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I just discovered a link to a great post on searching syntax in Logos 4. It gives a great overview of all the different ways to do searches. Sometimes it hard to remember all of the options and operators you can use – this is a good refresher. Check it out here – http://wiki.logos.com/Detailed_Search_Help#Matching_Case_or_All_Word_Forms
A friend ask me if there was a way to find all forms of a particular Greek work in a book using Logos 4. Rather than try to explain it I thought I would just record a short video to show how to do it.
Here is another video tutorial for Logos 4. This one teaches you how to create a list of words similar to the Vocabulary Lists in Logos 3. This is a much more powerful tool in Logos 4.
UPDATE: In playing with this report more I have discovered something. Since these searches are looking for all morphological forms within the pericope, if a word has more than one possible form the word is counted twice. This means that the number of occurrences listed may be slightly exaggerated. This is a rare situation but you do need to be aware of it.
I plan for this to be a series of tutorials on various features and tools in Logos 4. This first one is about how you can use Visual Filters to mark your English Bible based on a Greek verb form. Pretty cool stuff.
Recently, on the MinistryGeek This Week podcast, we have been discussing the pluses and minuses of electronic libraries and namely Bible Software. Some arguments have been raised against these tools that I think need to be discussed. And so, this is my attempt to respond to those arguments (without the Darth Vader music being played in the background while you read). My colleague has raised some important issues, I certainly agree that we need to understand what we are buying and the risks involved with these purchases. This is true of any major purchase we make today. Let me also add that I am indeed a Logos Bible Software user and so I will deal with the arguments as they relate to that product line (since that is the only product line that gets the Darth Vader music when it is mentioned). Some other software companies may have different policies and you need to check with them each individually. To date, I have heard four major arguments raised and so I will deal with each of them. I am certain that there are others, but will will deal with these four first.
You don’t own your books, you only own a license.
TRUE – While it is true that you don’t “own” your electronic books, but simply a license to use those books, this is not unusual. As a matter of fact, you don’t “own” a single piece of software installed on your computer. You don’t even own the operating system that makes it work – you own an “end user license.” You know that really long, legalese bunch of text, that appears on the screen that you have to click something like “I Agree” to get past when installing software? That is called an EULA – End User License Agreement. If you read it, and you probably didn’t, you would see all of the details of the “license” you bought. You cannot install it on other machines, you cannot make copies, you cannot alter the code, etc… You see you own a license, not the software itself.
Now it could be argued, that $120 piece of software like Microsoft Office is not the same as spending thousands of dollars on electronic books. But it is not different than most professional fields. I worked as a Graphic Designer for years. It was not unusual to spend $1500 or more on a software package (namely Adobe Create Suite) in order to have the professional level tools needed for the job. Guess what you get for your $1500? A license to use it. You don’t own a thing.
I consider Logos Bible Software a professional level tool. I have no problem not “owning” my books. I don’t own anything else on my computer either.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Logos has gone to great lengths to build additional information into the books they license. This information allows these books to be interconnected in ways that paper sources could never dream of. These electronic resources know whether you are looking at an English word or Greek word and they know what other books provide information about English words and which offer information about Greek words. Maps become interactive, searches become multi-dimensional. Logos has made the books “smarter” and they deserve to profit by that. It makes them innovative – not evil.
Also, Logos doesn’t sell their software or upgrades to their software. You can upgrade your core software for free. That’s right – FREE – zip, zilch. nada! (Try calling Microsoft when Office 11 is released in a few months and tell them you want it free because you already bought Office 10. Just make sure you hold the phone away from your ear as they laugh hysterically in your general direction). If Logos adds a new feature or function – your software is updated automatically – no charge. Most companies wouldn’t dream of doing this. So what are they charging for? Check out this post for clarification on upgrades and crossgrades.
There is no guarantee that you will be able to access your books 10 years from now.
TRUE – Welcome to the computer age. Obsolescence is part of the deal. If a company goes out of business there is no guarantee that you will be able to run their software 10 years from now. I don’t think this surprises anyone. That is why software companies are constantly upgrading their software (and charging you for the upgrade I might add). There is no guarantee that your COMPUTER will be running 10 years from now! As a matter of fact, I would almost guarantee that it won’t be! Does that mean that we should go back to typewriters because they lasted longer? I don’t think so.
