I have been, and continue to be a BibleWorks user (along with other platforms). Overall, I feel extremely blessed to be using Accordance. I had always peeked at the Accordance website to compare what was available, but I had no idea I would be using it this soon. Here are some things I really appreciate.
- The Crossgrade offer for BW users is super-generous. I literally lost sleep when I saw this door open for me to begin using Accordance. I was initially motivated primarily by...
- Large (and arguably larger) library of resources compared to BW. Accordance' large, and growing library made me realize that, if BW never offered these things, I might need to end up using Accordance one day. (And here I am!)
Examples include Judean corpus material (Qumran, Dead Sea, DSS Bible), Peshitta Tanakh tagged, more targum translations (and more morphological tagging in them than BW has); now the Carasik Commentators' Bible, JPS Torah Commentary, and other Jewish resources. Some of these didn't even exist when I started with Accordance 6 weeks ago--or at least, not that I knew of (e.g. Genesis volume to Commentators' Bible).
- "Live Click" search which draws from *all* kinds of modules. (You've won my heart right there). I love to be able to find all information from one single place.
- Searches find more results in lexicons than BW. I don't consider myself an expert with BW, but I like how Accordance finds both Hebrew and Aramaic entry data for lexicon searches. I tested this out significantly against BW, and only the main entry for a given word is found in the latter. Accordance finds both the main entry, and often occurrences of the word in other entries. Awesome!
- The ability to have open multiple tabs, to save work sessions intact, and if (as has happened for me on my PC), Accordance crashes, I can boot it right back up from where I left off. Nice! All of these make Accordance a pleasure, and BW essentially had none of them--at least not to the same degree.
- Smooth, attractive interface, offering more options for aesthetic customization. (As one other person said, not the most important thing, but if you stare at the computer screen for hours on end, this gains in value).
- SUPER helpful Support. I cannot overstate this. From the first moment I called Accordance, to dozens of emails exchanged with Support, and 100+ posts later in the forums, I have never felt so satisfied by the help and support of a Bible software company.
As for the cons, you've all seen my 100+ posts (generated in just 6 weeks). That has to be some kind of a record
- I've expressed my share of frustration over some of the search processes in Accordance (but I believe I'm being heard, which is great). I really want a reliable letter search that will find *exactly* the string of characters I type, or also allow me to add wildcards for both character and word.
BW has this universally for all Bible texts (in addition to other powerful and quick search options); and I can't see myself doing without it. I should be able to get exactly what I want when I choose to do a "literal" search.
- Overall, I still favor BW's tagging over Accordance. BW doesn't tag prefixes and suffixes as separate words (and I still don't know why Accordance would want to do this), and so I can mouse over the word in BW and get *all* the information in one quick, efficient place.
In Accordance, when I mouse over a Hebrew word I have to double-check to see if the tagging is taking into account the prefix and suffix, which means that I have to glance to, and away from the word, multiple times. I'd rather the whole word (i.e. unit) be treated in one place, including prefix, suffix, "vav" conjunction, etc.).
BW also includes accent information in the tagging (a feature that can be toggled on or off), which Accordance doesn't do currently. And I simply like the popup window for tagging in BW better. It's faster, because it doesn't slowly fade away like the "Instant Details" window, which often gets "stuck" on the screen until I wave the mouse around and click elsewhere.
BW's "browse window" allows for an unlimited number of Bible versions to be viewed and arranged *with* the tagging info available. While I like Workspaces in Accordance, they only hold so many versions (12-14 for me), and I can only make so many of them. Thus, BW currently makes lexical analysis across many versions several times faster for me.
And there are other things I think BW still does better, such as popup window with multiple preset versions. And more verse references are popup-able in BW, including search result lists, which allows me to analyze large numbers of search results faster.
But I don't want to go on and on, because I sense that Accordance may be addressing some of these items anyway. I'd rather make this post about all the things I'm grateful for in Accordance. Way to go!
Edited by TYA, 17 September 2018 - 02:45 AM.