Accordance Blog
Dec 18, 2017 Timothy Jenney

Accordance 12.2 (Lighting the Lamp Podcast #159)

Accordance 12.2 is our latest update. This podcast provides an overview of its improvements and major new features, including adding an internal web browser and support for the Arabic Quran. Join Dr. J as he guides us through the very latest Accordance has to offer. [Accordance 12.2 Basic]

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Dec 16, 2017 Richard Mansfield

Major Update! Accordance 12.2 for Windows & Mac

Although a designation like “12.2” might seem like this is merely another interim release for Accordance with a few minor changes and bug fixes, there’s a whole lot more here than that. In fact, Accordance 12.2 is a major update with significant new features. And best of all, it’s absolutely free for current Accordance 12 users!

So, what’s new in Accordance 12.2? Here are some of the major new features and updates:

Integrated Web Browser

At first, you might be asking, “Why would I want a web browser in Accordance?” I can sum up the main advantage in one phrase: the power of the Accordance contextual menu. Let’s say you’re in the LSJ unabridged lexicon, and in one entry, there’s a link to the Greek text in reference from the Perseus Digital Library website. Click on that link and the Perseus webpage loads in Accordance. Since the page is within Accordance, you can right click on a Greek word from Perseus and amplify to any of your Greek texts, lexicons, or other tools within Accordance. Want to include the excerpt from Perseus in a personal note next to the reference in LSJ? Simply copy the text and paste it into your note.

Acc 12.2 web browser


Or perhaps from Accordance, you go to File: New Tab: Web Browser. You go to a webpage to get up to speed on a biblical or theological topic. You come across an unfamiliar term, and you’re curious as to whether the content in your personal Accordance Library covers this concept. Select the term from the webpage, pull up the contextual menu, go to Research, and search all your dictionaries at once for this term.

Another bonus: whenever you click on the Help button in Accordance, you no longer have to leave the app. Follow the instructions in the Accordance Help system step by step right beside your Accordance search window.

Run web apps from within Accordance. If you use an online app like Google Docs, you can now have the document you’re working on right inside Accordance next to your research! In the same way, any web-based app, including Kindle Cloud Reader or even competing Bible software platforms which have versions of their software on the web can now be integrated into an Accordance Zone.

My Toolset

Introduced with Accordance 11, the Info Pane dramatically changed how many of us use Accordance. Suddenly there was a wealth of knowledge on any verse in the Bible that dynamically changed on the fly a fast as one could scroll through the text. Over time, we've added new sections to the Info Pane, but requests have continued. Why not a section for journals? historical writings?  lexicons? ...and so on.

With the addition of My Toolset to the Info Pane, you can now add any title from your personal Accordance Library that you'd like to include in your research and study. Want to see when the Church Fathers commented on a particular verse? Add them to My Toolset. Journals? Add as many as you like!

My Toolset

When you add a title to My Toolset, Faster than you can blink an eye, Accordance scans that work to see if it references your verse. Preview in Instant Details and then click on the cover image in the Info Pane for Accordance to immediately runs a verse-specific search and display all the hits for you to see.

Add titles to My Toolset by clicking on the Action button (that little gear icon) next to the My Toolset title in the Info Pane. There you will be presented with the same folder structure of your personal Accordance Library, allowing you to add any title you want.

Paper exports to .docx and other improvements

Have a Paper document you need to share with someone who doesn’t have Accordance? Now you export your file to .docx (MS Word) format in addition to RTF, plain text, or printing to PDF. Paper documents also supports user-created endnotes through a contextual menu or the new asterisk (*) icon in the Paper toolbar.

User Created Endnote

Syntax Improvements

Syntax trees have been visually improved with many new features. Antecedents are now more clearly visible in the syntax tree. Clause depth searching can now be restricted to stay within the clause boundaries. ETCBC searching has been improved to better handle or ignore subphrase elements.

12.2 Syntax

Handoff Support

Accordance can be used with Apple's Handoff feature, allowing your Mac and iOS devices to automatically pass what you are doing from one device to another. For more information about using Handoff with Accordance, see “Use Handoff Between Devices” in Accordance Help for the Mac.

Syncing Improvements

Stacks and Papers can now be synced via Dropbox to any other installation of Accordance 12 on Windows or Mac.

New Localization Improvements

Localization of Accordance can now be set in the Appearance section of Accordance Preferences, separate from System localization. Also, there is a new localization for Simplified Chinese.

12.2 Localization

Updated Picture Popover Interface

Click on an image in any Accordance Tool to see an entirely new interface for zooming in an out and opening a photo in a separate Zone. Plus, there’s now a new expand icon for viewing the image full screen.


These features are just the tip of the iceberg. Accordance 12.2 is the most significant update since version 12 was released over a year ago. For a more complete list of new features, changes, and bug fixes, see our “New Features Since 12” page.


