your Bible study easier. Here's one you'll find helpful at the end of the day: Option-click to resize all panes in a window. It's the end of a long day, and your eyes are getting tired. You have a window with five panes open and you want to bump the text size up for easier reading. You know you can increase the text size of each pane by clicking the large "A" above it, but how can you increase the text in all panes at one time? Simply option-click the large "A" above any one pane, ...

Why Didn't I Think of That?

March 10, 2011 - David Lang — In yesterday's post, I talked about how our Bible Lands PhotoGuide (currently on sale) could be loaded on an iPad or iPhone and used as a tourist guidebook on steroids. It was Tim Jenney, known to most of you know as Dr. J, who first hit upon this idea as we began touring the ruins of ancient Chorazin. He observed that we had all been consulting the PhotoGuide on our iOS devices, much as one might thumb through a tourist guidebook. It was a simple observation that got us all thinking about the PhotoGuide in a whole new way. That's just the w ...

A Tourist Guidebook on Steroids

March 09, 2011 - David Lang — When we first developed the Bible Lands PhotoGuide, we envisioned it as a reference work and teaching tool. If Accordance users wanted to find out more about a site, they could look it up in the PhotoGuide and get an in depth description and photos with detailed captions. If they wanted to put together a slide presentation, they could do so simply by dragging the image thumbnails onto a Keynote drop-zone. With the advent of the iPad, we've discovered a new use for the PhotoGuide: as a tourist guidebook. If you travel in Israel, Turkey, Egypt, ...

In Israel with Accordance on my iPad

March 08, 2011 - David Lang — As I mentioned a little over a week ago, my wife and I are currently touring Israel with some other members of the Accordance team. I've already described how I created custom maps of each day's itinerary to help my kids follow along with where we'll be each day. The maps include representative images from each site, together with a list of Scripture references. I printed each of those maps out and taped them to a wall in our home. As soon as I finished those maps, I realized I would like to have quick access to them myself. So in addition to ...

Join Me in Jersey, Not Far From Philly

March 07, 2011 - David Lang — A week after I get back from Israel, I'll be heading up to Palmyra, New Jersey, just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to teach an all-day Accordance training seminar. It will be held at the Central Baptist Church of Palmyra, and you can find all the details, including how to register, here. In addition to being an enthusiastic Accordance user, Wes Allen, the pastor of that church, teaches a method of using visuals in sermons which he calls "sermon painting." Wes was kind enough to let me use him as an example of effective presentation i ...

Command-D to Duplicate

March 04, 2011 - David Lang — Here's another quick Accordance tip that can save you a lot of time: Need to Modify an existing search? Duplicate your search window. Let's say you're doing your sermon prep and you have your workspace all set up the way you need it, when you get an emergency call from a member of your congregation seeking counsel. You want to look up a passage you think he'll find encouraging, but you don't want to lose your existing sermon prep setup. Simply use command-D to duplicate your search window and then look up the passage in the new window that ...

Can't Go To? Use the Context Slider

March 03, 2011 - David Lang — Accordance power users know there are lots of little tricks, shortcuts, and niceties which make studying the Bible quick and effective. In this series of posts, I'm offering some simple tips which can save you time and effort. Here's another one: Can't Go To? Use the Context Slider. In yesterday's post, I showed how you can hit Tab twice to select the contents of the Go To box so you can enter a verse reference (in a Text) or article (in a Tool) to navigate there quickly. As I explained yesterday, the Go To box is a navigational tool. When y ...

Hit Tab Twice to Go To

March 02, 2011 - David Lang — In this series of posts, I'm offering some simple tips which will help streamline your Bible study. Here's another one: Hit Tab twice to Go To. In the past two posts, I've discussed how hitting the Tab key automatically selects the contents of the argument entry box. Using this shortcut lets you immediately type a new search argument or open a Construct window and have it automatically linked to your Search window. Hitting the Tab key twice selects the contents of the Go To box at the bottom of the window, enabling you to type a verse ...

Hit Tab Before Opening a Construct

March 01, 2011 - David Lang — Here's another simple tip which can save you a great deal of time in your study: Hit Tab before opening a new Construct window. The Construct window lets you define complex searches using an easy-to-understand graphical interface, but in order to work, it must be linked with a search window via the LINK Command. If a Search window is active when you open a new Construct window, Accordance will automatically insert that LINK command for you... if, and only if, all the text in the argument entry box is selected. If you have a search argument in ...

Hit Tab Then Type

February 28, 2011 - David Lang — Accordance power users know that there are lots of little tricks, shortcuts, and niceties which make studying the Bible quick and effective. In this series of posts, I'll offer some simple tips which can save you a great deal of time in your study. Here's the first: Hit Tab Then Type. Pressing the tab key in Accordance automatically selects the contents of the front window's search entry box. So rather than going up to the top of the window, dragging with the mouse to select the current search argument, hitting the delete key to get rid of i ...

The Israel Wall

February 25, 2011 - David Lang — Yesterday, I talked about how my wife and I will be touring Israel with a tour which includes several other members of the Accordance team. While we're away, I wanted my children to have a way to know where we would be each day and share in what we'll be learning. So I used the Accordance Atlas to create a series of custom maps showing where we would be each day. Here's one example: First, I created some Custom Site Layers containing every site we'll be visiting. There were so many sites that I had to create two custom site layers and combine ...

Seeing What I've Written About

February 24, 2011 - David Lang — When I was in seminary, I took an Old Testament survey course with Dr. Elmer Smick. During his lectures, he would sometimes establish the setting of a biblical narrative by describing its location in Israel. I vividly remember him gazing into the distance as though picturing the places he had visited, describing how this hill overlooked that valley, how that valley was an important trade route, and so on. It awakened in me a desire to travel there myself some day. A number of years later, I was tasked with creating our Bible Lands PhotoGuide. ...

Use Magnify Zones to Hide Stuff While Teaching

February 23, 2011 - David Lang — In the past couple of posts, I've talked about how I'm trying to teach Greek to my children. I described how I'm using Mounce's Basics of Biblical Greek in Accordance and how I did a simple search to find plenty of examples they could practice parsing. In the process of doing that exercise, I stumbled across another helpful use for the new Magnify Zones feature: it's a great way to hide stuff you don't want your students to see. When I did the search described in this post, I already had a zone open displaying the paradigm chart from Mounce's ...

Teaching "Grick" to my Children, Part 2

February 22, 2011 - David Lang — In my previous post, I explained how I've been teaching my children Greek (or "Grick" when I impersonate the father in My Big Fat Greek Wedding). After protesting too much that I'm not really one of those overly ambitious homeschool dads, I described how we're currently learning Mounce's first noun paradigm chart. This chart covers the nominative and accusative singular and plural endings for second declension masculine and neuter nouns, and first declension feminine nouns. The example nouns it uses are λόγος, γραφή, ὥρα, and ἔργον. In order ...

Teaching "Grick" to my Children

February 21, 2011 - David Lang — As a homeschool dad, I've prided myself on not being one of those fanatical homeschoolers who tries to overdo things: you know, the ones who want their babies to be reading Aristotle, their toddlers to be concert violinists, and their kindergartners to be experts at pre-algebra. I've largely succeeded, but I do have a confession to make: I am trying to teach my children Greek. Yes, it sounds like I'm one of those smart-alecky fathers who wants his kids to know the original languages of the Bible better than their pastor does, but honestly, my ...

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