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Logos 4: Select a Note File for Highlighting Notes

Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars and provides many training materials.

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In last week’s blog I explained how with the newly released Logos 4.5, highlighted text now becomes a new Note in a Note File. Every time we highlight text, that marked up text becomes part of the title of a new Note in a Note File. But which Note File? By default, Logos places the Highlighting Notes in a Note File with the same name as the highlighting palette. For example, text highlighted with the style On Fire goes to a Note File named Emphasis Markup (the palette containing the On Fire style). Text highlighted with the style Israel goes to a Note File named Inductive (the palette containing the Israel style).

We can, however, select a different destination Note File for each highlighting palette used:

  • Choose Tools | Highlighting
  • Rest the cursor on the name of a Highlighting palette like Inductive (1).
  • Click the drop down menu (arrow icon) that appears on the right of the pal­ette title bar (2).
  • Click the drop down menu (arrow icon) on the Save in section at the bottom of the menu (3).
  • Select (4):
    • Palette-specific note file to save Notes created with this palette of styles in the Note File bearing the name of the Highlighting palette (as explained above).
    • Most recent note file to save Notes created with this palette of styles in the Note File that was most recently active or used.
    • A note file from the list of all note files to save Notes created with this palette of styles in that specific Note File (existing Note Files created on the File menu will be listed here).

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Please note, EXISTING Highlighting Notes created with styles from this palette will NOT be affected. All future Highlighting Notes created with styles from this palette, however, will now be saved in this designated Note File.

You can download for FREE the new Notes and Highlighting chapters from the updated Logos Bible Software Training Manuals Volumes 1 and 2.

 

How do you use notes and highlights to study? Leave a comment and let us know!

Logos 4: Logos 4.5 Highlights Equal Notes

Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars and provides many training materials.

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The recently released Logos 4.5 contains numerous new features especially in the areas of Notes and Highlighting. For the next few blogs I’d like to walk you some of these exciting enhancements.

The main point to now remember about highlighting is that every time you highlight text in a resource, that highlight becomes a Note in a Note File. A highlight equals a Note. For example,

  • Open a Logos resource
  • Choose Tools | Highlighting
  • Expand a highlighting palette such as Highlighter Pens (A) to reveal specific styles such as Blue Highlighter 
  • Select text in the resource (B)
  • Click Blue Highlighter in the Highlighting panel (C)

Notice several things that occurred simultaneously:

  • The selected text gets highlighted with the blue pen (B)
  • Logos indicates at the bottom of the Highlighting panel that an Annotation (Note) has been added to the Note File named Highlighted Pens (D)
  • Choose the File menu to see that newly created Note File named Highlighter Pens (E)
  • Click the Note File on the File menu or at the bottom of the Highlighting panel to open it

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By default, every time you highlight text with a Highlighter Pen it will be added to this same Note File!

In a future blog you’ll learn to change the Note File to which these Highlights are added. In case you can’t wait, you can download for FREE the new Notes and Highlighting chapters from the updated Logos Bible Software Training Manuals Volumes 1 and 2.

What is your favorite Logos 4.5 update? Leave a comment and let us know!

Logos 4: A Daily Devotion with Carson’s Books and M’Cheyne’s Bible Reading Plan

Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars and provides many training materials.

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Several people have e-mailed me recently asking my suggestions on using D.A. Carson’s calendar devotionals, For the Love of God, Volumes 1 and 2, into a daily quiet time. So here are some thoughts. First, Carson’s books incorporate Robert M’Cheyne’s Bible reading plan, which takes us through the New Testament and Psalms twice a year and the rest of Scripture once. For each day’s reading, Carson offers some insights and encouragement. If you own these volumes, make sure to read the Preface and Introduction, in which the author explains his goals for the books.

Now here’s a way to incorporate both M’Cheyne’s plan and Carson’s books into a daily devotion time:

  • Open For the Love of God, Volume 1 and/or Volume 2.
  • If you open both, link them together by choosing the panel menu on each and selecting Link Set A on each as well (A).
  • Choose the panel menu on one of the books and select Show table of contents.
  • Select Title Page from the contents pane (B).
  • Close the table of contents.
  • Open your Preferred Bible (C).
  • Arrange the resources as you like on the screen.
  • Choose the Layouts menu.
  • Name the Now snapshot something like Quiet Time.
  • Return to the Layouts menu and drag your newly created Named Layout to the Shortcuts bar (D).
  • Each day, click the new shortcut icon to load this Quiet Time layout.

When the layout loads, please notice on the title page of For the Love of God a link called Today’s Reading (E). Click the link to move Carson’s book(s) to today’s date.

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Now click a Bible reference link in Carson’s book to move your preferred Bible to that location. Click each Bible reference link in Carson’s to complete M’Cheyne’s Bible reading plan for the day.

I truly hope this simple layout will assist you in your daily walk with the Lord.

