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Notes View

User Notes are comments you add to specific verses in the Bible. You can apply notes to verses on your mobile device and on your desktop version of Accordance, and then sync them so that both devices have the same notes. The Sample Notes file is included with the App as a demonstration. It provides notes for the first three chapters of Genesis and Matthew.

The file My Mobile Notes is a blank Notes file pre-installed with the App.

If a User Note has Scripture Links, tapping the link opens the reference in the Instant Details. User Notes are displayed and edited in Notes View. They can also be displayed in an additional pane. You can customize the fonts used in User Notes via the Settings View.

Note for Experienced Accordance Users:
- Links in User Notes are not
   functional in the    mobile app.
- New User Notes files have the file
   extension U.amynotes and
   support Unicode, formatting, etc.
- Upgrade of old User Notes files to
   support Unicode is   planned for a
   future version.

View User Notes

A red dot beside a verse indicates a verse with a note. A red triangle indicates more than one note has been applied to the verse.

User Notes can be displayed in an additional pane, or in Notes View.

View User Notes with Displayed Text
  1. Tap the Add pane ( or Add pane (horizontal view)) button. Module type buttons are displayed with a list of available modules (the list depends on the module type selected).
  2. Tap the User Notes button () and choose the desired notes file. The User Notes open in the additional pane.

    The file scrolls with the verse in the displayed Text module.

Tip: You can also scroll through the User Notes in the additional Pane. Tap the Linked button (The additional pane is linked; click to Unlink the panes so that each pane can be scrolled separate from one another) to unlink the file from the Text and scroll through all your User Notes.

View User Notes File in Notes View
  1. Tap the Library button () to open the Library.
  2. Tap the My Notes category in the Library. A list of available User Notes files is displayed.
  3. Tap the desired User Notes file. The file opens in Notes View.

    Tap the TOC button (The TOC button (for table of contents) is used to navigate content in a particular resource.) to jump to the note for any verse.

Note: Links are not currently implemented in User Notes.

Search User Notes

You can search User Notes as you would any other module.

  1. Open the User Notes file in Notes View.
  2. Tap the Search button () to go to Search View.
  3. Enter the words you are looking for in the Search Entry box.
  4. Tap either Content or Reference to search the entire file or only for specific verse references, respectively.
  5. If desired, in the Options, turn on Show All Text. By default, Show All Text is turned off. In this case, only those notes that meet your search criteria are displayed.

Note: The Contents search of Notes is a simple string search only, finding the entered characters whether they represent a whole word or a part of a word.

Create and Edit Notes in Main View
  1. In Main View, tap and hold a verse reference to display a pop-up menu.
  2. On the pop-up menu, tap User Note. A pop-up appears for selecting the User Notes file to which you want to add a note, or for creating a new User Notes file.
  3. Do one of the following:
  4. Open the desired User Notes file by tapping it.
  5. Create a new User Notes file by tapping in the name box and entering a name for the file. To cancel this command, leave the name box empty.

    In either case, the User Notes file opens in a pop-up and you can now add or edit a note for the selected verse.

    Tap the title of the User Notes file to display/hide the text of the verse to which the note is being added/edited.

When you open a User Notes file for editing you can navigate forwards and backwards to other versee, format the content of the note, and add or edit notes to the current text reference. Tap the title of the User Notes file to display the verse for the note.

When you open a User Notes file for editing you can navigate forwards and backwards to other versee, format the content of the note, and add or edit notes to the current text reference. Tap the title of the User Notes file to display the verse for the note.

Create and Edit Notes in Notes View
  1. Open the desired User Notes file in Notes View.
  2. Tap the Edit button (). The User Note opens ready to edit.

    When you open a User Notes file for editing you can navigate forwards and backwards to other versee, format the content of the note, and add or edit notes to the current text reference. Tap the title of the User Notes file to display the verse for the note.

    When you open a User Notes file for editing you can navigate forwards and backwards to other versee, format the content of the note, and add or edit notes to the current text reference. Tap the title of the User Notes file to display the verse for the note.

  3. The text reference for the selected note appears in the pane above the keyboard.
  4. The standard keyboard, formatting, and device selection functions are available.
  5. Do any of the following:
  6. To display/hide the text of the verse you are annotating, tap the title of the User Notes file.
  7. Tap the up and down arrows (top right of display) to go to the prior or next verse.
  8. Tap the Format button (Tap this button to open formatting options for the content of the User Note) to change the format of the content (see Formatting User Notes, below).
  9. If a note is already present for that verse, you can edit it.
  10. If there is no note for that verse, the verse reference is displayed and you can start writing a note beneath the reference, or proceed to another note.
  11. Accordance attempts to AutoLink Scripture references.
  12. Empty notes are not saved.
  13. Tap Done to return to the previous display.
Adding and Deleting Notes

To add a note to a specific verse, do one of the following:

  • Tap and hold on a verse reference in the Bible text.
  • Tap Edit () in Notes View.

To delete an entire note, simply delete its contents.

A User Notes file is deleted via the Library.

Format User Notes

You can change the font type, size, color and style of new or edited User Notes. The defaults are set via the Display Settings for User Notes.

  1. Tap the Format button (Tap this button to open formatting options for the content of the User Note). The keyboard is replaced with a panel with text formatting items.

    When you open a User Notes file for editing you can navigate forwards and backwards to other versee, format the content of the note, and add or edit notes to the current text reference. Tap the title of the User Notes file to display the verse for the note.

    Tap the Format button to access Font type, size, color and style items

  2. Do any of the following:
  3. Tap the Font name to display a list of available fonts. Tap the desired font.

    Note: The list includes all system fonts; but not all work in Accordance. If the selected font does not display well, choose another one.

    Tip: Select the desired words to have your changes applied only to the selected text.

  4. Tap the down or up arrows to decrease or increase the font size, respectively.
  5. Tap the Color dot to display a list of colors. Tap the desired color.
  6. Tap B, I, or U to have bold, italics, or an underline automatically added to the text you enter.
  7. Tap the Keyboard button (Tap this button to display the keyboard) to display the keyboard and begin entering text.
  8. Tap Done to save your changes.
Syncing User Notes

User Notes can be synced in both directions between your Mac and all devices with Accordance Mobile.

When syncing, if the User Notes are checked in the list, Accordance automatically applies the changes made to each individual note, whether on the Mac or the mobile device, to the other set of notes. If the same note has been modified in both sets of notes, a dialog box displays both notes and allows you to select the note you want to keep.


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