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Logos Bible Software for Mac 1.2.2

A new version of Logos Bible Software for Mac is now available for download. Version 1.2.2 fixes a couple of bugs: a font display issue that occurred in some reports with Snow Leopard and a search problem with queries ending with search operators. Everyone running Safari 4 (whether you’re using Snow Leopard or not) should update to 1.2.2.

As with earlier updates, version 1.2.2 is free to existing users and can be downloaded from your Logos.com account. Go to Logos.com, sign in, navigate to My Account > Order History, and then click on the order number for your Mac engine or base package order.

At the bottom of the order page, you’ll see a “Files to Download” section.

Click the “Download” link next to LogosMac1.2.2.dmg to save it to your Mac, and then double-click the file to install the update. Follow the instructions, and you should be up and running with the latest version in just a minute or two.

If you don’t have a Logos.com account, don’t see the link below your Mac order, or have any other troubles updating, please contact our Mac Customer Service team at 800-875-6467 or macsupport@logos.com.

Wrestling with the Verses

Bible Study MagazineExegetical preaching has always been my Achilles heel, not because it is so difficult, but because I wanted to present the Scriptures in a way that was the most advantageous for the people in my care. One of the issues that I always struggled with was how easy it was for people to read a couple verses or chapters a day in their Bibles and never understand how those verses and chapters fit into the context of the epistle, gospel, or narrative from whence they came.

In our Christian sub-culture sometimes we, unintentionally, present things in ways that are counter-intuitive to our desired goals. If our goal is Scriptural understanding and fidelity, we need to be wary of presenting the Scriptures as stand-alone aphorisms. While making us more familiar with some Scripture, presenting the Bible in little, isolated parcels can easily lead us away from the authors intended point.

Christopher R. Smith’s article Chapter & Verses: Who Needs Them? in a recent issue of Bible Study Magazine is a fabulous reminder of not only how God breathed and divinely prepared the Scriptures are, but also how useful breaking up the Scriptures into chapters and verses has been for us. It is nice to also be reminded that, as useful as this delineation of the Bible into chapter and verse may be, we may in fact be doing the Word a disservice by feeling beholden to it. Sometimes it may be more important to be mindful of the authors natural structure.

I have a subscribed to many Christian periodicals over the years, and obviously some have been better than others. But I have to say, I have yet to pick up an issue of Bible Study Magazine that I haven’t found encouraging and edifying.

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Great Bible Giveaway – September

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The second month of our Great Bible Giveaway is over, and 12 ultra premium Bibles are on their way to the winners! If you didn’t win last month, don’t worry—we have 48 more Bibles to give away between now and the end of December.

This September, Bible.Logos.com is giving away another 12 exquisitely crafted premium Bibles. Visit the Great Bible Giveaway page for details on how to enter, as well as the full contest rules and prize list.

This month we will be giving away:

  1. ESV Calfskin Study Bible (retail: $239.99) from Crossway
  2. KJV Concord Cambridge Calfskin (retail: $199.99) from Cambridge
  3. NASB In Touch Ministries Wide Margin Edition, Burgundy Calfskin (Retail $149.99) from Lockman Foundation
  4. NASB Large Print Ultrathin Reference, Black Calfskin (Retail $149.99) from Lockman Foundation
  5. NASB Side Column Reference Wide Margin Limited Edition, Black Calfskin (Retail $149.99) from Lockman Foundation
  6. NIV Fine Leather Archaeological (retail: $104.99) from Zondervan
  7. NIV New Women’s Devotional Renaissance Fine Leather (retail: $59.99) from Zondervan
  8. NKJV Wide Margin Reference Goatskin (retail $229.99) from Cambridge
  9. NKJV UltraSlim Bible Signature Series, Black Calfskin (Retail $129.99) from Thomas Nelson
  10. NLT Tyndale Select, Black Calfskin (Retail $135.00) from Tyndale
  11. NLT Tyndale Select, Black Calfskin (Retail $135.00) from Tyndale
  12. TNIV Reference Bible, Black Renaissance Fine Leather (Retail $99.99) from Zondervan

To read how the Great Bible Giveaway got started, check out our original Bible Giveaway post.

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Logos Bible Software for Mac 1.2.1 Brings Snow Leopard Compatibility

Today many Mac users around the globe are upgrading to Apple’s latest and greatest operating system, OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. Our developers have been testing Logos for Mac 1.2 on pre-release builds of Snow Leopard and have found an issue that causes a handful of resources to crash the application.

Today we’re releasing version 1.2.1 to fix this bug. As with earlier updates, version 1.2.1 is free to existing users and can be downloaded from your Logos.com account. It’s also now available for purchase as a download.

