Logos 4: Auto Bookmarks

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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.

After reading a while in your Bibles and books you’ll begin to notice little gray hash marks in the vertical scroll bar of the resources. These marks are called Auto Bookmarks.

Imagine as you read print books that you “dog ear” each page you read. That’s what these gray marks are. They indicate every place you’ve been in a particular Bible or book. Rest your cursor on an auto bookmark and you’ll see a preview of the text on the page. Click the mark to jump to that location.

If, however, you’d rather not see the auto bookmarks you can easily hide them:

  • Choose Tools | Program Settings
  • Set Show Auto and Favorite Bookmarks to No

If you have a change of heart, just return to Program Settings and reset the option to Yes.

Training Resources from Morris Proctor

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If you are a regular reader of the Logos blog you know that Monday is typically set aside for Morris Proctor’s training posts. Morris Proctor is the certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. His blog posts are a regular feature, giving insight into getting the most out of Logos 4.

If you look over the last couple of weeks you will find great training tips like:

This is just the beginning of the training that is made available weekly at blog.Logos.com.

In addition to these weekly tips, Morris also leads Camp Logos training seminars around the country. These two-day training sessions in using Logos 4 for Bible study have been a valuable resource for equipping even the most seasoned Logos 4 users. Logos forum MVP, Thomas Black, shared with Logos blog readers just how much he got out of the Camp Logos seminar.

Check the schedule for a listing of upcoming Camp Logos events near you, or join us for “National Camp Logos,” held in Bellingham, Washington, each summer. Next year’s National Camp Logos will be held June 9-10, 2011. If you can make it, you can also enjoy a tour of Logos!

Camp Logos is not the only way to receive training in Logos 4. Morris Proctor also has a number of great resources available from Logos Bible Software.

Make sure you are getting the most out of Logos 4 with these valuable training tools!

Logos 4: Create Your Own Study Bible

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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.

With Logos Bible Software 4 you can in essence create your own study Bible. Think about this: a study Bible is simply the biblical text along with notes attached to verses. You can easily replicate this resource with you own notes. As you study the Bible along with commentaries, dictionaries, lexicons, and the like, you pull from each book the best it has to offer about specific verses. Why not save all of this research in a note file for future use: thereby creating your own personalized study Bible? Here’s how to do it:

  • Choose File | Notes to create an Untitled Note File
  • Name the file something like My Notes
  • Open any Bible to any verse
  • Right click on any word within that verse
  • Select from the right menu Reference ‘your verse’
  • Select Add a note to ‘your note file’ at the bottom of the menu

Logos creates a note in the file with the name of your verse. Underneath the note name is a content box. You can type or copy and paste text into this box. So as you investigate those commentaries, dictionaries, etc. copy text from them into your note file.

Notice in the Bible a yellow box next to your verse. Rest your cursor on the box to see a preview of your note. By the way, this yellow box is placed in all of your Bibles! Click the yellow box to jump to the note file.

Replicate these steps for each verse you study. After a while, as you read through the Bible, you’ll have yellow boxes next to many verses. Your own study Bible is well underway. Also, remember the note file does not need to be open to see the yellow boxes in the Bible!

Logos 4: Instant Information

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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 know, we live in an instant world: instant coffee, instant oatmeal, instant potatoes! Sometimes, even as we study the Bible, we need instant information. We need a quick definition, a pronunciation of a Greek word, a few cross references and the like. Well, Logos is here to help:

  • Open an English Bible such as the ESV to a specific passage like Acts 17.16
  • Choose the Tools menu
  • Select Information
  • By default the Information panelopens on the right hand side of the screen

Now rest your cursor on a word like Athens. Notice the data in the Information panel. Now move to the word provoked. More instant information! This panel is available to you wherever you are in the Bible offering previews oftremendous amounts of research. When you need to dig deeper, just click one of the links in the Information panel.

Logos 4: Bible Search Results 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.

Years ago when I used print books, I always had a legal pad on my desk so I could record a list of verses as I studied. I would do all sorts of things with these verses: memorize them, create a handout to distribute to the congregation or class, file them away for future reference and so on. With Logos 4, it’s very easy to create, save, and reopen such a list with a file called the Passage List. Here’s just one way to create a Passage List:

  • Click the Search icon
  • Select Bible as the Search type
  • Set your search criteria by using the drop down lists
  • Type a word or phrase in the find box such as mercy or "but God"
  • Click the search arrow or press the Enter key
  • Click the Search panel menu (top-left corner of panel) when the Bible search results appear
  • Select Save as Passage List

You’ll notice that a Passage List file is created. You can now name the file, select the Bible(s) to be used in the list and so on. Anytime you want to reopen and use the list choose the File menu and click the desired list to open it.

You can create as many Passage Lists as you want. I encourage you to make numerous lists as you study topics such as forgiveness, angels, and so on. Then, when you need to see verses for a particular subject, just return to the File menu.

Logos 4: Keeping the Home Page Closed

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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.

By default, Logos 4 starts with the Home Page showing. This “newspaper-like” panecontains links to interesting articles, blogs, daily devotionals, and more. After reading through”Logos Today”you probably close it so you can move into more Bible study. Have you noticed that the Home Page then reopens each time you clear the screen by closing all the panels? You may or may not like this feature. You can easily change this default:

  • Click Customize in the lower left hand corner of the Home Page
  • Uncheck the box Show home page at startup

Now when you close all the panels on the screen, the Home Page will not reopen. Anytime you want the Home Page, just click the Home icon.