Just because we “might not” have access to these electronic resources 10 years from now doesn’t mean we should settle for their analog counterparts. The functionality gains are WAY too high to go that route. Personally, even with the problems and expenses we have with computers and software – I don’t want to go back you typewriters and White-Out!
This argument does mean however, that we need to look at the track records of the companies we do business with. While it is no guarantee that they will stay in business (Am I the only one that owns a Saturn?) it should be an indicator. Don’t buy software from fly-by night companies. I certainly wouldn’t consider Logos a fly-by night company. They have been around a long time and seem very stable.
You can sell your old analog books, but you can’t sell your electronic books.
FALSE – You can sell them – or more accurately, you can transfer your license to someone else. There is a $20 flat-fee per transfer. You can transfer as many licenses in one transaction as you want for that $20 fee. Here is the policy as stated on their website. I have called Logos and confirmed that this policy is accurate:
“Licenses for shippable products on CD-ROM or DVD-ROM, which come with a Serial Number, can be transferred from one person to another. (See the EULA for more information.) Unlocks can only be transferred as part of a full license transfer. There will be a processing fee charged on all transfers which is subject to change without notice. As of 6/17/09 the fee is equal to $20.00 per transfer. Either party involved with the transfer can pay the fee. We require the transfer request in writing (email is accepted) from the person to whom the software is currently registered.”
That being said, there are limits to what you can transfer. You cannot break up a bundle or base package that you received a discount on. Some may squawk about this, but I think it is more than reasonable. Here is the way I understand this policy. If I bought a March Madness bundle for $300 that contains books (excuse me licenses) worth $700 individually, I cannot break that bundle up and sell the component parts to someone else. I can sell the bundle to someone if I decide I don’t want it. This prevents individuals from buying a bundle at a deep discount and then profiting by selling the individual components at full price and expecting Logos to do the work of transferring all of those licenses to someone else.
IMPORTANT NOTE: In defense of this argument, I have found that during the first couple of weeks, during the launch of Logos 4, they put a moratorium on the transfer of licenses. This was due to the volume of upgrades and new purchases being made at the time. It may be that during this moratorium period some staff at Logos did not communicate clearly with customers. Now I have said myself that Logos did not handle the release of Logos 4 well. They did not communicate clearly and so some criticism related to these issues is warranted. But we should now communicate accurately the policy that is in place – not some mis-information from the past.
BOTTOM LINE: For a $20 fee, your licenses can be transferred to another individual. Either the seller or the buyer can pay the fee. YOU CAN SELL YOUR BOOKS.
Logos doesn’t give you full credit for the books you have bought and wants to charge you twice.
FALSE – My personal experience is that Logos has always been reasonable about trying to give me credit for licenses I have bought. That being said – it hasn’t always been 100 percent equitable, and honestly, I can’t expect it to be and the rest of the world works the very same way.
I just bought a Beatle’s box set of 5 CDs for $40. These retail individually for $15 each, I saved almost 50 percent. But, I already bought two of these individual CDs and spent $30. Do I call the record company and tell them they are obligated to give me the other 3 CDs in the set for $10? Of course not! Why would I expect them to? I have to decide if the other 3 CDs in the set are worth the price of the entire set – in this case $45. I may still be interested since that is a $5 savings, but I might decide that added CDs aren’t worth it to me. That’s my choice. I shouldn’t slam the record company as being evil (hear Darth Vader music playing in the background) or not caring about its customers by offering the new box set and not giving me full credit for my past purchases. (BTW – The same case can be made for my Lord of the Rings boxed set, purchasing MS Word and then wanting to buy the entire MS Office suite of any other combined or bundled offer.)
How does this play out with Logos? A couple of years ago I bought the Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, Revised Edition shortly after it was made available. The full retail price of this resource is $150.00. Today, this resource is one of the components of the Gold Library Upgrade for Logos 4 which is being offered for $171.00. This upgrade contains over 64 new electronic books of which The Oxford Dictionary is just one. Should I expect Logos to now give me these 63 additional resources for $21? Basically, I consider that I am paying $171.00 for these additional resources. Certainly, I need to ask myself if these additional resources are worth $171.00. If they aren’t then I won’t spend the money. If they are, I am still getting a good deal.
