I don't know whether this is my being dense
You are not. Personally I don't think you should keep speaking this way of yourself. I think all your questions / ideas are good.
Can I change this?
Yes. See below.
Am I missing something?
Yes, but in my opinion it's not your fault. Things aren't laid out optimally in the Preferences in Accordance, regarding this.
Can I change this?
I would think that the option to change which versions appear in Instant Details would be found in the "Instant Details" tab under Preferences, but to my surprise, they are not. I think many things have changed in Preferences (mostly for the better) since I first set up my Instant Details under Accordance v. 12 (over a year ago).
Now, it seems that the versions appearing for me in Instant Details are controlled by all these other tabs in the Preferences:
- Web and Text Browser settings
- Settings for each new Parallel tab
- Default display for ALL User Notes
- Amplify settings
What I mean to say is that when I went to each of those tabs above, I found the primary versions that I use in Instant Details selected in there. Again, why the option doesn't exist under "Instant Details" in Preferences, I have no idea. That would seem most logical to me.
If not can I request a new preference which allows you to set either NT or Hebrew is priority? Also is it possible as you can do with combined resources to have a combined text for Hebrew Bible (trying not to say OT) and NT?
I switched over from BibleWorks just over a year ago, and one of the things I loved in BibleWorks was the way their "Instant Details" popup window worked. It had two basic settings. 1) the simple setting just gave you one single version of your choice, which popped up any time you moused over a verse. 2) a multi-verse pop up which could show up to about 8 versions of your choice, when you held down a certain key while mousing over verses.
I loved this feature because it provided a rapid way to quickly scan search results (say, a list of 50 verses), and get a real fast idea of how the Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek read, along with some English versions. Then, if you saw a verse of interest, you might choose to click on it and open it in its own big window for deeper study.
On one hand, I find it less-than-ideal that Accordance doesn't offer this. Basically, and bottom line for your question, Accordance only allows you to have one primary version, one alternate version (which is activated by holding the "Ctrl" key (in Windows) while you mouse over the verse. For example, right now, my primary version in Instant Details is my own User Bible, and my secondary / alternate version is NRSVS (because it has several non-canonical books available that my User Bible doesn't).
Likewise, in Tool windows, you can select essentially only one (or maybe two) tools that you want to default to. So bottom line, you are capped out at about two versions / options for either texts or tools.
Now for the good news. Accordance's Text Browser is fantastic, and for the most part, it satisfies my research needs, most closely resembling my research flow from BibleWorks. I still say that it would be nice for Accordance to allow more than one Bible version to display in Instant Details. However, my ultimate recommendation to you, Leopold, at this point, would be to consider the beauty and power of the Text Browser.
While the Text Browser isn't as fluid and nimble as a multi-version pop-up window (like BibleWorks had) that can instantly appear and disappear, it actually isn't that far off. It can be opened by simply clicking on a verse, and then closed quickly with an "x" button. It also has a "recycle" button to allow you to keep it open, and cycle through new verses that you look up (although, Accordance could greatly improve the history function, as BibleWork's was, in my opinion, advanced in this area).
Here is a picture (attached) of mine, as I wanted to look up Amos 9:9 from a tool in the Research Tab. A beautiful thing about the Text Browser is that you can select Custom Groups of texts from a simple dropdown menu (see where mine says "ORIG. LANG. BASIC." up at the top.)
You preset those Custom Groups in the Library, including which versions your want, and in what order, and then when you open the Text Browser, all those options are at the touch of your fingers, as you see at the top of my screenshot. And actually, I personally work with very limited screen space on my laptop. You might be able to get even better usage than I do.
So in conclusion, my answer to your big question is essentially that you might not want to put so much focus on the Instant Details, but rather, shift your focus to the power of the Text Browser. I still do use Instant Details all the time, but when I'm ready to research a verse, I always go straight to the Text Browser.
So hypothetically, I'd love for Accordance to allow more than just one version to display (at a time) in the Instant Details, but I'm not pushing for that, because the Text Browser satisfies my needs pretty well there.
Edited by TYA, 10 January 2020 - 01:50 AM.