Archive - December, 2009

More Bibles for the Final Great Bible Giveaway

 

hcsb.gifWith only 14 days left in the final month of the Great Bible Giveaway, we’re excited to announce that we have 6 additional Bibles to give away. The good people at Broadman & Holman, who have partnered with Logos to bring the HCSB to both our free iPhone app and Bible.Logos.com, have sent us 6 HCSB Legacy Bibles to add to the prize list. That means we’ll be giving away 18 ultra premium Bibles this month!
To learn how to enter, visit the Great Bible Giveaway page.

December Prize List

  • 1 ESV Study Bible, Black Calfskin (Retail $239.99) from Crossway
  • 6 HCSB Legacy Bibles, Black Genuine Leather (Retail $100) from Lifeway
  • 1 KJV Cambridge Premier Concord Reference, Black Goatskin (Retail $199.99) from Cambridge Bibles
  • 1 NASB In Touch Ministries Wide Margin Edition, Burgundy Calfskin (Retail $149.99) from Lockman Foundation
  • 1 NASB Large Print Ultrathin Reference, Black Calfskin (Retail $149.99) from Lockman Foundation
  • 1 NASB Side Column Reference Wide Margin Special Limited Edition, Black Calfskin (Retail $149.99) from Lockman Foundation
  • 1 NIV Archaeological Study Bible, Venetian Brown Renaissance Fine Leather (Retail $109.99) from Zondervan
  • 1 NIV Study Bible, Black Renaissance Fine Leather (Retail $124.99) from Zondervan
  • 1 NIV Study Bible, Burgundy Goatskin ($229.99) from Cambridge Bibles
  • 1 NKJV UltraThin Bible Signature Series, Tan Calfskin (Retail $129.99) from Thomas Nelson
  • 2 NLTSB Tyndale Select, Black Calfskin (Retail Unavailable) from Tyndale
  • 1 TNIV, Black Renaissance Fine Leather ($99.99) from Zondervan

November’s Winners

Congratulations to the 12 winners from November.

  • 1 ESV Study Bible – C. Woodruff
  • 1 KJV Concord Wide Margin Reference – B. Lowe
  • 1 NASB In Touch Ministries Wide Margin Edition – N. Lentfer
  • 1 NASB Large Print Ultrathin Reference – R. Marx
  • 1 NASB Side Column Reference Wide Margin Special Limited Edition – D. Langston
  • 1 NIV New Women’s Devotional – T. Barcak
  • 1 NIV Study Bible – D. Knight
  • 1 NIV Thinline – M. Litzinger
  • 1 NKJV UltraSlim Bible Signature Series – L. Paschke
  • 2 NLTSB Tyndale Select – P. Shirley and C. Terry
  • 1 TNIV – A. Hart

The Great Bible Giveaway began in July, and since starting the promotion we’ve given away 60 premium Bibles worth nearly $10,000! Read our first Great Bible Giveaway blog post to see how it all began.

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How May We Direct Your Call?

Today’s guest post is from Sarah Wilson. Sarah is one of our friendly receptionists and works in our customer service department.

Here at Logos, we’ve always taken pride in the quality of our customer service. One of the ways that we do that is to have a real person answer and direct all calls. When you call Logos, you can depend on having a friendly person greet you and offer to direct your call. Our brand new release of Logos 4 has introduced an exciting and busy time in our main offices. We want to give you the inside scoop on what happens when you call for sales or customer service, and how you can be transferred and assisted as soon as possible.

The receptionist answers all incoming phone calls and transfers them all over the company, mostly to sales and customer service. We have a wonderful staff of personable receptionists who are well trained in customer service. The receptionist’s main job is to answer your call and make sure you get where you need to go!

Here are a few things to remember as you call Logos:

  • If you need sales, the receptionist will ask if you are currently a student or faculty with a college or seminary, so that she can send you to the appropriate department, either Academic Sales or End-User Sales. If you have the name or extension of a sales person who has helped you in the past, this can help you get transferred even faster.
  • If you need customer service, the receptionist will ask if you have either a Windows PC or a Mac. Clarifying which platform you are using will ensure that you don’t wait in the wrong support line! Our Windows support department can help you with Windows PC questions and issues, as well as Pre-Pub issues, renewing your Bible Study Magazine subscription, account management, and return requests. The Mac support team can assist you with all questions related to Mac products.
  • If you have a question about your payment plan or need to make a payment, our accounting department is available to help you from 7 AM to 5 PM (PST).
  • If you have a different kind of question, the receptionist will know how to assist you in finding the right department or person.

