October 20, 2012

Toggle Flex/Exact Search in Accordance

Accordance power user Rubén Gomez had the great idea of making a script to enable Flex Search in Accordance. Flex Search is a new powerful search feature in Accordance to provide new options for searching.
I'm posting here my version of a script that toggles between Flex Search and Exact Search in the Preferences. It is scripting the user interface of the Preferences pane in Accordance 10, so you can actually see the script doing it's work. As much as anything, this script may give some of you some help getting started at scripting the preferences yourself:

-- This script will toggle Flex/Exact search in Accordance preferences
tell application "Accordance" to activate
tell application "System Events"
tell process "acord"
click menu item "Preferences…" of menu 1 of menu bar item "Accordance" of menu bar 1
delay 0.2
-- select "Search Tabs" panel
set selected of row 12 of outline 1 of scroll area 1 of window "Preferences" to true
delay 0.2
-- toggle a checkbox to enable the "OK" button
-- necessary because clicking radio button does not enable "OK" button
click checkbox 1 of window "Preferences"
click checkbox 1 of window "Preferences"
set v to value of radio button "Flex Search" of radio group 1 of window "Preferences"
if v = 0 then
-- click to appropriate radio button
click radio button "Flex Search" of radio group 1 of window "Preferences"
click radio button "Exact Search" of radio group 1 of window "Preferences"
end if
delay 0.2 -- make this delay 1 or 2 seconds if you want longer to see what was switched.
-- dismiss Preferences
click button "OK" of window "Preferences"
end tell
end tell

October 05, 2012

Accordance Services Demo Tutorial

Here is a video giving a demonstration of the Accordance Services collection available as part of the Accordance Automation Script Library for Accordance version 10.  The Services offer a large spectrum of possibilities, so seeing the video will help you get your head around just what is possible.

Be sure you've also seen the Installation Tutorial. More about Accordance Automation is here.

October 01, 2012

Accordance Services Installation Video

Here is a short video demonstrating the installation of the Accordance Script Library and the Accordance Services.

September 30, 2012

Using Accordance Automation

I hope to post some video tutorials soon for the newly added Accordance Automation Script Library on using the:

  • Services
  • Quicksilver Actions
  • Word Plugin

Let me know if installation has had any problems. One issue, is that the need for some to allow Access for Assistive Devices got left out of the new documentation.

Go to System Preferences, the Accessibility panel. Make sure you have selected "Enable access for Assistive Devices".
This allows the script library to select menu items and put text in search boxes in Accordance.

September 29, 2012

Accordance Automation

Accordance Inter-application Automation is back.

Available the new version of the Accordance Script Library and OS X Services, as well as new Quicksilver Actions and the addition of a Microsoft Word Plugin—all rewritten to work with OS X 10.7+ and Accordance 10.

Find the Accordance Automation Tools in the Downloads section of the Macintosh Biblioblog.

You use Accordance and you love it. What could be better? Instant access to Accordance Texts and Tools from whatever app you're using on your Mac.

"What's that? You're reading a PDF journal article or a web page about the proximity of Shechem to a mountain pass? Just highlight shechem and in one keystroke or menu selection you can have Accordance to the front, displaying Shechem in a Map window. I'm not kidding you."

"Or, want to quickly, insert the text of Psalm 20 into your current document, from the translation of your choosing? It's all right at your fingertips, and never taking your fingers off the keyboard if you like. Such a workflow becomes pure muscle memory."

These tools allow you to:

A. instantly jump to Accordance from any other app running a search in any module type you want, using the current text selection or a search text you enter.


B. remain where you are in your current application and paste in a full text instantly, from whichever text-module you want, using a text selection or search text you enter, without ever bringing Accordance to the front. (This is similar to the Accordance Widget, but with seamless integration.)

Other options include speaking text, copying it to the clipboard, and showing the text in a quick display.

These functions are initiated by quick key combos, or menu items, or contextual menu items. Your choice. The Services are a built-in automation tool in Mac OS X. The Services menu is found in the app menu, or in a contextual menu. Further, you can assign global or app-specific keyboard combos to activate them.  (The functions of the Service are duplicated by the Quicksilver Actions for those who use Quicksilver.)

