The Logos 4 Mac Giveaway, one of the most exciting giveaways we have ever done, has come to an end. But don’t worry—the party has just started!
To celebrate the shipping of Logos 4 Mac, we are offering a 20% discount on all of our base packages for a limited time! This means that you can get a deep discount on Platinum, our most popular package. And by using our Payment Plan, you can even spread the discounted price over twelve months. You don’t have to be a Mac enthusiast to take advantage of this great deal.
Are you considering an upgrade? Jump over to our upgrade page. You can also get a discount of up to 20% off on base package upgrades.
If you are already using Logos 4 Mac, make sure that you check out our:
A new version of Logos Bible Software for Windows began shipping yesterday. Version 4.1 is the fifth major update since we launched Logos 4 eleven months ago. Like all previous updates, version 4.1 is a free download for all Logos 4 Windows users.
How Do You Get It?
If you have automatic updating enabled (screenshot), which is the default setting, Logos 4 should 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, 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 Logos 4.1?
Version 4.1 brings a number of important new features—many of which are in direct response to your requests. Here are the major ones:
There were also some nice little improvements made to Bible Word Study, graphing Bible search results, keyboard shortcuts, the panel menu, the Passage Guide, Passage Lists, program settings, reading plans, the resource panel, the search panel, and shortcuts. Check out “What’s New in Logos 4.1” to see a complete list of the changes.
Time to Upgrade to Logos 4?
Are you still running Logos 3 (or the old Logos Library System!)? If so, now would be a great time to upgrade to Logos 4. Not only has Logos 4 improved significantly over the last eleven months, but we’re currently having special limited-time discounts of up to 20% offbase packages and base package upgrades. And we’re far from done improving Logos 4. I just installed the beta release of version 4.2. To see some of what’s coming, check out the list of additional features we plan to add.
What about Logos 4 for Mac?
In case you missed the news, Logos 4 Mac is now shipping. If you’ve been waiting until it was out of beta testing, now’s your chance to buy a base package or upgrade your current base package at a nice discount. And don’t worry, Mac Users, the Mac team hasn’t slowed down at all. They’re already working on 4.1 and hope to be caught up to the Windows team in the very near future.
The completion of Logos 4 Mac is another huge step in our “one license, any platform” philosophy. Logos Bible Software makes it easy to access the resources in your library when and where you need them whether it is on Mac, Windows, iPhone, iPad, or on the web with Biblia.com.
I caught up with David Mitchell, the Macintosh Technical Lead, and asked him a few questions about the release of Logos 4 Mac.
The origins for Logos 4 Mac really go back to the very beginning of Logos 4 right?
Right. In mid-2006, the development team at Logos started working on an incredibly ambitious project that would eventually become Logos 4. We started by throwing out much of the work that had been done since 1999 and re-imagining what Bible study could be like. This was no small decision, but we realized that in order to take a leap forward, we’d need to start over.
So we chose new technologies. We redesigned features. We thought about how to make the product more approachable to the new or casual user. And we wrote code. Lots of code.
How did you get started working on the Mac product and where did you go from there?
About halfway through the development cycle for Logos 4, Libronix 1.0 for Mac was released, and I was given the opportunity to shift my attention to building Logos 4 for Mac. As we had done with Libronix for Windows, I eventually decided to scrap Libronix for Mac so that we could use all of new the code that had been written for Logos 4 for Windows. This, too, was no small decision, but we knew that it had to be done if we wanted to make the best Bible study experience anywhere available to Mac users.
So we chose even more new technologies. We redesigned code so that it was more portable. We thought about how the ideas we had come up with for Logos 4 would fit best within the context of a Macintosh application. And we hired developers: the team working on Logos 4 for Macintosh today is the same size that the Windows team was when I joined in early 2006.
It sounds like it was a lot of work.
Along the way, many on the team have endured sleepless nights working on code or helping just one more user on the forums. We opened an office in Bellevue and brought in extra developers to help us finish more quickly. And we were robbed . . . twice.
Catching up to the Windows version of Logos 4 has been no small task, but delivering Logos 4 for Mac to you today makes it all worthwhile. I hope everyone enjoys using it as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it.
Logos wants to thank the Mac team for their long hours and tireless work in getting us to where we are today.
For years, the Word Biblical Commentary has been one of our bestselling commentaries. This series emphasizes a thorough analysis of textual, linguistic, structural, and theological evidence. It contains contributions from some of the leading biblical scholars of our time.
The WBC has been available for Logos Bible Software for quite some time, but only as a CD-ROM. Now, with the download available, there’s no need to wait for a CD-ROM to ship, and you don’t need to go through the extra steps of getting Libronix resources to work in Logos 4. This means that if you plan to work on this Sunday’s sermon today, you can download the WBC now and begin using it right away. It’s fast, simple, and easy.