Logos 4: Compare Pericopes

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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.

Most Bible publishers divide the books of the Bible into sections or pericopes. Examples of pericopes could be Birth of Jesus, Baptism of Jesus, Temptations of Jesus, and so on. Of course, different publishers section off the Bible differently. You can, however, see, side-by-side, the various biblical pericopes used by these publishers:

  • Choose Tools | Passage Analysis
  • Click Compare Pericopes at the bottom of the window
  • Enter a passage in the Reference box like Phil 1.1
  • Click the Pericope Sets drop down list
  • Select the Bibles you want to use in the report

Now in parallel columns you see pericope titles and divisions from the selected Bibles.

This report is very useful when you’re trying to perform various tasks such as:

  • Determining the outline or structure of a biblical book
  • Planning a preaching / teachingschedule
  • Writing an exegetical paper

Logos 4: Compare Parallel Passages

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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.

You perhaps know that some events in the Bible are recorded more than one time. For example, Matthew, Mark, and Luke all record the account of Jesus being tempted by Satan. The passages describing the same event in the Bible are called parallel passages.

In addition, a book displaying these parallel passages is called a harmony. A harmony of the gospels, for instance, usually shows, in column format, parallel passages from Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. With a harmony you can easily read how various biblical writers described the same event.

Did you know that your library likely contains numerous harmonies? The Parallel Passages section of the Passage Guide automatically searches these harmonies for you, but you can also open them individually from the Library:

  • Click the Library icon
  • In the Find box of the Library enter this text: type:harmony
  • You should now see all of your harmonies listed
  • Click a specific title to open it, such as, A Harmony of the Gospels by A.T. Robertson
    Note: A Harmony of the Gospels, by A .T. Robertson is included in base packages from Bible Study Library and above.
  • Click the panel menu on this resource and select Show table of contents
  • From the contents pane click a section title like 25. The Three Temptations of Jesus

Now by reading three different accounts of the same event, we may be able to glean details perhaps we overlooked before!

Collections as Virtual Bookshelves

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Today’s guest blogger is Thomas Black, a Logos Forum MVP.

Before Logos Bible Software, when I was studying a topic, I would first determine which types of books I wanted to look at (theology, commentary, devotional, etc.). Then I would go to that shelf and one-by-one check the scripture indexes (if they had one) and one-by-one I’d accumulate a stack of books that would need to be copied from, and eventually re-shelved. But with Logos all I have to do is “type a passage and click go,” and I can find out that in my library there are thousands upon thousands of hits on my search. While it would be fun (for me) to read through them all, none of us has that kind of time. What I needed in Logos was a way to separate my thousands of books into “shelves” so I can search just a few types of books. Fortunately, Logos has made that feature available with collections.

Collections are just like those shelves in my office, only better, because properly constructed, they will fill themselves with the right books.

I recently attended a Morris Proctor Seminar and, while I was familiar enough with the program as a forum MVP, for some reason I continued to be baffled by collections. Morris ably demonstrated in an easy to follow manner the power and potential of easy to build collections.
First the HOW:

To create a new collection click tools>collections and then make sure you’re working on a new collection (screenshot). In Logos 4 we can build collections based upon fields used in the Library such as “title, author, subject” (for a complete list consult the Logos Wiki on Collections.)

First, let’s call this collection “Systematic Theologies.” Then using the title field I can restrict my collection to only those books which contain keywords likely to be in the title of Theology books. In the “start with resources matching” line type the following (or cut and paste) title:(theology,dogmatics,fundamentals,doctrine). This will gives us any books in our Library which contain any of those four keywords. That results in quite a list, but if you own and want to keep the Journal of Evangelical Theology out of your collection, add the ANDNOT boolean operator and the type field to actually remove extra books from your collection title:(theology,dogmatics,fundamentals,doctrine) ANDNOT type:journal, title:”evangelical review”.

Any other extra books you may not want in your collection, such as Toward a Theology of Theological Education you can drag and drop into the “Minus these resources” area.

Now when I’m doing a study on Luke 3:2 and the concurrently listed high priesthood of both Annas and Caiaphas, but I want to specifically see what just my theology books have to say about this, I can open a search panel and set it to search only my Systematic Theology Collection (screenshot). Now I get only 11 articles I need to investigate instead of 991. That’s a powerful trade-off.

Take the time to learn collections, and you can amp up your study with focused searching in dynamic collections. Oh, and the dynamic part? Just purchase another theology book like Robert Culver’s Systematic Theology and it is automatically included in your next focused search.

For further reading check out:
Collections on the Logos Wiki, or Creating Collections in Logos 4 in Logos Training.

Logos 4: Collapse Basic Search Hits

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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.

With a Basic Search in Logos 4 you can locate every occurrence of words, phrases, or biblical references scattered throughout your entire library. After getting your search results, though, you may see a long list of books that can be intimidating. Here’s a small suggestion to help manage the hits:

  • Execute a Basic Search
  • When the results appear click By Book (top-right of results section) so that the resources titles are showing
  • Right click on the title of any resource and select Collapse all

Now you can easily see and scroll through the resources containing results.Click the “little triangle icon” next to a resource title to expand the hits in just that book!