Accordance Blog
Feb 23, 2011 David Lang

Use Magnify Zones to Hide Stuff While Teaching

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 grammar that we've been going over. Since I wanted them to do the exercise without looking at the chart, I was tempted to close the zone containing the grammar. But that would have meant losing my place and having to find it again the next time I opened Mounce.


Then it hit me: just magnify the zone containing the Greek text, and the zone containing Mounce will automatically be hidden.


Whenever I needed to refer to the paradigm chart, I could simply de-magnify the zone or cycle to the zone containing Mounce using the keyboard shortcuts Dr. J showed off in his recent podcast. It couldn't have been easier!


Feb 17, 2011 David Lang

See Accordance 9.2 in Action

Curious to see the new features of Accordance 9.2 in action? Dr. J's latest podcast shows you how to use Magnify Zones and image browsing, including tips on helpful keyboard shortcuts you may not be aware of. Be sure to check it out.


Feb 9, 2011 David Lang

Accordance 9.2 Adds Magnify Zones and Image Browsing

Accordance 9 introduced the concept of "zones," areas of a workspace which automatically display different kinds of resources side by side. Most users of Accordance 9 have loved this feature, but what do you do when you open a bunch of different resources and end up with several tiny zones? What if you're viewing a map, timeline, or picture in a small zone and you want an easy way to enlarge it?


With Accordance 9.2—now available for free download to all users of Accordance 9—you simply click the new plus icon near the top left corner of the zone to Magnify that zone so that it fills the entire workspace!


Magnify Zone is just one of the cool new enhancements in Accordance 9.2. We've also added Next and Previous arrows to all image windows to give you an easy way to browse the images in a tool without having to scroll past all the surrounding text. We've combined the Easy Install and Automatic Update dialogs and made it possible for interrupted downloads to pick up where they left off rather than starting over from the beginning. That last improvement will eventually make its way into Accordance for iOS so that an unexpected phone call won't wipe out what you've already downloaded. (Can I get an "Amen"?) Accordance 9.2 also fixes a number of bugs and continues to improve Greek and Hebrew syntax searches.

To enjoy all of these new enhancements, simply choose Check for Updates from your Accordance menu, or download the free update here.