Just head over to Logos.com, sign in, navigate to My Account > Order History, and then click on the order number for your Mac engine or base package order.

At the bottom of the order page, you’ll see a “Files to Download” section.

Click the “Download” link next to LogosMac1.2.1.dmg to save it to your Mac, and then double-click the file to install the update. Follow the instructions, and you should be up and running with the latest version in just a minute or two.

If you don’t have a Logos.com account, don’t see the link below your Mac order, or have any other troubles updating, please contact our Mac Customer Service team at 800-875-6467 or macsupport@logos.com.

There’s a known font issue that causes some display problems in certain reports. We’re working on version 1.2.2 to correct this bug.

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We thrive on your feedback!

Logos Bible Software Mobile

From day one Logos has had a passion for customer service and support—we love our customers!

Everyone in our company has a mandate to provide the best customer service in the universe. So much so, that our CEO/President has repeatedly made it publicly clear that if our staff of nearly 200 can’t make you happy, he will personally address your concerns himself!

From customer service and technical support on our toll-free line (USA/Canada), user surveys, and the ability for everyone to send us suggestions and feedback (which we actually read) at suggest@logos.com, to the new community forums where many of our staff members read and engage in the discussion—we want to serve you, and we thrive on your feedback.

That is why we are so pleased, humbled, thankful, and honored to have received a perfect 5 out of 5 stars award from Google Shopping, and to rank in the Top 5 Rated Websites at Reseller Ratings out of nearly 20,000 stores and 360,000+ reviews.

It is especially rewarding to see that our efforts to provide the best customer service in the world are noticed by our customers. It is great to believe we give good service, but it is good to see our customers agree—the #1 most frequently mentioned term in our customers’ reviews according to the Google Shopping report is “customer service.”

Please help us keep our good name!

We want to make sure all of our customers are taken care of with excellence, and we want you to be able to honestly tell the world that we are a great company to do business with. If you can’t—we want to fix that right away.

If you have ever placed an order at Logos.com and you would like to contribute your own public review of the experience, please go to your order history to find your most recent order ID, then go to Reseller Ratings to submit a review with your most recent order ID as your “invoice number.”

If for some reason you aren’t comfortable giving us a glowing review, we want to take care of you right away and do what we can to make you a happy customer! Please call us at 1-800-875-6467 or email cs@logos.com so we can help you. If that doesn’t work, ask for the president—we want you to be taken care of!

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Great Bible Giveaway—July Winners

We are excited to announce the first round of winners for the Great Bible Giveaway. With 12 premium Bibles given away in July, we have 60 more to go! Be sure to head over to the Great Bible Giveaway and enter this month’s drawing. This month we’re giving away 12 more premium Bibles, including a limited edition King James calfskin Bible that comes in a cherry wood display case!

Congratulations to last month’s winners. Will you be on this list next month? Enter today!

  1. T. Marshall, NC—TNIV, Black Renaissance Fine Leather (Retail $99.99) from Zondervan
  2. P. Albright, AL—NIV New Women’s Devotional, Espresso Renaissance Fine Leather (Retail $59.99) from Zondervan
  3. C. Land, TX—NIV Study Bible, Black Goatskin (Retail $229.99) from Cambridge Bibles
  4. M. Peterson, TX—NASB In Touch Ministries Wide Margin Edition, Burgundy Calfskin (Retail $149.99) from Lockman Foundation
  5. M. Kiesewetter, AZ—NASB Large Print Ultrathin Reference, Black Calfskin (Retail $149.99) from Lockman Foundation
  6. M. Gatlin, MN—NASB Side Column Reference Wide Margin Special Limited Edition, Black Calfskin (Retail $149.99) from Lockman Foundation
  7. S. Di Mauro, ON—ESV Study Bible, Black Calfskin (Retail $239.99) from Crossway
  8. T. Dinkins, CA—NLT Tyndale Select, Black Calfskin (Retail $135.00) from Tyndale
  9. J. Kaess, FL—NLT Tyndale Select, Black Calfskin (Retail $135.00) from Tyndale
  10. T. Cavalier, TX—NKJV UltraSlim Bible Signature Series, Black Calfskin (Retail $129.99) from Thomas Nelson
  11. J. Dunne, MI—NIV Study Bible, Black Renaissance Fine Leather (Retail $124.99) from Zondervan
  12. D. Banks, IL—TNIV, Black Renaissance Fine Leather (Retail $99.99) from Zondervan

A Product That Reflects Its Maker

Today’s guest blogger is Jayson Bradley, the newest addition to our marketing team.

As the new guy in the marketing department, I write my first blog post only eleven days after walking through the doors as an employee. I thought that I would use this opportunity to give you faithful readers of our blog a small peek behind the curtain into the inner workings of your favorite Bible software company.

