What’s a “Go” Box?

The other day, Rick Brannan mentioned the Libronix DLS “Go” box casually in passing, as if everyone has that feature turned on and knows how to use it. Since Rick and I work with LDLS resource files all the time, we often stop thinking about titles and authors and start calling books by their project names: CHAPSOT, ANLEX, BHSWTS40.

We also use the identifiers to navigate quickly to the resources using the “Go” box that Rick was talking about. This is so integral to the way that I use the LDLS that I forget that most people don’t know about these shorthand identifiers, and furthermore, many people don’t even have the “Go” box turned on in the first place.

Inconceivable!

What is it? What we’ve been calling “the Go box” is really the “Quick Navigate Bar” that comes with the Power Tools addin. That’s exactly what it lets you do: navigate to any resource in your library quickly. I use the Quick Navigate Bar to do three things: 1) Quickly open specific resources (books); 2) navigate directly to a Bible reference in my preferred Bible (when it isn’t even open yet); and 3) do the same with a Hebrew lexicon.

I don’t have one. How do I get it? Since the Quick Navigate Bar is a Power Tool, you’ll need to have that addin installed. (Don’t worry, it’s free.) The Power Tools Addin is usually marked as an “Optional” item in the Libronix DLS setup, so you may or may not have installed it. Check out this support article if you don’t think you have Power Tools installed.

The Quick Navigate Bar is a toolbar, so may need to update your toolbars to show it. If you don’t have the word “Go:” followed by a text input box on your tool bar (screenshot below), then you may not have the Quick Navigate Bar turned on.

The Quick Navigate Bar

Right-click on the Libronix DLS main toolbar (some part without a button already on it), and you should see a menu like the one below. Make sure the Quick Navigate Bar is checked.

Toolbar Menu

Opening Resources. The Quick Navigate Bar is automatically set up to open resources from your library. You can type any sequence of characters that will identify the resource you want to open, and it will be opened. So, for example, if you want to open the King James Version of the Bible, you can type KJV into the Quick Nav Bar and open the KJV. You could also try King James, but that’s actually less specific: Depending on the resources you have in your library, King James may open The King James Version, The New King James Version, The Complete Word Study Bible: King James Version, or something else again.

Usually this isn’t a problem. The word or abbreviation that you think will work for a given resource probably will: Bible translations nearly always have abbreviated titles (ESV, NIV, NASB), and if you pick a word from a book’s title, it usually does what you expect.

Sometimes, the trick is to find out the shortest sequence of characters that uniquely identifies the resource you want to quick-open. All Libronix DLS resources have at least one sequence of characters that will always work, and it’s usually pretty short.

How does one find this super-secret identifier? Here’s a hint: It’s the resource filename. Now, you could go rooting around on your hard drive, trying to figure out what files match up with which resources, but there’s an easier way. 1) Open a resource in My Library; 2) Choose “Help | About This Resource” from the LDLS menu; 3) Make sure that “Show Licenses and Locations” is checked (in 2.1; in the 2.2 alpha, you can just expand the “Resource Location” section); 4) Scroll to the bottom of the resource information page an there it is: WHATEVER.lbxlls. Chop off the “.lbxlls” bit and you have the string you need.

For example, given The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary, you might guess that the identifier is “ABD” — but it isn’t. It’s “ANCH.” (You could probably just type “Anchor”, of course, but you might have some other title in your library that uses that word.) I wouldn’t have guessed that myself, but it was easy to learn from “Help | About This Resource.”

But that’s not all! I’ll write more about how to use the Quick Navigate Bar to open Bible references and other reference types (like lexicon headwords) in another post. (In the meantime, try typing “Jn 3:16″ into the box and see what happens!)

Comments

  1. Daniel Foster says:

    Cool post, Eli!
    A handy shortcut I like to use when I’m opening a resource (or multiple resources) to look at their “About This Resource” information is this:
    1. Open the My Library dialog and move it to one side of the screen.
    2. Right-click each title you’re investigating, and choose “About This Resource” from the right-click menu.
    The My Library dialog stays open between right-clicks (whether or not you have the box checked that keeps it open) and you don’t have to click on the Help menu.
    (Not to mention that the right-click menu has some other cool stuff on it that’s easy to overlook…another topic for a post?)

  2. John Cornell says:

    Good posts Eli and Daniel.
    One handy way to remember these resource codes would be to create a print out of those that are used frequently.
    1. Open Tools – Define Collections option to create a new set with those resources you want on your print out. You can modify this later on.
    2. Open Tools – System Tools – Bibliography
    a) Select your newly created Collection
    b) Select titles and locations
    c) Generate your report
    3. The report is then ready to print or export.

  3. I am so glad that you all have decided to run this blog!!!!!!!!!
    I can’t seem to find what I need from Libronix HELP since I don’t know if it’s a power tool or a an addin or whatever. Just having you post how that “Go box” is supposed to work, has already been a tremendous help.
    I’m pretty new to studying, especially the Bible, and even with my limited understanding of how to use everything in libronix, this has been one of the best investments for my dollar in years!
    With the first two posts I’ve read on your blog, navigating where I want has drastically improved!
    Thanks so much folks, and may you be greatly blessed.
    Glenn

  4. Wendell Stavig says:

    This is helpful. Thanks. By the way, could you please explain some of the data in the Help|about this resource window? (Please pardon the inexperience of my questions.)
    1. What is a MARC record?
    2. Could you explain the fields Title and Aliases more fully? (under Search Capabilities)
    3. How you use the information under datatypes?
    Wow, Table of Contents is cool. Is there some way to go to a page number or display the page the material would be found in a hard copy of the text. Sometimes my professors refer to a specific page number in BDB or BDAG, for example, and I don’t know how to navigate to that in my Libronix Library.
    Also, is it possible to post questions here on the forum if we need help with something that isn’t addressed. If not, is there somewhere we could go?
    A book like LOGOS for Dummies would be helpful for those of us who cannot attend Camp Logos. Is anything other than the video CD in the works or available?
    Thanks, I love your product.

  5. Hello all,
    could anyone tell me how bookmarks work ?