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Dec 5, 2019 Accordance Bible Software

The Season of Joy Begins

Season of Joy

December is here and that means that it's time to prepare for joyful celebration! This week, we're offering discounts on resources designed to help you do exactly that.

Also, check in each week for our "Best of 2019" sale! Each week we'll highlight different works that were released or updated this year. This week: Commentaries! These are a great addition to any library, so get them for yourself or give them as gifts.

Speaking of gifts, through Wednesday, December 25, for every $150+ you spend on a single order you get a free gift of a Starter 13 Collection to give away. And if you've been searching for what to give the Accordance user in your life, check out the information below on Accordance Gift Certificates!

Finally, the eAcademy 2019 Sessions are now available for purchase, so be sure to check out the link below to find out how you can unlock the full potential of your Accordance software!

Sale Prices on all products end Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019 (11:59 PM EST) and cannot be combined with any other discounts.


'Tis the Season: Resources to Prepare Your Heart for Joy!

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Feasting on the Word: Advent Companion

This new volume in the Feasting on the Word series provides an alternative to strict lectionary use for Advent, with six thematically-designed services for the four Sundays in Advent as well as Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Four midweek services provide a supplemental study of John the Baptist to enhance the congregation’s Advent experience.

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Reformed Expository Commentary: The Incarnation in the Gospels (Phillips, Ryken, Doriani)

This seasonal addition to the Reformed Expository Commentary series presents twelve biblically and theologically grounded Christmas messages, as the authors explore the canonical teaching on the birth of Jesus Christ in the gospels of Matthew, Luke, and John.

In addition, this volume includes four special appendices of Advent material and worship aids useful in the planning of a Christ-centered Christmas service. With five new carols, essays and reflections on the Advent season, and a program of lessons and carols, this material is valuable to any pastor or worship leader seeking meaningful ways to celebrate the coming of Christ during the season commemorating his birth.

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God Is in the Manger: Reflections on Advent and Christmas (Bonhoeffer)

These forty stirring devotions will guide and inspire readers as they move thematically through the weeks of Advent and Christmas, from waiting and mystery to redemption, incarnation, and joy. Supplemented by an informative introduction, short excerpts from Bonhoeffer’s letters, and passages from Bonhoeffer’s Christmas sermons, these daily reflections are timeless and moving reminders of the true meaning of Christmas.

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NSBT: The God Who Became Human: A Biblical Theology of Incarnation (NSBT Vol. 30) (Cole)

Seeking an answer to Anselm’s timeless question, “Why did God become man?” Graham Cole follows Old Testament themes of preparation, theophany, and messianic hope through to the New Testament witness to the divinely foretold event. This New Studies in Biblical Theology volume concludes with a consideration of the theological and existential implications of the incarnation of God.

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Christmas Classics

Christmas Classics

A collection of Christmas classics:

  • Advent Readings
  • Sermons
  • Carols
  • Poetry
  • Stories and Legends
  • Images

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Celebrating Abundance: Devotions for Advent (Brueggemann)

This powerful devotional by best-selling author Walter Brueggemann includes daily reflections on the Scriptures and stories of Advent in order to invite us to see beyond the world’s faux extravagance and realize the true feast laid out before us. Twelve prayers are also included for the twelve days of Christmas.

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Spread the Joy with the Best of 2019!
Week One: Commentaries

As we close out 2019, we will be offering discounts on select products released or updated this year. If you missed out on these deals previously, now is your second chance to save! Better still, give these resources as gifts to the Accordance user in your life!

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New International Commentary (Old & New Testament) (45 Volumes)

Scholars, pastors, and serious Bible students will welcome the fresh light that this commentary series casts on ancient yet familiar biblical texts. The contributors apply their proven scholarly expertise and wide experience as teachers to illumine our understanding of the Old Testament. As gifted writers, they present the results of the best recent research in an interesting manner.

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Pillar New Testament Commentary (15 Volumes)

Designed both for serious students and for general readers of the Bible, the PNTC volumes seek above all to make clear the meaning of the text of Scripture as we have it. The scholars writing these volumes interact with the most important, informed contemporary debate yet avoid undue technical detail.