I have been a Logos Bible Software user for many, many years, but I had no idea how much the experience of working with Logos Bible Software (the software) would mirror working at Logos Bible Software (the company). Let me give you a couple of examples of what I mean.

One of my favorite things about using Logos has always been the startup sound; it has always seemed so relaxing, almost anticipatory as if it was promising something special was going to happen soon. Walking into the Logos building gives off that same ambience; a simple, classy presentation, the dulcet sounds of reception and a feeling that something exceptional is happening here.

Another thing I have always loved about Logos is the cleanliness of the interface. For such a powerful tool that offers so much, there is a simple elegance you can see right from the home page. In the same way, the main hallway that greets you off of reception also carries an authoritative simplicity; one that is both inviting and inspiring.

In the future I would love to address the operational efficiency, the diversity of roles and applications, the ease of use, and the productivity that I see mirrored already in both the Logos organization and the software that bears its name.

It would seem that the things that I have loved about Logos the software seem to come not just from design but are woven into the climate and culture of Logos the company.

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Logos Bible Software for Mac 1.2 Now Available

Last night we put the finishing touches on Logos for Mac 1.2 and made it live for all Logos for Mac users. As with earlier updates, version 1.2 is a free update that you can download from your Logos.com account. It’s also now available for purchase as a download (the 1.2 DVD will be another week or two).

In addition to fixing a number of bugs, 1.2 adds some cool new features like Bible Speed Search, Parallel Resource Associations, printing, the ability to choose an English font, and more. Read the new support article to see the complete list of changes.

Just head over to Logos.com, sign in, navigate to My Account > Order History, and then click on the order number for your Mac engine or base package order.

At the bottom of the order page, you’ll see a “Files to Download” section.

Click the “Download” link next to LogosMac1.2.dmg to save it to your Mac, and then double-click the file to install the update. Follow the instructions, and you should be up and running with the latest version in just a minute or two.

If you don’t have a Logos.com account, don’t see the link below your Mac order, or have any other troubles updating, please contact our Mac Customer Service team at 800-875-6467 or macsupport@logos.com.

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Four Years and Counting

Four years ago, on July 29, 2005, Bob kicked off the Logos blog with this introductory post. Here’s why we started the blog:

Our goal is to make Logos more open and accessible and to improve our communication with you. Please join us in the process: ask questions, make suggestions, and tell us how we can serve you better.

From our perspective, the blog has accomplished its purpose fairly well. We’ve posted about 950 times—usually every Monday through Friday—more than 15,000 of you get our daily posts in your RSS reader or email inbox, and you respond with great questions and suggestions that lead us to improve our software, products, and websites.

But there’s always room for improvement.

What would you like to be different here at the blog? More posts? Fewer posts? More people blogging? More posts about Greek? Take our new poll, and leave your feedback in the comments or send it to us at blog@logos.com.

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Logos Bible Software on an SD Card

Netbooks like the Acer Aspire One, ASUS Eee PC, Dell Inspiron Mini, HP Mini, Lenovo IdeaPad, and MSI Wind are rapidly growing in popularity due to the amount of computer they pack into such a portable size at such a low price point.

One of the things that allows these devices to be so small is the absence of an optical drive. But with no DVD/CD drive, how are you supposed to install your software? There are a few ways to do it (e.g., see this support article), but they can be overly complicated for many users.

Most software still comes on a CD or DVD, but software companies are looking to alternate delivery methods to accommodate the growing number of computers without optical drives. Moving to downloadable software is one solution. It’s something we’ve been doing for a while with most of our add-on collections and books, and it’s something we’re considering for our base collections in the future.

Another option is to move to a smaller, more universal media format—and nothing is hotter right now than flash. The most popular and universal form of flash memory is the USB thumb drive. Every computer has a USB port. But thumb drives have the disadvantage of protruding outside of the computer, making them not a very good choice for long-term use; and they tend to be a tad pricier than other forms of flash memory.

For these reasons we’ve decided to start delivering a media-only* version of our base packages via SD cards. Most if not all netbooks have built-in SD card readers, and since the SD card doesn’t stick out, you can leave it in and run your books right off the card if you need the extra space on your internal hard drive or SSD.

We’re now selling 2GB and 4GB versions of our Media-Only SD Cards. If you purchase Christian Home Library, Bible Study Library, or Leader’s Library, you’ll need only the 2GB version. But if you think you might upgrade down the road, you might want to consider purchasing the 4GB version to give you the ability to expand your library without having to purchase an additional card later. Original Languages Library and Scholar’s Library (all three flavors) will need the 4GB version.

* “Media-only” means you’ll have to add it on to a base package purchase in order to unlock any of the included books.

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