Last week, we released a bevy of new titles for the Accordance Library. Today's the last day to get introductory pricing; and if you’re still undecided, here is some of the buzz around the web.
Wes Allen: “Accordance Bible—Picture the New Testament”
“Picture the NT does something I thought impossible—it makes spending time on biblical genealogies interesting.”
"While you can search Accordance’s existing photo resources by Scripture reference already, this is their first graphics tool that is designed to specifically open parallel to your Bible, verse by verse. It’s organized, in other words, by canonical reference."
“...for those studying early Christian history — for those studying views of Scripture… and indeed, those struggling with their own views...having this module is a necessity. Having it in Accordance makes it easy to read and to ponder in both English and the original Greek.”
“I knew soon or later a good electronic copy would come out that would allow me to experience the Reader in all of its glory, including taggings and easy look up. Behold, my patience has paid off.”
Brian Davidson: “Accordance Edition of Discovering the LXX”
"DLXX is a fantastic personal guide. It’s also ideal for anyone who has started down that path and turned back because of the strange sights and sounds found in Rahlfs’ big blue abyss."
"Accordance takes an already good (and long-awaited) resource and significantly enhances its usability for readers of the Septuagint."
"The Göttingen Septuagint on Accordance includes everything in the print edition — except the huge amount of space one needs to have it. Further, because it is highlighted/tagged and included the apparatus, serious — and the sometimes serious— students of the Church’s first bible can easily find what they need."
As you probably know, Accordance Bible Software is used internationally by people from all walks of life who want to study and read the Bible. We have localized versions of Accordance in German, English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Chinese–Simplified with more on the way.
Did you know, though, we also have reviews and tutorials created by our users all over the world? Here are a sample of international Accordance discussions taking place all over the globe.
- Wellington Casagrande has created an entire YouTube channel, Software Bíblico Accordance, with a growing number of Accordance how to videos in Portuguese.
- Also in Portuguese, here’s a review of Accordance 12 Triple Discoverer Collection by Rafael Bampi de Oliveira in English as well as Portuguese.
- Don’t miss an exhaustive review of Accordance 12 Triple Discoverer Collection by Grzegorz Olek in Polish. “Accordance surprises with its efficiency, beautiful graphics and photos, and adaptability to the preferences of the user.”
- Timothee Minard has updated his extensive comparative reviews in French for Accordance 12. He provides an introduction, a full online review, a PDF version, and a review of new features with a video presentation.
- Attie Bogaards discusses Accordance as an alternative to BibleWorks in lieu of the latter company’s demise. Bogaards’ discussion is in both Afrikaans and English.
If you know anyone who speaks these languages who might benefit from reading or hearing any of the reviews and discussions above, please send them a link. And sometimes we might miss something, so if you hear about a review or video related to Accordance in another language, please let us know!
Over at the Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth blog, Nick Norelli, newly converted to the Mac, has been test driving the Accordance 10 Essential Collection. Nick writes,
“Is Accordance 10 the most powerful Bible study software on the market? I’m not the one to answer that but I can say that it’s more powerful than anything anyone will ever need. Just about everything that Accordance does, it does extremely well. Dropping hundreds of dollars on any program can be daunting, but you really get your money’s worth with the Accordance 10 Essential Collection.”
Read Nick’s full review: Accordance 10: Essential Collection
At the Missionary Geek blog, Shane Rice, a longtime Accordance user, has offered up a very thorough review of Accordance 10. At the end of his review, Shane concludes:
“I prefer to read and study the text of the Word of God, and base my studies off what is found and written therein. I study themes and I look at other material, but the Bible is always the center of my study. If that is what you are looking for, then Accordance is what you need to get the job done.”
Read Shane’s full review: Accordance 10 Bible Study Software Review
Writing for the One in Jesus blog, Jay Guin has delivered a review of Accordance, focusing specifically on the Windows version of the software released last year. In his review, Jay makes this statement:
"I’m extremely pleased with the software. The layout and formatting, once tinkered with a bit, work extraordinarily well — by far the best I’ve seen. And the resources are plentiful and easily accessed. I’ll be working with this software for a while.”
