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4 Stars Out Of 5
January 14, 2009
This is quite a value as it stands. The underlying software engine, Accordance, has been updated several times since this collection came out. The best, most cost effective way to improve the user experience is not to try to run it under Windows, but to head over to accordancebible.com and upgrade Accordance. The software is amazingly fast, sports a clean look, and hasn't crashed on me in three years of use. The Accordance upgrade will have you flying through these hefty references in no time, and with very little hassle. It's like having a good reference librarian and biblical scholar working for you!
The Essential IVP Reference Collection of resource books is valuable indeed. However the Mac version is a absolute nightmare and incredibly awkward to navigate and use. For Mac users I would highly, highly recommend purchasing parallels or bootcamp and running windows on your Mac (which is useful anyway) and buying the PC version of this program. My fellow students purchased the PC version and it is much much cleaner, easier to use and intuitive. Supposedly this software was originally designed for Mac...years ago. The problem is that it has never been updated substantially from what I can tell. It is compatible with Mac OS 7.1 to X and there is the problem. After installing it three different times the program does not run in the doc correctly and will not install half of the books listed on the cover. Save yourself and spend your money on parallels and the PC version!