The first significant update to Logos 4 is now available as a free download to all Logos 4 users. Version 4.0a adds tons of new features and tweaks and includes numerous bug fixes. If you have automatic updates turned on (screenshot), which is the default setting, Logos 4 should have already notified 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 the update hasn’t been downloaded yet 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.
What’s New in 4.0a?
Below you’ll find a list of many of the new features and improvements we added in 4.0a. To help you learn about some of them, I’ve taken several screenshots. Click on the links below to see the corresponding images. In the coming weeks, we’ll discuss some of these new features in detail here on the blog.
- Search Analysis grid in Bible and Morph searches (screenshot)
- Bible Text Only visual filter (screenshot)
- Ctrl+Alt+B opens Copy Bible Verses from any Windows application (if Logos 4 is running) (screenshot)
- Help > Explain the screen (F9) (screenshot)
- Index Merging reduces the time it takes to build a full library index when adding new books.
- Redesign of the Cited By tool (screenshot)
- Commentaries section in Bible-reference-based guides supports custom collections of commentaries (e.g., Favorite Commentaries) (screenshot)
- Added more Highlighting styles (screenshot)
- Added hit counts to concordance results in Bible Word Study sections with a ring graph (screenshot)
- New look for Topics and Important Words in Passage Guide (screenshot)
- Home Page ribbon can be customized (screenshot)
- Search: My Content shows results from saved guides
- Ctrl+H opens History
- Alt+P opens or closes the Help menu
- Added two new handout styles
- Added new styles for the Ctrl+Drag distance calculation in Biblical Places maps
- Added searching indicator to Reading Lists searches
- Added Visual Bookmarks settings
- Added Resource Panel Background settings
- Added “rebuild index” command
- Added “merge index” command to force index merging (when possible)
- Added a “Copy” option to the context menu for the reading plan reference range selector
- Improved performance in many areas of the application
To see a list of some of the main bugs we squashed, check out “What’s New in Logos 4.0a.”
Time to Upgrade to Logos 4?
Many of you have been cautiously watching from the sidelines, waiting for the right opportunity to make the switch to Logos 4. As you can see, Logos 4 is now better than ever. It’s had nearly two months of extensive testing by thousands of users, and our team of developers has been fixing bugs, listening to user feedback, and adding some really cool new features.
But 4.0a is just the beginning. Work has already begun on 4.0b. We’re in the process of adding these additional features, as well as many others that we can’t tell you about yet.
There’s never been a better time to upgrade to Logos 4. It’s a powerful, stable, cutting-edge piece of software that just keeps getting better all the time. And best of all, these updates come to you free of charge.
The window of time for taking advantage of our upgrade discounts is getting smaller. Don’t miss out on your chance to move to Logos 4 at our special introductory discount prices. What are you waiting for? Upgrade today.
What’s Your Favorite New Feature?
After you’ve updated to 4.0a, drop a note in the comments and tell us what your favorite new feature is. I think I’m most excited about the search analysis feature—virtually endless ways to explore and organize biblical data. The ability to use custom collections of commentaries in guides is also pretty sweet. What’s your favorite?
What about Logos 4 for Mac?
The Mac version of Logos 4 is also making some nice progress with a new build coming out about once a week on average. The latest release, Alpha 8, is coming together quite nicely. If you’re ready to help up test it, you can either upgrade your base package or download core engine.