BibleTech:2009 Round Up

Today’s guest post is from J. D. Elgin, a member of the Marketing Department and the coordinator for BibleTech:2009.

BibleTech:2009 is officially a thing of the past. The conference was a great time for learning, interacting and networking with everyone in attendance. It was truly amazing to be in the company of so many intelligent and creative people.

For those of you who missed out and really want to catch up, we have made the conference audio available on the BibleTech website. We have also made available the presentations slides for several of the presentations.

Today, we thought you would enjoy hearing what the conference attendees thought about BibleTech. We have listed links to the blogs of our speakers and attendees, and we hope you can take some time to read their reactions to BibleTech:2009.

BibleTech:2009 received some encouraging media coverage from sources outside of Logos and our speaker base. Eric Young of The Christian Post wrote a nice article about the event. Matthew Miller, ZDNet Tech Blogger, was in attendance and wrote a very thorough review of each session he attended. Thanks, Matthew!

In addition to his BibleTech:2009 Postlude, Sean Boisen posted a blog entry for each presentation he sat in on. You can surf through his recent posts to read a nice summary of the presentations.

Speaker Wes Allen reminisces on his experience in BibleTech09—Points East. Wes also posted several live blog posts from the event.

Antoine RJ Wright of Mobile Ministry Magazine shares his concluding thoughts in Reflections while on the Plane.

You can also find the entire #BibleTech09 Twitter feed on the BibleTech website. Try following the Twitter conversation that corresponds to a presentation you want to listen to. There were several attendees conversing over Twitter during the presentations and their discussions added a new, interactive dynamic to the conference experience!

We certainly hope you can make it out to Seattle next Spring! If the positive feedback from our recent gathering is any indication of things to come, you won’t want to miss out on BibleTech:2010!

If you know of any other BibleTech:2009 round ups we missed, please post them in the comments for everyone to enjoy!

Logos Featured in Christian Computing Magazine

If you don’t regularly read Christian Computing Magazine (CCMag for short), you’ll want to be sure to check out the cover story of the March issue: “An Inside Look at Logos Research Systems, Inc. and Logos Bible Software.” You’ll find it on pages 9–12.

Steve Hewitt interviews Dan Pritchett, our Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, and covers a very nice spectrum of topics. You’ll learn a bit of the company’s history and find out some interesting facts about how the company has grown and changed over the last 18 years. You’ll also read about many of the things we’ve been working on recently. If you look carefully, you might even learn about some things coming down the pike that have never been shared publicly before.

So go give it a read.

Logos for Mac 1.1 Now Shipping

On Thursday of last week, we released an update to Logos Bible Software for Mac. Version 1.1 fixes a number of bugs that didn’t get squashed before we shipped the long-awaited first version in mid-December.

If you are an existing Logos for Mac user, you can download this new version for free by going to Logos.com, signing in, navigating to My Account > Order History, and then clicking on your Mac engine or base package order. At the bottom of your order, you will now see a new “Files to Download” section.

Click the “Download” link to save the file to your Mac, make sure Logos for Mac is closed, and then double-click the file to install the update. Follow the instructions, and you should be up and running with the latest and greatest in less than a minute.

If you don’t have a Logos.com account, don’t see the link below your Mac order, or have any other troubles updating, please contact our Mac Customer Service team at 800-875-6467 or macsupport@logos.com.

We’re also happy to announce that you can now purchase the Logos for Mac engine as a download instead of having to order a DVD. This is especially good news for our international customers. If you have been holding out for the downloadable version to become available or perhaps were just waiting for the bugs to get worked out of the initial release, it’s time to make the move to Logos for Mac.

BibleTech:2009 Is Underway!

UPDATE: We have set up a live twitterfeed of the conference on the BibleTech website.

Today’s guest post is from J. D. Elgin, a member of the Marketing Department and the coordinator for this year’s BibleTech conference.

BibleTech:2009 officially begins today at 9:00 AM Pacific Time. If you’re reading this, chances are you’re missing out on all the excitement! We certainly don’t want any of our faithful blog followers to feel left out, so we’ve assembled a list of speakers who will be covering the conference live via their personal blogs and Twitter feeds. We invite you to use the links below to follow all of the action.

Three conference speakers will be sharing their thoughts on the conference, so you can get the latest by checking out their blogs or subscribing to their RSS feeds.

Or try out this Google Blog Search (also available via RSS) to catch any blogs we may have missed.

