Logos 4: Display Basic Search Results Differently

mp|seminars TipsToday’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.

With the recent release of Logos 4.2a comes different ways to display Basic Search results. Here’s how:

Generate a Basic Search and select:

  • Ranked – to arrange the search results in order of relevance determined mainly (but not exclusively) by the number of hits compared to the total number of words in the article in which the hits were found .
  • By Title – to sort the search hits alphabetically by the name of the book then sequentially by chapter or article.
  • By Count – to display the search results in descending order according to the total number of occurrences in each resource.

Personally, I prefer viewing the results By Title because I like looking through a list books to locate just the specific results I need.

New Reasons to Download the Free Logos App

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.

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Facebook-only Special: The 25K Like-a-thon

We just reached 25,000 Facebook fans! We’re celebrating with a Facebook-only event unlike any you’ve ever seen: The Logos Like-A-Thon!

Visit our fan page for details!

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Coupon Codes for the First Two Rounds of Logos March Madness

March MadnessRound 2 of March Madness just concluded and 48 titles are now on sale!

With over 100,000 votes cast so far in the 2011 Logos March Madness tourney, the competition has been tight. Of the 64 titles that started in the tournament, only 16 remain to battle it out for discounts ranging from 40% to 75% off! Round 3 is open, so you can now vote for your favorites in the Sweet 16.

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Here are the titles that you can save on now with the corresponding coupon code:

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March Madness Voting Starts Today

March MadnessLogos March Madness is here! The polls are open and it’s time to vote for your favorite titles.

We’ve picked 64 titles and divided them into four divisions. Each round, you vote for your favorite titles in each division in hopes they advance to the next round. In Round 1, you vote for your favorite 8 titles in each division. The full voting schedule is as follows:

  • Round 1: March 17-19
  • Round 2: March 20-22
  • Sweet Sixteen: March 23-25
  • Elite 8: March 26-28
  • Final 4: March 29-31
  • Championship: April 1-3

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Announcing Evangelical Exegetical Commentary Payment Plans

Evangelical Exegetical Commentary

A few months ago, we announced that work had begun on the Evangelical Exegetical Commentary—a groundbreaking 44-volume commentary on the entire Bible published by Logos Bible Software.

Today, we’re introducing a special payment plan designed specifically for this Pre-Pub.

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Here Comes Logos March Madness!

March Madness

Logos March Madness 2011 is coming soon!

And the competition is tougher than ever.

We have selected some awesome titles for this year’s Logos March Madness. With thousands of new books made available in Logos the past year, selecting just 64 titles for the competition was not easy. There are some phenomenal titles here and we’re sure you’ll be impressed with the competition.

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Setting Goals (the Right Way)

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How are your New Year’s resolutions going?

Now that January is a memory, it becomes easier to forget those extravagant plans to wake up early, study the Bible for few hours, visit the gym, and make a healthy breakfast before going to work at 7 AM. Let’s get real. If you want a thriving spiritual life, healthy relationships, a growing bank account, and physical fitness, you must set realistic, achievable goals. This post will focus on setting goals to grow in your knowledge of the Bible.

Strengths and Weaknesses

First of all, do not sit down and write a list of things you want to accomplish. That comes later. The first thing you need is some perspective. Make a list of your strengths, areas where you feel confident and knowledgeable. Then, make a list of your weaknesses, areas where you would like to improve or growth. Here are a few ideas:

  • Theological issues
    Where do I stand?
    What passages, books, and resources do I need to grow in this area?
  • Books of the Bible
    How well do I understand poetry in the Bible or the history of Israel?
  • Biblical People
    How did the life of Abraham or David affect the rest of the Scriptures?
  • Biblical Places
  • Why was Jesus’ hometown of Nazareth so despised?
    What was Rome like during Paul’s ministry?

Have a Well-Rounded Theology

Do you read from authors you disagree with, just to understand their perspectives? Or do you read from authors that all hold the same viewpoint? Try something new. Study a different religious tradition or doctrinal position. Understanding other views:

  • Challenges what you know to be true
  • Helps you understand the reasoning behind a position so you can engage in discussion more intelligently
  • Helps you find the holes and inaccuracies
  • Gives you a new perspective on what you believe and what you still need to learn

Be Realistic

Once you understand where you need to improve, decide where you want to improve. In most cases, making a goal to do something you don’t want to do is useless. You will find every excuse possible not to achieve that goal. Instead, pick something fun, something that really interests you.

Get the Tools

Set Aside Time

If you don’t schedule time to work toward your goal, how will you succeed? Set aside some time each day or week to focus and get to work. To help you remember, schedule an appointment with yourself. Create a unique name like “New Growth Time,” or “Bible R&D.”

Stay Accountable

Why do so many gym memberships go unused every year? We try to achieve goals by ourselves. This is a terrible idea. We need other people, like personal trainers, to keep us on track, encourage us, and provide counsel when we need it. Ask a colleague or friend to keep you accountable every few weeks or every month.

Reward Yourself

Growing closer with our God is really the best reward we could imagine, but even so, rewarding yourself is extremely motivating.

If your goal is to read the entire Old Testament, break up the goal into smaller goals and reward yourself after ever few books you read. Done with Genesis and Exodus? Treat yourself to a cup of coffee. Finished with Psalms and Proverbs? Eat a piece of tasty chocolate.

When you complete your goal, really celebrate! Go on a date with your significant other or watch that new movie you’ve wanted to see. The more fun your rewards are, the more likely you are to succeed. Go for it!

What other tips have you found useful in achieving your goals this year? Come on over to the forum and tell us about it.

Today’s guest post is by Ryan Rotz, from the Logos Bible Software marketing team.

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Turning Logos Blog Comments into Conversation

blog/forumYesterday, we ran a blog post by Stephen Smith on what an incredible resource the Logos forums are. With over 40,000 users, the forums provide a strong community that is both informed and helpful. It doesn’t matter if you are looking for information about a particular resource, assistance with an aspect of Logos 4, or just good tips and tricks to help get the most out of your study time, the Logos forums are an exceptional tool.

We recently realized how the Logos blog might be strengthened when combined with the community on the Logos forums. By moving the comments from the blog to the forums, users get the benefit of turning an isolated comment into a conversation. Now you can join thousands of users in discussing the various resources, tips, and general information discussed on the Logos blog!

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Learn More about Your Favorites on Logos.com Landing Pages

One of the many great features of the new Logos.com is the improved searching capabilities. We’ve upgraded the search engine and provided a variety of categories which allow for several different browsing options. Even more, the new faceted browsing allows you to stack several product categories at once so you can find that specific book you’re looking for.

With the help of faceted browsing, you can now instantly have more information regarding the author or publisher you are searching for. When you land on a page displaying products for a specific author and publisher you searched for, you’ll see a new graphic at the top of that page. The graphic will contain a picture and brief biography or description about your search.

For authors, learn about the ministries they’ve been a part of throughout their lives, where and what they studied, some noteworthy titles they’ve authored, where they’ve worked, and other significant details about their lives. For publishers, get some insight on how the company started.

You can also instantly share your favorites with your friends by clicking the “like” button or by sharing through Twitter or email.

Check out a few pages:

  • N. T. Wright

    Next time you’re looking at products on Logos.com be sure to browse by author or publisher to see their respective pages. We hope you enjoy learning about, sharing, and showing support for the people that produce the titles you love!