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  1. I have been involved in work with computers since the mid 1960's as tools related to my primary area of study and later my profession. Though I have taken programming courses and worked with system administration and programming a bit in connection to my work, I am a computer and software user, and really apply the lens of a consumer to my computer experiences. In the world of Bible study tools I have experienced the transition from books to the current digital tools and I have sampled many offerings over the last five decades. Too many times those experiences have involved companies that offer much and disappoint greatly. For over twenty-five years I worked extensively with a well recognized company in the Bible software industry, but I became soured towards that company by their marketing approach, pricing, software, and resource decisions. I have observed changes made to the Accordance website, and they please me. Marketing and advertising are very difficult tasks, because the tastes and needs of the audience are so varied. I hope other Accordance users enjoy the wit and humor employed in the graphics and titles announcing the weekly special offerings as much as I do. As I have stated in the forums, I look forward to Tuesday just to see what the new offerings will be and how they will be presented. Not only does OakTree treat the difficult task of promotions in a most excellent way, the company also provides support and training truly geared to the needs of the individual user of the software and resources. Another facet is the true helpfulness and gentle approach of the sales staff (no calls pestering a person to buy, buy, buy). A final part of the customer facing side of OakTree is technical support, which mirrors the knowledge, helpfulness, and patience of the sales staff. This has been my attempt to explain why I am a very happy Accordance customer, and why I promote Accordance products. Operating a business is not an easy task—kudos for a job well done! Thank you, Joseph Sollenberger
    25 points
  2. Product: Accordance Technologist Rick Mansfield Your rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Your review: Rick Mansfield is a real asset to the Accordance team. His activity on the forum has been invaluable to many users. His energy for support and service are constant; and his reasoned enthusiasm is inspiring. Rick's voice delights like a soft, sweet R&B tune, and his compassionate eyes exude "You're important; I care about your experience.", whether he does or not.
    19 points
  3. Accordance users have loved creating their own content that’s fully searchable and integrated into their personal Accordance Library through our User Tool feature. To date, we essentially offered five ways to get content into a User Tool: typing it by hand; copy and paste from another source; and importing HTML, plain text, or TLG files (if you had legal access to one of the older CDs). Wouldn’t it be nice, though, if you could import PDF files? And wouldn’t it be great if the ability to import PDF files retained fonts, layouts, font sizing and styles, in addition to automatically creating verse reference hyperlinks? If you’re like me, you have thousands of PDF articles on a variety of subjects. Wouldn’t it be great to have a convenient way to import these kinds of files into Accordance? I suppose one can always dream! Perhaps it would look something like this:
    17 points
  4. Dr. Brown, Joel, and all who labor to serve servants of the church at OakTree, thank you very much for all your labors. Accordance has made no small difference in my study of God's Word. Keep up the good work!
    16 points
  5. 2020 is going to be a stellar year for our mobile apps. Stay tuned.
    15 points
  6. Want a first in-depth look at Accordance 13? Sign up for the Accordance eAcademy for your opportunity to spend an hour and a half checking out all the new features. Early registration ends on Friday.
    15 points
  7. We are planning to pursue a license for this.
    15 points
  8. I want to publicly state how much I appreciate these forums. I wonder if many of us realize how fortunate we are to have them. I visit other Bible software forums that do not have the class or civility of Accordance's. I have never seen condescending or snarky posts. I have not seen anyone trying impress others with their acumen. I'm sure this all starts with Accordance leadership (Helen, Joel, Dr. J, Rick, et.al.), but it also is a reflection on those you use the forums. It is refreshing to see a Christian endeavor reflect Christian values and character. Once again, thank you to all of you that make it a pleasure to use the forums.