Your call-in experience is important to the receptionist and all of customer service. We know that the wait times for customer service and for sales have been longer since we released Logos 4, but we appreciate your patience as we help each of you, our valued customers.

Calling All Forum Newbies

Forums

This post is aimed specifically at those of you who have never posted on, or perhaps, have never even read the forums. That’s right noobs, I am looking at you!

As Phil stated in his recent blog, Getting the Most Out of the Forums, the forums are an important place to learn great new tips, get your questions answered fast, and join a wonderful community of people who—like you—are using Logos Bible Software to help facilitate their Bible study.

Maybe you have checked out the forums and you were a little confounded by some of the tech talk there. You might have thought to yourself, “Hmmm, this is a little overwhelming.” Let me assure you, with more than 10,000 people posting on the forums, statistically speaking, you cannot be the least tech savvy person there! There is a need for people of all skill levels to be chiming in, asking questions and building community. It is a way to facilitate becoming more technologically astute and, at the same time; helping to encourage discussions that others of your skill level may need to see.

Getting involved in the forums is so easy. It is simply a case of signing in. You will use the same email and password that you use to sign in to Logos.com and Logos 4. If you don’t have a Logos.com account yet, you can easily create one.

If you are brand new to our forums I would like to help propel you forward. I have started a thread on the forums expressly entitled, Newbies!! It is a nice place to jump in and get your feet wet. Tell us a little about yourself and how you got involved with Logos Bible Software.

I can promise you that there is no entrance exam and no learning curve. You just have to make that initial jump. You will be glad you did.

Logos 4: Keyboard Shortcuts

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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 I was growing up in Nashville, TN, my father was truck driver. He knew every back road in our area. As a result, when I learned to drive he was constantly asking me, “Do you want to know a shortcut to the store? How about a shortcut to the park?”

If you’ve ever attended one of our Logos training seminars called Camp Logos you know I’m all about shortcuts. At least I come by it naturally.

So do you want to know a shortcut to the Home Page? How about to the Library? What about to start a Search?

Well here are some keyboard shortcuts to save you some time:

  • Alt + H opens and closes the Home Page
  • Alt + L opens and closes the Library
  • Alt + S opens the Search panel

For an extended list, check out the Logos 4 Keyboard Shortcuts article.

Getting the Most Out of the Forums

If you’ve never explored the Logos Bible Software Forums, you’re missing out on a lot of great interaction with other Logos users. Since we launched the site in June, we’ve had more than 10,000 people join and write almost 53,000 posts. We have forums for general discussion, Logos 4, Logos 4 for Mac, Logos 3, Logos for Mac 1, our iPhone app, making suggestions, Español, posting files, and getting help with RefTagger. There are always lots of informative (and lively!) discussions going on.

As we pointed out a couple of weeks ago, the forums are one of the best ways to get answer to your questions fast—especially during this very busy time with the launch of Logos 4 when our phones are ringing off the hook.

But the forums aren’t just for finding answers to questions. They’re also a wonderful place for meeting and interacting with people from all over the country and the world who enjoy studying the Bible as much as you do.

Whether you’re looking to get answers to questions or just want to join a community of people who love doing Bible study with Logos Bible Software, you’ll get the most out of the forums by spending a few minutes getting set up properly. Here are some of the things I’d recommend.

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The Gift that Gives Back

Christmas

It is that time of year again—the time where we celebrate Jesus, the greatest gift we have received, by giving gifts to those closest to us. This year as you are looking over your Christmas list, consider giving the gift of Logos 4 to that special someone. In fact, we would like to offer a discount of 25% off any of our base packages through Christmas! Simply use the coupon code blessing to save.

Whether they are a pastor, a seminary student, a Bible study leader, or they are in need of an incredible tool for their personal devotion and study time there is a perfect package available for them. You would be hard pressed to think of a better present than one that will immerse your loved one in God’s Word, helping to lead them in a deeper appreciation of God’s character, attributes, and ultimately, His profound love for them.

Logos 4 is a resource that is user-friendly enough to keep up on Bible and devotional reading; but powerful enough to be a personal research assistant in sermon preparation, dissertation writing, and in-depth Bible study. The intuitive nature, coupled with the adaptability of Logos 4, makes it a resource that is both capable and convenient.

When you add the benefits of Logos 4 to the mobility of our free iPhone/iPod Touch app things go from great to amazing. Imagine having many of your resources available to you wherever you are, synced to the last place you closed them on your desktop, access to many of the Bibles featured at Bible.Logos.com, and Logos’ search functionality to quickly find relative verses in an instant.

