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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!

Logos 4: Make Logos Easy on the Eyes

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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.

The older I get, the more I appreciate the features in Logos 4 that allow me to adjust the display of the program and resources. Here are few reminders so that you can make Logos easy on the eyes:

To adjust the text size of an open panel:

  • Choose the panel menu on an open panel
  • Move the slide bar at the top of the menu to adjust the text size in that panel

To change the default text size of resources:

  • Choose Tools | Program Settings
  • In the Fonts section select a different Default Text Size from the drop down list

To change the default font in resources:

  • Choose Tools | Program Settings
  • In the Fonts section select a different Default Font from the drop down list

To change the background color in resource panels:

  • Choose Tools | Program Settings
  • In the Accessibility section select a different color from the Resource Panel Background drop down list

To change the default size of the entire program:

  • Choose Tools | Program Settings
  • In the Accessibility section select a different Program Scaling percentage from the drop down list

Logos 4.0b Is Now Available

A new version of Logos 4 will be available later today as a free download to all Logos 4 users. Version 4.0b adds a plethora of new features and improvements and squashes lots of little bugs. If you have automatic updating enabled (screenshot), which is the default setting, Logos 4 will notify you that updates are ready to be installed.

When you see the balloon tooltip window, right-click on the Logos icon in your system tray and choose to “Install update” (screenshot). If Logos 4 hasn’t downloaded the update by the end of the day and you just can’t wait any longer to get your hands on the latest release, just type Update Now into the command bar (screenshot). This will force Logos 4 to check for any available updates (screenshot) and begin downloading them.

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Logos 4: Cross Reference Lookup 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.

When I studied with print books I had an old, well-used Bible on my desk. This Bible’s sole purpose was to look up Bible cross references. Because it was “broken in,” I could quickly turn the pages to a desired location. My new Bible always stayed open to the passage I was studying and then it would go to the pulpit with me. With Logos 4 you can designate a “cross reference look-up” Bible while staying in the same location in another Bible. Here’s how it works:

Scattered throughout your Logos resources are hyperlinked Bible cross references. Normally when you click a link your Preferred Bible will look up the passage. You can override that default by designating a “target Bible.”

  • Click the panel menu in your secondary Bible. It can be another copy of your Preferred Bible or a completely different Bible.
  • From the panel menu select Send hyperlinks here. Notice a target image appears on the panel menu.

Now when you click a Bible cross reference in any resource, this Bible will jump to that location!

Taking Advantage of Video Tutorials

Video Tutorial

We are amassing quite a collection of feature and tutorial videos for Logos 4. At present, there are over 80 videos covering a variety of topics aimed at helping you get the most out of your Logos 4 experience. If you are looking for some help understanding things like Passage Guides, Layout Management, or Customizable Guides these video tutorials provide a wellspring of information. Would you believe there are six videos alone aimed at helping you use the Notes feature to the fullest!?

We would love to see all Logos 4 users seeing these videos as a valuable tool in their Logos 4 arsenal. Each video is—on average—a four minute investment into using your Logos 4 software to its fullest. An investment which is promised to pay huge dividends in your devotions and study time. In fact, we are so convinced of this that we intend to feature these videos here on the blog site on a semi-regular basis. Stay on the look out for more featured tutorials.

Before You Install Logos 4

If you are considering an upgrade—or a first time purchase of any Logos 4 Base Package—then you are going to want to take a couple of minutes and watch this video. It will walk you through installation, setup, your Logos.com account, resource downloads, and indexing. This video is a great tool to help kick off your Logos 4 experience.

Logos 4: Calculate Distances on a Map

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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 reading in the Scriptures do you ever wonder how far people walked from city to city? If so, you can easily answer that question in Logos 4 with a tool called Biblical Places.

  • Choose Tools | Biblical Places
  • Type Corinth in the Place box
  • Click the Search arrow or press the Enter key to generate the report
  • The first map to appear will probably be entitled Paul’s Trip to Rome (if not, select the first thumbnail from the list at the bottom)

To calculate distances between places on the map:

  • Position your mouse pointerat a location on the map
  • Hold down the Ctrl key
  • Move the mouse to another location and the distance between the two places appears on the screen

Pretty cool! Enjoy!