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Logos 4 Bible Software Training Manual: Volume 1

Monday’s posts are usually from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Today we introduce the Logos 4 Bible Software Training Manual: Volume 1, by mp|Seminars. Morris has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos training seminars.

The all-new Logos 4 Bible Software Training Manual: Volume 1 is here, complete with step-by-step instructions and helpful screenshots to guide you visually!

This 27-section manual, the most thorough manual to date, covers everything you need to become familiar with the new Logos Bible Software 4. Morris starts by giving you an overview of the Logos 4 desktop to familiarize you with the User Interface. From there, he provides an introduction to the Home Page and Home Page Bible Study before diving into sections on the Passage Guide, the Exegetical Guide, the Bible Study Guide and so much more.

Like attending Camp Logos, Morris provides plenty of tips and reminders which will allow your Bible study to become more productive as you learn timesaving tips and keyboard shortcuts, more focused as you learn how to access the specific Bibles, commentaries, and resources pertaining to your areas of interest, and more fruitful as you spend more time studying and less time searching for study material.

After you order your copy of the Logos 4 Bible Software Training Manual: Volume 1, round out your training by watching our training videos, and of course, check the Camp Logos Calendar for the next event near you.

Offline Reading with Logos iPhone App Version 1.2.2

iphone-small.pngLast week in Kent’s post, How to Get the Most Out of the Logos iPhone App, he told you how anyone with the Logos iPhone app could instantly access around 30 Bibles to read on their iPhone or iPod Touch, and that by registering (for free) you gain access to more than 30 additional free books.

He also pointed out that if you upgrade to a new Logos 4 base package, you get access to all the books that you have ever purchased for Logos Bible Software (as long as our publishing partners have given us permission to display each title), followed by a bullet-point list of reasons the app is more than a book reader.

Here’s one more reason: The Logos App now offers offline reading.

This is awesome news, especially for those who do not have a constant internet connection. To make this possible, you’ll still need an internet connection to save the books locally, but once the books are saved, you can read them without a wireless connection. So before you head to your small group, your men’s or women’s Bible study, out to the park, or if you’d just like to sink into your favorite chair and read your Bible or favorite commentary, make sure you make your preferred Bible translation and other favorite books available offline.

For those of you who are determined to make 2010 the year you read through the entire Bible, what better way to accomplish that goal then with the free Logos Bible Software app? The offline reading mode will allow you to take advantage of your down-time, and before you know it, the few verses or few chapters you are able to read while waiting for your next meeting or class will quickly add up.

So here’s how it’s done:

  1. Make sure you’re connected to the internet via Wi-Fi or your carrier.
  2. Open your library.
  3. Click on the blue arrow next to the title you want available offline. (screenshot)
  4. Slide the "Available Offline" option to On. (screenshot)
  5. Click Done.
  6. You should see an orange arrow indicating that Logos is downloading the resource. (screenshot)
  7. Once the resource is completely downloaded, the arrow will change to an airplane icon. (screenshot)
  8. After the book is completely downloaded, in offline mode, select Read and it will be viewable offline.

For those of you who use Facebook and are excited about this functionality, but still don’t have an iPod Touch, find out how you can enter to win a free 8GB iPod Touch.

*The offline reading mode is only available if you own a Logos 4 base package. You can read and navigate books in offline mode, but you can’t search or access them in reports like the Passage Guide, Bible Word Study, and Text Comparison.

Bible Reference Abbreviations

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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.

All throughout Logos Bible Software 4 you’ll see a reference or passage box in which you can type a Bible reference to initiate a search or generate a report. Please remember you do not have to type out a full reference. Logos accepts most any abbreviation that is close to what you want. For example, observe the following time-saving shortcuts and find the style that works best for you:

  • ps 23 = Psalm 23
  • jn3.16 = John 3:16
  • ec = Ecclesiastes
  • ro 8 28 = Romans 8:28

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Logos 4: Highlight a Word or Phrase with a Visual Filter

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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.

Perhaps you have a word or phrase you want to leap off the page as you read the Bible. With a Visual Filter, Logos 4 will automatically highlight that for you in any or all of your Bibles. Here’s how it works:

  • Choose File | Visual Filter
  • Assign a name to this Unnamed Visual Filter
  • Select All Passages from the range drop down list
  • Select the desired Bible(s) from the drop down list
  • Type a word or phrase to highlight in the Find box
    • Simply type words like grace or forgive
    • Place a phrase in double quotes like “son of God”
  • Select a Formatting style form the drop down list
  • You can add other words or phrases in the additional Find box(es)
  • Close the Visual Filter

Now when you open the Bible, these designated words and phrases will be highlighted as you indicated. With this feature, you can call attention to the topics or themes of your choice.

There are scores of other ways to personalize your study with Logos Bible Software 4. At Camp Logos I’ll walk you through many of those customizable features of the software.

Grand Opening Seminars

We’re kicking off the New Year with two more Logos 4 Grand Opening Seminars in northern California, January 6–7 and 8–9. We have special prizes to give away (including a leather bound ESV Study Bible) and Dale Pritchett, Vice President of Logos, will be present for Q and A sessions. Please check out mpseminars.com for more information and the Camp Logos calendar for a complete schedule of seminars. I look forward to seeing you soon at Camp Logos.