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Now Complete New Testament!
Picture the NT: An Accordance Original and Exclusive

Picture the New Testament: A PhotoCommentary is designed to help you see the world of the New Testament with your own eyes. While a traditional commentary seeks to explain the meaning of the Bible’s words with still more words, Picture the NT illustrates the biblical text with maps and photographs of biblical locations, relevant archeological finds, even ancient works of art. Display it in parallel with your Bible text, and as you work your way through a passage, you’ll see key words and concepts illustrated in a way that will make the Bible come alive.

The current release spans the entire New Testament and includes more than a thousand images. Organized canonically, this resource scrolls with our Bibles, offering photos, maps, and other visual illustrations to illuminate every passage.

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Two Horizons

Two Horizons Commentary Bundle: OT/NT (12 OT Volumes; 9 NT Volumes)

Two features distinguish the Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary series: theological exegesis and theological reflection.

The Two Horizons Commentary is written primarily for students, pastors, and other Christian leaders seeking to engage in theological interpretation of Scripture.

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Through Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019

Free Starter to Give Away with Qualifying Purchase

Through December 25, each time you spend $150+ in a single order, be certain to order a free v13 Starter Collection Gift (value $59.90). These make great gifts for the holidays. Just add Starter 13 Gift to your cart before you check out today. The Starter 13 Gift can be redeemed at any time prior to June 30, 2020.

Please Note: The Starter 13 Gift can be added to your cart for each $150 spent in an order. If your cart is totaled at $300+, you could add two gifts, and so on. If you'd like to add more than one Starter Gift to your cart, please make a note at checkout. This offer is not valid on previous purchases.

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Not certain what to get? Accordance Gift Cards in any amount make the perfect gift for any current or new Accordance user. This season, give the gift that has lasting, even eternal, value. Give the gift of Accordance Bible Software!

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Dec 4, 2019 David Lang

Accordance 13 Tutorials: Honoring our History of Help

As I explained in my last post, the feature of Accordance 13 I am most excited about is our new interactive Tutorials. Whether you’re brand new to Accordance or a long-time power-user, you’re sure to find tutorials which can teach you about features, tasks, tips, and tricks you didn’t know before.

Now, as new features go, the ones which add new capabilities always make the biggest splash and garner the most attention. Adding various kinds of help so users can actually use the software always requires a great deal of work, but never seems to generate a corresponding degree of excitement. That’s why so many software developers offer only half-hearted support at best. Offering truly helpful help requires a level of commitment few developers are willing to make.

Accordance has a long history of supporting our users with documentation, in-app help, training seminars, video training, webinars, and more.Manual Cover

The Bygone Days of Print Manuals

When Accordance 1.0 was first released in 1994, it was standard practice in the software industry to include a print manual. Even in the Mac market, where everyone indulged in the charming fantasy that software should be so intuitive you wouldn’t need a manual, any full-featured program was expected to include complete documentation. The Accordance User’s Guide was extremely well-organized and copiously illustrated with screenshots. I remember devouring it as a new Accordance user—and I didn’t typically read manuals.

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Yes, the Construct window goes all the way back to Accordance 1.0!

Of course, creating a print manual was laborious and expensive, and even in those early days, only the most highly motivated software users would ever bother to crack one open. We soon began selling the print manual separately, since not all our users wanted it. Still, we continued to offer it as late as Accordance 7.

Ever-Evolving In-App Help

As more and more people entered the brave new world of personal computing, turning to a print manual seemed increasingly antiquarian. Shouldn’t the software itself teach you how to use it?

Appleguidecoachmark Accordance’s first in-app Help was based on Apple Guide, the innovative Help system Apple introduced way back in mac OS 7.5.

The really cool thing about Apple Guide was that you could write step-by-step tutorials that would draw circles around interface elements the user was supposed to click. Apple Guide was a really well thought out approach to providing in-app help, but it was hard to implement, and few software developers chose to adopt it. Apple soon dropped Apple Guide in favor of a less capable but easier to implement and more cross-platform help system.

