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.
For years, we’ve had several quality Lutheran resources available. Now, we’re pleased to announce that 100 volumes of books, commentaries, and journals published by Northwestern Publishing House are now available for download. NPH is the official publisher of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. For decades, they have published quality books and commentaries faithful to the Scriptures and to the Lutheran confessions.
The Northwestern Publishing House Electronic Library contains the entire People’s Bible Commentary, eleven volumes of sermons and preaching material, a collection of Lutheran Confessions, the entire Franzmann Bible History Commentary, and every issue of the Wisconsin Lutheran Quarterly published between 1950 and 1989—that’s nearly forty years worth of scholarly material from the Lutheran tradition. All together, this library contains 100 volumes of books, commentaries, and scholarly journals—all at nearly 75% off the list price.
Two people will win for sure, but we’d love to give scholarships away to four people. That’s $4,000 and four Scholar’s Library collections waiting to be claimed! You see, with most scholarships, you typically don’t want to tell your friends about it because more applicants means less of a chance of winning. With our scholarships, the exact opposite is true. The more of your friends who apply, the greater chance you have of being awarded the scholarship!
Everyone who fills out an application is asked how they heard about the scholarship. If a person puts your name in as the one who referred them to the site and they win the scholarship, then we’ll give you the scholarship too!
The scholarships are open to all students currently enrolled in an accredited theological seminary or Bible College located in North America, or those who plan on enrolling within the next 8 months. All you have to do is watch a demonstration of Logos Bible Software and fill out a brief application. Once your application is submitted you will be entered to win a $1,000.00 scholarship AND a digital theological library that, in print, would cost over $8,000.00!
As a Logos Forum MVP, I think I’m fairly well equipped when it comes to understanding how Logos 4 works. But to be honest, while I understand the components, making them work together to get what I want doesn’t always come natural to me. When I discovered that Morris Proctor was going to be teaching one of his Camp Logos seminars close enough for me to attend, I signed up. I had attended an MP seminar for Logos 3 a few years ago, but L4 is a new creature altogether, so I was looking forward to gaining from Mo’s unique insights to the program.
Comprised of two days of instruction, the MP seminars are designed to take you from the basics of the program all the way to intelligently using it. I have to be honest, I didn’t learn much on the first day as Mo expertly pointed out each of the program interfaces and lead the class through several examples of the reports, tools and menus. Yet, the whole time I was never bored. Mo is such an excellent instructor that even the things I already knew didn’t bore me.
Over the two days Mo walked us through the elements of the program, beginning with understanding and customizing the home page. From there we covered studying with the guides, gleaning from the Biblical facts databases, using the Library, building collections, creating custom layouts, broad and targeted searching, and digging into the original languages with Reverse Interlinears and word studies—all while describing what all of the buttons and menus do, answering questions on the fly, and inserting enough expert tips to make the price of admission worth it no matter what your skill level with the program.
Another benefit for those like me who are eager to build their library even more: book prices. At the seminar, Mo has some great upgrade pricing available—and he points out some of the collections and books he has gained greatly from. I’m happy to say that he does this without sounding like a commercial.
So do you think you know Logos? I believe Morris could still teach you a few tips and tricks you’ve never thought of.
Look into Morris Proctor’s Camp Logos seminars and get ready for Camp Logos 2 which digs even deeper and is coming soon!
Don’t miss Camp Logos in your area! Spaces are filling up for the following camps, so register now:
Almost 20 years ago we started Logos Bible Software with the idea of building a tool to help people study the Bible. Over the years Logos has grown from two programmers in a basement with one idea to 200 people offering 10,000 resources for Bible study.
As you can imagine, our mission has changed along the way, too. Today it reads:
To help more people do more and better Bible study.
Okay, so the mission hasn’t changed much; we added some adjectives. We have spent a lot of time on the plan of execution, though, and I thought I should share it with you so you can understand what we’re doing, what we’re going to be doing, and why.
First, the fundamentals:
Logos is all about Bible study. We’ve released software, a paper magazine, and video training materials. We host a conference. We’re on multiple technology platforms. We’re on the desktop and on the web. How does everything fit together? It’s all about Bible study.
Logos leverages technology. We choose projects that leverage our technology expertise. Even if a project isn’t software, you can be sure our decision to do it was based on leveraging technology. Of course technology isn’t essential to Bible study; it’s just our particular skill, and a place where we can serve well. We’re following centuries of non-technology-based Bible study tools, and many organizations serve that need well already.
Logos harnesses the network effect. Each e-book we add to our system is extensively tagged and linked to all the others. The scholarly translations and databases we build are both made with and delivered inside our software; the books and articles we commission build on content we offer and help users go deeper with our tools.
Logos is easy. The real work of Bible study is inside the student. We just provide tools and resources, so we need to focus on equipping without obstructing. The easier we make it to get into Bible study, the more people we can encourage to do it. The easier the tools, the more likely people can do better study. Easy means excellent user interface. Easy means elegant design that engages the student. Easy means fantastic customer service so a technical problem or misunderstanding doesn’t get in the way of getting into the Word.