    15 points
  9. I have used Accordance for about 12 years now (Mac, iOS and more recently Windows) and have always loved it since day one. It faithfully served me in sermon preparation twice a week for more than 8 years while pastoring a church plant in Italy. It served me every week in preparing to teach different classes at our Italian Bible college campus for 5 years. It served me in my theological degree studies in seminary for 6 years, from basic research to original language studies and more. It has served me in my personal enrichment studies and family devotions. But for the last four weeks, I have been daily reminded in fresh ways just how invaluable Accordance continues to be in my studies. I occasionally use other software for different reasons (more like a digital reader, really), but nothing, and I mean NOTHING compares to the ease of use, speed and versatility that Accordance offers me. I've been teaching Greek this semester at Bible College and I just can't imagine not having Accordance for my job. So take this as a "Thank you!" to the Accordance team for bringing us what is truly the premier Bible software product in the world, on any platform.
    15 points
  10. I am closing this topic for several reasons: it has become a catchall for comments on Accordance pricing and other policies, and for comments on features. These are better addressed in separate topics so that relevant replies to a post are not buried in other unrelated topics. We see no benefit in these long comparisons and discussions which seem to be carried on right now on both forums, largely by the same people. It's not good for us whichever way the opinion goes. I recommend that you fight these battles on neutral ground, or or your own blogs.
    15 points
  11. No problem! Here's a screenshot of some text.
    14 points
  12. I have never tried to hide the fact that I own and use other Bible software programs, but there is something I want all of you to know. The level of civility and common Christian behavior on Accordance Forums is unmatched on any other that I am familiar with. That fact is a real compliment to the Accordance staff and to you the users of this fine program. I always look forward to interactions with you all. You exhibit the spirit of Christian concern and love. Thank you all so much. Soli Deo Gloria, Randy
    14 points
  13. We do plan to get the second edition of the valuable NET as soon as we can.
    14 points
  14. At this time last year, I first became an Accordance user. Since then, I can say without a doubt that it was a great decision and has greatly enhanced my understanding of the scriptures. I’ve tried other competitor softwares and there’s just no comparison, especially in regards to the interface and the overall power of the software. The software is second to none when used on a desktop/laptop, and especially on an iPad. Even though the competitors may have a larger product selection to choose from, I personally value quality over quantity. Over the past year, I’ve fortunately been able to build a vast library of quality resources through various weekly sales. I prefer this option because I know I’ll actually utilize the resources that I purchase instead of having hundreds of resources that I don’t want nor need. I say all this to say, that if you’re on the fence in regards to going with Accordance or another Bible software program, I can say with complete confidence that Accordance is simply the best. No one asked me to say this but I just felt I should pass this testimonial along because of just how much my life has been blessed through this software over the past year. I want others who have a passion for the Word to experience the same thing. God bless.
    13 points
  15. I found this interesting. I was at a conference and logos was a sponsor, and I figured it's always good to "look over the fence" a little bit at what the competition has, because my opinions of logos are all formed from when I was in seminary (11 years ago!) and my fellow students always were looking over my shoulder at accordance because they couldn't get the information out of logos. Not that it didn't have it, but they couldn't figure out how to get it. The salesman was VERY dismissive of Accordance except for "original language research" which is fine, I expect that, but I told him I wanted to see the interface and see what had changed in the 11 years since I last played with it. In short. it is WAY better than it used to be. No question. HOWEVER. When I asked him to add a translation to a screen he was working in, it took him a long time, and then he made a comment "oh, i need to put a comma in this box here" and I thought "what member of my staff team is going to remember that?" The product seemed SLOW. Lots of spinning wheels. When I asked about it, he said he hadn't restarted his computer in a long time. That may be so, but the performance was, to me, unacceptable. It seemed to bring up results in resources you don't own, encouraging you to buy them. I'm not sure if that's exactly what was happening, but I _REALLY_ didn't like this. Finally, the pricing was very, very expensive. I'll be honest, I have been one of the people who has been pretty critical of Accordance's pricing in the past, feeling that the "dump everything in" pricing of logos worked out cheaper, but when I looked at the resources included that I would like and the price points in play, it was significantly more than I have ever spent on accordance. For me I was looking at a $3000 package for what I consider essential. I could create the same thing in accordance for less than $1000. And the starter edition of accordance is an amazing value. Logos starter is $300 and it goes up rapidly from there. I know I sound like a shill at this point, but I'm really not. YES, I've used accordance since I first discovered it at MacWorld like 25 years ago, and yes I have purchased site licenses of accordance and trained my own staff on it, but I really was open to looking at another option if it was better. Based on my fifteen or so minutes with Logos, i can't imagine making the change. Accordance rocks. Joel
    13 points
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  17. We will introduce very soon a custom upgrade to all the collections and some other bundles that will only charge you for the new modules you are acquiring. That should help the upgrades. We occasionally offer pre-pub specials. We do not have plans to introduce community pricing.