STC Award Naturally, we moved to the new in-app help system, and we eventually hired a professional technical communicator to bring it up to date for Accordance 9. Her work was recognized with an Award of Excellence at the International Summit of the Society of Technical Communications.

Accordance Help offers complete documentation which you can easily browse and search, and you can get contextual help related to your active tab by clicking the Help icon of the workspace Toolbar.

With the interactive tutorials of Accordance 13, we’ve now come full circle back to our Apple Guide days. Tutorials were the one thing I really hated losing when Apple Guide was abandoned, and our new tutorials are better than anything we did back then.

More to Come…

I initially planned to include our training seminars and various forms of video training in this post, but there is so much to that history I’ll cover it in a follow-up post.

For now, let me just say again that the new interactive tutorials in Accordance 13 are just another chapter in our long history of offering the most helpful help we can.

 

Dec 3, 2019 Richard Mansfield

eAcademy 2019 Sessions Available for Purchase

 

 

In October of this year we launched our inaugural Accordance eAcademy over three days. Accordance users got to take part in 14 live webinar-style sessions, presented by 10 different presenters.

If you were unable to attend our 2019 eAcademy but would still like to see the videos, we now have them available individually for $5 each, or you can purchase the entire series for $40. Videos can be viewed online or even downloaded to be watched at your own pace.

Check out the Accordance eAcademy 2019 page to purchase videos or for more information.

 

Nov 19, 2019 David Lang

Accordance 13 Tutorials: The Best Way to Eat an Elephant

Blind_men_and_elephant Have you heard the fable of the blind men and the elephant? Six blind Hindu philosophers go to examine an elephant. Each of them touches a different part of the large animal—its side, its leg, its tusk, its trunk, its ear, and its tail—and each arrives at a very different conclusion about what an elephant is like.

Sometimes I think Accordance is a bit like that misunderstood elephant. Most Accordance users learn to do the handful of Bible study or research tasks they most need, and never realize that they have barely scratched the surface of what Accordance can help them do. I’ve run into scholars who see Accordance as indispensible to their work, but who never think to recommend it to pastors and laypeople because they assume Accordance is just for high end scholarly research. Conversely, there are many Accordance users who are happily using it for personal Bible study who have no idea how incredibly powerful it is.

Now, I’m not suggesting for a moment that every Accordance user needs to learn all its ins and outs. I just want you all to avoid missing out on benefits you could actually use. That’s why, of all the new features of Accordance 13, I am most excited about our new Tutorials. I think they’re the quickest way to discover and digest Accordance’s elephantine power and versatility.

Of course, digesting an elephant only happens “one bite at a time,” so that’s precisely how our tutorials walk you through each Accordance task you choose to learn. Pick from nearly 80 tutorials organized by difficulty and by topic, then follow the step-by-step instructions. Along the way, you’ll get helpful explanations and usage tips.

Here are a few tips for getting the most out of Accordance 13 Tutorials.

The First Tutorials Lay the Groundwork for Later Ones

While you certainly don’t have to go through the tutorials in any particular order, if you’re brand new to Accordance, you’ll definitely benefit from going through the first few tutorials in the list before you tackle any of the others. Knowing Your Library and Opening Books will show you where to find your various Accordance books and how to open them. Later tutorials will simply instruct you to open a particular resource without walking you through how to do it. Rather than adding steps to each tutorial for opening a book, we chose to show you how to open resources in the earliest tutorials.

 

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In the same way, most tutorials will simply instruct you to “Open the Preferences” without explaining how to do it. That’s because one of the first tutorials is completely devoted to Opening the Preferences.

Some tutorials include a Next Tutorial button on the final panel to help guide you to other tutorials which expand on what you’re learning.

Choose from Broad Topics and Narrow Tasks

Some tutorials cover a broad topic which may include a number of specific tasks. For example, Using Key Numbers to Study Greek and Hebrew covers Instant Details, Cross-Highlighting, the Dynamic Interlinear, searching by Key Number, and more. A separate, shorter tutorial on Using the Key Command focuses specifically on searching by Key Number. These tutorials complement each other, and you’ll profit from doing both. But if you don’t have time for a broad introduction to an array of related features, you can usually find a shorter tutorial dedicated to one specific task.

