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Logos 4: Place Menu Features on the Shortcuts Bar

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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.

Do you find yourself going to same menu to open the same feature over and over again? If so, then you may want to take advantage of the Shortcuts bar, the empty section just to the right of the Command bar. There you can place icons to quickly open your favorite Logos features. Here’s all you do:

  • Choose one of the menus
  • Drag and drop a feature from the menu to the Shortcuts bar
  • Logos will automatically place an icon on the Shortcuts bar

Now just click the icon to open that feature!

Video Tutorial: The Home Page Passage Box

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For years, Logos Bible Software has been providing Bible Software that makes studying the Bible as easy as entering a passage and clicking “Go!” Whether you are looking for insights into a verse, a biblical character, or a topic Bible study in Logos 4 is just that simple.

In today’s tutorial video, Morris Proctor shows you just how easy it is to find what you are looking for with the Home Page Passage Box.

Remember that you can access and watch tutorial videos anytime. You will be surprised at just how much more productive your Bible study can be by just investing time in these training tidbits.

Taking Advantage of Your Logos Account

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Your Logos.com account many great features in Logos. You already know that your account enables you to purchase and download packages and resources for Logos 4, as well as sync your Logos 4 settings and preferences across different machines and platforms, but that is only the beginning!

Your Logos account and mobile Bible study

When you use your Logos.com account with our free iPad/iPhone app you get access to 31 additional resources beyond the myriad of free Bibles from Bible.Logos.com which you get for simply turning on the app. Your Logos account allows you to access many of your resources from your Logos 4 package with the iPad/iPhone,* as well as sync your reading plans and bookmarks from your desktop or laptop.

If you have another phone or mobile browser your account works at library.Logos.com in much the same way as it does on the iPad, providing you access to 31 free resources, letting you use many of your Logos 4 resources* on the go, and syncing your reading plans and bookmarks.

Your Logos account and forum community

The Logos Forums are a great place to meet other users, get many of your questions answered by a community of knowledgeable and helpful users, and contribute your own ideas, tricks, and suggestions. While anyone can read the forums, signing in to your account allows you to do more than spectate—you get to be a part of the discussion.

When you click on the My Account button in the top right corner of Logos.com (screenshot) you are brought to your account’s control panel. The profile tab (screenshot) allows you to add information and links that others can see in your profile on the forum page. In fact, you can add or change the avatar associated with your account as well. (screenshot) My friend Thomas Black graciously allowed me to link to his profile as an example of what you see when you check out someone’s profile on the blog.

Your Logos account control panel

The account control panel doesn’t just let you change your profile information, it offers you a host of other great features as well. For instance, you can check out your previous purchases from the order history. (screenshot) Clicking on the Order # brings up your receipt for any of your purchases.

You can also follow the tabs to see your Pre-Pub orders (screenshot), your community pricing bids (screenshot), and manage your subscription to Bible Study Magazine.

Lastly, you can click the Mailing List tab and tailor your email updates to suit your interests. You can chose one or all of a number of categories to keep informed on the latest promotions, discounts, and information. Are you a Greek language enthusiast? Check the Greek Interest Group box and stay up-to-date on the latest information for Greek aficionados. Waiting anxiously for the official Logos Bible Software 4 release for the Mac? Choose the Mac Interest group and get updates right in your in-box. The Freebies, Contests, Giveways group lets you hear about new contests, giveaways, promotions, products and special discounts.With eight specific categories to choose from, you can make sure to hear the latest about the things that interest you most.

To access all of these great features you are signed in to make the most of your Logos experience. If you don’t have a Logos.com account yet, you can easily create one for free!

*Currently there are over 3,500 Logos Bible Software titles that will work on the iPad and the iPhone. More titles are being added regularly as we secure rights and convert titles.

Logos 4: Open Multiple Copies of the Same Resource

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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.

One of the advantages of Logos 4 e-books over their print counterparts is that you can open multiple copies of the same e-book. Here’s one way to open additional copies of a resource:

  • Open the desired book from the Library
  • Right-click on the tab of the open resource
  • From the right click menu select Open a copy in a new tab

With the new copy open you can now navigate to a different location in the resource or set it as your Cross Reference Lookup Bible!

