Logos iPhone Bible App Version 1.3 Released

Version 1.pngYesterday we blogged about how you can share Bible verses with your friends and family using our free Bible app for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Today we wanted to let you know that we’ve released an update to our Bible app and it is ready for you to download today. The update, version 1.3, includes some really cool features like:

  • Orientation lock
  • Devotionals on the home page
  • The ability to delete reading plans
  • In-book information
  • Improved connectivity with Twitter and Facebook
  • and more…

Here’s a brief video overview of some of the new features and functions. (Note: Some of the new features, like devotionals, require you to sign in with a logos.com account to access them. If you don’t have a free Logos.com account, you can get one here.)

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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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Coupon Code for 25% Off 32 Titles

The first round of Logos March Madness is over and you can now buy these 32 great titles for 25% off using the coupon code LMMR1.

Title Retail 25% off
The Great Exchange: Justification by Faith Alone in the Light of Recent Thought $12.99 $9.74
The Last Things: An Eschatology for Laymen, George Eldon Ladd $14.00 $10.50
Commentaries for Biblical Expositors, Jim Rosscup $19.99 $14.99
Old Testament Theology: Basic Issues in the Current Debate, Gerhard Hasel $22.00 $16.50
The New American Commentary: Isaiah 1-39, Gary Smith $29.99 $22.49
The First and Second Letters to Timothy, Vol. 1 and 2, Jerome D. Quinn and William C. Wacker $88.00 $66.00
The Major Works of Anselm of Canterbury (4 Vols.) $19.95 $14.96
Finally Alive, John Piper $14.99 $11.24
The History of the Second Temple Period, Paolo Sacchi $84.00 $63.00
The Doctrine of Endless Punishment, William G. T. Shedd $15.00 $11.25
Josephus and the New Testament by Steve Mason $9.95 $7.46
A Sourcebook for Baptist Heritage,  H. Leon McBeth $39.99 $29.99
The Christian Doctrine of God, One Being Three Persons, by Thomas F. Torrance $44.95 $33.71
The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination, by Loraine Boettner $14.99 $11.24
Cornerstone Biblical Commentary: Luke, Acts, William J. Larkin and Allison A. Trites $34.99 $26.24
Reading Romans, Luke Timothy Johnson $29.95 $22.46
The Septuagint as Christian Scripture: Its Prehistory and the Problem of Its Canon, Martin Hengel $60.00 $45.00
The Shape of Sola Scriptura, Keith A. Mathison $21.00 $15.75
Caring for Souls: Counseling Under the Authority of Scripture $27.75 $20.81
The Dead Sea Scrolls Today, James C. Vanderkam $19.95 $14.96
Believer’s Baptism: The Covenant Sign of the New Age in Christ, Thomas R. Schreiner & Shawn Wright $19.99 $14.99
A General View of the History of the English Bible by B. F. Westcott $32.00 $24.00
The Holy Spirit, by Charles Ryrie $13.99 $10.49
Grammatical Insights into the New Testament, Nigel Turner $72.00 $54.00
Revelation 20 and the Millennial Debate, Matt Waymeyer $9.99 $7.49
Eternal Covenant: How the Trinity Reshapes Covenant Theology, Ralph A. Smith $12.00 $9.00
Glimpses of a Strange Land: Studies in Old Testament Ethics, Cyril Rodd $108.00 $81.00
Justification: The Heart of the Christian Faith, Eberhard Jüngel $72.00 $54.00
Theologians of the Baptist Tradition $24.99 $18.74
Calvinism, by Abraham Kuyper $24.95 $18.71
Jensen’s Survey of the New Testament $34.99 $26.24
Light from the Ancient East (Deissmann) $49.95 $37.46

Want to save more?

Voting for Round 2 of Logos March Madness is now open. The 16 titles not advancing out of Round 2 will receive a coupon code for 30% off. Head over to www.logosmarchmadness.com and vote for your favorite titles. Remember, the further a title advances, the bigger the discount it will receive!

Logos 4: Open Logos the Way You Close It

mp|seminars Tips

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!

Need Help with New Testament Exegesis?

A few years back, we published a series of seven books called Guides to New Testament Exegesis. The seven titles are also available individually (links below go to individual volumes), but of course you save by purchasing the collection:

These books provide a general introduction (by Scot McKnight, no less!) to the interpretation of the New Testament, as well as genre-specific methods and materials for doing exegesis. One thing I didn’t know (but learned from reading the product page on Logos.com — good stuff there!) was that:

The vision for this collection comes from Gordon Fee’s New Testament Exegesis: A Handbook for Students and Pastors. By developing handbooks for each genre and book collection, this collection operates as an extended treatment of Fee’s narrower scope.