Don’t Wear Out the ‘Do It For Me’ Button

Each tutorial panel which instructs you to do something includes a Do It For Me button. This makes it really convenient if you already know how to complete a step and you want a helpful shortcut to completing it. For example, if you know how to open the Preferences, you don’t need to practice that step any more, so rather than mousing to a menu to open the Preferences panel, you can just click Do It For Me and get to the steps you do need to practice.

 

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Of course, it’s up to you to know which steps you actually need to practice. When you get to those, resist the temptation to click Do It For Me. Instead, open that menu, click that button, triple-click that word. Actually doing the step yourself will help cement it in your memory, so that you can do it again when you’re no longer going through a tutorial.

Don’t Assume Tutorials are Just for Beginners

We’ve worked hard to create tutorials on a broad range of topics, including some really advanced ones. Even if you’re an Accordance power user, you’re likely to find tutorials which can teach you a few tips or tricks you didn’t already know.

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Remember, the blind Hindu philosophers misunderstood what the elephant was like because they each limited their investigation to one part of the elephant. Accordance 13 offers a lot to explore, and our new tutorials are sure to teach even our most accomplished users something new.


Haven’t upgraded to Accordance 13 yet? Find out what you’re missing!

 

Nov 15, 2019 David Lang

13 Features of Accordance 13 You Might Have Missed

With major new features like a revamped interface, general appearance themes, interactive tutorials, a host of highlighting improvements, the powerful new TEXT command, and PDF import to user tools, there’s a lot to love about Accordance 13. But there’s a lot more to love than you may yet realize. To reinforce your growing triskaidekaphilia, here are 13 new features of Accordance 13 you might have missed.

1. You can search the Preferences

Accordance has a lot of Preferences. You can tweak the settings for just about every major feature to get Accordance to behave exactly the way you want.

Yet all those options can be hard to keep track of. If you’ve ever watched one of our Accordance trainers answer a “how can I?” question, you’ve probably seen us click through several Preference panels trying to find some little known setting that will provide the needed solution. We know it’s there, but even we can’t remember exactly where it is.

Now, Accordance 13 lets you search the Preferences to find those elusive settings. Want to change whether or not the Info Pane is open by default? Type “info” into the Preferences search field. Want to set how Greek text gets exported? Just search for “export.” This slick enhancement is going to save you lots of time, and help you discover some of the options you may not even have known are available.

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2. Opening the TOC in a Tool shows the current article

When you do a search in a tool, you are taken to the first paragraph containing a hit, and sometimes the surrounding context can be hard to discern. For example, if I search the works of Bonhoeffer for the word “martyrdom,” my second hit is somewhere in one of the many books included in this collection. How can I quickly find out which one?

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In Accordance 13, when you open a Tool’s Table of Contents, it automatically shows where the current article is in the larger structure of the Tool. Simply by opening the TOC, I can immediately see that this is from chapter one of the book Discipleship.

3. You can now search all the fields of a given language.

The division of Accordance tools into different search fields is great when you want to narrow your search to a specific kind of information, but what if you want to find all instances of a word no matter what field it’s in? With Accordance 13, you can choose to search every field of a given language:

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4. OR searches work even if some terms are not present at all

Ever since version 1.0, Accordance has first checked to see if a search term is actually in a Text or Tool’s word list before running the search. After all, why run a search if you know right away that a word will not be found? For example, if you try to search for “astronaut” in an English Bible, the word list for that Bible will appear so you can choose a different word.

That’s great, but what if I do an OR search, where only one of the search terms is required for the search to be successful? If I search for Moses <OR> astronaut, shouldn’t Moses be found even if astronaut isn’t in the word list at all? In Accordance 13, it is!

That may seem like a silly example, but imagine you search for a series of words in the King James Bible, such as (forsake, forsook, forswear). You then switch to a modern Bible that does not contain the word “forswear.” Prior to Accordance 13, you would have to delete “forswear” before you could run the search. Now, you just run the search and any missing search terms are ignored.