Making Morphology Work for You

Alright, I’ll admit that I am a word nerd, especially when it comes to Greek conjunctions. These are the function words like “therefore” and “because” that tell you how to connect one statement with the one that follows. If you look at Dan Wallace’s description in Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics, you’ll quickly see that there are a number of places where the Greek conjunctions don’t match up very well with a single English counterpart. This is where drilling down on the word can really pay some dividends.

I was asked recently about the different uses of γάρ, so I’ll illustrate with this. In the Discourse Grammar of the Greek New Testament, I claim that γάρ introduces something that strengthens or supports what precedes. Most of the memory verses we learn begin with “for” like John 3:16, Romans 3:23, Ephesians 2:8-9, the list could go on for a long time. If you run a Bible Word Study, the “Translation” portion of the report will quickly show you that γάρ is nearly always translated as “for”.

Clicking on any of the other words will pull up a list of those instances where γάρ was translated with something else. I clicked on “indeed” (screenshot), resulting in the list of the six instances where the ESV translated it this way. If I wanted to find out what other Greek words are translated as “for”, I just need to hover over the blue part of the ring labeled “for”.

Doing so give me all this information in a convenient pop-up. Another way to get the same information is to run a Bible Word Study report on “for”, it will give you the same information as the preview (screenshot). Another helpful way of getting at the same kind of information is to do a Morphology Search. All you need to do is click the “Search” tab, select “Morph” in the upper right corner, then select the text you want to search from the pull-down menu. I am using the Nestle-Aland 27th (NA27) with Logos morphology. This search will show me every occurrence of γάρ in the Greek NT. (screenshot)

In the upper right hand corner of the results window in one of my favorite Logos 4 features, a tool that has had a huge impact on how efficiently I can find what I am looking for—the “Analysis” tab. What this does is allow me to organize all of the results (1041 of them!) based on all of the different kinds of information that can be known about that word. Take a look. (screenshot)

All I need to do to reorganize the results by something other than the canonical order in which they occur is to grab one of the column headers and drag it to the space where the gray text indicates. I can organize by follows by dragging the “Next Context”, Louw-Nida sense, part of speech, or any other kind of information which is annotated to this word in this text. I want to show off a cool aspect of the Logos Morphology, so I’ll drag that over. The Logos Morph subdivides conjunctions based on the function that they perform in the text. The function in the context is one of the biggest determiners of how the word will be translated. (screenshot)

One last thing that really makes this report useful—the ability to hide results. This lets me see at a glance just how many times γάρ functions in one role versus another. All I need to do is click the arrow next to “adverbial causal” or any other heading to hide the detail. Here’s what I get:

I can learn from this that the primary function of γάρ is as an adverbial conjunction indicating cause, whereas the other major use is as an logical conjunction with an explanatory sense. If I do not know what exactly these terms mean, I can unhide the verses and take a look at the difference in one passage versus another. I was curious about when γάρ is considered a “particle” so I unhide them to see if I could find a pattern. (screenshot)

Everyone one of the occurs in a question introduced by τί or μή. This made me wonder if there were instances where these question words preceded γάρ where it was not considered a particle but a conjunction. All I need to do is drag the “Conjunction Sub-type” and “Part of Speech” off the header, and replace it with “Previous context.” Then I hide the results that I am not interested in to narrow down what I am looking at. (screenshot)

It turns out that there are quite a few I would have missed in the other view. Now I will grant you that I am a huge word nerd, but try fooling around with the “Analysis” view next time you do a search. If you are doing a Bible Word Study, try jumping off a cliff by copying and pasting the lemma into the Morph search, and analyzing the results. Who knows, you might find some of the wonderful benefits of being a word nerd!