    13 points
  18. The Jewish Annotated Apocrypha has just been released. Since Accordance already has the OT and NT volumes, I look forward to adding this one!
    12 points
  19. So, I talked with our primary academic rep about this. For the most part, students are generally made aware of special deals we have with their schools. Occasionally, someone makes a purchase without knowing they get a discount, and we offer a refund--but this doesn't happen often enough that it's a problem. And now that we have a new website built on WordPress, we're looking into having a price automatically adjust to a particular discount when a student logs in. [redacted]
    12 points
  20. Yes, v. 13 will allow you hide the items you don't want to install in your Library. Consider this another interim sneak peek!
    12 points
  21. Check out Accordance 13 Sneak Peek #1: Search All Fields. Read more about it at the Accordance Blog!
    12 points
  22. I know it's been requested before, but I couldn't find the corresponding threads in the forums, so here's a new one. The amount of Preferences one can customize in Accordance is nothing short of awesome--far more than just about any other app I use. I really appreciate this. It would be fantastic (not just for me--thinking of all users) to have an option (if it's possible!) to search for what it is within Preferences you want--i.e., type in "Limit text width" and it takes you there, much as the "System Preferences" in Mac has a search option so you don't have to remember which sub-section of Preferences you need. I'm guessing this is difficult to program or we might be using it already, but figured I'd start another thread and see what kind of support there might be for this... thanks for considering!
    12 points
  23. Michael: The Accordance developers are nearing completion of the massive task of bringing all the 20+ year code up to date and making it fully Cocoa. Once that task is completed, implementation of new features and new Mac OS options will be easier and faster. The fact is that we decided to use Carbon initially for OS X so that we could bring all the Classic functionality into OS X as quickly as possible, and also maintain compatibility with Classic. Other companies, such as Nisus, basically had nothing to offer for years while they rewrote their code for OS X, while we continued to support our users. We are not a large company, and our development team is not numbered in the hundreds. We do appreciate your suggestions. Many of your ideas are good and will certainly be considered along with our ongoing list of improvements that users have requested and developers have planned already. However, we must ask you to be patient as not everything can be accomplished in the immediate future. Some changes that seem very simple actually involve complex programming, especially to ensure that they do not adversely impact other features and functions. However, your critical tone has invoked some negative responses, and I would ask you to moderate it in order to keep our forums a pleasant space for everyone. You are, of course, free to disagree with the opinions of others, just please watch the underlying tone and impression that you give.
    12 points
  24. This morning I was checking out Logos forum and got me thinking how easily we can take things our of proportion, context and loose perspective of what is important. How much we complaint and complaint about totally irrelevant things, how ungrateful, hurtful and insensitive we can be. I know that I can be as insensitive as the best. We take for granted what the developers of Bible software are trying to do for us. They are, after all, people, brothers and sisters in Christ are the ones that are working hard to give us, to bless us, we great tools to help us study the Bible better and deeper. No tools will ever be perfect nor satisfy every user. It is just software. A tool. A mean to an end. I too loose perspective easily. The other day I posted something our frustration and it clearly came out rude. I am sorry and apologized. So I want to say THANKS for all the Accordance people do and are trying to do for us. I know they are very passionate about Accordance and that is a great thing. It shows when they spend time here listing to their user base here in the forum. Also thanks to all the veteran users that choose to spend their time here to help others learning Accordance. I know that none of you have to but you do and I am very thankful for. THANKS.
