Logos 4: Use a Passage in Biblical Things

mp|seminars TipsToday’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.

Biblical Things in Logos 4 (Tools | Biblical Things) displays images from your library related to things or objects such as sheep, cornerstone, etc. Image you’re studying a passage like Ephesians 6 in which Paul mentioned a lot of things as he discussed the armor of God. You may get tired of typing each individual word into the report window. Here’s a tip to help out: [Read more...]

Logos 4: Bookmark the Passage You’re Studying

mp|seminars TipsToday’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.

I not only have the privilege of being the authorized Logos trainer, but I am also a Bible preacher-teacher. This means I use Logos for my own Bible study and sermon prep. Here is a little trick I incorporate into my Logos work: I always reserve Bookmark 1 for the passage I am investigating.

For example, if this week I am in Romans 6.1-11, I do this:

  • Open my ESV to Romans 6.1
  • Press Ctrl + Shift + 1 to set Bookmark 1 (Cmd + Shift + Option + 1 for Mac)

Then as I study the passage, I may leave Romans 6 to track down a cross reference or examine another topic. To quickly return home to this week’s passage, I simply press Ctrl + 1 (Cmd + 1 for Mac)!

Logos 4: Display Your English Bibles

mp|seminars TipsToday’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.

I received an e-mail recently from a Logos user asking how to see all of the English Bibles he owns. Here’s what I told him:

  • Press Ctrl +L (PC) or Cmd + L (Mac) to open the Library in a floating window
  • Enter this text in the Library’s Find or search box: type:Bible AND lang:English

That rule tells Logos to display all of the resources containing the word Bible in the type field and at the same time English in the language field. Hence, Logos displays your English Bibles!

Logos 4: Shortcuts for the Reference 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.

As you’re working in a versified book (primarily Bibles and commentaries) you’ll find yourself constantly typing Bible verses in its reference box. For example, if you’re in a Bible you can type Ps 23 in the reference box, press the Enter key and jump to that location. Here are a couple of little tricks to help out in that reference box:

  • You can press Ctrl + G (PC) or Cmd + G (Mac) to select all of the text in the reference box. This saves you from having to constantly move the cursor into the box and manually select text.
  • Make sure to use abbreviations: Jn 3:16 or jn3.16 or jn3 16 all will take you to John 3:16.
  • Use a ‘super short’ reference to navigate within the same section of a Bible or commentary. For example, if the reference box contains John 10.2, press Ctrl + G or Cmd + G to select the text, just type 10, and press the Enter key to jump to John 10:10! Type 17.1 to jump to John 17:1.

Logos 4: Limit the Display of Documents in the File Menu

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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.

In Logos Bible Software 4 you can create various types of documents in the File menu: Prayer Lists, Passage Lists, Notes, etc. After a while, when you return to the File menu to open a document, you’ll probably discover a long list of various types of documents. Locating the specific one you want may prove challenging. Here’s a little trick to hopefully help out:

  • Choose the File menu
  • In the Find or Search box to the right of Open type:
    • Passage to display only your Passage Lists
    • Prayer to display only your Prayer Lists
    • Note to display only your Note files
    • Reading to display only your Reading Plans

You get the idea. This tip obviously reduces a long list to a manageable list.

Camp Logos Is Coming to London

Camp Logos: London

Big Ben says it’s time for Camp Logos in London. That’s right – Camp Logos crosses the big pond!

  • When: February 15–16, 2011
  • What: Camp Logos Bible Software Training
  • Where: The Proclamation Trust
    140-148 Borough High Street
    London SE1 1 LB

Since Camp Logos doesn’t make it to the UK that often, we’re adding a feature-packed, optional third day of training on February 17th that will include many of the topics normally covered in Camp Logos 2.

In case you’re unfamiliar with Camp Logos, allow me to explain. As an owner of Logos Bible Software you know how powerful it is. Are you, however, unleashing that power? Most Logos users admit to only using a fraction, perhaps 10%, of the software’s potential. Camp Logos, a two-day, hands-on training seminar, equips you to unlock much of the other 90%. For over 13 years, the authorized Logos trainer, Morris Proctor with MP Seminars, has trained thousands of Logos users at Camp Logos. Pastors, professors, Bible study leaders, housewives, truck-drivers and more have all benefited from Morris’ thorough and practical presentation.

New Logos users state that Morris teaches them more in two days than they could learn in two years on their own. Seasoned Logos users testify they thought they knew the program until they attended Camp Logos.

We want you to experience firsthand the excitement of Camp Logos. So if you’ll be in the London area February 15–16, please register for Camp. If you’re thinking of vacationing in the UK, why not add Camp Logos to your agenda?

For a complete schedule and registration information, click here. And don’t forget to sign up for the additional third day of training which covers many of the features discussed in Camp Logos 2.

