Pssssttt! I’m going to let you in on a little secret. We’ve been hard at work on Accordance 12, a major upgrade to the Accordance application with a host of new features you’ll soon be wondering how you ever got along without. We’re not ready to tell you about the big stuff just yet, but here’s a sneak peek at one of the many minor enhancements you can look forward to in version 12.
New Library Search Categories
The Accordance Library currently lets you search by various kinds of titles, by author, and by publisher. That’s a great start, but Accordance 12 will offer three new ways to interact with the books in your Library.
The first is Tags. When we develop Accordance books, we assign them certain identifying “tags.” For example, we might tag them with denominational information, such as “Catholic” or “Lutheran.” Or we might tag them according to their intended audiences or uses, such as “Pastoral” or “Critical.” Or we might tag them according to the subjects they cover, such as “Archaeology” or “Theology.” In Accordance 12, you will now be able to search your library for those tags to find appropriate books.
In addition to Tags, you can also search the Texts and Tools in your library by the Books they contain.
For example, let’s say you want to know which Texts in your library contain the Sibylline Oracles. Choose “Books: Texts” as your Library search category and then type “sib” in the search bar. You’ll immediately find all your Pseudepigrapha modules.
Now, let’s say you want to find all of your Tools that deal with a particular book. For example, you might want to find all commentaries which cover a small book like Obadiah, or an apocryphal book like 1 Maccabees. Just choose “Books: Tools” and enter the book you’re looking for.
Of course, you can always leave your Library search set to “Any Category” and these new search categories will be included in the search.
These new Library search categories will make it even easier to sort through your library to find the resources you need. And this is just one of the new features you have to look forward to in Accordance 12!