On top of that, MY experience is that Logos has always tried, whenever possible, to help give me credit for what I have purchased in the past. There have been a couple of “boxed set” situations where I had to decide if the offer was worth it, but in almost every case I found that it was.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Since I purchased my Oxford Dictionary for full price as an individual license, I could sell it to someone and recoup my costs. Just like I might try to sell Rubber Soul and my White Album on eBay or Craigslist.
Logos is NOT Darth Vader!
Logos, like any other company on the planet is out to make money. Noble intentions aside as far as helping us study the Bible better, they need to make profits in order to stay in business and continue innovating. Have I always agreed with the way the company has done things? Not even close! Have they always been the best communicators? No. But that makes them human – not evil. It also doesn’t give them credit for the amazing tools their products now provide.
These arguments unfortunately distract people from the HUGE benefits…
Sadly, what these arguments don’t discuss is what these new electronic resources do that their analog counterparts couldn’t dream of doing! The benefits of this technology are incredible and that is what we should be spending our time talking about. The truth is that these integrated, interactive resources can help you do things that you CANNOT do with their paper versions. To compare them with paper versions is not an apple to apple comparison. In my next post, I will outline a number of the benefits that make this technology and these electronic resources well worth the investment.
This was the headline I read on the Logos blog this morning, “Logos 4 Mac Shipping in…” The post goes on to say that the “completed” version of Logos 4 Mac will begin shipping on October 1, 2010. That’s funny, many users bought Logos 4 Mac months ago not knowing that it was still in alpha stage! Don’t get me wrong, I love the Logo 4 software as many of you already know, but there are times when the company doesn’t communicate very well.
I will say that I have been onboard with the Mac product since the beginning and the Mac Development team at Logos has been working very hard. They have pushed new alphas and now betas out very regularly and have made great strides to catch up with the Windows development. I am so looking forward to a full Mac version! If you are a Mac user you should be too. It is a great product. Does it still have some issues to resolve? yes…but it is a powerful tool.
There are still a few features from Logos 3 that haven’t made it into Logos 4 on either platform. They were supposed to be available during the first two quarters of this year, but alas many are still MIA. Hopefully, once the Mac and Windows platforms reach feature parity, both teams can work on the missing features. Even without those features, Logos 4 is an amazing product to help you study the Bible.
Logos Bible Software was updated yesterday to 4.0b. This is the first major update to the new Logos 4 product and it brings with it some nice additions and some features that were available in the previous version. You can read the Logos blog post about the new features here.
Import Notes and Highlighting from Version 3 – This is a feature that previous users have been shouting for since Logos 4 was released. Up until now there was no way to move all of your note file information from version 3 to version 4. Now you can not only import your Notes, but also any highlighting in your books with be imported to version 4 as well. A new post on the Logos blog today discusses this feature.
Prayer Lists – This is another Version 3 feature that has made it to Logos 4. Track the things you want to pray about and see them in the Home Page ribbon each day.
Custom Highlighter Styles – Create your own set of highlighter styles. This is another Version 3 feature that has been added. While Logos 4 shipped with the standard highlighter groups, you couldn’t create your own. Now you can.
Parallel Resource Groups – This is another feature that the Logos community has been requesting since the new version launched. Now you can create groups of parallel resources like Bible, commentaries, dictionaries and lexicons and have them in a pulldown menu in your resource panels.
Custom Settings for the Information Window – A Settings button has been added to the Information window allowing you to control what information is presented and from what resources. This makes this window much more useful in my opinion.
Search While Typing – This feature now functions very much like Bible Speed Search did in Version 3. As you type in the search box result begin displaying immediately. While this is impressive, I don’t see that it really changes much. Searching is so fast in Logos 4 the need to search as you type is really minimized.
