Most of us still use desktop applications when we want to do serious work, but web applications are improving rapidly and fast becoming viable alternatives, at least when it comes to basic functionality. Desktop applications simply can’t compete with the convenience of being able to access your data from any computer connected to the web.
That’s why Logos continues to develop web-based tools and applications.
A little over a year ago we re-released a site that’s come to be referred to as WBSA (short for “What the Bible Says About”), an interactive online version of the New Nave’s Topical Bible. WBSA allows you to enter a Bible topic and quickly get access to relevant Bible passages.
Then about six months ago we launched RefTagger, a powerful free tool that makes your Bible references come alive and gives websites the feel of your Bible software.
Now we’re releasing a beta version of our online Bible site.
- Efficient UI: Its unique user interface allows you to do more—more quickly and more conveniently—without having to continually load new pages and without losing your place. (1) Search results and Bible text are side by side. (2) Both use infinite scrolling. (3) Switching to a different version is seamless; your location and search results are instantly mapped over.
- Incredible Speed: It’s blazingly fast. Searches are instantaneous, and pages load in a flash.
- Smart Searching: It uses cutting-edge fuzzy searching technology so you can search the Bible more like you search the web. Search results are prioritized so you get the best hits first.
- Seamless Integration: WBSA, RefTagger, and Bible.Logos.com will all be tightly integrated into a growing family of websites allowing you to have a more connected Bible study experience—both on and off the web.
Help Us Test It
This is where we need your help. We’ve been beta testing the site with a small group for the last two weeks, and we’re ready to open it up to a broader audience to help us work out any remaining bugs. We want to make sure that it’s really ready.
Here’s what you can do. Spend 5 or 10 minutes looking up passages, running searches, and navigating through the various translations that are available. Give it everything you’ve got.
Type in things like:
- all sorts of Bible references using a variety of formats and abbreviations (e.g., Jude; Job 22; Mal. 3:11; Jn 5:5-10; Mt 6.1-3; Rv 4:8-9)
- words and phrases from the Bible (e.g., good, love, lion, in Christ)
- words and phrases that you think might be from the Bible (e.g., honor your parents, I love Jesus)
- words and phrases that sound like they could be from the Bible, but aren’t (e.g., God helps those who help themselves, cleanliness is next to godliness, do your best and let God do the rest)
- anything you want to (e.g., I’m very tired, drink milk)
Go give it a try.
Please send your bugs and feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org or drop us a note in the comments.