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Jun 28, 2017 Timothy Jenney

Info Pane Improvements (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #155)

Introduced in Accordance 11, the Info Pane has quickly become one of Accordance's favorite features. This podcast covers all the many improvements to it (additional categories and features) since its initial release, including those in Accordance 12. Join Dr. J as he covers all the time-saving tips for using this amazing feature.

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Dec 5, 2016 Timothy Jenney

Accordance 12 Features (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #149)

Accordance 12 is here! It includes five major new features and/or improvements:  Stack, Paper, Improved Analytics, Research Analytics, and Info Pane. This initial release of the newest version of Accordance also includes eighteen other minor features and improvements. Join Dr. J as he reviews them all in this podcast. [Accordance 12: Basic]

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Mar 28, 2016 Timothy Jenney

Wine and Wineskins (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #137)

Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #137 is a Bible study of Matt. 9:17, Jesus’ famous saying about the incompatibility of new wine and old wineskins. It is designed for new users and shows how to use the Info Pane to dig deeper into a passage. Using just the resources included in the Bible Study Collection, Dr. J shows just how thoroughly Jesus answered the challenges of his opponents.

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Aug 20, 2015 Timothy Jenney

Outlines of Biblical Books (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #129)

Outlines of Biblical Books is included with every copy of Accordance. Join Dr. J as he explains the many different ways we can view and use this helpful resource. This podcast includes examples on both Accordance and Accordance Mobile. [Accordance 11 Resource]

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Dec 24, 2014 Timothy Jenney

The Accordance 11 Info Pane

The Info Pane (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #114)

The Info Pane is easily the most popular of the many new features in Accordance 11. This new parallel pane offers quick and easy access to relevant resources for every passage: commentaries, Bible dictionaries, Parallel passages, topics, and textual apparatus. “Quick and easy access” means being able to consult more resources in less time. In this podcast, Dr. J walks us through the Info Pane, setting its preferences, and modifying our workflow to take advantage of it.

The Info Pane is easily the most popular of the many new features in Accordance 11. This new parallel pane offers quick and easy access to relevant resources for every passage: commentaries, Bible dictionaries, Parallel passages, topics, and textual apparatus. “Quick and easy access” means being able to consult more resources in less time. In this podcast, Dr. J walks us through the Info Pane, setting its preferences, and modifying our workflow to take advantage of it.

 

Dec 12, 2014 David Lang

Commentaries Go To 11, Part 2

In this series of posts, I’ve been talking about how the newest version of Accordance takes various features and ”turns them up to 11”. My last post discussed how the Info Pane makes it easier to discover which commentaries in your Accordance library actually discuss your current passage. I ended that post by promising to help you arrange your commentaries in the Library to get the most out of the Commentaries section of the Info Pane. Here goes:

How the Info Pane Displays Commentaries: The Info Pane displays your commentaries in the order they appear in your Library, except that it skips any commentaries which do not include a comment on the current verse. For example, let’s say I have an Old Testament commentary like Keil & Delitzsch at the top of my list of commentaries. As long as I am looking at a New Testament verse, Keil & Delitzsch will never appear in the Info Pane. If my first ten commentaries only cover the Old Testament, then my eleventh commentary will be the first to appear in the Info Pane whenever I am studying a New Testament verse.

Recognizing this can help you to arrange your commentaries in such a way that the Info Pane will present you with commentaries you might otherwise overlook. Below is a screenshot of my current system of organization—color-coded so you can see the relationship between the Library and the Info Pane.

OrganizedForInfo

From Narrow to Broad: Prior to the advent of the Info Pane, I tended to organize my commentaries so that those which covered the entire Bible came first, followed by partial or specialized commentaries. The problem with such a broad-to-narrow arrangement is that I never see those partial or specialized commentaries in the Info Pane, since all those complete commentaries appear in the first five, ten, or even fifteen spots. That’s a shame, because we have some really fantastic commentaries which only cover a small portion of the Bible.

For example, Bruce Waltke’s commentary on Genesis has quickly become my favorite commentary on that particular book. Likewise, I love Beale and Carson’s Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament, which only covers a specific set of Old and New Testament passages. Since those commentaries will only appear in the Info Pane when they actually cover my current passage, it makes sense to move them toward the top of the list, ahead of all those commentaries that cover the entire Bible and will therefore always show up.