Oct 23, 2017 Timothy Jenney

Read to Me (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #158)

Not sure how to pronounce Greek or Hebrew properly? Accordance’s audio resources for the Hebrew Bible and the Greek New Testament can help! This podcast covers how to use them on Macs, PCs, and iPhone/iPads. In addition, if you are a Mac user, Accordance can use any one of its high-quality system voices to read any text or tool. That includes Bibles in a variety of international languages. [Accordance 12: Basic]

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Oct 7, 2017 Abram Kielsmeier-Jones

Webinar: Searching Fundamentals in Accordance

Learn the fundamentals of searching Bibles and other books in your personal Accordance Bible Software Library. This previously recorded webinar, led by Abram Kielsmeier-Jones, will cover the following subjects: the Search Window, searching by verses, searching by words and phrases, creating and using Search Ranges, working with Key Numbers, and using stand-alone commands.

Taking part in our free Accordance Webinars is easy. Check out our Webinars page for more information or to sign up. See you online!


Sep 29, 2017 Abram Kielsmeier-Jones

Webinar: Introduction to Accordance

New to Accordance or just want to check it out? Join Abram Kielsmeier-Jones as he leads a one-hour introduction to the basics of the Accordance workspace, preferences, and basic searches.

Taking part in our free Accordance Webinars is easy. Check out our Webinars page for more information or to sign up. See you online!


Sep 13, 2017 Accordance Bible Software

Accordance 12 Search Window, Greek & Hebrew (Training Seminar Session 3)

In session 3 of this Accordance Bible Software Training Seminar, David Lang demonstrates the Search Window along with Greek and Hebrew searches. Filmed in San Antonio, Texas, on November 18, 2016.

To see more of the videos in this series, please visit our Accordance Training Seminar Videos page. To attend a Training Seminar in person, see our schedule at our Seminars & Shows page.


Sep 6, 2017 Timothy Jenney

Paper (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #157)

Accordance 12 added a new feature called “Paper.” It allows us to allows us to research and write without ever leaving Accordance. Paper is useful for writing sermons,  lectures, articles, commentaries, even books. If you write a lot, you’ll find it just makes life easier. Want to know how? Join Dr. J for this comprehensive tour.

See more episodes of Lighting the Lamp on our Podcast Page!


Aug 25, 2017 Richard Mansfield

NEW! Getting Started with Accordance

Whether you are new to Accordance or just in need of a refresher, Getting Started with Accordance will get you up to speed in no time. This new tutorial includes instructions, graphics, videos, and step-by-step suggestions. And best of all, beginning today, it’s included in every Accordance 12 Starter Collection and higher!

Geting Started with Accordance image

Getting Started with Accordance replaces our older Accordance Training Seminar Manual that initially we sold in print and later made available as a free PDF for download. And now it’s designed for any Accordance user, not just those who attend our seminars.

The original Training Manual had been written for Accordance v. 10, and then later updated to v. 11; but it was initially written at a time when Accordance was only available for the Macintosh platform. When we released our Windows version of Accordance in 2013, we added a couple of pages at the end of the Training Manual that covered a few minor Windows distinctions, but overall it still remained very Mac-centric. Well, no more!

You’ll notice that Getting Started with Accordance gives equal treatment to both Windows and Mac users, all the way down to distinctive key strokes between the two platforms. All of the images that had been in the older Training Manual have been updated and now include a mix of screenshots from both Mac and Windows.

Most importantly, Getting Started with Accordance updates the content of the previous Training Manual to Accordance v. 12! Although it’s not complete yet, there will soon be sections on new v. 12 features such as Stacks and Paper. When finished, there will be approximately 45 distinct sections, each with its own accompanying video that demonstrates the content in the respective section.

Getting Started with Accordance - Win

Click/tap the image above for a larger view of Getting Started with Accordance.

Although Getting Started with Accordance only covers Windows & Macintosh versions of Accordance, it can also be downloaded to your iPhone or iPad. Why would you want to do this? Well, some may find it helpful to view the instructions and videos on a separate device (especially an iPad) while simultaneously practicing the instructions on their Mac or Windows computer.

We have also created a new "Getting Started with Accordance" webpage to accompany the manual in Accordance. The web page contains only the videos, and you can watch them in the order they will appear in the module.

If you own any Accordance 12 Collection, including Starter, you can download Getting Started with Accordance today through Easy Install (Win: Utilities menu / Mac: Accordance menu). Then, check Content Updates regularly for new sections as we continue to update it.


Aug 23, 2017 Ricardo Yaka

Sincronizando con Dropbox (Syncing with Dropbox)

En este video veremos cómo sincronizar el contenido de usuario en Accordance con Dropbox. Primero, veremos como hacerlo en una computadora y luego en un dispositivo iOS.

[In this video we’ll see how to sync the user content in Accordance with Dropbox. First, we’ll see how to do this on a computer, then on an iOS device.]


Aug 10, 2017 Timothy Jenney

Adding Links to User Content (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #156)

Accordance offers us the option of creating a powerful set of hypertext links. We can then paste them into many different kinds of documents. These accord:// links automatically execute instructions in Accordance: searching texts or tools, opening a resource to a specific place, locating a place on the atlas, etc. This podcast explains how easy it is to create such links and where they can be effectively used.

See more episodes of Lighting the Lamp on our Podcast Page!