Convert Search Results to Visual Filter - Visual Filters in Logos 4 rocks! They are so much more powerful than in Version 3. Previously, when you did a search the search results were highlighted in the text as long as you left the Search window open. As soon as you closed the Search window, the highlighting vanished. This new feature allows you to convert the Search results into a Visual Filter that can be saved and turned off and on at will. This may seem minor, but it is a real improvement. I am planning a screencast video on Visual Filters this week – stay tuned.
These are just a few of the new features released in the Logos 4.0b update. Many of the improvements are small and tend more to help with form and function, but they are small enough that they may go unnoticed. Your software should update itself (unless you have turned auto-updating off for some reason). If you have received your update yet and don’t want to wait you can type Update Now in the Command Box on the Home Page to check for the new version. INDEXING ALERT - Because some of the new features involve mew searches it Logos does need to reindex parts of your library. This can take a long time (mine took almost 6 hours) so be warned.
There is a good video by Logos user Mark Barnes available demonstrating a number of the new features here:
MAC Version – Logos 4.0b is a Windows version update. The MAC version is currently still in Alpha testing and is at Alpha 15 last time I checked. It is making good progress but still has a long way to go until a full version release. Hang in there MAC users – it is in the works.
OK – you don’t have to follow my posts for long to realize that I love my iPhone and Logos Bible Software. A preacher friend of mine mentioned that if you get me talking about technology and ministry for more than about 10 minutes I will end up mentioning both. This post isn’t going to change that trend. If you have an iPhone or and iPod touch you need to get the FREE Logos Bible app. You don’t have to own the desktop version of Logos to use the iPhone app, but if you do you can access more books from your library on your phone. The details you can get from this iPhone app are amazing. Press your finger on a footnote to see the references, hold your finger on a word to see the Greek or Hebrew word it is connected with. Do in depth word studies and passage guides linking you to commentaries and other resources right on your phone or iPod.
The free app comes with access to 31 books:
- Morning and Evening
- Necessity of Prayer
- Pilgrim’s Progress
- Power Through Prayer
- Selected Sermons of George Whitefield
- Sermons on Several Occassions
- St. Paul the Traveller and Roman Citizen
- Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
- Commentary Critical & Explanatory on Whole Bible (JFB)
- Diving For Pearls in God’s Treasure Chest
- Easton’s Bible Dictionary
- Imitation of Christ
- In His Steps
- Training of the Twelve
- Why Four Gospels?
- Systematic Theology (Strong)
- New Nave’s Topical Bible
- Strong’s Concise Dictionary of the Words of the Hebrew Bible and the Greek Testament
- An Introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin
- Dictionary of the Vulgate New Testament
- Holbein’s Bible Woodcuts
- The Summarized Bible: Complete Summary of the Old Testament
- The Summarized Bible: Complete Summary of the New Testament
- Traveling in the Holy Land through the Stereoscope
- The New Testament in Greek (Westcott and Hort)
- KJV Cambridge Paragraph English-Greek Reverse Interlinear
- KJV Cambridge Paragraph English-Hebrew Reverse Interlinear
- Glossary of Morpho-Syntactic Database Terminology
- Lexham English Bible / New Testament
- LEB English-Greek Reverse Interlinear
- LEB English-Hebrew Reverse Interlinear
Check out the video below to get a sense of what it can do:
This really should be on your iPhone or iPod if you like to study the Bible.
As preachers and ministers of the Gospel, we often mention Bible passages in our posts. RefTagger can bring those passages alive by providing a pop-up window with the text of your verse. I posted about this over a year ago, but thought it important enough to bring it up again. With RefTagger installed in your blog, every time you type a Bible passage in your post, RefTagger will create a hyperlink to Bible.logos.com and build a small pop-up window that appears when your readers hover their mouse over the text. You can configure the plugin to specify the Bible version you prefer with a number of versions available. You can also set the plugin to place a small icon next to the verse to link to the Logos Bible Software directly. If your reader has Logos, they simply click the link and Logos will open the Bible you have specified to that verse.
Here is an example of how it works:
One of my favorite passages of Scripture is found in James 1:21-25. The illustration James uses of God’s word as a mirror that we must look into is a powerful reminder that we must fix what we see. Being doers of the word echos the teachings of Jesus in Matthew 7:24-27. The wise man is the one who hears and acts. We must hear God’s word and act on it.