    12 points
  25. I thought some might be interested to see how I have the Touch Bar on my MacBook Pro customized for Accordance. You can find the video here. Once the Accordance developers get around to Touch Bar support, they will be able to do a better job, but in the meantime… here is my public release of the preset.
    11 points
  26. It is no secret that I own other Bible software. Both it and Accordance has their strengths and weaknesses. But one thing I have noticed, and I really appreciate is the way people handle themselves on the forums here. There never seems to be any mean spirited dialogue nor any condescension. That cannot be said of the forums of the other Bible software. Thank you all for the grace that you show. I know it starts at the top, but it also extends to all who post here.
    11 points
  27. When I first got started with Accordance, I would have described Accordance as a tool for academic and scholarly study of texts. Over the last decade or so, however, it seems more and more attention is given to pastoral and theological interests. One result of this seems to be that when someone requests an academic reference work, it has become more common to hear that there would first need to be considerable user interest before Accordance even thinks about developing the requested item. I personally feel that this is a very unfortunate trend, but I expect I am powerless to stop it. In the good old days, it did not seem to be such a high priority that there first needed to be such high demand. One example of this situation arose when a user requested Yeivin’s Introduction to the Tibernian Masorah. https://www.accordancebible.com/forums/topic/17263-introduction-to-the-tiberian-masorah/ I would like to propose a possible way forward for dealing with such requests, especially when no e-text is available. The idea comes from Christian Classics Ethereal Library (CCEL). Many years ago, I helped to edit some e-texts for them. CCEL placed a rough-OCR text on their website along with a progress chart organized by page numbers taken from the original printed volume. Volunteers could log-in to copy-edit the text against a scanned image of the original page and to add hypertext links. I wonder if Accordance and its users would be open to such an idea. After Accordance negotiated production rights, I (or anyone) could make a high-quality scan, OCR it, and place both images and e-text on a password-protected page. Someone would voluntarily assume the role of project manager, and volunteers would help copy-edit and tag one or two pages, maybe more. After a few months, we should have a fully useable e-text that Accordance can then package as a module. Perhaps volunteers who produced X amount of work could be rewarded with a free copy of the module. I know there are a few works that would be great in Accordance (such as Yeivin), and if production time vs. high demand is the chief obstacle, I would gladly volunteer to help others develop the e-text. A.D.
    11 points
  28. Bruce Waltke's Commentary on Micah is on sale for $12.90 for a little while longer. Even at its list price of $27.90, it's a bargain. It's been a while since I used it in depth, but whenever I have plunged its depth, I've been astounded at Waltke's attention to detail, analysis of the text, and careful treatment of the grammar (and so much more). He has other Micah volumes available, even: Tyndale and McComiskey. But this stand-alone volume is the one it seems he really wanted to write, the volume that was far too long for inclusion in any series. He says in the preface that he treated each pericope as if it were a doctoral dissertation. When I wrote a lengthy exegesis paper on a Micah passage in seminary, this commentary was close at hand. I used the library copy extensively, then bought myself a hard copy afterwards to celebrate. (I do love the smell of Eerdmans books.) When it became available in Accordance, I quickly made it one of a handful of double purchases, where I get a book in print and Accordance, so that I could access it electronically, as well. No kickback for me on this post... just one of the best commentaries I've ever used for in-depth, original language work (especially text criticism), so wanting to give it its due. (EDIT: fixed typo)
    11 points
  29. Ever wish you had your own personal Accordance tutor? Soon you will! Get up to speed quickly with guided interactive tutorials that take you step by step through nearly every feature of Accordance. When we say guided, we mean that these tutorials take you step by step through almost all of the various Accordance features. They are interactive because they give you the opportunity to take part in your own learning process. Or you can let Accordance perform various steps for you--however you wish to learn! Learning Accordance has never been easier than using these guided interactive tutorials at your pace, when and wherever you want! We project to have 75 tutorials available immediately with the launch of Accordance 13 with more added over time. All of the tutorials are included with every level of our Accordance 13 Collections!
