Logos 4: Topic Study from Home Page

 

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 training seminars and provides many training materials.

mp|seminars TipsIf you’ve been using Logos for even a short period of time, you’ve probably already discovered the Passage box on the Home Page. By entering a passage and clicking Go, you are off and running into the world of Bible study. Did you know, though, you can also study a topic or subject from the Home Page passage box? Try this:

  • Type sanctification in the passage box on the Home Page.
  • Notice the first entry in the drop down list is Search for sanctification. (See Image 1)
  • Go ahead and click Search for sanctification.

Image 1.
Logos 4: Topic Study (1)

At this point, a search panel opens. The Library Results section in the panel displays every occurrence of the word sanctification in your entire library. At the top is a section called Topic in which links to articles with the headword Sanctification are listed. Look carefully and you’ll see also links to articles called Consecration which is closely related to sanctification. When searching for a “subject,” Logos takes the initiative to search for related topics.

The line Search for (Sanctification, “Entire Sanctification”, Consecration,…) instead? is hyperlinked (See Image 2). When clicked, Logos will automatically search for all occurrences of each of these terms and update the hits in the Library Results section (See Image 3)!

Image 2.
Logos 4: Topic Study (2)

Image 3.
Logos 4: Topic Study (3)

As you can see, Logos is not only powerful; it is very easy to use!

How has Logos made your study time easier? Let us know by leaving a comment with your time saving tip.

Logos 4: Hide Preferred Bible Section on Home Page

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 training seminars and provides many training materials.

mp|seminars TipsIn your Logos library, you have dozens of Bibles.  Among these, you obviously have your favorite Bible which is called your Preferred Bible in Logos. In the ribbon (narrow band at the top) of the Home Page you can designate your Preferred Bible which looks up cross references as you study with Logos resources.
 
After designating your Preferred Bible, you’re probably not going to change it very often (if at all), so you don’t need to see the Choose preferred Bible section in the ribbon. It is taking up valuable space which could be used to display a Prayer List or Reading Plan. Here’s how easy it is to hide the Choose preferred Bible section:

  • Choose the Customize menu in the lower left corner of the Home Page (1)
  • Uncheck the box Choose preferred Bible in the Features section of the menu (2)

Logos 4: Hide Choose Preferred Bible

That’s it. That section will remain hidden in the ribbon until you check this box again!

What is your preferred Bible? Let us know by leaving a comment with your favorite verse using your preferred Bible translation.

Biblical People, Places, and Things

We are in the midst of forum week and are excited to bring you another training post by forum MVP Mark Barnes. Mark is the pastor of Bethel Evangelical Church in Swansea, UK, and author of the Unofficial Tutorial Videos for Logos 4.

One of the great features in Logos Bible Software 4 is the Bible Facts tool, otherwise known as Biblical People, Biblical Places and Biblical Things. These three tools come with most Logos 4 base packages, and gather an immense amount of information from across your library in seconds. If you’re interested in a person, place or even a “thing” in the Bible, then these tools should be your first port of call. In this tutorial, we’re going to concentrate on Biblical Places (but Biblical People and Things work in just the same way).

Accessing Biblical Places

There are four ways to get access to Biblical Places. The easiest is to choose Biblical Places from the tools menu and then type the name of the place you want in the Biblical Places reference box, or use the Passage Guide (if the passage you’ve chosen mentions a place by name). Advanced users sometimes prefer to type “open biblical places” or even “open biblical places to Antioch” in the command bar. But another great way to access it to right click on a place name in most Bibles, make sure that Place is selected on the right-hand side of the menu, then click Biblical Places on the left. (Click on the images below to see them full sized.)

A Wealth of Information

Once Biblical Places is open to the place you’re interested in you’ll find it incredibly easy to access a wealth of information about that place.

In the top ribbon bar, you’ll find from left to right:

  1. A brief description of the place, and a list of all the Bible verses where it’s mentioned (you can click the … to see more). Biblical Places knows when the same place has different names, and where two different places have the same name. So if you select Jerusalem, Logos also includes references to the City of David that refer to Jerusalem, but doesn’t include the references to City of David that refer to Bethlehem.
  2. A list of all the dictionary articles about that place
  3. Other relevant links (to related places, people or things; to Wikipedia; and to Google maps)
  4. An overview of the map currently displayed in the main window

In the bottom ribbon bar you’ll find from left to right:

  • Thumbnails of interactive Logos maps that mention the place
  • A thumbnail of the special interactive Biblical World Map
  • Thumbnails of Logos InfoGraphics that are related to this place
  • Thumbnails of static maps and images from many resources in your library that are related to this place

If you can’t see all this on your screen, click the small left and right arrows at the end of the ribbon bars to scroll, or maximise the window to make it bigger. You can hover over any of the thumbnails in the bottom bar, to see a preview. Then just click to have it shown in the main window. (In the Biblical People tool, the maps are replaced by Family Trees and other diagrams showing the relationships between people.)

