Accordance 11.1 Update with Dr. J: Theotek Podcast #045

Accordance users will recognize that Dr. J. isn’t a basketball player from Philadelphia, but the guy who taught them most of what they know about Accordance Bible Software. He joined us to show off the Accordance 11.1 update.

Some of the things in this update include:

  • Users can now more easily edit their User Notes and User Tools since the Edit Window got an overhaul
  • Import Bibles with Unicode and expanded canons as well as non-biblical texts
  • Syntax Tree and Graphical Constructs got an update
  • Interlinear support enhanced
  • Instant Details enhanced
  • Add custom icons to the Accordance Library
  • Link to content with the new URL (accord://) instead of http:// or ftp://
  • Gesture support for trackpads and touchscreens while using images, Atlas or Timeline
  • Print articles from the Table of Contents
  • Incorporate MT-LXX data in Analysis window and related graphics

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Learn more about them at the Accordance blog which also links to a more detailed post about the new features listed above and more.

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WORDsearch 11 Ships With New Design and Features

There’s a new WORDsearch update. WORDsearch 11 comes with a new user interface, an updated library feature, better note card feature for research and some better speed in indexing resources. Add multi-monitor support and the old Lesson Maker that WORDsearch forgot they owned. It’s now integrated into WORDsearch.

The Theotek Podcast team got a look from Rick Milone of WORDsearch. He’s one of their official trainers as well as a user. He showed off some of the new features.

I brewed me some tea (with fenugreek 50% extract – it’s my favorite new combo) and made my podcast. Here’s my review of WORDsearch 11 written before our podcast. Look for it in Ministry Tech Magazine next  month.

User Interface of WORDsearch 11

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Open WORDsearch 11 and it displays the Home page. Older versions included a smaller version of this, but this time it takes over the full screen. Notice the list of links along the left and list of specials or deals in their store along the right labelled “Latest News.” All the “news” seems to focus on books I can buy. Too bad they don’t follow other programs and actually offer some real content besides just sales items. This would get me to actually look at this instead of ignore it on my way to opening my library or picking up where I last left off in my studies.

Along the bottom of the Home page we get a bunch of links. These take the user to their apps for iOS, Android and the only myWSB. That’s one of if not the best online Bible study site available today, especially for WORDsearch customers with a large library that they can use the online version without paying extra, as some programs do.

The other set of links at the bottom of the page takes me to WORDsearch social networking accounts. These include:

Move on to the Study and Library pages or tabs to get some real work done. Clicking library shows a grid of books I own in my library. WORDsearch 11 will offer to download your books the first time you click a title to open it from the Library. This takes a long time for people with large libraries like mine.

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We get an option to list our books or show them in this default grid format.  There’s also a search box to easily find books by title. Users with user-created content like User Books, Verse Lists or Documents can find them by clicking the items in upper left corner list. As always the categories of books shows up on the left side.

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The WORDsearch 11 Study window looks the same as it did before while getting an updated set of toolbar buttons. Gone is the Library panel that we used to open along the left edge of the Window. that makes it a little less intuitive for new users to open their books. Use one of the dropdown boxes on the toolbar to open books.

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The toolbar includes buttons for the following:

  • Open – opens the Open Book dialog box where the user can search for books and a list of search results shows up. Double-click to open the book or highlight and click OK.
  • Search – brings up the Search dialog box which includes advanced boolean search functions. Users can limit searches to certain books or just Bibles.wordsearch 11 search dialog box
  • Results – brings up the Search Results dialog box showing the last search. Users can manipulate the results to get a cleaner look at what they want to find.
  • Verses – opens a kind of research assistant tool that finds your verse in various books in your library. The tool lets the user decide wich books to look in like commentaries, dictionaries, illustration books and any other book in the library.
  • Topics – a topical Bible browser that finds content in your library based on topics like grace or cross, etc.
  • Cross-Refs – lists cross references for a given passage.
  • Notes – opens your own notes browser.
  • IVS – Instant Verse Study tool that goes out and gets content in your library about a given passage.
  • Verse List – create verse lists.
  • Word Proc – opens the word processor so you can create documents like Bible studies or sermons inside WORDsearch 11.
  • NoteStack – a note card research tool. See more on this below or in the Theotek Podcast above.
  • Back/Forward – moves back and forth in the history of places you’ve visited in WORDeearch.
  • Opening books from
    • Bibles
    • Parallel
    • Commentary
    • Lesson Maker – the great lesson creation tool owned by WORDsearch and not updated in years till now
  • Morph – morphological explorer research tool for language study.
  • Arrange – quickly arranges open books in either horizontal or vertical alignment.
  • Desktop – works with the Desktop tool that lets users create window arrangements that make quickly switching between study layouts.
  • smallgroup – a link to LifeWay’s an online small group bible study subscription service.

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What’s New in WORDsearch 11

Users of older versions of WORDsearch will see that the old Resource Pane along the left no longer shows up. It’s gone, replaced by the Library tab. If you know the title of a book you want to open, then click on the Open button and start typing the title into the dialog box. You can also open books from the Bible and Commentary buttons. The Library tab shows every book installed.