5. Interlinear spacing now keeps everything lined up

The Dynamic Interlinear now adds space between the words to keep interlinear information neatly aligned.

 

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6. Compare Text now gives the best of both worlds

The Compare Text feature has always had two options: Single Text and Multiple Texts. Single Text lets you compare your base text with one other text, and it does a two-way comparison: showing where Text A has text missing from Text B and vice versa.

Multiple Texts lets you compare your base text to two or more other texts, and it is necessarily a one-way comparison: Text B shows how it differs from Text A. Text C likewise shows how it differs from Text A. Texts B and C are not directly compared with each other.

In Accordance 13, we decided to make Multiple Texts the default behavior. However, if you have only two panes open, those two texts will automatically be compared using the two-way Single Text comparison. That way you get the best of both worlds without having to change the default setting.

7. The Library filter button makes it easy to filter the Library

The Library previously had big, bulky buttons that would let you choose the sections of the Library you wanted to display, but the new Filter button is much less obtrusive and quicker to use.

8. You can now customize the Accordance URL style

When you Copy as Citation, you can include a link to the Accordance resource you’re copying from. Others can then click those links to open that Accordance resource to that location.

Originally, these links were in the accord:// format, which only works if Accordance is installed on the system of the person who received the link. Later, we switched to a different link format: https://accordance.bible. This second link format has the advantage of working on systems that do not have Accordance. Instead, it links to a page of the Accordance website which previews the link and gives information about Accordance. The only downside is that for desktop users who do have Accordance, following this second kind of link requires two clicks, where the older Accordance-specific links required one. You can see the difference by clicking each of the following links:

https://accordance.bible/link/read/ESVS#Ps_23:1

accord://read/ESVS#Ps_23:1

In Accordance 13, you can choose between these two URL styles in the Export settings of the Preferences.

 

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9. Tutorial URLs

While we’re on the subject of links, Accordance 13 lets you copy and share links to any of our new tutorials. Want to send another Accordance 13 user a link to a tutorial you found helpful? Simply right-click the tutorial window and choose Copy Tutorial URL. Your friend, colleague, student, or parishioner can then click the link to begin the tutorial.

10. MT-LXX Cross Highlighting

If you own either the MT-LXX Parallel or the MT-LXX Interlinear, Accordance will now cross-highlight the corresponding Hebrew and Greek words in each parallel pane.

 

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11. Assign hotkeys to highlight styles

Accordance 13 features sweeping improvements to highlighting, but one you might have missed is the ability to assign a hotkey to a highlight style so you can just select some text and press a key to highlight.

12. Improved Speech (Mac only)

Accordance 13 now supports modern text-to-speech on Mac systems, including Greek, Hebrew, and Arabic.

13. Play controls for animated Atlas routes

Prior to Accordance 13, you used the Animate checkbox to play and pause an animated Atlas route. Accordance 13 has replaced the checkbox with more intuitive and flexible play controls.


There you have it: 13 more reasons to love Accordance 13. Have you become a triksaidekaphile yet?

 

 

Nov 12, 2019 Accordance Bible Software

The Accordance Advantage: Nathan Parker's Accordance 25 Story

Nathan Parker I first heard about Accordance from my former pastor who became a seminary professor. I didn’t even have a Mac at the time, but when I saw Accordance, I wanted to switch to a Mac just to try it!* After making the switch, I used some of the starter packages with Accordance 7-9 and took the plunge in Accordance 10 with the Essential Collection, especially when I knew I was going to get into hardcore original language study.

I now have a sizable library (including Triple Discoverer and Greek Pro), and Accordance is at the heart of my Bible study and original language workflow. I have used Accordance on a Mac and Windows PC (although I use a Mac for my daily machine now), plus Accordance on my iPhone and iPad. Here is my personal take on the “Accordance Advantage”:

Speedy: Accordance is the fastest Bible searching application I’ve ever used. When I need to quickly search the Bible, whether simple or with a complex search, I turn to Accordance to ensure I get the fastest Bible search I can get.