Remember, purchase any of our base packages through Christmas at 25% off using the coupon code blessing or pass this blog on to a loved one to do so for you! If you want to get yourself a great Christmas present simply login or create a Logos.com account so you can check out the Upgrade Discounter for your personal tailor made discount.

Another great gift idea for yourself or a loved one is a subscription to Bible Study Magazine. At a low cost of $14.95 (almost 50% off the cover price) you simply cannot go wrong. And over the course of the year they will get six issues featuring further tools for Bible study as well as interviews and insights from respected voices in the Church and biblical scholarship.

Logos Bible Software, providing gifts that truly keep on giving.

(Don’t forget about the Twelve Days of Logos. Check out today’s deal on the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary)

The 12 Days of Logos Sale

With Christmas just around the corner, many of you have asked if we are going to have any special sales or promotions to celebrate. While we did just launch Logos 4 and have some absolutely amazing deals on upgrades and base packages that are perfect for the holiday season, we dug a little deeper in our bag of goodies and found 12 more incredible deals for you. From December 9th–20th visit www.12daysoflogos.com and find a new deal every day!

Starting December 9th and running through December 20th, we’ll be posting a new deal every day on www.12daysoflogos.com. Each day, there will be something new, and the offer will only last for 24 hours. So, you’ll have to act fast to grab it. With some titles going for up to 85% off, you’ll want to be sure to check the site every day to get the latest offering!

So, how are we starting it off? Today’s deal is Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol for $0.95. At less than a buck, this is a deal that even Scrooge wouldn’t pass up.

Now, these deals only last for 24 hours, so don’t wait around or you’ll miss out. While you’re on the site, be sure to subscribe to the RSS feed or register for daily email reminders. I’ve seen the deals we’re offering over the next 12 days and, believe me, you don’t want to miss any of them!

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Where Are My Reverse Interlinears?

Most of the new Logos 4 base packages have upwards of a dozen reverse interlinears, all the way up to Portfolio, which has twenty. However, if you search in My Library, you won’t find any of them. So where are they?

Logos 4 takes a new approach to reverse interlinears. They are no longer separate resources, but they’re now integrated into many of the English Bibles in your library. To access the reverse interlinear for the translation you’re reading, all you need to do is click the Interlinear button. When you click it, the reverse interlinear panel appears at the bottom of the pane you’re reading.

Reverse Interlinears in Logos 4

With the panel, reverse interlinears are built directly into many English Bibles, allowing you to see the Greek or Hebrew behind your text. All your information is now in one pane for quick and easy reference.

Logos 4 also introduces a brand new feature called Sympathetic Highlighting. When you highlight a portion of text in one interlinear, the corresponding text in your other open English Bibles that have interlinears will also be highlighted.

You can try it right now: open up two English Bibles (the ESV and NRSV, for example) to the same passage. Then highlight in one to see the equivalent text highlighted in the other.

There are more features and new interlinears coming soon, including the ability to view the reverse interlinear data in the primary, wrapping text window, as well as in the strip below. We’re also working on English–Greek and English–Hebrew reverse interlinears for the NIV and the NLT. We have not yet set release dates for the new interlinears, but if you own Bible Study Library or higher, these files will download automatically as soon as they are complete.

Logos 4: Prioritized Resources

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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.

You and I have a lot of books. Then we have our favorite books. For example, within Logos Bible Software 4 we have a boatload of Bibles. Yet we also have our favorite Bibles. We have considerable commentaries. Within those, we have our favorite commentaries. These favorite resources in Logos are called Prioritized Resources. These favorites are then opened first in various places throughout the software. The good news is you get to designate your priorities. Here’s how:

  • Open the Library
  • Click Prioritize on the right to open a pane called Prefer these resources:
  • Now drag and drop your favorites from the Library to the list on the right

I suggest placing your Bibles at the top, then Bible dictionaries, then commentaries, and so on. This way your list is neatly organized so you can easily change it if you wish. Remember, within the list you can drag and drop resources to a new position.

The next time you launch a Bible study from the Home Page, notice what commentaries appear first in the Passage Guide. Notice which five of your top Bibles open first in the upper center tile.

You can edit this list as much as you want!

Using Your New Logos 4 Resources in Logos 3 or Logos for Mac 1

http://www.logos.com/images/products/5486.jpgAll of our Logos 4 base packages are packed with new content. If you crossgrade from Gold version 3 to Gold version 4, you’ll add almost 200 new resources to your library. If you upgrade to a higher-level base package—from, say, Leader’s version 3 to Silver version 4—you’ll likely pick up even more new resources.