Having the WBC available for download is a milestone for Logos users, so we’re celebrating with a big sale. For a limited time, you can get the 59-volume Word Biblical Commentary for $499.95. That works out to only $8.47 per volume—a phenomenal deal! Remember, the sale price is good for only a few weeks, so you should place your order today to get the special price.
To get the sale price, enter coupon code WBCDOWNLOAD at checkout. You won’t see the sale price on the product website. The only way to get the sale price is to use coupon code.
These volumes are available individually for around $50 each. If you’ve had your eye on getting only a few of these volumes, it’s probably a better idea to spring for the whole set while it’s on sale.
Of course, if you still want to get the CD-ROM, that’s fine, too. The special sale price is good for both the CD-ROM and the download.
We are sorry, the Mac Giveaway expired on Friday, October 1. Please watch for a posting of the winners on the giveaway page!
The official ship date of Logos 4 Mac is right around the corner! The completed version will be rolled out to new and existing users on Friday, October 1, 2010. Wow! That’s only a couple days away! The anticipation around Logos is palpable!
We just wanted to remind you that it is not too late for you to enter the Logos 4 Mac Ship Day Giveaway.
We wanted everyone to share in our excitement for the Logos 4 Mac ship date. So, we decided to do our biggest giveaway ever. How big? We are giving away 105 valuable prizes to 105 different winners! The prizes include:
A 21.5″, 3.06GHz iMac worth $1,199.00
A 13″, 2.4GHz Macbook Pro worth $1,199.00
A 16GB Wi-Fi iPad worth $499.00
An 8GB iPod Touch worth $199.00
An 8GB Silver iPod Nano worth $149.00
Twenty $25 Apple Store gift cards
Thirty $15 iTunes gift cards
and fifty $10 Logos.com gift cards
How Do I Enter?
There are multiple ways to enter the giveaway, and you may do all of them. Several of the ways to enter can be done only once, but a few may be done multiple times! All the information you need to enter can be found at this link!
Don’t Forget About the Sale on Base Packages!
For a limited time, we are offering a special launch discount—20% off on all of our base packages and up to 20% off of upgrades. You don’t have to be a Mac user to take advantage of this deal!
So come one, come all. Take advantage of our deep discounts and huge number of giveaways to celebrate the launch of Logos 4 Mac.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary and the Anchor Yale Bible have been available from Logos for a few years. Now we’re getting ready to release the remaining books in the Anchor Yale Bible Group—the Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library.
There are lots of great reasons to pre-order the Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library.
It aims to present the best contemporary scholarship in a way that is accessible not only to scholars but also to the educated non-specialist.
It is committed to the work of sound philological and historical scholarship, supplemented by insight from modern methods, such as sociological and literary criticism.
It boasts an impressive list of contributors, including Joseph Blenkinsopp, Raymond E. Brown, James H. Charlesworth, John P. Meier, Susan Ackerman, Luke Timothy Johnson, and more.
But here’s the number one reason to pre-order.
The list price for these books comes to a total of $1,290.50. Even if you were to search the web, find the best deals, scour your local used bookstore, and get every volume on sale, you would still pay more than $800.00 for this set.
For a limited time, you can still get the 29-volume Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library from Logos for $599.95, which works out to around $20 per volume. It’s the best deal you’ll find anywhere, and the best reason to pre-order the Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library. It’s an even better value when you think of how much more useful these volumes will be once you have them in Logos.
This Pre-Pub price ends on October 5, so you need to pre-order today to get in on this deal. When the Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library ships, the price will jump, so make sure you place your order today before it’s too late. Get it now!
Today’s guest post is by Jenny Bajema, from the Logos Bible Software electronic text development team.
The eighth annual Logos bake-off was held on August 26th, 2010. The theme this year was “fruit” and we had some creative entries such as Nanaimo bars with coconut and “Honey on a Date” cookies. There were also tasty cheesecakes, yummy crisps, and berries galore!
I had the honor of co-coordinating the event with my fellow book designer Jani Westermann. Both of us have a love for fruity desserts and healthy competition, so we naturally had to enter our recipes as well.
During the week leading up to the bake-off, I was perfecting my raspberry cream cheese whoopie pies and decided to use my friend as a taste-tester. When I told her about the competition, she got really excited.
“You mean, your company does bake-offs?!” Her eyes opened wide, wanting to hear more.
“Yeah, and we do cook-offs too,” I said smiling, indulging in a moment of pride.
My friend went on to tell me that in the 10 years she’s worked at her job, they have never once held a “fun” company event. When the topic of the bake-off came up in conversations with other friends and family, most had a similar reaction and story. I quickly realized how blessed I am to work in a company who enjoys working together, playing together, and cooking together. At Logos, I’m known for who I am, not just the books I work on.