    11 points
  30. We are strongly committed to the future of Accordance. Even if we were one day to cease further development, we would ensure that a server remained available for reinstalls, and a forum for mutual support, so you would not lose your investment. After all, you can still find such support online for long defunct applications. Nobody can predict the future (who imagined where the internet would take us?). However, we at Accordance are determined to keep going and support our users for the foreseeable future.
    11 points
  31. Rich, to be sure, bringing feature parity to the extent that it is feasible to Apple’s mobile OSes is absolutely on the radar. As is the hybrid future of desktop/mobile applications. We may have a ways to go yet, but rest assured we’re absolutely committed to continued development and improvement of this platform.
    11 points
  32. I’ll like say that when I first tried out Logos for the first time, I opened Logos and hit the store page selling stuff. But when I opened Accordance I was greeted with God’s Word in Genesis. I decided then and there that Accordance was for me. Because these brothers and sisters here love the Word of God and it shows!
    11 points
  33. MAJOR UPDATE! Accordance for Windows & Mac has been updated to version 12.2 with NEW features, improvements, changes, and bug fixes. This update is free for all Accordance 12 owners. Use App Update from within Accordance to download the new version. Read the blog post for more info about the major new features. New Features Simplified Chinese localization Better localization support in the Atlas and Timeline, including searching for the localized name and disabling localization of these tabs Program localization can now be chosen separate from the system localization Highlight files can be merged, via the Gear menu on the Highlight Palette Websites are now viewed within the Accordance app, with special contextual menu support Pictures can be shown fullscreen, and updated the Picture interface Papers can now be exported to .docx format Papers now support user endnotes, created with the ‘*’ control or right click. Syntax Tree rendering completely redone, with new features and bugs fixed Stacks and Papers synced via Dropbox Initial support for Handoff to compatible platforms Improved transfer of Stack text items to a paper Added capability of accepting new Text modules with more than 64000 different words. Added ability to get a search URL or location URL from a Parallel Tab. Added a Safari User Agent as the WebView, so it pretends to be a Safari browser, not Accordance. This adds Kindle Cloud support. Added support for superscript hyperlinking from a Text to a Tools Notes module in which the superscript numbers in the Text are not superscripted in the Tool Notes. Added support for properly showing Instant Details of a unicode Text from a Tool which has its hyperlinked reference. Changes Minor improvements to 3D map rendering Minor tweaks and improvements to the Paper interface Pasting of list content into a Paper should maintain list formatting Significant redo of menu handling for significantly improved tab performance. When displaying Unicode texts in items associated with a text pane with unicode font, the font of that text pane is now used to display text in several other associated items, rather than just the default font. Added the ability to show transliteration of Arabic Unicode characters. Fixed searching of lexical forms to work properly for tagged Unicode text. Fixed the way that text resizing is done in "link" documents, such as the Parse tab, to not depend upon specific ASCII fonts as was done previously. Fixed the selection of the default interlinear not to add a checkmark to items not relevant to the text, even if the items are dimmed, such as the Key Number for texts that do not have Key Numbers. Fixed popup menu that did not reliably show the default text of the inflected and lexical word lists when first opening the dialog. Fixed text layout computation of text width with Arabic Unicode characters because of the way that Arabic characters change their width depending upon their position in a word. Refined logic for which links open in internal browser and which go to external browser. When searching in the ETCBC database for words in a phrase, the sub-phrase item is now ignored in the depth measurement. When searching in the ETCBC database for tags together with a word in the same column, the sub-phrase item is now ignored so that its parent can be found associated with a word. When searching for Syntax phrases or clauses in which the depth is greater than 0, words that are in a different clause from that of the "parent" phrase or clause are now ignored. Added global preference to default Clause/Phrase depth to limit within a clause boundary. Added Handoff support for Tools tabs, though there are still some recognition problems. Completed the code for setting individual Syntax Phrase and Clauses items to limit the depth to clause boundaries. The text explaining what a construct is linked to will now shorten when the tab is narrow. Added new Info Pane section, My Toolset, that lets a user customize a set of tools to be searched by reference, like the Grammars were. For info pane Instant Details of non-reference tools, now the hit paragraph is shown instead of the article. This is toggled with the Command key for expanded