New In 4-5

New Features in Version 4 and 5

Highlights of version 5:

OS X native
User Tools
Reference tool and User Tool panes in the Search Window
User highlighting of words and verses in the Bible
TLG Import
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Highlights of version 4:

Strong's number capability
Enhanced amplifying
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Version 5 Upgrade

Version 5.1 is OS X native with a free upgrade to 5.7. This version corrects the problems encountered in OS X that files sometimes have old icons, and do not open the program when double-clicked. Earlier files (modules and saved files) are upgraded by 5.7, and can no longer be opened by earlier versions. Older installers are incompatible, and will not install correctly.

Search Window

  • The Mode button has been replaced by a pair of radio buttons which let you specify whether you want to search by verse or by word. And you do not lose the contents of the argument entry box.
  • A new History pop-up menu lists all your previous searches, so you can easily go back to a search you've done before.
  • A new Context pop-up menu lets you display the context of verses right in the Search window.
  • You can now add Search window panes which display reference tools and/or user notes.
  • The HITS command lets you search the word list found in another Search window, enabling you to compare the vocabulary of different passages, different translations, or even different corpuses such as the Qumran and the Hebrew Bible.

Timeline (requires purchase of module)

  • Create your own timelines from earliest history through the Byzantine period
  • Select the geographic regions and the scheme of dates
  • Add items such as people and events from a defined time period
  • Create Custom Lists with specific items
  • Define your own User Items
  • Click to select a time and produce a report of the events in that time
  • Find major Biblical events and people on the Timeline
  • Go and search for an item name in a Bible text or tool
  • Hypertext from the Scripture references for an item
  • Directly print any window, or copy the contents to another program

User Tools

Now you can create your own user tools which will operate almost exactly like an Accordance General tool! Fully searchable, accessible via the New Window and Amplify palettes, and capable of displaying Scripture hypertext links, user tools can be put to an almost endless variety of uses. Create your own Topical Bible or Bible dictionary. Develop a database of sermon illustrations and anecdotes. Store your class notes and outlines. Download a public domain text from the Internet and add it to your Accordance library. Just imagine the possibilities!

Authoring a user tool is incredibly easy: name your user tool; type, paste, or import the text you want; mark the article titles and Scripture references, and you're done! What could be simpler? The new Text palette makes editing the text easier than ever.

Those who have a license for the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae can even unlock a feature that imports TLG files to create Accordance-compatible versions of ancient Greek texts. Accordance user tools truly do offer something for everyone!

The Thesaurus Linguae Graecae (TLG™) is a research center at the University of California, Irvine. Founded in 1972 the TLG has already collected and digitized all ancient texts from Homer to A.D. 600 and a large number of texts from the period between A.D. 600 and the fall of Byzantium in A.D. 1453. Its goal is to create a comprehensive digital library which will include the entire corpus of Greek literature from Homer to the present era.

Since 1985, the TLG digital library has been disseminated in CD ROM format. The most recent edition of the TLG disk (version E) was released in February 2000 and contains 76 million words of text (6,625 works/work collections from 1,823 authors).

The TLG Import allows the user to select and import texts from the TLG. The text is converted into a User Tool which is integrated with all other Accordance modules, and can be searched, edited, and exported. All imported TLG tools can also be searched together.

Highlight Styles

Do you find it helpful to highlight or mark the text of your print Bible? With Accordance 5, you can create hundreds of different highlight styles and use them to mark entire verses or individual words within any Bible text. You can choose to display or hide the highlighting at any time, and even search for verses highlighted with a specific style!

Greek and Hebrew

  • In the GNT and LXX, related words are now inserted together when selecting either word from the vocabulary list.
  • The ambiguous Greek tag abbreviation “imper” is now distinguished as “imperf” and “impera.”
  • The @ or @- word joining character has been expanded to allow joining of up to six word expressions together, even if they are in the same class (i.e. lex, inflected, tag, or HITS).
  • When Hebrew text in Yehudit is copied from another program and pasted into Accordance, the logical direction is reversed so that it is right-to-left, and appears correctly.
  • In the tagged GNT, Particle-aramaic and Particle-hebrew tags were added to identify the new Foreign tags.
  • New Hebrew and Aramaic grammatical tags have been added, especially to the Verb Stems.
  • A small circle appears in the Hebrew text to identify a suffix which has no inflected form because it is combined with the preceding word.
  • When hypertexting from an Aramaic lemma with a suffix _0 to a tool with Aramaic fields (such as the KB) the Aramaic entry or contents are searched.
  • Greek and Hebrew fonts can now be exported to SBL fonts such as SPIonic and SPTiberian (available free at, and to TekniaGreek.