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My Camp Logos 4 Experience

mp-seminar.jpgToday’s post is by Dale Pritchett, Senior Vice President.
I was recently attending a 4.0 Camp Logos in Walnut Creek, California, and one of the people attending turned to me and asked me how long I had been using Logos. The same question had been asked of me a few days earlier in Hercules, California, where I was also attending a 4.0 Camp Logos. In each case the rooms were full of Logos users, some quite new and some with ten to fifteen years of experience. At first I thought it was kind of cool to be part of this spontaneous competition for longest-time Logos user. I have to tell you it was hotly contested game. One guy insisted that he had been using Logos for over thirty years. Beat that!
Later, Morris Proctor introduced me as one of the Logos co-founders and I had to burst some bubbles by pointing out that the company was founded in January 1992 by our son Bob, who is now age 38. He was a smart kid, but he wasn’t writing Logos in grade school.
But oh the zeal for Logos! It was exciting for me to get out among the users and see that this software has become a part of their lives! It’s not just our enthusiasm in Bellingham, Washington, but it is around the world wherever Logos is used. It is humbling and a great privilege to be a part of it. And this was just the beginning.
My wife, Jenni, and I were attending a couple of the first Logos 4 camps on the west coast, and they were nothing short of a treat. Morris (Moe) was great! He sounded like he had been teaching Logos 4 for years. It was like seeing the software for the first time. I was amazed at how much we learned, and we have seen Logos 4 from the very first design specs. It is so very different to see it through the eyes of a skilled Bible student and master teacher like Moe.
I went to two camps back-to-back and saw ways to use the program I never would have discovered on my own. I am sold. I think I am going to have to buy that software again because I am so excited about what you can do with it.
When I began this blog I was going to encourage each of you to attend Camp Logos 4.0. Now I am going to suggest that you contact Moe (www.mpseminars.com) and sign up to host a camp in your area. This year Moe is offering camps for both mid-week—Wednesday and Thursday—as well as a new format, Friday evening and all day Saturday. This is great for those who might have trouble getting to camp during the work week.
I will warn you. You need a big room to host camp. There have been more than 100 people at some camps. If you can’t host a camp, go to one in your area. If you use Logos 4 on a regular basis you will gain a wealth of information, meet some great people, be encouraged in your study, and get some great tools at camp. I want to go again, and I will. I plan to be in Seattle, March 16 and the National Camp Logos here in Bellingham on June 10. There is also Camp Logos 4.0 on an Alaskan Cruise beginning June 12.

Logos 4: Open Features to a Specific Screen Location

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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.

When you click on a toolbar icon or make a choice from one of the menus, that selected feature will open, but it may not open exactly where you want it on the screen. In such cases you then have to drag the panel to the desired position. If this happens try this.

  • Click a toolbar icon or menu choice and hold down the left mouse button
  • Drag the feature to the desired location on the screen

The light blue highlighted area will let you know where the feature will open when you release the mouse!

Logos 4: Look Up Multiple Cross References at Once

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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.

Perhaps you enjoy studying the Bible through a series of cross references. If so, you’re familiar with the cross references placed inline the biblical text. In Logos 4, cross references are hyperlinked which means resting the mouse pointer on a link reveals a popup of the biblical passage from your Preferred Bible.

You can also look up numerous cross references at one time. Here’s how:

  • Open a Bible
  • Open Power Lookup from the Tools menu
  • In the Bible, select (highlight) text containing the cross references you want to look up

The Power Lookup displays only the selected cross references!

Using Your iPhone or iPod Touch to Share the Bible

Bible App Sharing.pngOne of the great features in the Logos iPhone Bible app is the ability to share Bible verses with your friends, family, and followers on Facebook, Twitter, and by email. Not only does the Logos iPhone Bible app make this easy to do, it does so in a way that is easy for your friends and family to engage with God’s Word. More than just sending a scripture reference, the iPhone app uses http://ref.ly to convert the verses into clickable links. The advantage is that you offer people an easy way to get right to the verse you want to share.

We’ve included a tutorial video below to show how the share functionality works for the iPhone and iPod Touch. If you use our iPhone app, watch the video and start sharing God’s Word! If you haven’t grabbed the free Bible app yet, then go download it today and start sharing.

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Logos 4: Open Logos the Way You Close It

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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.

Do you ever have to close Logos before you’ve completed your study? Perhaps it’s time for dinner or you’re making the final descent into an airport. No worries. You can set Logos to automatically open the way you close it. Here’s how:

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

Now when you’re ready to close Logos, just close the program with all the resources and panels still open. When you restart Logos you’ll automatically return to this layout!