Did you know that you can use the vast majority* of your new Logos 4 resources in Logos 3 or Logos for Mac 1? Although Logos 4 is intended to replace our previous generation software, some of you may want to continue to run both versions side by side for a little while.

  1. If you’re a Mac user, you may want to continue to use Logos for Mac 1 as well as Logos 4 for Mac until the latter comes out of testing and is more reliable for daily use.
  2. If you’re a Windows user, you may want to continue to use Logos 3 alongside Logos 4 until you learn the ropes of Logos 4 or until your favorite feature gets added.

One of the great things about Logos 4 is that it installs right alongside of Logos 3 and Logos for Mac 1, so you can continue to use both as long as you’d like without any problems.

Maybe you’re on the edge about upgrading because you aren’t sure if you’re ready to learn a whole new program, or you’re not sure if your computer can even handle Logos 4. The good news is that you can still take advantage of our incredible introductory base package and base package upgrade discounts without having to commit to switching to Logos 4 entirely or at all. When you’re ready to make that transition, you’ll be all set. In the meantime, you can add a ton of new books to your existing Logos 3 or Logos for Mac 1 library at some of our lowest prices ever.

Here’s how:

Step 1: Purchase a Logos 4 Base Package

Purchase one of our base package upgrades by going to our customized upgrade discounter. Even if you’re not going to run Logos 4 exclusively or at all (for now) and you just want the books, you’ll still want to purchase a Logos 4 base package or base package upgrade so you can use those books on Logos 3 or Logos for Mac 1.

Step 2: Sync Your Licenses

After you’ve purchased, installed, and logged in to your new Logos 4 base package or base package upgrade, the next step is to sync your new licenses back into Logos 3 or Logos for Mac 1. You can do this in Logos 3 or Logos for Mac 1 by going to Tools > Library Management > Synchronize Licenses. This will guarantee that all of your new Logos 4 licenses are in place so your books will show up as unlocked when you copy them over.

Step 3: Load Your Books

Now that you’ve updated your licenses on Logos 3 or Logos for Mac 1, the next step is to load your books.

Loading Your Books from a Media-Only Disk or Disk Set

Logos 4 uses a new and improved resource format (.logos4) to enable some cool new functionality, so you won’t be able to load the resources from the Logos 4 DVD. Instead, you’ll need to purchase one of the new media-only disks, which have Logos 3 and Logos for Mac 1 versions (in .lbxlls format) of the new Logos 4 resources.

If you need a CD set (on 12 disks), it’s available for special order by calling 800-875-6467.

When you get your disk or disk set, open Logos 3 or Logos for Mac 1 and insert the disk. You’ll be prompted to copy the new resources to your hard drive. If you’re not, you can load them by going to Tools > Library Management > Location Manager on Windows or Tools > Library Management > Resource Installer on Mac. After Logos has copied all of the files over, be sure to repeat the process with the remaining disks.

Loading Your Books via Download

If you’re a Windows user, you’d rather not spend the money for the media-only disk or wait for it to arrive, and you have a fast internet connection, you can load your new books on Logos 3 by running a resource update script. Just click the link for your base package below, and Libronix Update will download all of the available resources from our server that are missing from your computer.

Warning: This could be a very large download—up to 6GBs of files. If you can’t handle large downloads, your best option is to purchase the media-only DVD.

Building Your Library

Another question that comes up from time to time from people using our old and new software side by side is if they can continue to purchase Pre-Pubs and other books and get them to work in both versions.

All of our add-on products will work in Logos 3, Logos for Mac 1, and Logos 4 unless otherwise stated. We’ll make sure to put a clear note on the product page if it won’t work on all four platforms. So you can safely purchase for any or all versions of our software that you use.

Disk or Download?

We’re moving in the direction of delivering our products via download. It’s easier and less expensive for us and for you. When you purchase the downloadable version of an individual title or collection, we’ll provide you with instructions for loading the books on all of our platforms. You’ll be able to add your new books to as many platforms as you use.

The disk method, which is usually a CD-ROM, requires that you’re using (or are willing to install) our previous generation software: Logos 3 or Logos for Mac 1. If you choose the CD-ROM option, you’ll need to load your new books into Logos 3 or Logos for Mac 1, sync your licenses, and then launch Logos 4. Logos 4 will see the new license and will automatically fetch the files from our server and download them.

So there you have it. Enjoy using your new books on whichever versions of our software you have.

*Some books in Logos 4 are not able available in .lbxlls format for technical reasons (e.g., Logos 4 Media Resources and the new reverse interlinears).

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