Users of multiple monitors can take use of the new multi-monitor support. Put a Bible and a notes window on one monitor and a commentary or language study tools on the other. Arrange things however you prefer. Save them in a predefined Desktop to quickly open it up.

Lesson Maker is Back

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WORDsearch owns a great lesson creation tool called Lesson Maker that many of us loved. It was the first WORDsearch product I bought long ago. The tool quickly creates a lesson using questions in a database of tools.

The Lesson Maker tool shows up as a button on the toolbar. Open it up and create a quick lesson. This isn’t a replacement for doing careful study, but it can rescue you in an emergency. Here are the ways I’ve used Lesson Maker.

  • Throw together a quick lesson when you don’t have time due to a busy schedule or a last-minute emergency.
  • Create lessons for a last-minute fill-in who takes your place when you’re sick or get called away.
  • Study hard to teach a lesson and use Lesson Maker to supplement the Bible study

Digital Note Cards in Note Stack

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Remember the old note cards that your English teacher taught you to collect while writing a research paper? WORDsearch 11 offers a tool called Note Stacks. there’s a button on the toolbar to open the Note Stacks dialog box. Create a stack around a topic, a sermon passage or a book of the bible. Whatever you’re teaching, preaching or just studying can become a Note Stack.

Now, while studying in commentaries, language studies, Christian Living books or any place in WORDsearch 11, you can select text and right-click. Choose Create a Note from selected text. The Notestacks box opens with the text already entered into the note. Give it a title, add it to a category from the drop down box, and edit other parts of the dialog box. Then hit Save.

WORDsearch 11 Cost and Value

Users can upgrade to WORDsearch 11 for only $40 for the Windows version or for the Mac version. It’s not the most significant update, but if you can afford it, then go get it. The new user interface makes for easier Bible study. The look of the update isn’t as modern looking as some programs, but that’s a minor complaint. I’m glad I got the update.

Mac users can get access to their WORDsearch library on Mac and it works exactly like the Windows version, but on top of emulation software. It’s not a native Mac app written for OS X. However, if you don’t mind the emulation, it works fine.

The few readers who are using the beta version of OS X El Capitan should wait till WORDsearch makes an El Capitan version available. It’s not compatible as of yet, but will work soon. OS X 10.10 Yosemite users won’t have this issue.

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BbileWorks 10 Arrives – Get a Free Book

BibleWorks, one of the best scholarly original language Bible study tools available, got a big update to BibleWorks 10. The company is also partnering with Crossway to give away a free book for people who order in the first wave.

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BibleWorks puts the Bible at the heart at its user-interface. They give users a quick way to view Bible content with powerful searching features and excellent original language study tools. The program includes almost every popular modern Bible translation. You also get the best Greek and Hebrew tools including access to NA28.

What’s New in BibleWorks 10

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One of the most exciting new features is the EPUB reader. If you own books in EPUB format, the new BibleWorks 10 will read these books opening up your BibleWorks library to more than just the books that BibleWorks sells.

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The new BibleWorks 10 user-interface will let the user customize, not only the window layout as always, but also the color.

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With BibleWorks 9, the program could show four columns, but now the user can close a column easily. The person can also change the color of the borders. Plus, customize the tabs easily.

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Mac users will get a better installer and the screenshots make it look more like a native Mac app that earlier versions.

A few other awesome new features include…

  • Colors for Morphology – tag a word with a color based on the morphology
  • Screen Scaling – looks better on different screen resolutions
  • Leningradensis Codex Images – high-resolution images of the OT texts
  • Essential Biblical Hebrew, Jan Verbruggen – a Hebrew Grammar text in digital form
  • User Lexicon Tab – this lets users create their own lexicon by adding notes to any word and notes show up when we mouse over the word
  • Fuzzy Search – search for a word like love and it gives us many forms
  • Holy Land Pictures Database – high res photos from the Holy Land

bibleworks 10 pictures database

Get a Free Book from Crossway

People who order BibleWorks 10 before May 3 will get free copy of Interpreting the New Testament Text. You can also get half off any ebooks bought from That’s a nice perk considering the great library available through Crossway.


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Logos Bible Android Apps Updated with Much-Needed Fixes

Faithlife, the makers of Logos Bible Software, updated their Android suite of mobile apps with some much-needed fixes. Android users of the Bible app on Android can get it from the Google Play Store using the links below.

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Logos Bible app for Android got an update to version 4.5 with some much-needed fixes and improvements.

Here’s a list of the new fixes and features.

What’s New in Logos Bible for Android?

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There’s a new setting in the visual settings of the Logos Bible app for Android. Tap on the screen to show the menu and hit the three vertical dots in the upper right corner (see example in the slide show above). Swipe down to the bottom and tap View Settings. Now scroll to the bottom of that screen and notice there’s a visual filter to turn on or off Notes or Community Notes. Notes refers to notes that user adds to a book or Bible. The Community Notes come from the Faithlife Community.

