Accordance Bible Software announced awhile back that they’d publish their great Bible software application, Accordance 10, on the Windows platform. They published a beta and now the final version hit their site and we’re quite impressed with the results.
Accordance did a better job moving from Mac to Windows than two other software companies did when moving from Windows to Mac. Both Bibleworks and WORDsearch recently released Mac versions of their software. Like Olive Tree, Accordance chose to make a version that runs natively on both platforms instead of creating a version that runs in an emulator like Bibleworks and WORDsearch. Laridian will soon launch a Mac version after their Kickstarter campaign successfully got funded. We look forward to seeing them do it the right way as well.
Mac and Windows with Same Interface
Accordance for Mac and Windows mirror one another in all of the important ways. We get a typical Windows style menu instead of the Mac style, but that’s the main difference. See the Mac version above and the Windows version below running on Windows 7.
We’ve already published a review of Accordance for Christian Computing Magazine back in September 2011, so we won’t regurgitate all of that content.
Stability of First Windows Version
Accordance for Windows is a powerful, elegant and stable Bible study tool! Usually, when a new application comes out we can expect a lot of bugs and crashes. Accordance for Windows breaks that trend with a version that never crashed and performed as expected. I’m sure a few bugs will surface and the program might crash on occasion. We can’t guarantee it won’t, but in our experience the last beta and preview release, which we tested for this review, worked great. The final gold release will work like the Mac version, which means it will be stable and mostly error free.
Features of Accordance for Windows
Accordance doesn’t offer as big a library as WORDsearch or Logos, but it offers a great library. We get access to some world-class original language books and tools. They offer incredible commentaries, including a sale on NICOT and NICNT. Users can get one of the best commentary series for a big discount on the regular price. I only wish I would’ve bought it at this price.
We really like the multimedia features like maps in their Atlas and the timeline feature. They recently added interlinear support. We get all the tools one expects from Bible software including …
- powerful and simple search
- translation comparison
- book reader for many kinds of resources
- custom layouts and saving those layouts for future use
- custom modules made by users
- the powerful Amplify feature (see image below) that shows info with a triple click that opens the default dictionary/lexicon
- hover over words to show details about a word that’s tagged with links to such content
This is just a sample of what users get with Accordance 10. All of it works as expected in the Windows version.
Frustration of Multiple Bible Software Tools
Owning more than one Bible software tool can frustrate Bible students because they find that they own different books or features in different programs. How do we remember them. Some try to fix this by working with other software, like Bibleworks’ connections to outside tools like WORDsearch books. This helps, but doesn’t solve the problem.
Because I own such a large library in a couple of other Bible software tools, I don’t find myself going to Accordance that often, even though I love the program. This isn’t the fault of Accordance, but a result of the Bible software publishing industry in the post-STEP era.
Accordance offers one service that helps. Call their customer service number and prove that you own some resources and they will give buyers a discount. Sadly, the customer still must repurchase the books, but at least they can get them at a discount. We did this with a few books and may do it again soon to gain access to books we use in other programs. Accordance might be worth the cost for people who own lesser programs.
If you own Logos, WORDsearch or Bibleworks, I don’t think Accordance offers enough to pay the price of switching, unless you don’t own many books yet. Owners of other apps may want to consider the new Windows version. Take a look and see if it meets your needs.
Sources of Learning
I attended a free live training session a couple of years ago and learned a lot. Visit the support page which includes links to the training sessions page as well as other support links like the user forums where people can get help from other users and staff. Also, viewing their blog and videos helps a lot. Here’s one about getting a “quick start” using Accordance.
For people interested in buying Accordance, the best way to get started is to buy a collection from their store.
Check out Accordance for Windows and see if it meets your needs. We think it will help serious Bible students enjoy learning more about God’s word on Windows.