Wow, that’s cool.

theFellas.pngPrior to Logos 4 launching, I had the opportunity to sit in a number of meetings where Bob would show us many of the new features and functionality being built into the program. I remember in those meetings hearing people in the room say “wow” over and over again as Bob described all that Logos 4 would do.
One “wow, that’s cool!” moment for me was when I first saw the power of the collections tool. Specifically, I was blown away by the ability to enter some simple rules and that Logos 4 would automatically include any new resources I add to my library that meet the criteria. In fact, I think one of the first things I did when I finally got a pre-release version of Logos 4 was to set up a collection that included my favorite authors. Now, not only is it quick and easy for me to search through all my resources written by my favorite authors, but whenever I add a new title (like the upcoming Calvin 500 collection) these resources are automatically added to my collection. I don’t have to do anything!
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Comments

  1. The idea is great, but not a useful as it might be if the subjects were consistent. E.g., it’s really hard to separate books on church history from those on biblical history. or churches on sermon writing from those containing sermons and illustrations. Since some rules rely heavily on a filed that hasn’t really been used before (subject) and that field is so hodge-podge it’s not as powerful as it could be.

  2. Ryan,
    I agree that Logos v. 4 is really great and has almost an endless supply of neat features. As far as making collections more dynamic, it has! But, I miss the ability to view a list of my collections and resources within each. With over 1,500 resources, I am sure that I will fail to include them all and some will fall through the cracks. If there is a way to do this, please share. Thanks.

  3. The challenge with subjects is that a book on church history can easily contain, and be rightfully classified, as biblical history. One option is to use the tags feature. You can search your library for “church history” and then simply tag all the ones that are church history and not biblical history. Then set up a collection that contains all the tag:church history. As you add new church history resources, simply tag them and they will be added to the collection automatically.

  4. You can view your collections by clicking “Tools -> Collections.” Then, in the collections tab click “open” and you will see a list of all your collections. Selecting a collection will reveal the content of the collection.
    Hope that helps.

  5. Hi Ryan,
    Do the “collections” that I created from Logos 3 transfer directly into 4, or will I have to recreate them again?
    Thanks.

  6. Your Logos 3 collections don’t transfer into 4. This is mostly due to the fact that the way 4 handles collections is much different than 3.

  7. Joan Korte says:

    Ryan,
    What I need is a list of resources that are not yet in a collection; viewing them as you suggested tells me which one are in a specified collection. Have you tried to implement your suggestion and what are your results?

  8. That’s a bummer, though perhaps not too time-consuming of a task. How about the PRA’s?

  9. Where can I find the glossaries for this dynamics collection rules? Like those subject, type, >= etc.?

  10. Ah… Got it. Right now there is not a way to see that in Logos 4. That said, I’m going to send a request into our development team and see if they can add “collection” as a field that can be used in the library. Then you would be able to sort your library by collection and easily find books not in any of your collections. Not sure if they’ll be able to add it to their to-do list, but we’ll see. Thanks for the idea.

  11. Short answer is that Logos 4 doesn’t have the same PRA functionality as Logos 3. You can get more info in this forum thread: http://community.logos.com/forums/t/3452.aspx

  12. When you are in your library, right click on any column title and it will give you a list of all the fields you can filter by. While I’m at it, here they are:
    Title, Author, My Tags, Rating, Image, Type, Abbreviated Title, Alternate Title, Tags, Electronic Publishing Date, Languages, Publication Date, Publisher, Series, Subject
    To filter by any of these categories, simply use the format category:criteria. So, for example, Title:God will return all your books that have “God” in the title.
    Hope that helps.

  13. I couldn’t get this to work. I typed “type:commentary” and it shows 414 resources (with stars shown where I have rated them). But when I type ” AND rating=>4″ they all disappear. They begin disappearing as soon as I start typing and are all gone when I get to AND rati. Am I doing something wrong?

  14. Try “type:commentary AND rating:=>4″ as the query. You left out the “:” after rating. This query will show you all the commentaries in your library with a rating equal to, or greater than, 4.
    Cheers
    _ryan