Accordance Blog
Feb 17, 2014 David Lang

Can I Just See the Pictures?

Have you noticed that Bible reference books are getting more and more graphically rich? It used to be that even "illustrated" Bible dictionaries only featured a relatively small illustration every twenty pages or so. Today, no doubt prompted by our constant exposure to multiple forms of media, it is rare to see a Bible reference book which does not feature lots of illustrations, charts, tables, and sidebars. In Accordance, we now have lots of graphically rich study Bibles, dictionaries, atlases, and photo collections. In fact, Dr. J recently produced an entire podcast explaining how to purchase and use these resources. If you haven't watched it yet, be sure to check it out.

Now, let's say you purchase one of these graphically-rich modules in Accordance. Once you've installed it, one of the first things you'll want to do is skim through all the images to see which ones really jump out at you. But in a large resource with lots of text—say for example, the Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible—scrolling through the entire resource just to see all the pictures would be prohibitively time-consuming. Wouldn't it be nice if you could view only the images and scroll through those?

One obvious way to do this is to click a picture thumbnail to view that image in a large picture window. Then you can click the right and left arrows at the sides of the picture window to view the previous or next image.


The problem with this approach is that you have to click to cycle through each picture, and because the picture window changes to match the size of each image, you likely will need to keep moving the mouse to click the right or left arrow. The problem of the moving arrows can easily be overcome by pressing the right and left arrow keys on your keyboard, but you still have to press a key each time you want to go to the next image.

Here's a trick I use to scroll quickly through all the picture thumbnails of an Accordance tool module:

First, I choose the Captions field in the Tool window search bar, and then I enter ?*. That's a question mark followed by an asterisk, and this combination of search symbols will search for every word in the Captions field.


Now that I've done my search, I can tell Accordance to show me only those paragraphs which contain a search hit, effectively hiding all the other information in the tool. To do this, I simply choose Paragraphs from the Show Text As submenu of the tool's Gear menu.


Voila! My tool window now shows only the captioned images in the tool, and I can simply scroll to skim all of these thumbnails.


I use this trick whenever I'm doing final checks on a tool module prior to its release, but it works just as well for those of you who want to look at all the pictures in your latest Graphics Tool purchase.


Jul 23, 2013 Darin Allen

New Releases from Rose Publishing

We are excited to announce the release of five new titles from Rose Publishing. Rose’s slogan is “Bible topics explained visually,” and that is a fitting description. Each of the five titles we are releasing are filled with colorful illustrations, maps, charts, diagrams, and other helpful visual aids. If you are wondering whether or not these Rose titles are for you, ask yourself three questions:

1) Are you a visual learner?

Many of us learn best when visual aids are used to supplement the text. The new Rose titles are packed with illustrations, maps, timelines, and charts that aid comprehension and retention, helping visual learners understand this information on a deeper level.

2) Do you teach people who are visual learners?

Even if you are not a visual learner, you may want to consider these titles if you are a teacher or preacher, since many of your students/congregants are probably visual learners. All of the graphics included in these modules can be copied and pasted into PowerPoint/Keynote presentations for educational purposes, as long as these materials are not sold.

3) Do you want easy-to-understand explanations of Bible topics?

Most Rose titles use a simple and straightforward writing style, presenting historical and theological information in a way that is accessible to all. You won’t need a seminary degree to follow along, as terms and concepts are explained throughout.

One important note is that these titles are written from a Christian perspective, so if you are looking for a theologically-neutral reference work, these modules may not be for you.

Videos in the Accordance Editions

In addition to illustrations, two of these resources include informative "Cutaway" videos (Accordance 10.2 or later required) like the one previewed below:

The above video (voiced by our own David Lang) is included in the Rose Guide to the Tabernacle. You will find similar videos in the Rose Guide to the Temple that discuss Solomon's temple and Herod's temple. These videos are unique to the Accordance editions, and you won't find them anywhere else! Please note that these Cutaway videos require Accordance 10.2 or later on Mac. They do not currently work in Accordance for iOS, but an update is coming soon to allow this.

Rose End Times

Rose Guide to End-Times Prophecy

The Rose Guide to End-Times Prophecy is a useful resource that explains some of the different theological perspectives on eschatology and related prophecies. This helpful guide covers concepts such as the rapture, tribulation, Armageddon, dispensations, and many key Bible prophecies.

Price: $19.99

Rose Guide Tabernacle

Rose Guide to the Tabernacle

The Rose Guide to the Tabernacle explains the history of the tabernacle, its sacred objects, and worship activities by using a variety of illustrations, charts, and diagrams. It also examines parallels between the Old Testament sacrifices and priestly duties, and Jesus' role as a sacrifice and high priest for the Christian church.

Price: $29.99

Rose Guide Temple

Rose Guide to the Temple

The Rose Guide to the Temple provides an easy-to-understand overview of the temple in Jerusalem and its history. Dr. Randall Price wrote this guide as an archaeologist with more than 30 years of experience exploring the Holy Land and studying the temple. This resource includes 150 full-color images, photos, illustrations, charts, and diagrams.

Price: $29.99

Rose Bible Maps

Deluxe Then and Now Bible Maps

The Rose Deluxe Then and Now Bible Maps is a visual guide to the biblical world and how it compares with today's modern cities and countries. These full-color maps bring new relevance to familiar Bible passages, and are sure to help teachers and pastors who are looking for visual aids that demonstrate historical and geographical context.

Price: $29.99

Rose Bible Overview

Rose Bible Overview

The Rose Bible Overview is an introductory guide designed to help you make sense of the Bible at a glance. This resource provides simple and easy-to-understand overviews of each book of the Bible as well as a variety of useful charts and illustrations that help communicate important biblical concepts and themes.

Price: $19.99

Rose 5 Bundle

Rose 5 Bundle

If you would like to purchase the above five Rose titles, you can save 23% off the total price of individual titles with our Rose 5 Bundle. These resources are excellent teaching and preaching aids thanks to their abundance of informative charts, graphs, illustrations, and timelines.

Price: $99.99


Jan 3, 2012 David Lang

Illustrate Your Teaching

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about the value of some of our graphics resources for finding unique images to illustrate the stories of the Bible. Today, Rick Mansfield of This Lamp blogged about his own use of these resources to find an image of "Balaam in the flesh".



It's a great discussion of how to find the "just right" image to illustrate your teaching. Be sure to check it out.