The top three recipes in this year’s event included Jani Westermann with her White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake, Bethany Olsen with her amazing Nanaimo Bars, and Svetlana Bulanov who made a delicious Strawberry Kiev Cake!
Even though my whoopie pies got second-to-last place, I thought the bake-off was a great success! Because of events like these, I feel better-connected to employees in other departments and even more proud to work at Logos.
The word is getting out—Logos is a fun place to work! Why not check out our jobs page for current opportunities? Maybe next year it could be you taking home the bake-off gold!
Late last week, we confirmed our scholarship winners, sent out $2,000.00 in tuition checks, and two free copies of Logos Bible Software 4 Scholar’s Library collections which should be arriving to the students any day now.
Our SeminaryScholarship.com winner was selected and confirmed right away, but because our varied attempts to reach the originally selected BibleCollegeScholarship.com winner were of no avail, everyone who applied had a second chance to win as we selected an alternate winner. So, without further ado, here are our winners:
SeminaryScholarship.com Winner: Mrs. Barbara W. of Raleigh, NC.
Barbara is currently an online student at Baptist Bible Graduate School and Seminary in Pennsylvania. She has been teaching Social Studies and MS Band and Choir at Friendship Christian School since 2002. After receiving a MA in Biblical Ministries she plans to continue teaching at FCS and begin work in women’s ministries through teaching and writing Bible studies.
BibleCollegeScholarship.com Winner: Joseph K. of Kenosha, WI.
Joseph attends LeTorurneau University in Longview, TX. Along with Bible courses, he is currently studying computer science with a focus in network security. Come to find out, while connecting with him and his family back home, Joseph is the grandson to well-known Christian apologist and philosopher Dr. Norman Geisler, who is author or co-author to some 70 books and hundreds of articles, many of which are available for Logos Bible Software.
Apply or Reapply for the new round!
Thank you to all who have applied for the scholarships. Whether you applied before or not, be sure to visit the sites as a new giveaway round has begun. Remember that you can enter once per round, but you can increase your chances of winning by telling friends and family to apply as well. Just make sure they enter your name in the “Other” box, when they’re asked how they heard about the scholarship.
The release version of Logos 4 Mac has a ship date. We’ll be rolling out the completed version to new and existing users on Friday, October 1, 2010—six weeks from today!
We’re super excited to reach this huge milestone (in spite of manyobstacles), and we know you are too. Since this is such a big deal, we wanted to do something a little out of the ordinary. We’re having a huge Mac-related giveaway to celebrate. You and all your friends are invited to join us, as we give away thousands of dollars in prizes to more than 100 people!
Don’t worry, even though we started out coding for Windows, this is a celebration any Mac lover would be happy to be a part of.
The prizes will be an iMac, a MacBook Pro, an iPad, an iPod Touch, an iPod Nano, and an assortment of 100 gift cards from the Apple Store, iTunes, and Logos.com! There will also be special limited-time discounts on all of our Mac base packages and base package upgrades.
Windows Users, we haven’t forgotten about you.
You can celebrate too, because not only can you enter to win one of the cool prizes (who knows, you might even switch to Mac), but thanks to our Mac users, you get a second chance to buy or upgrade to Logos 4 at a special discount too!
Maybe you missed out when we launched Logos 4 last November, or maybe you wish you had purchased a higher base package. Well, now’s your second chance to save with special sale prices on all our base packages and upgrades!
It’s 1:30 AM. You’re dead tired, and still haven’t gone to bed. You’ve got to finish your study before the 8:00 men’s breakfast this morning, and it’s a Saturday. Logos is closed, and you can’t figure out how to get the report you need for your presentation. Don’t give up hope, getting the answer to your question may be easier than you think.
The Logos Bible Software Forums are live 24 hours a day and have users from every time zone on earth. While it may be 1:30 AM for you, it is the middle of the day or evening for others. Not to mention that there are already 20,000+ threads with about 158,000 posts. The answer to your question may already be listed right there without having to ask.
If you haven’t tried the forums, now is the time. Just jump in and start getting involved. It is a great way to meet other users, share your passion for Bible study, make friends, get help, and join the discussion to help influence the future of the best Bible software on the planet!
Here are some stats to give you a feel for the type of community the forums support, as of the time of writing this post.
224,702 Absolute Unique Visitors
Total Countries represented: 203
Top 25 Countries
A great place to jump in and try your first post is in the “Newbies” thread, just drop in and introduce yourself. After you do a little “meet and greet” you can take a look at another great thread that can give you a good feel for the type of community you can expect here by checking out the thread entitled “We have become friends throught the forum”.
The next time you have a question at 1:30 AM on a Saturday, or if you happen to be up and have the answers to someone else’s question, the Logos Bible Software Forums are a great place to spend some time with great people interested in getting the most out of God’s Word.