Now, the plan:
Access. An internal joke at Logos goes “If it isn’t in the Passage Guide, it doesn’t exist,” because resources aren’t useful if you can’t find them. Logos Bible Software makes it easy to access the resources in your library when and where you need them. Our “one license, any platform” philosophy means you can access your content on Mac, Windows, iPhone, iPad, smart phone, and the web. We plan to offer even more interfaces in the future. We are planning task-specific mobile applications that connect to your library and web sites tailored to specific data sets.
Your Logos.com account will let you access your content (and documents you create) wherever you are, with whatever interface you need.
Content. We are planning more content for Bible study. Our scholarlytranslations and databases already make it easier to study the Bible in Greek and Hebrew; our visual resources are an aid in understanding and teaching others. Behind the scenes, we are building metadata that links content together and improves discoverability. An extensive set of tools lets you create your own content, too, ranging from notes to highlights to sentence diagrams. Synchronization with your Logos.com account connects your content to you, not a specific device.
Community. We study, learn, teach, and share in community with others. We are planning new ways to connect with others around Bible study. We will have ways to collaborate on documents, aids to studying in a group, and tools that help you share the fruit of your study with others. You will be able to link your Logos.com account to multiple groups and choose what you share with the communities important to you. And because we know that Logos Bible Software is itself part of a larger community, we plan new ways to connect our tools with the work of others.
Access, content, and community are interwoven; each both enables and is enabled by the other two. The connection point is your Logos.com account. Already this single login manages your content on multiple platforms and identifies you in communities like the Logos Forums and Sermons.Logos.com. In the future it will be even more valuable. (Is your profile filled in?)
How will this master plan be manifested?
That’s the exciting part: we are going to find out together.
We have some ideas, though, and you can see them starting to come together.
Books.Logos.com shows a content-specific search interface for scanned books from a seminary library. (We plan to link Logos Bible Software 4 to this site in the future.)
Sermons.Logos.com shows how community-created content can be shared with new users on the Internet and (through a section in the Passage Guide) inside Logos Bible Software.
Biblia.com is an alternate interface to most of the content in your digital library that is easy to use over the web. For some users it may be all they need for simple Bible reading; for others it’s a way to check a book when they aren’t at their own computer.
Topics.Logos.com exposes the Logos Controlled Vocabulary to everyone, and lets users contribute web links and share reading lists that will automatically show up in Logos 4.
Almanac.Logos.com lets our community of users search and edit a growing database of information on the Christian world (particularly seminaries, at this point). This database provides a platform for connecting users by school, organization, denomination, and area of interest.
Api.Biblia.com offers the power of Logos Bible Software to other web sites, enabling mashups and creative ideas we never imagined.
And we’re not done. There are new projects coming, and we are experimenting and learning as we go. We need to hear from you about what you need, and your ideas about how we can serve and connect more people who want – who need! – to study the Bible.
I am excited about our “master plan,” and thrilled that we get to play this small part in The Master’s Plan. Thanks for sharing in it with us!
We sure have; Logos 4 for Mac has been in Alpha all year long, yet thousands of users have already made the switch. Undeterred by theft or theft, our Mac team has been putting out new Alpha releases every two weeks. And today I’m happy to announce we’ve hit Beta!
Logos 4 for Mac is working well, and we have most features of Logos 4 for Windows up and running on the Mac. (And in some cases running twice as fast!) Beta means we’re confident you can install Logos 4 for Mac and join the thousands already using it as their primary Bible study tool. The developers will be focusing on your feedback, fixing bugs as they are reported, and polishing the user interface.
Then we’ll add the minor missing features and make sure we’re in sync with the 4.1 features already in beta on the Windows side. Moving forward, our goal is simultaneous release of new features on Mac and Windows, and a seamless cross-platform experience for all your books and data: Windows, Mac, iPhone/iPad, and even the web.
To report bugs or get help, be sure to check out our forums, where you’ll find a strong user community and many of our developers hanging-out.
I hope you’ll join me in thanking our development team for their hard work and long hours. They’ve done an amazing job catching up to decades of Windows development in a very short time. And thank you for your patience; I trust you will find the result a blessing and an aid in more and better Bible study!
If you are interested in the beta for yourself, you can buy a Logos 4 base package, upgrade to Logos 4, or download the free beta and try it out. You’re going to be glad you did!
But it wasn’t yesterday, it was a month ago, on June 11th.
Apparently they liked the way we loaded up those iMacs as developer workstations, because they came back last week and took all the replacements. And this time they left behind the PCs owned by the company we’re sub-leasing space from. That “Switch” campaign is finally sinking in!
Twice-bitten by the big city, we’re going to hunker down here in low-crime Bellingham (where we’re in our own more secure and video-surveilled space) and work hard to keep our Mac product moving ahead. Maybe we can move the Mac developers to a 24×7 schedule; we’d get the dual benefit of speeding development and having a night-watch team!