If you don’t yet own Carson’s books, I think you’ll be encouraged by them.

What is your favorite devotional to read each day? Leave a comment and let us know!

Logos 4: Graph Bible Search Results

Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars and provides many training materials.

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The old adage, “a picture is worth a thousand words”, may partially be true with Logos Bible searching. To find out what I mean try this:

  • Click the Search icon to open the Search panel
  • Select Bible as the search type
  • Set from the drop down lists the New Testament in the ESV to be searched
  • Type hope in the Find box
  • Make sure Match all word forms on the search panel menu is NOT checked
  • Press the Enter key to generate the search results which should be 74 results in 68 verses
  • Click Graph results on the Search panel’s toolbar which opens the Graph Bible Search Results (GBSR) panel
  • Select Number of hits in book from the drop  down list on the GBSR panel
  • Select a “graph” such as Column Chart from the bottom of the GBSR panel

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Notice how the book of Romans stands out on the chart! Does this say anything about hope in Romans? Perhaps.

Try selecting different types of hits from the drop down list and different graphs from the bottom of the panel, to produce hopefully insightful search results.

What word do you think has the most interesting graph? Leave a comment and let us know!

Kick Off 2012 with a Logos Bible Reading Plan

The new year is upon us—a time for making resolutions and setting goals. What better way to start 2012 than with a new Bible reading plan?

Following a Bible reading plan is an easy way to become more familiar with the Scriptures—one day at a time. It can be a tremendous boon to a more consistent prayer life, deepening your understanding of theology, and fostering biblical wisdom that better equips you to confront life’s challenges.

We believe in the value of Bible reading plans. We also understand that there is no one-size-fits-all plan for everyone. That’s why with Logos you can use any of your favorite reading plans or easily create a custom Bible reading plan to suit your needs. And it’s never too late to start, since Logos lets you set the beginning and end dates for every plan—no matter what time of year.

With daily reminders on your home page, you’ll never lose track of where you are. And even if you do get behind, you can quickly adjust your plan in Logos to catch up to the current day. Never skip another reading! (We are also working on a fix to sync your reading plans with your mobile devices, letting you bring your reading plan with you wherever you go. Stay tuned for future announcements!)

Want to dig deeper? One of the advantages of doing your 2012 Bible reading in Logos is the ability to quickly discover word meanings, navigate to similar passages, and pull up any related resources. Turn your daily readings into opportunities for deeper Bible study—all without leaving Logos!

Bibles for Just $10!

To help you achieve your new reading goals, we’ve discounted popular Bibles like the NASB, ESV, and KJV to only $10 for a limited time! Paired with a new Bible reading plan, it’s the perfect time to try out a new translation or add a favorite to your library.

Achieving that New Years’ resolution just got a whole lot easier with Logos.

Also check out the on-going discussions on our Facebook page about different reading plan options as well as helpful tips for staying committed.

Camp Logos 2 Live: A Worthwhile Investment

Camp Logos 2 Live will be shipping Monday, January 16, 2011. Order it now at the amazing Pre-Pub price!

Our Platinum base package comes with more books than most people have in their homes. When you combine these with any of the 12,000+ titles for sale at Logos, you have an opportunity to add a depth and breadth to your Bible study that most only dream of.

However, it’s not enough to just have a big library with lots of powerful tools—knowing how to use those tools is the key to getting the most out of the resources you own. Learning to organize and arrange your library is integral to maximizing the full potential of Logos 4.

Toward that end, we would like to draw your attention to Camp Logos 2 Live. In Camp Logos 2 Live authorized Logos trainer Morris Proctor takes you beyond his popular two-day Camp Logos training seminar and Camp Logos Live DVD, and focuses on two major training areas: organizing your books and utilizing Logos features.

Organize Your Resources

Using systematic tags, Morris shows you a multi-layered organizational scheme which allows you to account for and easily access all of the resources in your growing Logos library.

Imagine having all of your commentaries arranged to appear in the categories and order you desire with the click of one icon on the Shortcuts bar.

Or think of all your books catalogued so that, regardless of what verse you’re studying, you instantly see what your ethics, theology, or apologetics books say about that verse!

Or envision studying a subject and quickly accessing a harmony, topical Bible, or dictionarywith a simple right click—without leaving your current resource.

Morris’ plan will teach you to do all this and more.

Remember, even though Morris is our official trainer, he’s first and foremost a Bible teacher using Logos for his own biblical research and sermon prep. The organizational plan he presents comes straight from his own use of Logos Bible Software.

Morris will equip you to:

  • Unlock the power of those mysterious LN numbers in your Bible
  • Locate specific information without wading through thousands of search hits
  • Read a biblical passage syntactically
  • Distinguish singular and plural pronouns in your Bibles
  • Search classic books like Training of the Twelve, Figures of Speech Used in the Bible, and St. Paul the Traveler
  • Show you the power of numerous and often overlooked features
  • And much more!