  • Optional icon buttons on floating palettes with improved action.
  • Expanded keyboard shortcuts for many functions
  • Enhanced Preferences
  • Diagram window allows grouping of objects and displays a color key for grammatically tagged texts.
  • Concordance Amplify feature displays a list of hits with the verse references and excerpts of the text from each verse.
  • You can now define ranges in the browser pane of the tool window to narrow your search to a particular set of articles, or to allow you to display, print, and save specific articles.
  • The older Accordance Guide has been replaced by Accordance Help which is much easier to navigate and search.
  • The Parallel window has two new check boxes: a Tie Scrolling check box to synchronize the scrolling of the panes (reversed by control-scrolling), and an Add Text check box to display each passage in two versions.

Version 4 Upgrade

Key (Strong's) Number Capability with the KJV , NAS95 and NIV-G/K offers:

  • The Instant Details box displays the Key number and original word (KJVS has transliteration only, NAS95S and NIV-G/K also display the original Greek or Hebrew dictionary form)
  • Analysis, Parsing, and Syntax show the same information
  • Search for the Key numbers by amplifying from the Analysis, Parsing, or dictionary, by option-click from a selection, or by using commands or the graphical Construct window
  • Triple-clicking on a word in a Keyed Bible text, opens the related Greek or Hebrew Dictionary and finds the number.
  • Pressing the option key when amplifying from a Keyed Bible text to any tool or a Greek or Hebrew text, searches for the the original Greek or Hebrew words.

Search Window

  • Enhanced searching with the equal sign which distinguishes accents, capital letters, and word punctuation such as apostrophes
  • Many Bibles support styling such as short indented lines for poetry, small caps and italics
  • Additional options for reference display, including non-English book names with some texts
  • Repeated characters can be found with a repeating wildcard. For example, the entry "a??(=1)" finds "all" and "add", but not "and"

Amplify Features

  • Triple-click on any word in a text or tool amplifies to the first Greek, Hebrew, or English dictionary
  • Analysis allows counting and sorting by frequency, uniqueness, or importance
  • Analysis and Parsing windows allow amplifying from a selection in the window
  • Search All shows number of hits in each module

Tools Window

  • Tool pop-up menus now show only tools in the same category
  • The Search button allows amplifying from a selection in a tool to the same tool.
  • Show pop-up menu allows display of All Text, Articles, or Paragraphs
  • Browser pane widens automatically to display longer entries (optional)
  • Pictures are now displayed as optional "thumbnails" in the text
  • CONTENTS and MERGE commands allow searching of multiple fields in the same tool, and linking to searches in the Bible text
  • Tool sets (implemented in 3.6) are user-defined, can be opened directly from the New Window palette, or by amplifying
  • Pressing the shift key when triple-clicking in a word or reference in a text window, or double-clicking on a name in a map window, opens and searches the first tool set in the list. This lets the user define a specific set of tools to be opened with a triple-click.


  • Grab hand scrolling of map window by pressing command
  • Elevation of point under cursor displayed in Instant Details box
  • Double-click on a name amplifies to the first English dictionary.

Greek and Hebrew

  • Hebrew MT - Lemmas now include vowel points and are subdivided into homographs, vowel points are searchable
  • English "transcription" or transliteration for any word can be viewed in the Instant Details box
  • Greek and Hebrew text can be converted to Rosetta transliteration or English "transcription" for export
  • Hebrew can be exported to Hebrew WorldScript for Nisus and other Hebrew word processors
  • "Smart" entry of accents, vowels and ending forms is supported
  • Israeli Hebrew keyboard entry is supported
  • MT/LXX Parallel Database - the ability to import and highlight the results of searches in the HMT and LXX texts.
  • Display of Hebrew accents (te'amim)
  • Pressing the option key when amplifying from a grammatically tagged text searches for the inflected form rather than the lemma.

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