To add a note, select some text by holding down on the screen over a word you wish to select. Drag the note markers that appear at the beginning and end of that word so the selection covers all the text you want to select. Tap on Note. Choose Private for a user note and Community for a public note.

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Open Bible text only from the Visual Settings menu.

Another visual setting a person can choose is Bible text only, which strips away the verse numbers, chapter numbers and headings in Bibles that include pericope headings. Go back into the settings as described above and just above the two notes visual filters, there’s a Bible text only menu item. Tap it to customize what will show up. The resulting screen allows users to turn on and off the following:

  • Bible text formatting – things like bold or italics
  • Chapter/verse numbers
  • Footnote indicators
  • Non-bible text – the headings mentioned above
  • One verse per line – puts it in paragraph or verse per line mode

Speaking of selecting text, the Logos Bible 4.5 version now includes Smart Selection. This selects text by automatically picking a whole verse or paragraph for you. You can turn it off in the Settings menu.

Logos added support for Logos 6 Custom Reading Plans. A user can make a custom reading plan in Logos 6 that separates the text by more than just chapter or page. Until now these didn’t show up on the Android app’s home page. This is the most important update for my daily use.

User Collections now show up in Bible Search as well.

Improved or Fixed in Logos Bible 4.5

There’s a few things that Faithlife developers fixed in this version of Logos Bible Android app. They are as follows:

  • Scrolling now tracks correctly
  • Updated French translations
  • Improvements to authentication – where one app will now authenticate other apps. Sign into Logos Bible and Vyrso will also use this sign on.
  • Support for unattached notes – users can add general notes not attached to text or Bible verses
  • Notes upgrade – no longer gets stuck in an infinite loop if upgrade requires multiple passes

Various Logos Bible Apps for Android

There’s more than just the one Logos Bible app for Android. Logos offers a suite of app promotion for mobile Bible apps including the following:

  • Logos Bible – the flagship app with most of the features serious Bible students want
  • Faithlife Study Bible – focused on the Faithlife study tools with visual features like maps, images, etc.
  • Vyrso – primarily for Christian book reading
  • Noet – scholarly study focus
  • Verbum – focused on Catholic Christians
  • Biblia – Spanish version Bible app

Also search for these in the Amazon app store for Kindle support.

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Logos 6.1 Update Now Available and Free Download

Last fall Faithlife, formerly Logos Bible Software, not only changed their corporate name but released a huge update to Logos 6. Now they’ve fixed some bugs and added a few minor features bringing the latest release to Logos 6.1. With this release, customers can now update to the version six display engine for free.

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What’s New in Logos 6.1 Update

The upgrade from 5 to 6 brought a ton of new features. (see the video below for a demo of new features in Logos 6) However, the Logos 6.1 update brings just a few. Here’s what’s new in this Logos 6.1 Update.

As always, users can get help from the Help menu or by pressing the F1 key. However, there’s now a library resource called Logos Help. Click here to open Logos to the Logos Help resource.

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Either open the Library and find the Logos Help resource or click the Help button on the right end of the toolbar to open Help in Logos 6.1.

So why did they create the Logos Help book? This makes it easy to update with a resource update instead of a whole program update. It also lets the user search for content in the book. They can use the new Inline Search that the company introduced in the version six update. Inline Search means a user doesn’t have to open a Search pane to search inside an open book.

Logos promises to update the Logos Help book with “more comprehensive information, at a later date.”

Second, users can print more than 100 pages of a Personal Book. Personal Books are custom-made resources that the user can add to their Logos library.

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Users can now print more than 100 pages of a Logos 6.1 Personal Book.

Go to the Files section of the Logos forums and find a ton of Personal Books that other users created. To learn more about creating Personal Books, check out the Logos Wiki which explains the process of making your own Personal Books for use in Logos.

As an aside, there’s a great resource from Logos user and expert Mark Barnes called the Dictionary of Christianity and the Bible. Go get it and build a Personal Book. I wouldn’t recommend printing it, however. Mark estimates that a printed version would take up 19 volumes of 1,000 pages each.

The update also fixed a problem with an error when trying to remove Personal Books.

Here’s a few of the other cool new updates in this Logos 6.1 update:

  • Performance fixes and improvements
  • Reduced the “preparing your library” time on startup
  • Loads a Basic Search faster
  • Autocomplete feature in Search works faster
  • Fixed some problems displaying Hebrew text

 How to Get Logos 6 Core Engine for Free

Until now updating to Logos 6 from earlier versions cost a pretty penny. However, users who don’t care about all the new data sets can get just the Logos 6 Core Engine for free. Download it from the Logos download site and install it.

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Downloading this Logos 6 Core Engine will give users some menus with links to books that you won’t own. In other words, the core engine shows many of the new features, but doesn’t include most of them. That’s why it’s a good idea to buy a Logos 6 Base Package upgrade. You don’t have to buy the same package that you own. For example, you may own the Gold package of Logos 5. You don’t have to buy the Logos 6 Gold Package. You can get just the Logos 6 Crossgrade. It’s still expensive, but for most users it’s worth the cost. Pay monthly if paying all at once isn’t possible.