Fee’s work is detailed and valuable; to have his methodology distilled and applied to these particular genres is a helpful thing. It’s like getting a jump start in New Testament exegesis. And to have it done by folks of the caliber of Scot McKnight, Thomas Schreiner, and Gary Burge? Even better. Check it out.

Speaking of New Testament exegesis, another title that you might find helpful is Donald Hagner’s introduction, New Testament Exegesis and Research: A Guide for Seminarians. This is geared toward seminarians, but helpful for everyone. If I understand correctly how the book came about, it is basically the information that Hagner gives incoming seminarians, to get them properly grounded at the start of their seminary career.

Need some more suggestions? I’m out of room here, but you might try I. Howard Marshall’s New Testament Interpretation, David Alan Black’s Interpreting the New Testament, or perhaps even Katharine Barnwell’s Linguistics and New Testament Interpretation. Check ‘em out!

What’s up on the Mac?

Update

Getting Logos 4 for the Mac finished is one of our top priorities. Recent Alpha releases are in good shape, and offer many of the core features. We’re working at top speed to get everything else done, too.

The number one questions, of course, is “When?” And we can’t say, because we don’t know. We’re putting our energy into coding, not estimating. And, because of the unique challenges involved in sharing code between platforms, there are many things we can’t predict the time-frame for, even if we tried.

The good news is that the Logos 4 Mac team is seeing success after success. Our shared-code strategy is working, and ensuring compatibility of both content and documents. And as the platform becomes more stable we’re seeing increased speed implementing features at the interface layer.

We’ve been hiring Mac developers for quite a while, and we have even brought some of the Windows development team over to the Mac side. But we couldn’t hire enough great Mac developers fast enough here in Bellingham, so we decided to do something even more dramatic: We opened a temporary office in Bellevue, Washington where we could get access to a bigger pool of Mac developers.

We rented an apartment and moved our Mac team lead there for four days a week. He’s helping keep the half-dozen programmers there coordinated with the larger team in Bellingham.

The bottom line? Logos 4 Mac is full-speed ahead, and making lots of progress. We can’t predict the final ship date, but we’re confident we’re doing everything possible to make it as soon as possible. And, of course, there’s a new Alpha release every two weeks, which many users report is stable and meets their needs on a daily basis.

Want even more updates? Keep an eye on our forums, where you can hear about the latest progress and even interact with the development team.

Save up to 75% on 64 Logos Titles

We’ve hand-picked 64 titles to compete in the 2010 Logos March Madness tournament and it is up to you to decide which one we should sell at 75% off!
The premise is simple—at www.logosmarchmadness.com we’ve taken 64 titles available in Logos Bible Software and split them into four divisions. You vote for your favorite titles in each division and the ones with the most votes at the end of each of the six rounds advance. Titles that don’t advance are then offered at a discounted rate between 25% and 50% off the retail price. The title that gets crowned the champion will be discounted at 75% off!
Voting is now open for the first round, and will remain open thru March 20th. The complete schedule is as follows:
Round 1: March 18-20
Round 2: March 21-23
Sweet 16: March 24-26
Elite 8: March 27-29
Final 4: March 30 – April 1
Championship: April 2-5
See the full brackets
As I said, the titles that don’t get enough votes to advance out of a round will be offered at a discount. Here is how the discounts will break down:
Titles not advancing out of round 1 will be 25% off.
Titles not advancing out of round 2 will be 30% off.
Titles not advancing out of the sweet sixteen will be 35% off.
Titles not advancing out of the elite eight will be 40% off.
Titles not advancing out of the final four will be 45% off.
The second place book in the tournament will be 50% off.
The tournament champion will be 75% off.
So, go check out the full list of titles being offered and vote for your favorites. Of course, if you really want a title to win (so you can get it for 75% off) be sure to spread the word to all your friends and family and tell them to go to www.logosmarchmadness.com and vote for your favorites!
So, what are you waiting for?

A Few Minutes Could Save You…

Refer-A-Friend Program

It is quite surprising when we hear of people who have never heard of things we have been doing for a while. One of those things is our Refer-A-Friend program.