You can use short Bible names as well – Rom 6:1-11; 1Cor 3:16; and 1Pet 3:21
You can see the links above. I have specified the NAS95 version for the links. Understand that all I had to do is type the book name and verse. RefTagger did the rest.
Installation in Blogger blogs is fairly straightforward. You can find Blogger instructions here.
Installation in WordPress is very easy, BUT only works with self-hosted WordPress blogs. In other words, if you have a free www.wordpress.com blog – it won’t support the plugin (sorry if I got your hopes up). If you have a self-hosted WordPress blog you can find installation instructions here.
Check out RefTagger. It will make your Bible passages pop – literally
I am surprised at how often I am reminded that people still don’t understand that computers are so much more than electric typewriters. Yes, we can type out letters, reports, sermons and research papers and then conveniently store them for editing later, but there is so much more. We are missing the power that these machines put literally at our fingertips.
The Power of Computing
For ministry the power of computing means that we can approach the text of the Bible with tools never before available. Bible software like Logos (my favorite), Bibleworks, PC Study Bible, ESword (free) and more allow us to examine the text of Scripture in more and more detail. We can search, analyze and study faster and more accurately. We can find the Greek words associated with our English translations, discover their meanings and locate them elsewhere in the text almost instantly. These tools can transform our Bible study and help us understand God’s word because of the power of computing. Try that with an electric typewriter.
The Power of Connecting
Listening to the radio recently on my drive to work I was reminded by the DJ of how far we have come in terms of “connection.” He commented that when his grandparents were children there was no television, no radio, no phone, no form of mass communication whatsoever! He quipped, “I realized that the only way anyone could talk to anyone else back then was when they were in the same room together.” I had never really thought about that before. There was no way to communicate to anyone who wasn’t standing right in front of you. How different that is from where we are now! Right now this blog post can be read by anyone on the planet with a simple Internet connection. I can stand in the middle of my living room with a device in my had the size of a deck of playing cards (my iPhone) and can make a phone calls to a person thousands of miles away, access information on the internet, send a text messages to a friend, and all while watching television. We really are connected to the entire world.
But how are we using it? Facebook, Twitter and other social networking tools connect us, but do we really need to know what you had for breakfast this morning? Facebook membership just surpassed the population of the United States and if it were a country it would be the 3rd largest in the world! and As Christians, we have been entrusted with the most powerful message man has ever been given – the Gospel. Yet often we only think to “post” the results of a quiz like What Color Crayon are You? or What Should Your Name Really Be? Really? Is that the best we can do?
So the question is what are we, as the Lord’s church doing about it? How are we as Christians using this “information connection” to reach people with the gospel? It is not up to the elders, or the preacher – how can I reach out? here are a few suggestions:
- Use Facebook or Twitter to encourage people with the words of Scripture – I know a woman that has started posting a Bible verse that she is reading everyday. Her friends started noticing and commenting and the best part is, now, if she doesn’t post one, people ask her where her Bible verse is for the day! She is using the power of connection to share God’s word with others and she is having an impact.
- Start a blog – For preachers and ministry workers this is a no-brainer. Preachers can post about information about their upcoming lessons and sermons or provide follow-up information afterward so member can dig deeper. Ministry leaders can post about the affect their ministry is having, what needs they have and what they are doing. Members can write about their spiritual walk and encourage others as we all strive to reach greater heights.
- Read blog posts and share them with friends – Connect with others who are writing to find encouragement and strength. There are a number of good blogs out there that can lift you up and challenge your thinking. Here are a couple to get you started; Preacherpollard, Thoughts from the Mound, Weylen Words, That Fire Within. Blog readers like Google Reader, Bloglines and others allow you to “subscribe” to these sites (don’t worry it’s free). It’s like having your own custom newspaper delivered to your computer all day long. When you find a post that you like or helps you or touches you – share it with someone! Spread the encouragement!
Tap into the power at your fingertips. We have been provided with tools here that can change lives (including your own) and can change the world. Let us always as God’s people be looking at how to use these tools for the Lord.