Scripture-centered: When I fire up Accordance, my default Bible is at the heart of my desktop, and all my reference works integrate seamlessly around it. No matter how many reference works I dig into though, Scripture is always at the center of my workflow with Accordance.

Simple: Accordance is refreshingly simple and easy to use. I can take complex searches and tasks and handle them with ease in Accordance. Accordance is so simple and easy to use that I sometimes almost can’t believe how easy it is to accomplish my study tasks! 

Stunning: The 3D Bible Atlas, Timeline, and rich media and graphics collections make Accordance a stunning Bible program to use, not just for personal study, but also ideal for teaching.

Scholarly: Accordance has a wealth of excellent original language texts, tools, and scholarly resources, allowing me to get the most out of the best of scholarship in my academic studies.

Support: Accordance has some of the most top-notch customer service and support reps in the industry who have bent over backwards to ensure Accordance continues running smoothly for me and here to assist in the event I need it. Accordance cares about their customers!

Happy 25th anniversary to Accordance! Here’s to the next great twenty-five years and beyond, and for those who haven’t yet embraced the “Accordance Advantage,” now is the ideal time to do so!


Nathan Parker is a PhD student at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth majoring in Systematic Theology.

Want to tell your Accordance 25 Story? Email it to [email protected] If we use your story, you could get a $25 credit for your next purchase.


*When Nathan first discovered Accordance, we were only available for Macintosh computers. Now, in addition to macOS, Accordance runs on Windows, iOS, and Android devices.

 

Nov 11, 2019 Richard Mansfield

Beauty in the Study of Scripture: Accordance 2.0 for Android

“For from the greatness and beauty of created things
The Creator is seen by analogy.”

—The Wisdom of Solomon 13:5, SAAS

Aesthetics Matter: A Redesigned Interface

If you’ve been using Accordance on Android devices for a while, the first aspect of v. 2.0 of the software you’ll notice is the beauty of the interface. When we study Scripture, we believe that the aesthetic appeal of the interface should be a mirror to the beauty of the content itself. Completely redesigned, the interface for Accordance 2.0 for Android features a modern look that is more intuitive for current users and new ones alike.

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Tap the Overflow button at the top left to display a wide range of options:

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No Pain in the Pane Divider

Perhaps it’s a small thing, but our previous dividing line was completely static, displaying an even halfway mark on the screen. But the reality is sometimes you want to emphasize certain content over other material. Perhaps you’re reading a commentary that has multiple paragraphs, or even pages, expositing only one verse. In this example, you can now make the commentary wider for easier reading of longer sections while still keeping the Scripture references visible but taking up less screen real estate.

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Who Turned Out the Lights? Application-Wide Dark Theme

Prefer to go dark—especially for long reading sessions? Access the new application-wide Dark Theme in Text Settings to change not only the text you’re reading but the entire interface as well.

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Knowing Where You’ve Been with Search History

When using Accordance for intense Bible study, you can perform multiple searches for words, phrases, and Scripture passages. Need to go back to a previous search? No problem. Tap the history icon to see a list of all searches done in that current session

We All Love Options

Acc 2.0 Android options In the Accordance Application Settings, there are a number of new options allowing for further customization. You can now choose to omit all verse references when displaying Text modules, use custom colors for pane background and Text fonts, and change the color and style of search hits.


Accordance 2.0 for Android is a major update and the beginning of a new shift in how Accordance can be used on Android devices. Discover the beauty of Bible study by downloading now from the Google Play Store, Amazon App Store for Android, or download directly from our servers.

Like what you see? Please leave a review in either of the app stores.

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Nov 4, 2019 David Lang

Accordance 13 Now Available! Become a Triskaidekaphile Today!

triskaidekaphile We are very excited to announce the release of Accordance 13—quite possibly our biggest upgrade ever!

Here are just a few of the reasons you’re going to love Accordance 13:

You’ll love the new look and feel

The interface of Accordance 13 has been completely overhauled to be more up-to-date, easier on the eyes, and even more efficient to use.

You can now customize the entire interface using professionally designed color schemes. (I’m partial to Spanish Moss and Azure, myself.)