If you can’t see the image or map very well, you can use the ‘Actual Size’ and ‘Fit’ buttons at the top of the screen to change the zoom level, or you can use the mouse-wheel to zoom more precisely. If the map or image is bigger than the window, you can grab it to scroll around. If you want to use the map or image elsewhere, you can right-click on it to copy, save, print or send it to Powerpoint.

Interactive Maps vs. Static Maps

You’ll notice from the list above that there are two types of maps shown, and understanding the different will prevent much head-scratching later. On the left are interactive maps, sometimes called dynamic maps. These were created especially by Logos for the Biblical Places tool. On the right are static maps, which come from other resources in your library. What makes interactive maps so much better than static maps is that with interactive maps:

  • You can zoom right in and still have fantastic quality
  • You can hover over any of the place names to get a brief description
  • You can click on any place name to switch Biblical Places to focus on that place
  • You can open Google Maps to any location on the map (and therefore get a contemporary satellite view, or see what modern towns are nearby)
  • You can use the Find Tool (CTRL+F) to locate other places on the map
  • You can measure distances between two points

Most places will have several maps, but there’s one interactive map that’s worth pointing out specifically. It’s the Biblical World map, and it’s always the right-most interactive map (the last one before the Infographics and static images/maps). The Biblical World map is important because it lists every place. As you zoom in, more and more detail is added, and it should be your map of choice when you want to see how a place relates to other places nearby, as in the screenshot below.

Let me finish by showing you how to measure distances between two places on any interactive map (there’s more information about the other features mentioned in the video below). All you need to do is hold down the CTRL button, then click the mouse button on the place you want to start calculating this distance from. Then, continue to hold the button and move the mouse around the map. The distance calculated as you do, in both miles and kilometres. You can see below that Gilgal is nearly 30 miles from Joppa.

 

If you never used the full power of Biblical Places, why not try some these features now? But this tutorial has explained only some of the great features available. To find out even more, you can watch or download the Unofficial Tutorial video on Bible Facts, which also covers Biblical People and Biblical Things.

Have a Logos 4 feature that you would like to see a post on? Leave us a comment and let us know! Then head over the forums to check out Forum Week.

Lectionary-Based Study with Logos: Part 2

SproulThis is the second half to last week’s Lectionary-Based Study with Logos: Part 1 by Louis St. Hilaire, Logos Bible Software’s Catholic Product Manager.

Using Lectionary Resources in Logos Bible Software

Lectionary resources in Logos Bible Software are designed to make it easy to find the text for the day and to read it in the Bible translation of your choice.

The readings are arranged by calendar date and the book automatically opens at the next set of readings. For each Sunday or feast, the title, the season and the liturgical color is given. The text of the readings for the day is displayed in the translation you specify at the top of the panel, and links are provided that you can use to open your Bible or right-click to quickly open up Logos guides, tools and searches for deeper study and sermon preparation. (Click the images to see them full size.)

Lectionary Readings for the Day

For more general study, you can also find a complete listing of readings organized by liturgical event (i.e. more like a print lectionary that you can re-use year to year) in the “Index of Readings” found at the end of the lectionary.

The home page ribbon also gives you quick access to your lectionary. It displays the title and readings for the next Sunday and opens up your lectionary when you click.

To get your preferred lectionary to show up, prioritize it from Library.

In addition, the “Lectionaries” section of the Passage Guide allows you to quickly see where the passage you’re studying appears in your lectionaries. How and where a passage is used in a lectionary reveals important ways that your passage has been used in worship in connection with other passages or important feasts.

Passage Guide

To get this section to show up in your Passage Guide, click “Add” on the Passage Guide title bar and select “Lectionaries”.

Helps & Commentaries Geared Toward the Lectionary

Besides the lectionary resources mentioned in Part I, Logos also has several commentaries and sermon preparation helps that are specifically geared toward use with a lectionary:

Do you use a lectionary? Leave us a comment and let us know which one.

Logos 4: Clear Your Desktop with One Click

mp|seminars TipsLast Monday’s blog, “Quickly Clean Up a Messy Desktop,” generated some good discussion. One particular comment, given by a Mr. Joe Bella, gave another user a tip for clearing their screen using the Close all command.

We give many tips and shortcuts throughout Camp Logos and in the Camp Logos LIVE DVDs, and this is one of those tips!

There will be times when you are using Logos 4 that you’ll want to clear all of the open resources, tools, and guides that are open on your screen. You can either close each panel individually or use a shortcut:

  • In the Command box, type close all

If you press Enter, the screen will clear. But what if you wanted that command on your Shortcuts bar?

  • Type close all in the Command box (do not press Enter) (See image 1.)
  • Click and drag the Close all command to your Shortcuts bar (See image 2.)