In just a few easy steps, we can send your pastor, friends, co-workers, ministry leaders, and/or family members a coupon code to receive 15% off a Logos 4 base package. And to make it worth a few moments of your time, if your recommendation turns into a sale, we give you a $25 gift certificate good toward a web purchase on Logos.com.

To get started, make sure you Sign In to your Logos.com account, and then head on over to www.logos.com/referafriend.

The first step asks you to enter a person’s email address and their name. We will use it to send your friend two emails which you will be able to view and customize. And the email will not be added to any lists, so we won’t make you look bad.

Next, you see a preview of a plain text email we will send on your behalf. You can easily edit the email to include a personal message if you want, or you can click Next to proceed.

The final step is to select one of seven base packages we include in the program. The default recommendation is set for Scholar’s Library as this is our best selling collection, but you have the option to recommend up to Scholar’s Library: Platinum.

At this point, you may click Send!, or you can see a preview of the fancy html message we’ll send featuring your recommended product.

Chances are, your small group leader would benefit greatly using Leader’s Library, and suggesting Scholar’s Library or above to your relative heading to seminary would make his or her studies and term papers a whole lot easier. Since the Refer-A-Friend program works for the majority of our collections, you can suggest the collection you think would be most valuable to your friend. And don’t worry if you are not sure which collection would be best. If you suggest Scholar’s Library and they end up purchasing Scholar’s Library: Gold, you’ll still get a $25 gift certificate—as long as it is included in the program and they use the coupon code you send them!

You can suggest one of the following collections:

With this ability to offer your friends a discount on a product that hopefully has transformed your devotional times, your sermon or Bible study preparation, or has helped you through seminary, why would you not take a few minutes to run down your list of contacts and send them a quick, pre-formatted email? Not only will you be helping transform their Bible study, you could also "pocket" a cool $25 credit for each person who acts on your recommendation.

So what are you waiting for? Refer-A-Friend Now!

Visit our custom upgrade discount calculator to see what discounts you qualify for on an upgrade to a brand new Logos 4 base package.

New customers should visit http://www.logos.com/4 to learn more and see what discounts are currently available.

Logos 4: Importing Notes and User-Created Content from LDLS3

Yes, the wait is finally over. Yesterday’s announcement of Logos Bible Software 4.0b mentioned what many have been waiting for: Support for importing LDLS3 user-created content.

Specifically, Logos 4.0b now supports importing notes, highlighting, favorites, and prayer lists. Along with this release, regardless if you are importing from LDLS3 or not, Notes now allow for user-editable titles, as well as creating Notes for a reference range, not just a single verse.

So without further ado, let’s get your notes from Logos 3 to Logos 4.

Since resources have changed over the years because we’ve corrected typos, added new hyperlinks, and made other edits, in certain cases, these changes can prevent Logos 4 from importing notes from Libronix DLS 3 correctly. In order to minimize the likelihood of notes not being transferred, we highly recommend you download the Custom Toolbar for LDLS3 that prepares your notes for importing into Logos 4.

Getting the toolbar:

  • Run LDLS3, and click the newly added Update Notes Now button.
  • When Update Notes Now finishes, return to Logos 4.

Now are you ready for this? In Logos 4 type Import All into the Command bar, hit enter, and sit back. You’ll then see the “Importing…” status message in the upper-right corner of the main window. That’s it.

Content imported into Logos 4 “remembers” that it was imported such that consecutive imports can be run in Logos 4, without adverse effects. Changes to imported content in Logos 4 will clear the link between Logos 4 and LDLS3, so if you edit an imported item in Logos 4, and then re-import, you will see the original item from LDLS3 along with the edited item in Logos 4.This is intentional in order to recover an original note without over writing the new content.

If you no longer want to use some of your user-created content from LDLS3, but want other parts, like your extensive Prayer Lists, there are commands for a more targeted import.

Additional Commands:

Import Notes
Imports only notes from LDLS3

Import Highlighting
Imports only highlighting from LDLS3

Import Favorites
Imports only favorites from LDLS3

Import Prayer Lists
Imports only prayers lists from LDLS3

Import delete (All|Notes|Highlighting|Favorites|Prayer Lists)

Deletes all imported content of the specified type

If you were on the fence about upgrading to Logos 4 because you couldn’t transfer your Notes, Highlighting, Favorites, or Prayer Lists, now is a great time to upgrade to Logos 4. Logos 4 is now better than ever, and you can be sure we’re already working to add additional features.

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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