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Accordance 13 now supports Dark Mode in Mac OS Mojave and above. Windows support is coming soon.

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You’ll love the built-in training

Accordance 13 includes more than 75 interactive tutorials that walk you step-by-step through everything from opening your books to searching for geminate verbs in Hebrew!

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Accordance has always offered world-class help and support, but we’ve never held your hand quite like this!

You’ll love the new Highlighting

Highlighting is easier and faster to apply—it’s even easier to erase—but we didn’t stop there.

We added Pen highlighting so you can mark up the text with circles, boxes, lines, and arrows, and automatic smoothing makes your hand-drawn shapes look great. But we didn’t stop there.

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We also added a Whiteboard tool that lets you draw all over the program interface. Draw an arrow from the Bible to a location on a map. Circle the part of a photograph you want people to focus on. Accordance has always been a great presentation tool, but now it's even better.

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You’ll love the way hard stuff just got easier

The powerful new TEXT command makes it incredibly easy to do intertextual searches. Use it to leverage grammatically tagged Greek and Hebrew texts to search your English Bible in new ways. Combine it with the MT-LXX Parallel to explore the relationship between the Hebrew Bible and the Greek Septuagint. Or just use it compare the differences among English translations. The TEXT command is so powerful, and so flexible, we’re excited to see how you will use it to advance biblical studies!

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Acc 13 MT-LXX Highlighting

Since Accordance 1.0, the Construct window has offered an easy-to-use graphical interface for developing extremely powerful searches. Still, it could be hard to figure out how to graphically represent a grammatical construction. Accordance 13 now lets you select some text and have Accordance automatically build a construct search for it. Struggling to figure out how to do Greek and Hebrew syntactical searches? Not anymore, you’re not!

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You’ll love the way your library is about to explode

Accordance 13 now lets you import PDF files into Accordance user tools. Think of all the articles, books, sermons, and study aids that will let you bring into your Accordance library!

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Become a Triskaidekaphile Today

A Triskaidekaphile is someone who loves the number 13. Get Accordance 13 today, and you’re sure to become one.

 

Nov 1, 2019 Accordance Bible Software

One Final Accordance 13 Sneak Peek: Amplify to Constructs

I believe we have time for one final Accordance 13 sneak peek!

Acc 13 Auto Constructs

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Wait until you have a chance to experiment with our new Amplify to Construct feature (a.k.a "Auto Constructs"). From any original language text or translation, you can create an automatic Construct around words you choose. This feature is accessible from the Amplify or contextual menu.

 

Oct 28, 2019 Accordance Bible Software

Quiet Time Outlining: Lee O'Kelley's Accordance 25 Story

Lee O'Kelley A friend first introduced me to Accordance back in the early 1990s. That was, if I’m correct, version 1.4. Ever since then, I’ve been periodically updating and tinkering around with the program.

In November of 2015, I decided I wanted to outline the entire Bible. (No small task, right?) Back in 1975 I started such a project, but because of various circumstances, I dropped it. Now, in 2019, I have accomplished about 45% of my goal. I’ve finished Job—which was very challenging to understand, much less outline - and am about 1/3 of the way through the Psalms. I’m convinced that because of Accordance, this time I’ll be able to see this project through to completion.

As I read a text, I use multiple panes: one Hebrew text (Biblia Hebraica tagged), one English text (New American Standard Bible, 1995), one LXX text (Rahifs tagged), and the Instant Details pane. Because the BH & NASB are mutually tagged, when I put my cursor on an English word in the NASB, the Hebrew text is highlighted at the appropriate point. This feature is immensely helpful for increasing both my familiarity with the Hebrew vocabulary and for checking the parsing of the words in the original language.

If I didn’t have Accordance as a study tool, I know I wouldn’t be able to see this project through to the end. Note that I do this outlining as my “quiet time,” and I can assure you it has been more rewarding than I ever would have imagined. I can heartily recommend outlining for every serious Bible student.


Lee O'Kelley is the proprietor of Lee O'Kelley Photography. Check out a selection of his portfolio on Facebook!

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