Image 1:

Close-All Toolbar

Image 2:

Close-All Toolbar

You’ll now see a Close all icon on your Shortcuts bar. Whenever you want to clear your screen, just click the icon!

Close-All Toolbar

Do you use your Shortcuts toolbar? If yes, what are some of your favorite shortcuts? Let us know by leaving us a comment.

Logos 4: Quickly Clean Up a Messy Desktop

mp|seminars TipsWhen I primarily studied with print books, I normally spread them out on my desk and quite often “lost” resources as they became buried under others. Where is that commentary? I know it was here a minute ago. I’m sure you can relate.

If we’re not careful the same thing can happen with Logos. We get lost in study and pretty soon we have numerous Bibles, commentaries, dictionaries and the like, all scattered about on the Logos desktop. We may lose valuable study time with a cluttered desk.

Well, help is on the way. If you want to quickly clean up that messy desktop try this:

  • Choose the Layouts menu
  • Click one of the prearranged layouts (the light gray boxes) in the lower left of the menu
Logos 4: Layouts

Logos 4: Layouts

Please notice that Logos tries its best to organize your open resources, placing Bibles with Bibles, commentaries with commentaries, and so on. I only wish someone would do that with my print books on my desk!

What do you think about the preset Layouts? Do you use them, or do you create your own? Let us know by leaving us a comment. Then, feel free to share your Layout with others by uploading a screen capture to Facebook and tagging Logos!

Logos 4: Copy Images from a Resource

mp|seminars TipsDo you ever come across an image in a resource and think it would be nice to use it in a PowerPoint or Keynote presentation? Or within a Word document? Accomplishing that is just a right click away:

  • Open a resource to a location with an image, such as The Bible Knowledge Commentary to Genesis 10:1, where you find an graphic depicting part of Noah’s family tree.
  • Right click on the image.
  • Select Image from the right menu.
  • Select one of the options such as Send to PowerPoint, Send to Keynote, or Copy (of course if you click Copy you’ll have to navigate to a document and execute a Paste).

The Bible Knowledge Commentary: Noah's Family

Have you used an image from Logos in a PowerPoint or Keynote presentation recently? Or are you going to now that you know how easy it is? If so, leave us a comment and let us know which image. Then feel free to upload it to Facebook and tag Logos!

Logos 4: Spacebar Equals Page Down

mp|seminars TipsAs you read through Logos resources, you can “turn the pages” by using the Page Down key on the keyboard. If you’re like me though, sometimes it’s hard to find that little key or keep your finger on it as you move through a resource. Here’s a little trick I always use:

  • Press the Spacebar which is the same as Page Down. I can always find that big key on the keyboard!
  • Need to retrace your steps with Page Up? That’s simply Shift + Spacebar.

These simple shortcuts save me valuable time as I work my way through a resource.

What is your favorite Logos 4 shortcut? Leave us a comment and let us know!

How To: Visualize the Bible with Logos Bible Software

Word Tree: God Is

Word Tree: God Is

The ability to visualize the Bible means more than being able to vividly picture people, places, or events recored in Scripture.

With Logos Bible Software 4, it also means being able to see the actual text of Scripture in a way you’ve never seen it before. To do so, familiarize yourself with the Passage Analysis tool (available in Original Language Library and above). One part of this tool is the Word Tree.

Using the Word Tree, we recently posted an image of Psalms and Genesis 1 to our Facebook Fan page that clearly and beautifully displayed God’s words and actions in diagram form.

We though it would be helpful first to show you how to do these on your own, and then invite you to show us what you can do.

Get started by watching this short video:

As you can see, in just a few steps you can capture your favorite passage using the Word Tree.

To summarize the video, go to Tools | Passage Analysis and select Word Tree. Enter a biblical reference in the passage box like Genesis 1 or 1 Corinthians 13, or get a broader view by entering a full book like Psalms or Revelation. Next, type a word or phrase in the box to the right of the passage such as God, love, or God is.

Now comes the fun part!

Take a screen capture and share your best Word Tree image with us by uploading yours to Facebook and tagging Logos Bible Software (of course, you’ll have to Like us first). Feel free to share the link to your Word Tree image by leaving a comment.

Logos 4: Open Files from the Command Box

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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 training seminars.

 

On the File menu in Logos you can create all sorts of documents: Notes, Visual Filters, Prayer Lists, etc. After a while you will have a long list of documents on the File menu so finding the one you want to open may be challenging. Here is but one way among many to quickly open a document from the long list:

  • Let’s say you created a Passage List called Adoption Verses
  • In the Command box type Open Adoption
  • Click Open Passage List named Adoption Verses from the drop down list of commands

The document opens without your ever having to go to the File menu!

What file type do you commonly use? Leave us a comment and let us know!