HeavenWord TV and Accordance

David Servant, host of the video devotional HeavenWord TV, goes through the entire New Testament in chronological order, following a verse-by-verse, expository approach. His free 7-minute videos are really nice. In the special episode called Behind the Scenes, he explains how the program is produced, and that’s how I discovered the Bible software he’s using (around 2:09): Accordance Bible Software. If you pay close attention and know the application well, you will even find out what version he has installed on his MacBook Air ;-)

 

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Multiple Lexicon Lookup in Accordance 10

In a recent blog entry, Darin Allen showed one way to quickly look up a word in various lexicons in Accordance. The article included a helpful video describing how to set up the program and follow the process.

Yesterday, Mark Barnes uploaded a video in which he reproduced the same steps using Logos 5. He then went on offering yet more options, including his preferred method: the Power Lookup feature.

I’d like to add to this interesting comparison by showing you in the following video how to look up a Greek word in multiple lexicons using the Search All feature in Accordance 10. In Accordance, too, there is more than one way to do it (TIMTOWTDI).

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Finding all the forms of a Greek word in Logos 5

A while back I showed how to search for the root of a Greek word in Accordance. This is something that couldn’t be done in Logos 4 unless one was willing to follow a rather convoluted and error-prone workaround, as Mark Hoffman pointed out in a follow-up post where he compared the ability to search for Greek roots in Accordance, BibleWorks and Logos. Today I want to revisit this question, since Logos 5 includes the ability to search for the root of a word right from the contextual menu. The following video explains how it all works.

Note also that, as Rick Brannan rightly points out in the comments, the Bible Word Study guide in Logos 5 now includes a Root section. This means that you can right-click on a word and choose to run this very helpful automated tool and it will display all the roots for you.

 

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Mind you, I did it for me

The personal testimony of Michael Surran, author of meBible, got me thinking. There seems to be a common denominator among many Bible software developers: they started to develop their applications for their own use. They felt a need and decided to build something that would meet that need. In some cases, users came as an afterthought, as it were.

This is not necessarily a bad thing. It just means that we are more likely to appreciate the usefulness of an app if we have also perceived and felt as ours the need that gave rise to its development. It also means that the closer we follow the thought patterns of the developer, the more natural and intuitive we’ll find the app. I think this explains, to a certain extent, why “intuitive” is such a subjective and hard-to-define term.

 

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Flex Search in Accordance by voice

The following video is a good-humoured response to the latest Accordance Podcast (Lighting the Lamp #80) on Flex searches in Accordance 10.

In a good-humoured way I show how Dragon Dictate for Mac (version 3) can do what Siri is unable to accomplish: open Accordance, set Flex search as the default, build a search, run it, and see the analysis of the search. All done by voice, without moving a single finger!

All you see is real and doable, but it would not have been possible without the help of scripter extraordinaire Joe Weaks.

 

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