Today’s guest post is by David Kitchen, from the MP Seminars.

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Logos 4: Quickly Open a Dictionary

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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.

While reading books as a boy, I constantly came to words I didn’t understand. When I asked my parents or teachers for help, the standard reply was, "Look up the word in a dictionary." And you know the rest, ". . . because if I told you the answer you wouldn’t learn anything for yourself."

You probably have similar memories. The truth is, as adults we still need to look up words in a dictionary. You’ll be happy to know Logos makes that process very simple.

As you come to English words in a Bible, commentary, devotional, or most any Logos resource, simply double click the word. Logos will then open the first prioritized dictionary it finds with an entry for your word! The double click is the shortcut for looking up your word.

To set the book that normally opens:

  • Open the Library
  • Click Prioritize
  • Drag over from the left, an English dictionary or Bible dictionary to the Prefer these resources list on the right

You can prioritize as many dictionaries as you want, just make sure your favorite is the first dictionary in the list.

For example, prioritize Easton’s Bible Dictionary and then double click Barnabas in Acts 4.36. Easton’s immediately opens to the article for Barnabas!

Logos 4: Quickly Open a Commentary

mp|seminars TipsToday’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.

A lot of times we find ourselves just casually reading the Bible in Logos. We then come to a verse for which we need a little insight. We don’t want to run an in-depth Passage or Exegetical Guide; we just want to quickly view a commentary for our passage. Here’s how I set up Logos to accomplish this:

  • Open the Bible Knowledge Commentary (BKC)
  • Drag the tab of the BKC to the Shortcuts bar (the area to the right of the Command box)

Notice Logos places an icon of the BKC on the Shortcuts bar. Now when you’re reading in the Bible, click this icon to open the BKC to the same passage you’re reading!

Of course, you can substitute your favorite study Bible or commentary for the BKC. I suggest, however, using a commentary that covers the whole Bible, so it will always open to where you’re reading in the Bible.

Logos 4: Add Verses in Selected Text to a Passage List

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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.

Sometimes you’ll find yourself wanting to make a list of Bible cross references from a resource like New Nave’s Topical Bible or The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge. With Logos that process is very simple:

  • Chose File | Passage List
  • Name the Passage List
  • In the resource, select (highlight) text containing Bible cross references
  • On the Passage List click Add | . . . selected text

All of the verses you highlighted in the resource are quickly added to your Passage List at the same time!

By creating numerous Passage Lists you can build your own collection of verses for various topics such as heaven, justification, holiness, etc!

Of course you can return to the File menu to reopen and edit these lists.

Get the Books You Want at 50% Off

Christmas Specials

With the 2010 Christmas sale comes the opportunity to buy thousands of titles at 50%. This is your chance to build the collection of your dreams from an enormous number of discounted resources.

How did we come up with all of these titles?

With the new Logos.com website, your ability to fine tune your search criteria increased exponentially. Faceted browsing allows you to filter your searches by topic, resource type, author, publisher, Bible book, status, platform, and so much more.

It is amazing how many great resources were lost in the shuffle due to the limitations of our old search engine. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if there were hundreds of titles that you didn’t even know were available from Logos! We had fun pulling more than 2,000 of these forgotten gems out, dusting them off, and offering them to you at 50% off.

There are so many titles, I don’t know where to begin!

When you first see the itemized list of sale titles, we’ll admit it can be pretty overwhelming. The default list view is 124 pages of resources with 15 resources a page. Having the biggest sale we have ever offered does come with its challenges. Namely, how do you begin to peruse it all? How do you know what you may have in your library already? How do you find books which are specific to your interests?

Take advantage of the browsing and layout options.

To the left of the product list—under the Narrow Your Results heading—is all the faceted browsing information. There are so many filters to help you fine tune your search results. You can categorize the sales list by

  • Topic
  • Resource Type
  • Author
  • Bible and Apocrypha
  • Product Type
  • Language
  • Series/Sets
  • Publisher
  • Christian Group
  • Platform
  • By simply filtering the sales items by Topic | Ministry Resources, you can narrow the list down to 27 items to browse through. This is a great way to browse through the large number of individual titles in a more manageable fashion.

    Once you choose your search criteria, you can adjust the layout to suit your needs. From the bar above your search results, you can choose to view your results in a list or grid format. You can also use the drop down menu to sort your results by bestselling resources, price, oldest, or newest as well as adjusting the number of results per page.

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    If you want to filter out the items that you already have, you can by adding &unlocked=no or &unlocked=yes to the end of your search URL. As long as you are signed in to your account, it will filter your search result by items you already own.

    Take some time to peruse the list of great individual titles that you can pick up at 50% off this holiday season. You will be surprised by what you find—and what you can’t live without!

    And from all of us at Logos Bible Software, have a very Merry Christmas.