ID, so with the Command key it can show the context. Changed Antecedent drawing to not have a flagpole and point towards the word, depending on the language RTL. Changed BeginSpeech and Antecedent drawing to stick with their word if at an edge, rather than moving up to the prior word. Updated Info pane +/- icons and fixed My Toolset Gear icon Improved Info pane lookup of non-reference tools to do an equals (e.g. =Gen 5:3) search for better results. The contextual help button will open the main help page if no tabs are open. Papers will only save if something has changed. Pressing ESC or ENTER while editing a paper item will now select it after exiting. Now Accordance will dim the Download button on Easy Install until 'Install' or 'Cancel' is pressed in the message dialog Added a contextual help item for Stacks and Papers New notes files will now appear in the User Notes drop down menu without needing to restart accordance. Default interlinear texts will now be set and saved if the current default are blank. When saving a large text selection, don’t have the 1000 verse limit if only displaying references. Due to popular demand, added the Web Browser to the New menu (opens Accordance homepage) Improved Web Doc amplifying to process phrases with punctuation better, either removing it or replacing with ‘*’ as necessary going to texts or tools. Fixed incorrect 1x Web Doc Refresh icon that had a white instead of transparent background. The web browser will now remember searches done in accordance help when tabs are moved around. Anchor links within webpages will now activate the back/forward buttons, as in most modern browsers. Stack files and Paper files can now be opened from the open menu. Added support for tagged text gloss files with Unicode lexical forms. Endnotes are no longer hidden when they contain no text. Updated Portuguese, Chinese, Spanish, and French localization Updated help files for 12.2
    11 points
  34. Hi, Based on historical momentum, or a resource not being available in Acc (yet), I still use BW and L. But overall, I greatly prefer Acc and promote it for the reasons Solly gave, and these additional ones: i) their scholarly vision of the syntax databases; ii) their offering of Modules like the Ugaritic Data Bank, which probably won't pay for themselves, but will provide scholarly dividends in the future; iii) giving a long leash to each Member on the Forums, and rarely closing/locking a thread. They didn't even take down the latest open letter to Acc and Logos, "The sad state of Mobile Bible software;" iv) their Mobile app, about which, see the marvelous features mentioned in "The sad state . . . ; v) an intangible quality of humility, patience, and service. My case is a good example. Because of what I just mentioned, I have asked a lot of Acc. But they've been patient with me, and I can see now that they had to be extra patient with me for a while; vi) recognizing that most Members are as passionate as they are about studying God's Word, and that feature requests, etc. are just a means to that end; conversely, their ability to bring us back down to earth with practical business and limited resource advice; vii) their business/ministry ethics. I once thanked Acc for their integrity, promise keeping, tenacity, thoroughness, humility, patience, and overall graciousness. Nothing has changed. And notice that both lists are of a perfect number of seven things. Regards, Michel
    11 points
  35. The latest podcast is up! #153) Illuminating "Day" (Heb. yom) What does the word “day” mean in Genesis 1:5? This podcast is a study of this question, one of the critical issues for interpreting the Creation account in Genesis 1. Using “day” as a case study, Dr. J shows both the correct and the incorrect ways to study a word in the Bible. In the process, he demonstrates five features in Accordance that make quick word studies easy—and sheds some “light” on this contentious issue. Enjoy! https://vimeo.com/208870829
    11 points
  36. I want to take a moment to mention how fantastic Accordance Technical Support is! I called in about the Atlas crashing issue the week before Christmas, and Billy in Technical Support spent a great deal of time with me over the phone troubleshooting this issue, emailing me to follow up on the issue, as well as escalated my information over to developers. He went out of his way to ensure my issue was taken care of, and the time he took on my issue especially so close to Christmas was above and beyond any support experience I've seen anywhere. Contrast this with another major Bible software company I've dealt with (and even have an ongoing membership with them), their support teams rushed me off the phone before fully answering my questions and fully testing to ensure my issues were resolved. It took numerous calls and levels and I still didn't receive near the quality of support I received from Accordance when I called in with my issue. Thank you Billy and Accordance Support for all the efforts you put in to keep customers happy and pleased. While occasionally there will be a few issues with any computer software program (although Accordance is generally stable), I am pleased to see such a fine support team standing behind the product and stepping up to the plate to ensure customers such as myself get the support we need when we need it the most. This alone makes me thrilled to be an Accordance customer!