An Example from Camp Logos

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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 you know, when you travel to a new place you want to ask the locals where to eat and what to see. People who live in an area know more than what’s in a travel brochure. That’s my philosophy when it comes to Camp Logos, our two day training seminar for Logos Bible Software. I want to give you practical suggestions and applications that you may not read in a help file or discover on your own. For example, try this:

Open a Bible from the Library. Now open a commentary which should display in a separate tile. Click the panel menu (cover image; top-left) of each tile and select Link set A for both resources. Now when you jump to a different verse in one, they’ll both move there.

Return to the Library and drag some of your favorite commentaries into the same tile as the previous commentary. Make sure to set these to the same Link set A.

You now have a Bible in one tile and several commentaries in the other. Jump to a different verse in the Bible and all the commentaries will follow. Click in the commentary tile to read your first. Now press Ctrl + Page Down to move to the next commentary. That keystroke will take you through just the tabs in one tile!

For the icing on the cake, choose the Layouts menu and name the Now Snapshot. When you want to return to this setup choose the Layouts menu again and select this Named Layout. You now have instant commentary insights from your favorite resources!

Now for the cherry on top, drag the named layout from the Layouts menu to the Shortcuts bar. Click the icon and your commentary layout opens!

If this has been helpful, I think you’ll thoroughly enjoy Camp Logos. We move through many of the features of your software in a thorough yet very practical manner.

Grand Opening Seminars

We’re kicking off the New Year with two more Logos 4 Grand Opening Seminars in northern California, January 6–7 and 8–9. We have special prizes to give away (including a leather bound ESV Study Bible) and Dale Pritchett, Vice President of Logos, will be present for Q and A sessions. Please check out mpseminars.com for more information and the Camp Logos calendar for a complete schedule of seminars. I look forward to seeing you soon at Camp Logos.

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.

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!

Instant Book Locator

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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 no doubt have at least one bookshelf (probably more) in your home or office for print books. If you’re like me, those bookshelves get filled, yet you keep buying books and soon you start lying books one on top of the other. Before long I can’t find a specific book I’m looking for. Imagine for a moment if that bookshelf contained a voice activated booklocator. You say something like: Pursuit of God by Tozer. Then instantly that book sprang from the shelf.

Perhaps that’s wishful thinking for print books, but not with our Logos Bible Software 4 e-books.

First of all, you have an electronic bookshelf called the Library. Click the Library icon on the toolbar to open it. You can learn to use the Library by watching one of our training videos.

For now, notice the Find box in the Library. This is the locator we just imagined. You can type practically anything in the box.

Type ESV to find any resource with ESV in any of its bibliographic data such as title, publisher, and so on.

This is where it gets fun, though:

Type title:twelve and the word twelve has to be in the title of the book.

Or type title:twelve AND author:bruce. Now twelve must be in the title and Bruce must be in the author fields, respectively.

When you type that, you’ll discover A.B. Bruce’s book Training of the Twelve will spring from the bookshelf right into your hand! This is what we just imagined. You’ll never lose another book with Logos Bible Software 4.

Your Own Bible Study Newspaper

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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.

When you first open Logos Bible Software 4 you come to the Home Page. This screen may not resemble anything you’ve ever seen in software before. It should look very familiar, though. It looks like the front page of a newspaper or the home page of a web site.

Think with me about the newspaper analogy. Each day we pick it up to read, we see the front page lays out the same yet contains different content. We always know where the title of the paper, the edition, the weather, and so on are located. Yet the articles are never the same. Who wants to read the same articles day after day?

The same is true for the Logos Home Page. At the top in the “ribbon” you’ll see features that stay the same day in and day out: your Preferred Bible, Reading Plans, and more.

In the lower section, however, you discover content that changes every day. It’s just like the front page of your very own Bible study newspaper! You see articles from books, images, maps, this mp|seminars Tips blog post, or most anything.

When I first saw this Home Page I did a double take. I wasn’t sure I liked it. I want things to stay the same. Now I understand, though, it’s not supposed to stay the same. It’s supposed to change.

Every day we’re to have our sanctified imagination and curiosity motivated to dive into God’s Word perhaps in a way we never have before. I encourage you, each day look for something different and follow a link to where it takes you. You never know what you’ll learn about the Bible with Logos Bible Software 4.

Logos 4 Help Files

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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.

Congratulations on securing Logos Bible Software 4! This is beyond a shadow of a doubt the world’s most powerful AND easy to use software. If you’re not already, you will soon be studying the Bible in ways you never thought possible.

Many of the features are obvious and self explanatory. For example, to launch a Bible study from the Home Page just enter a biblical reference in the passage box and click Go. In mere moments your computer screen transforms into a desk or kitchen table with numerous reports and resources open ready for your investigation!

To insure that you have an enjoyable and profitable experience with Logos Bible Software 4, we’ve prepared various means for you to get help when you need it.

First, click the question mark (?) icon in the upper right-hand corner of the screen to access quick reference Help files. The search feature allows you to jump just to the article you need.

Also, in your software sleeve you’ll see a disk labeled PC Videos containing instructional videos prepared by my company, mp|seminars. You can watch and listen as you learn to execute numerous Logos features.

In addition, these same videos as well as numerous other tutorials are located at Logos.com.

For more in-depth training materials and seminars you can visit mpseminars.com for additional information.

Enjoy your Bible study with Logos!