A new version of Logos 4 will be available later today as a free download to all Logos 4 users. Version 4.0b adds a plethora of new features and improvements and squashes lots of little bugs. If you have automatic updating enabled (screenshot), which is the default setting, Logos 4 will notify you that updates are ready to be installed.
When you see the balloon tooltip window, right-click on the Logos icon in your system tray and choose to “Install update” (screenshot). If Logos 4 hasn’t downloaded the update by the end of the day and you just can’t wait any longer to get your hands on the latest release, just type Update Now into the command bar (screenshot). This will force Logos 4 to check for any available updates (screenshot) and begin downloading them.
What’s New in 4.0b?
There are hundreds of new features, improvements, and bug fixes in 4.0b, but here are some of the most significant ones:
- Import your notes, highlighting, favorites, and prayer lists from Libronix 3. Tomorrow’s blog post will deal with importing in detail. In the meantime, check out “Importing from LDLS 3” and “Importing Notes from LDLS 3.”
- A new Prayer List document type in the File menu allows you to manage your prayer lists.
- Create and edit your highlighting palettes and styles.
- Export a bibliography from a collection or group of clippings for use in a paper, sermon, etc.
- Customize the Information Panel with the new settings option.
- A Parallel Resources drop-down menu lets you quickly jump to similar resources.
- Resources support navigating by data type levels, highlighting, and search results.
- Choose to “Search (while typing)” for Bible searches (similar to Bible Speed Search in LDLS 3).
- Replace a saved layout with the current layout using the new “Update to current snapshot” context menu option.
To see a complete list, check out the 4.0b article on the Logos wiki.
If you’re like me, you’d rather see it in action than just read about it. Courtesy of user and Logos video creator extraordinaire Mark Barnes comes this nice Logos 4.0b overview video.
Time to Upgrade to Logos 4?
Many of you have been cautiously watching from the sidelines, waiting for the right opportunity to make the switch to Logos 4. As you can see, Logos 4 is now better than ever. It’s had more than four months of extensive testing by thousands of users, and our team of developers has been fixing bugs, listening to user feedback, and adding some really cool new features.
But development isn’t stopping with 4.0b. The next version is already underway, and work on some really cool new features is coming along nicely. We’re in the process of adding these additional features, as well as many others that we can’t tell you about yet.
There’s never been a better time to upgrade to Logos 4. It’s a powerful, stable, cutting-edge piece of software that just keeps getting better all the time. And best of all, these updates come to you free of charge.
What’s Your Favorite New Feature?
After you’ve updated to 4.0b, drop a note in the comments and tell us what your favorite new feature is. I think I’m most excited about importing and the parallel resources menu. What’s your favorite?
What about Logos 4 for Mac?
The Mac version of Logos 4 continues to make good progress with a new build coming out about every week or two. The latest release, Alpha 15, is looking good. If you’re ready to help us test it, you can either upgrade your base package or download the core engine and head on over to the Logos 4 for Mac forum.