Read Jay’s full review: Tools of the Trade: Accordance—First Impressions
In a review for Direction Magazine, Mark Wreford says that “Accordance Bible Software is the stuff of dreams...” He also describes what sets Accordance apart:
“Accordance has all the note taking and keeping capability you would expect from powerful software, but where it wins is in the quality of the notes it allows you to make. Bible Gateway and free Bible apps offer a lower cost opportunity to start engaging with God’s Word, but if you’re committed to trying to understand Scripture to the best of your ability, Accordance 10 is a must have tool.”
Read Mark’s full review, “Software that Brings the Bible to Life” in a PDF file of the original article.
If you’ve been following our blog, you know that we’ve been making some changes to our website in order to improve the shopping experience for our customers. So far we’ve revamped our main product landing page and implemented a customizable comparison chart of our primary collections. I am pleased to announce that we have just completed another project: Accordance Reviews. All of our product pages now feature a five-star review system where you can share your thoughts on a product with other Accordance users.
We are excited to hear your voices, and we hope you will consider adding some of your own Accordance Reviews today!
Jack Zavada, a contributing writer for About.com, has written a very positive review of Accordance 9. In addition to mentioning Accordance's power, breadth, and "Eyeblink fast searching," he also mentions our helpful customer service staff and Dr. J's podcasts. Be sure to check it out, and please add your own user review.
Update: Mary Fairchild of About.com also reports on our back-to-school sale and points to Mr. Zavada's review. She says of Mr. Zavada's review: "Spending a few months exploring Accordance 9 before writing his review, Jack said he felt challenged to find anything negative to report."
Earlier this year, Zeitschrift für Katholische Theologie published a review of Accordance 9 by Dr. Boris Repschinski. This review, written in German, is posted on the Universität Innsbruck website. Dr. Repschinksi has now kindly provided an English translation. This review is unusual in that it discusses the quality of the texts and tools available in Accordance, as well as covering in detail the software's features and search capabilities. Be sure to check it out.
Yesterday I posted a link to the TUAW review of Accordance. A blog focused on all things Apple, it has an audience with a wide range of religious and non-religious views, and that showed in the comments on the TUAW review. But amid all the noise several users voiced their personal enthusiasm for Accordance. One even gave his own excellent comparative review. Be sure to check it out.
By the way, the author of the TUAW review lamented the poor signal-to-noise ratio of the comments his Bible software reviews have received, and I told him we got the same mix of reactions whenever we would exhibit Accordance at MacWorld Expo. Here's a link to a January blog post in which I talk about some of the strange looks we would receive.
A few Accordance users have also made their voices heard in response to a blog post on the "Other Best Bible Software." The author is a PC user who seems to take a dim view of Macs, and by "other" he means a second Windows program in addition to the one he had recommended in a previous post. So the author recommends one program for language work and a second for access to commentaries and other materials. This is not an unusual practice among Windows users. Accordance users, on the other hand, have been able to enjoy cutting-edge language features along with an ever-growing library of first-rate commentaries and reference works. I would argue that Accordance is therefore the only best Bible Software.
By the way, I intentionally did not link to that blog post because I don't want Accordance users to flood that post with pro-Accordance comments. I just wanted to remind you all how good you have it! :-)
Shifting gears a bit, I want to remind you all to subscribe to our weekly video training podcast called Lighting the Lamp. Last week, Dr. J showed how to use commentaries effectively by showcasing the new Hermeneia commentary. This week, he shows off some of the new features of Accordance 8.3. These podcasts are a tremendous source of ongoing Accordance training. They'll help make you the best power users of the best Bible software.
The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) has posted an excellent review of Accordance, emphasizing that many students of the Bible have actually switched to the Mac just to be able to use it. Be sure to check it out, including the always entertaining discussions in the comments!