We often say that using Logos Bible Software is as easy as entering a passage and clicking “Go”, but that’s only the beginning. Let Morris help you get the most out of your resources and unlock Logos 4′s amazing potential.

Some may ask, “Is Camp Logos 2 Live really worth the investment?” And the answer is an emphatic, “Yes!” Many Camp Logos 2 attendees say the session on Louw-Nida numbers alone is worth the price.

Simply put, Camp Logos 2 Live is an investment you can’t afford not to make. And if you hurry, you can get Camp Logos 2 Live while it’s still on Pre-Pub. It ships on January 16, 2011, so act quickly!

Logos 4: Shortcuts for the Shortcuts in the Command Bar

Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars and provides many training materials.

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As I use Logos Bible Software, I’m all about saving time with the technology so I can devote more time to actual Bible study and meditation. Toward that end we Logos users recently enjoyed a very helpful blog about the Command bar, which allows us to type timesaving shortcuts.

For example we can type: Open ESV to John 3:16 to quickly open the ESV to that specific passage.

Would you believe there are even shortcuts for these shortcuts? Try typing some of these and then press the Enter key to execute the command:

  • nave to heaven opens Nave’s Topical Bible to the article for heaven
  • east to Corinth opens Easton’s Bible Dictionary to the article for Corinth
  • bkc to ep3.17 opens The Bible Knowledge Commentary to the entry for Ephesians 3:17
  • nasb to ps23 opens the New American Standard Bible to Psalm 23
  • pas gui to lk4 opens the Passage Guide to Luke 4
  • exe gui to ro8.28 opens the Exegetical Guide to Romans 8:28
  • bib wor st to forgive opens the Bible Word Study to forgive

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This may appear to be almost comical, but if you use the Command bar a lot, finding the least amount of characters to type to activate your favorite features will save you a lot of time over the course of your study. I encourage you to experiment with your favorite commands and come up with your own shortcuts.

If you enjoyed this time timesaving shortcut, make sure to check out Timesaving Tips, vol 1. And on that note, we’d like to share some exciting news: be looking for Timesaving Tips, vol. 2, which will be announced very soon!

What do you think is the most helpful shortcut in Logos 4? Leave a comment and let us know!

How to Create Your Own Logos Wish List!

With the number of Logos resources available, it’s getting difficult to keep track of all the great stuff you’ve discovered on Logos.com. But what if you could add those discoveries to your own wish list? Now you can!

When you’re signed into your Logos.com account, you’ll find “Add to wish list” links on live product pages (see above), and also on search results.Click these links to build your wish list.

Reviewing  your wish list is as easy as going to your account and clicking on the “Wish List” tab.

If you hit the “Edit” link at the top of your wish list, you can give your wish list a specific name, see the dates you added items to your list, as well as make your list private or public (public wish lists coming soon).

You can also make multiple wish lists in case you want one specifically for commentaries, ministry books, or want a special list to make public.

This is only the beginning of what we have planned for wish lists. Like I said, we intend to enable you to share wish lists as well as make gift purchases off of others’ wish lists. We have many other exciting things planned, but we’re keeping those under our hat for now.

And if you find your list is getting too long, there is a helpful “Add List to Cart” button. So head to Logos.com and start building your list now!

Preview Books on Logos.com!

Have you noticed the new “See Inside” feature at Logos.com? Now you can preview multiple pages of many resources available from Logos.

Getting a glimpse inside the content on Logos.com is as easy as visiting an individual product page (we will be integrating this feature into collections soon) and clicking the “See Inside” button on the product image. A lightbox will open, letting you see a number of random pages throughout the resource.

Now you can look through thousands of resources before adding them to your library. But be careful! You might find yourself filling up your wish list (Oh, have we not mentioned wish lists yet? More to come . . . . )

Logos 4: Quickly Preview Different Bibles

Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars and provides many training materials.

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We of course have our favorite Bible as we read and study the Scripture: ESV, NASB, KJV, etc. It’s always a good idea, however, to read a passage in multiple versions. If we’re reading in the ESV, seeing how the NKJV translates the same passage may help us understand the text a little better. Here’s a very quick way to see other Bibles as you read in your preferred Bible:

  • Open a Bible to a passage like the Christmas story in Luke 2:1
  • Press the F7 key on the keyboard (if you’re a Mac user you’ll probably also need to hold down the fn key)

What appears on the screen is a preview of Text Comparison which is located on the Tools menu. This popup preview, using the prioritized Bibles as set in the Library, displays as many Bibles as you have room for on the screen!

If you’d like to see a range of verses in the preview, simply type that range in the reference box of the Bible. For example type Luke 2:1-10 in the box and then press F7 (Mac user don’t forget the fn key) and watch what happens!

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What is your favorite Bible translation? Leave a comment and let us know!

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