Using Folders: If you group your commentaries into folders, those folders will not show up in the Info Pane, but they will appear in the Library and as submenus in your Commentaries menu. Since I don’t want to scroll past every partial or specialized commentary to get to my mainstays, I created a folder named “Specialized/Partial” to contain them all. I then put that folder near the top of my commentaries for the reasons mentioned above. After that I have other folders grouping my more complete commentaries by type. A folder named “Expository” contains all those commentaries that give you a basic sense of a passage’s meaning without getting bogged down in too many technical discussions. Below that are my “Technical” commentaries: those thick-volumed sets that dig into every jot and tittle of the text. Further down the list I have “Background” commentaries, “Application” commentaries, “Patristic” and “Classic” commentaries, etc. These categories helps me find the commentaries that best suit my purpose at any given time.

Mixing Things Up: There’s one major downside to the way I’ve grouped my commentaries into these categories. In each category, I have a few favorite commentaries, followed by commentaries I don’t use as often. I might do better to add a Favorites folder to contain my favorites from each category. That way, the Info Pane might present me with a better mix of Expository, Technical, and Classic commentaries.

Starting With a Summary: When I’m studying a passage, I try to put off turning to commentaries as long as possible. It’s too easy to begin reading a passage through the lens of a commentary, so I try to wrestle with the passage on my own before consulting one. When I do turn to commentaries, I tend to look for as little help as possible, so I’ll begin with the more general “Expository” commentaries. Only when I am really struggling with an interpretive question will I delve into my more “Technical” commentaries. Because I like to get as little help as possible, I’ve placed Fee and Stuart’s How To Read the Bible Book by Book at the very top of my commentary list. It’s a helpful reader’s guide which gives a brief overview of each passage with hints of literary features to watch for. I often find that is all the help I need. If you don’t have that, you might consider starting with a Bible Handbook or a good set of Study Bible notes.

Speaking of Study Bibles: Study Bibles are basically super-concise commentaries, but they are now automatically placed in a separate Study Bibles folder in the Library. Nevertheless, they will show up in the Info Pane if you display enough commentaries. For me, I have to show about 35 book covers before the first Study Bible will appear. Of course, I could always move a few favorite Study Bibles up so they show up in the Info Pane sooner. I could either move them into the Commentaries folder somewhere, or I could create a Favorites folder that grouped my favorite commentaries and study Bibles together. The new Library gives you that level of flexibility, and the Info Pane offers a strong incentive to prioritize your favorite resources.

Personally, I’m still experimenting with how to organize my commentaries in order to get the most out of the Info Pane. I hope you find some of these suggestions helpful in developing your own system. By optimizing the way commentaries appear in the Info Pane, you can turn your commentaries “up to 11” and experience Bible study that really rocks.

 

Dec 10, 2014 David Lang

Commentaries Go to 11

In this series of posts, I’ve been talking about how the newest version of Accordance takes features like the Library and triple-clicking and ”turns them up to 11”. In today’s post, I want to focus on how commentaries now “go to 11.” I also want to offer some tips for how to organize your commentaries to get that “extra push over the cliff.”

Accordance has long enabled you to view commentaries in parallel panes that scroll alongside the Bible, or to open them in separate tool tabs to browse and search them. Unfortunately, short of doing a global search for a verse reference, there was no way to tell which commentaries actually included a comment on your passage of study. You therefore always ran the risk of opening a commentary that wasn’t relevant to your current study.

Accordance 11 has now introduced the Info Pane to solve that problem. The Info Pane acts as a clearing-house of information about your passage. To open it, simply select Info Pane from the Add Parallel pop-up menu.

InfoPaneMenu

The first section of the Info Pane shows you the covers of the first five (or more, depending on your settings) commentaries which contain a comment on the verse at the top of the window. As you scroll through the text, the information in the Info Pane will update to reflect the current verse.

InfoPane

Previewing and Opening Commentaries: If you hover your mouse over one of the commentary book covers, you’ll see a preview of the comment in the Instant Details box. That way, you can quickly skim through your commentaries to see which are most helpful. Once you find one you want to explore further, simply click the book cover to open that commentary in a parallel pane. Hold down the shift key while clicking a cover to force the commentary to open in a vertical pane, or hold down the command key (on Mac) or Ctrl key (on Windows) to open the commentary in a separate tool tab.

Customizing the Info Pane: You can customize how your commentaries appear in the Info Pane by selecting Set Info Pane Display from the Gear menu.

InfoPaneSettings

In the dialog that opens, you can set the size of the covers and text, hide the covers altogether, and specify how many commentaries you want to appear when you first open the Info Pane. Once you’ve made your changes, be sure to click the Use As Default button to make the changes permanent.

Organizing Your Commentaries for Best Results: This is where I’m going to show you how to get that “extra push over the cliff” I promised. Unfortunately, this post is already getting long, so it will have to wait. In my next post, I’ll give you advice for how you can arrange your commentaries in the Library to get the most out of the Commentaries section of the Info Pane. Stay tuned…