Hi, I’m Dave. I’m one of the developers on the mobile team. We’re pretty excited about the recent release of Logos for iOS 1.7. We focused this release on making it easier to do the things you want while ensuring the best reading experience possible.
New Reading Controls
You will notice a new row of controls in the reading view.
The controls are (left to right):
Back, Contents, Active Reference, Action, Favorites, View Settings and Book Info.
Let’s take a closer look at the controls:
- Back: Tap to go back to your last position in this panel. Touch and hold to bring up the history for this panel. More on history below.
- Contents: Bring up the table of contents for the book. If the book can be navigated by verses, like a Bible, you’ll see the verse picker too.
- Active Reference: This box displays the reference for the text at the beginning of the view. For Bibles this will usually be a Bible reference. For many other books this will be a page number. You can type in this box; if you’re online it recognizes any reference Logos 4 does. For example, “1th” will jump you to 1 Thessalonians and “p47” will jump you to page 47.
- Action: Do something with a reference on the screen. Run a Passage Guide, add a favorite or share a verse on Facebook. You can tap the arrows on either side of the displayed reference to change it.
- Favorites: List your favorites (think bookmarks), synced from Logos 4.
- View Settings: Change text size and color, control columns and link panels. More on linked panels below.
- Book Info: Author and publisher information and a summary. If you have a Logos license for the book, you can download it for offline reading—just flip the switch to ON.
- The slider control at the bottom allows you to quickly jump to ⅔ into a book, for example.
We have completely reworked how history operates in this version. Touch and hold the back button to see your history. You’ll see the last few places you’ve been in the current book as well as the last few books you’ve had open in that panel. Tap the blue chevron next to a book to see all the places you’ve been in that book. At the bottom of the history for a panel is a “Full History” item, which will—you guessed it—show you your full history for all panels.
Select and Copy Text
Being able to select text and copy it has been one of the most frequent requests. We’re happy to deliver it in this release for devices running iOS 3.2 or newer. To select text: touch and hold on a word or double tap. Use the blue handles to change the selection. Touch “Copy” from the context menu and paste the text wherever you need it.
Ever wanted to look up that John Piper quote while out for coffee with a friend, pulled out your iPhone, opened the Logos app and . . . zero bars?! What kind of a coffee shop doesn’t have WiFi? It doesn’t have to be that way. You can download any book you have a license for and is available in the iOS app. True, this has been available in the app for a while, but there are still those who don’t know about it (including my own dad, until last weekend). Press the info button in the reading view or the blue chevron in the library to bring up the book info and flip the Available Offline switch to ON. The book will get an orange arrow in the library while it’s downloading and a red airplane when it’s ready. In addition to not requiring an internet connection, downloaded books are faster to use. Downloaded books also display tables better and use justification.
No, it’s not the kind Paul writes of. I’m talking about fully-justified text. This release of the app uses the new hyphenation and justification feature of the Logos display engine. It looks beautiful and makes for a better reading experience. Justification is available for downloaded books.
Did you know you can have two books open at once? This one isn’t new in this release either, but again it’s something not everyone knows about. To split the screen: find the quarter circle with an arrow in the corner of the screen and press it. Touch the panel and see the controls come up over the active panel and the other panel fade into the background. Resize the panels by touching the half-circle at the end of the splitter (the grabber) and moving it around. To hide a panel, just drag the grabber to the edge of the screen.
Touch the grabber once to sync panels—the reference in the active panel will be synced to the other panel. If you’re using the ESV and the ESV Study Bible, for example, you’ll probably always want the notes to move along with the Bible text. You can do this by turning on Link Panels in the View Settings.
If you don’t have the app, or haven’t used it lately, I encourage you to download it and give it a spin. We’ve been listening to your feedback and working hard to make the best Bible study tool available on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. If you need a hand, there’s a great community of users on our forum who are happy to help. I read every post myself, but I’m sorry I don’t get a chance to respond to every one.
Today’s guest post is by Mobile Software Development Lead, Dave Dunkin.