The other day, Rick Brannan mentioned the Libronix DLS “Go” box casually in passing, as if everyone has that feature turned on and knows how to use it. Since Rick and I work with LDLS resource files all the time, we often stop thinking about titles and authors and start calling books by their project names: CHAPSOT, ANLEX, BHSWTS40.
We also use the identifiers to navigate quickly to the resources using the “Go” box that Rick was talking about. This is so integral to the way that I use the LDLS that I forget that most people don’t know about these shorthand identifiers, and furthermore, many people don’t even have the “Go” box turned on in the first place.
What is it? What we’ve been calling the Go box is really the Quick Navigate Bar that comes with the Power Tools addin. That’s exactly what it lets you do: navigate to any resource in your library quickly. I use the Quick Navigate Bar to do three things: 1) Quickly open specific resources (books); 2) navigate directly to a Bible reference in my preferred Bible (when it isn’t even open yet); and 3) do the same with a Hebrew lexicon.
I don’t have one. How do I get it? Since the Quick Navigate Bar is a Power Tool, you’ll need to have that addin installed. (Don’t worry, it’s free.) The Power Tools Addin is usually marked as an Optional item in the Libronix DLS setup, so you may or may not have installed it. Check out this support article if you don’t think you have Power Tools installed.
The Quick Navigate Bar is a toolbar, so may need to update your toolbars to show it. If you don’t have the word Go: followed by a text input box on your tool bar (screenshot below), then you may not have the Quick Navigate Bar turned on.
The Quick Navigate Bar
Right-click on the Libronix DLS main toolbar (some part without a button already on it), and you should see a menu like the one below. Make sure the Quick Navigate Bar is checked.
Opening Resources. The Quick Navigate Bar is automatically set up to open resources from your library. You can type any sequence of characters that will identify the resource you want to open, and it will be opened. So, for example, if you want to open the King James Version of the Bible, you can type
KJV into the Quick Nav Bar and open the KJV. You could also try
King James, but that’s actually less specific: Depending on the resources you have in your library,
King James may open The King James Version, The New King James Version, The Complete Word Study Bible: King James Version, or something else again.
Usually this isn’t a problem. The word or abbreviation that you think will work for a given resource probably will: Bible translations nearly always have abbreviated titles (ESV, NIV, NASB), and if you pick a word from a book’s title, it usually does what you expect.
Sometimes, the trick is to find out the shortest sequence of characters that uniquely identifies the resource you want to quick-open. All Libronix DLS resources have at least one sequence of characters that will always work, and it’s usually pretty short.
How does one find this super-secret identifier? Here’s a hint: It’s the resource filename. Now, you could go rooting around on your hard drive, trying to figure out what files match up with which resources, but there’s an easier way. 1) Open a resource in My Library; 2) Choose Help | About This Resource from the LDLS menu; 3) Make sure that Show Licenses and Locations is checked (in 2.1; in the 2.2 alpha, you can just expand the Resource Location section); 4) Scroll to the bottom of the resource information page an there it is: WHATEVER.lbxlls. Chop off the “.lbxlls” bit and you have the string you need.
For example, given The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary, you might guess that the identifier is ABD but it isn’t. It’s ANCH. (You could probably just type “Anchor”, of course, but you might have some other title in your library that uses that word.) I wouldn’t have guessed that myself, but it was easy to learn from Help | About This Resource.
But that’s not all! I’ll write more about how to use the Quick Navigate Bar to open Bible references and other reference types (like lexicon headwords) in another post. (In the meantime, try typing “Jn 3:16” into the box and see what happens!)