    11 points
  37. Sacha: You are a good customer, and I understand that you wanted to share your "scoop" with others on the forums. However, it really is not fair to us to publish and comment on information that we are not ready to release just yet. We hoped to have released the new Collections by now (which is why the podcast was uploaded) but there have been delays, and you all need to be patient for a few more days. Over the summer we did encourage everyone to upgrade to the higher Collections as these would be going away. The same applies to anyone wanting to buy now, if you like a current Collection, get it now. We have reorganized to make it easier to upgrade along your favorite "track," and to offer higher value packages for those who want them. As for the value comparisons, you are comparing apples with oranges, as they say. Our current collections do have a "print value" for comparison. This is very hard to calculate since out of print books may be sold for nearly nothing, or for many times their original price. And what price can you put on a fully tagged, completely searchable, and interactive database? The cost of the text alone in print, if there is one? This time we have not attempted to put a print value on the Collections. The "value" is strictly the sum of the individual items if bought separately at our "regular" prices, not the list prices (which are often much more in the case of current commentaries). So you cannot compare the new values with the older "print values." As before the upgrade of the program alone is with the Starter Collection $59.90, with reduced upgrade prices for current users and recent purchasers. Please will everyone just wait until you can see exactly what we are talking about, before passing judgement. We don't want to censor, but we do want to protect our proprietary information until we are ready to release it. You will have plenty of opportunity to discuss later. If you appreciate Accordance, please help us to market it, and don't undermine our efforts.
    11 points
  38. Hi, I didn't want this to get lost in an obscure post: I thanked Joel and Acc for their customer service, especially for their integrity, keeping their promises, their tenacity, thoroughness, humility, patience, and overall graciousness (had to make the list a perfect seven things). Again, thank you very much. Best regards, Michel
    11 points
  39. I agree that broken promises, flawed software, poor customer service, price-gouging, etc., etc. are all important issues. However, let's be fair. Post such complaints on the forums for the company in question, so they have an opportunity to address them. Good companies value customers' feedback. It helps them improve their products and services. I know we at Accordance appreciate it. I'm going to assume other companies feel similarly. Let's do our best to restrict comments on this forum to those relevant to Accordance.
    11 points
  40. After installing Monterey yesterday and using Accordance for a couple of hours, I'm pleased to say that I haven't found any issues. Of course that may change with updated builds of Monterey, but it's looking good so far.
    10 points
  41. This is a new permission in the new forums - I've enabled it for all 'normal' users, but guests won't be able to see.