Download the package, and read the documentation in the ReadMe files, with screenshots, to get more information of the magic that is possible.

September 18, 2012

Accordance Services Collection Update Soon

The Accordance Services Collection pack and script engine will be coming soon. I want to release an updated collection with a couple code enhancements and test the whole script engine with the new Accordance 10. The new interface of Acc10 has broken some functions.
If you are a current user of the Accordance Services Collection, please send me any reports on what is still working in Acc10 and what used to work for you but is broken.

It should be a matter of days before I get them released.

August 20, 2012

Accordance for Windows Coming in 2013

As part of the new announcements today, OakTree Software is announcing that Accordance will be released for Windows in 2013. Accordance 10 shows a lot of coding change, and clearly one goal has been abstracting the routines to enable the conversion. Here's a snippet from their blurb:
we have long desired to offer PC users a better solution. And so, we are pleased to announce that we are in the process of developing a native version of Accordance 10 for Windows. In fact, we have been working on this project for well over a year, and we are excited to announce that Accordance 10 for Windows will be available in 2013.

Accordance Big Release Today

The Accordance Bible Software website is down in the wee hours of the night, and the site maintenance notice states that the site is being updated in preparation of the release of Accordance version 10!
I have the feeling a lot of people are going to be very happy this week.

August 15, 2012

Accordance Update Teasers

 In case you haven't seen them, David Lang of @AccordanceBible is posting some not-so-subtle, only slightly annoying teasers about new features of a new, emminent release of an Accordance update over at the Accordance Bible Software Blog. The list so far is:
  • Integrated Palettes
  • Smart context feature
  • Full module names in Library window
I have a teaser of my own...
Wouldn't it be nice if Accordance had built-in financial software capabilities based on biblical principles? Like, it wouldn't let you enter $5 on a cheeseburger until you first enter 10% first-fruits off the top to your church.

… yeah, ok, maybe not.

NA28 on Preorder

NA28, The Nestle GNT 28th edition is available for preorder at Amazon. (Novum Testament Graece: Nestle-Aland: Iinstitute for New Testament Textual Research). Here's the blurb:
This is the twenty-eighth edition of the Nestle-Aland Novum Testamentum Graece (NA28). NA28 is the standard scholarly edition of the Greek New Testament used by scholars, Bible translators, professors, students, and pastors worldwide. Now NA28 has been revised and improved: . Critical apparatus revised and easier to use . Papyrii 117-127 included for the first time . In-depth revision of the Catholic Epistles, with more than 30 changes to the upper text . Scripture references systematically reviewed for accuracy . The NA28 with Dictionary includes the Greek-English Dictionary of the New Testament prepared by Barclay M. Newman.
Release date is December. Have we seen screen shots yet?

Via Robert C. Kashow on FB.

August 13, 2012

Office for Mac 2014 to be the Next Release?

The new Microsoft Office for for Windows is still slated to arrive at the end of this year. But the big news for Office for Mac this summer is that when the new Windows Office is released, they will also release an update to Office for Mac 2011 that will bring the new cloud service to Office for Mac 2011.
The Next Web received a clarification from Microsoft:
When the new Office launches, we’ll deliver an update to Office for Mac 2011. With this update, Office for Mac licenses can count as part of your Office 365 Home Premium subscription. You will also be able to use SkyDrive and/or Office 365 to save and access all your documents from your Mac. Note that we’ve not announced any branding for future versions of Office for Mac.
This feels even later to the game than iCloud. If you're using Dropbox (and if you're not, why not?), then are you really going to move to Microsoft's solution? There is speculation on what additional features will be brought to Office for Mac 2011 in this update. The question then, is what will be the update schedule for a new major release. Will we see Office for Mac 2014, and will it include the elusive Unicode right to left support that drives so many of us away?

April 01, 2012

U.S. Notice 90813.23

Turns out it was a case of mistaken identity.

Hiatus Over

I gave myself a year hiatus from the blog to work on other projects. That time has ended, and I am very excited, and under no small amount of pressure, to announce the results of an unusual project that has taken the bulk of my time. It has been new territory for me, but I'm eager to make public later today what I've been working on.