The Accordance Construct window has been around from the very beginning. In fact, when I first saw an early prototype of Accordance way back in 1992, our lead programmer was showing how you could drag grammatical tags onto the Construct window to perform incredibly powerful searches. Accordance was the first Bible study program to offer such a graphical search interface, and it enabled students and scholars to search the original texts of the Bible without having to become experts in computer science.
Back when I first saw it, the Construct window had that simple, understated monochrome appearance of most Mac apps. Over time we added a little color, anti-aliasing, and shading, but the appearance of the Construct window never changed all that much. So as with most other aspects of the interface, we gave the Construct window a complete overhaul for Accordance 10. Now the Construct window looks as sleek and smooth as it operates.
We hope those of you who already use the Construct window will enjoy its new look. And now that it looks more inviting, we hope those of you who haven't yet taken advantage of it will give it a try.
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 the argument entry box and it is not completely selected, Accordance is not sure you want that search to be replaced with the LINK command, so it will not insert it. But if the previous search argument is selected, Accordance assumes you want to replace it and will insert the LINK command accordingly.
By now, I'm sure you can see where this is going. Since hitting the tab key automatically selects the contents of the front window's search entry box, you can ensure that the LINK command gets inserted automatically by pressing Tab before you open a new Construct window.
Combine the Tab key with the key combinations for opening a new Construct window, and you can create a construct search very quickly. When I want to create a Greek construct search, for example, it is now second nature to me to hit Tab then command-2. Doing so means I can begin defining my search immediately, without having to remember to link the Construct window to a Search window.