    10 points
  42. Sneak peek. It's happening--coming SOON!
    10 points
  43. Accordance seems to work perfectly with the first beta of iPadOS 14. Especially the new “scribble” function. I can handwrite resource names to find them, and also handwrite notes now with the pencil. (Including scribbling out mistakes, inserting writing into text lines etc.) Having a lot of fun. John
    10 points
  44. We've just contacted the publisher to see if they could provide us with higher-quality images.
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  45. If going into the cloud means I cannot use a piece of software when I don't have an internet connection, I don't ever want to have cloud-based software. I think the reason many of us upgrade and stick with Accordance is a combination of an excellent product along with excellent support. I don't think I've heard of any other major producer of Bible software that has developers and tech staff as responsive as Accordance. Bugs get fixed. Typos get fixed. Missing hyperlinks are added. New tools and texts are added regularly. If something is messed up, staff arranges a screen share to get it fixed. We recommend Accordance to others and give it as graduation gifts. We upgrade when upgrades become available. We buy and upgrade because the software is good, but also because we understand that all the hours that go into development must be paid for. I most definitely do not take Accordance for granted. It is a wonderful tool and enables me to make the most of Bible study time.
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  46. Nothing is entirely future proof! That said, we are committed to ensuring the future of Accordance for a long time to come. Even if it were to cease development, someone would probably step in to provide a solution for our users. We can still run classic Mac and Windows programs from 20 years ago on old machines and in emulators on current systems, when we really need to. It's a very fair question, but even books that do not need to be compatible with any modern system, can be lost or destroyed by fire, flood, theft, worms....
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  47. I think the last few comments reflect the best use of the forum. It certainly is not the place for Hebrew syntactic arguments, much less debates about linguistic theory. However, since there appears to have been some criticism of the syntax modules, I will offer a few brief comments for general users: 1. No database can be made that does not reflect some sort of theory. I work within generative grammar (minimalist programme of the principals and parameters theory), though I have already read and used (very early on in my career) the functional grammars of Simon Dik and M.A.K. Holliday. From the beginning of the release of the syntax project, the underlying principles have been made public so that users could better understand and use the database. 2. The notion that Chomskyan linguistics is somehow old-fashioned (e.g., "from the 1950s") and thus obsolete is strange rhetoric when there are hundreds of linguistics departments in North America and Europe (not to mention China and elsewhere) that teach it and thousands of linguists who work directly in some aspect of Chomsky's minimalist programme. One needs only start browsing the linguistics journals to see that the statements made in this forum do not reflect the larger linguistics world. 3. I take transparency very seriously. How my linguistic approach works out in Hebrew grammar is illustrated by my research. Accordance users can thus further investigate the basis upon which the syntax database is constructed and its implications in my papers, my Hebrew commentaries (Ruth, Esther [forthcoming], and Ecclesiastes [final draft being revised], and in my monograph on the relative clause [forthcoming]). I also post much of my research on a blog I share with John Cook. 4. Finally, a comment on the nature of some of the posts in this thread. I respect (and like) Dean Forbes and Frank Anderson, who made the Anderson-Forbes database, and those who work on the WIVU project, as well as Jan Kroeze who wrote the Brill Encyclopedia article (for which I read a draft he sent me since we exchanged emails as he wrote it). All my interactions with these people suggest that, minimally, they respect me as a scholar and my work, even if they disagree with it. I have chosen what I consider to be the most compelling linguistic theory for my work and so also the syntax database. Even so, I do not see any justification for deriding the other databases or their teams. Such activity is both unscholarly (there is no way to support such statements) and uncharitable. Therefore, I suggest that those who disagree with our database simply choose not to buy it. Indeed, if the mere thought of of a Hebrew database based on generative theory provokes allergic spasms and fits, I recommend staying far far away from it (and me, please). Finally, for those whose strong syntactic opinions make available databases unsuitable for their own use, the answer is quite simple -- make your own. I promise I won't come along and force you to use mine.
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  48. Accordance users have often stated, "I wish there was some quick way to know which commentaries and other reference works in my Accordance Library cover the passage I'm studying." New to Accordance 11, the Info Pane solves this problem. And since this is an Accordance feature, you know it's going to quickly access your Accordance resources and display the results in the blink of an eye.
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