Also, you can follow these speakers on Twitter:

  • Ellen Frankel and JT Waldman of The Jewish Publication Society at @JewishPub
  • Rob Christenson of Geeks & God and Mustard Seed Media, Inc. at @Rob_Feature
  • Stephen Johnson of Olive Tree Bible Software at @RearCog

Or just follow the BibleTech:2009 hashtag, #BibleTech09, to get all of the Twitter action in one place.

You will also want to stay tuned to the BibleTech Conference website in the coming weeks. We will be recording the conference audio and will post the MP3 files as soon as we are able.

Update: Follow along with the Twitter action right at http://www.bibletechconference.com/live.htm.

Libronix 3.0f Now Shipping—Update for Free!

Last night we released the next minor update to our Libronix Digital Library System for Windows. If you are planning to install Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8 (or if you already have), it is vital that you update to Libronix 3.0f to avoid some minor incompatibility problems. Best of all, the update is completely free.

In addition to the IE8 compatibility fixes, 3.0f includes several bug fixes and improvements, as well as updates to a number of resources and lectionaries. For a complete list of all of the bug fixes and changes, see the new support article.

To update, simply open Libronix and go to Tools > Libronix Update. After it looks for available updates, click “Update,” close Libronix, and then wait for the updates to download and install. When installation is complete, click “Close” and then restart Libronix.

Bible Search Bar from Bible.Logos.com

If you have biblical content on your website or blog, you’ll definitely want to consider adding the new Bible Search Bar to your sidebar. RefTagger allows your readers to have instant access to the Bible passages that you cite in your post, but what if they want to look up a verse that you don’t mention or launch a search for a word or phrase that you discuss? They could manually navigate to Bible.Logos.com, but the Bible Search Bar makes it even easier for your readers to find what they’re looking for.

The Bible Search Bar comes in two sizes, the one you see pictured to the right, which is also in the sidebar of the Logos blog, and a smaller one with horizontal orientation.

It’s very easy to add to your site. Just grab the code that we provide and paste it into your sidebar, or wherever you’d like the Bible Search Bar to appear. If you have trouble getting the styles to show up properly, you may need to add the styles to your sites style sheet or paste the style sheet link in the head section of your template.

Head on over to the new Bible Search Bar page at Bible.Logos.com to see the two options, grab the code, and get it set up on your site.

What Does Archaeology Say about the Fall of Jericho?

If you have never made it to one of the Logos lectures, I would really encourage you to come out to the Mount Baker Theatre on Thursday as Dr. Bryant Wood, Director of Research with the Associates for Biblical Research, will present on the topic "What Does Archaeology Say about the Fall of Jericho?"

About the Lecture

Did the walls of Jericho really come tumbling down? Biblical archaeologist Bryant Wood will present an illustrated talk on archaeological findings at Jericho, a site which has been a problem in biblical archaeology since scholars claimed that there was no city there at the time of Joshua. As a result, most archaeologists claim the Bible must be in error. Dr. Wood shows that not only was there a city at Jericho at the time of Joshua’s Conquest, but that when the findings are correctly dated, it is seen that the archaeological discoveries and the biblical narrative in Joshua 2–6 harmonize in an amazing way.

Event Details

  • Date: Thursday, March 19th
  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Title: "What Does Archaeology Say about the Fall of Jericho?"
  • Speaker: Dr. Bryant Wood
  • Location: Mount Baker Theatre in Bellingham, WA
  • Admission: FREE!

About This Month’s Speaker

Dr. Wood earned an M.A. in Biblical History from the University of Michigan in 1974, and a Ph.D. in Syro-Palestinian archaeology from the University of Toronto in 1985. His extensive archaeological field work includes surveying in Jordan, Egypt, and Israel, and he has been awarded grants to carry on his research. He is a member of the Near East Archaeological Society and a Fellow of the Institute for Biblical Research. Dr. Wood is currently Director of Research with the Associates for Biblical Research, Akron, PA, and editor of their quarterly publication Bible and Spade.

Mark your calendar, tell your friends, and we will see you soon.

Update: The audio is now available on the Lecture Series page.

Registration for BibleTech:2009 Ending Soon!

Today’s guest post is from J. D. Elgin, a member of the Marketing Department and the coordinator for this year’s BibleTech conference.

BibleTech:2009 is quickly approaching—it’s on March 27–28—and we are quite excited as things come together.

Are you looking for ways to pump life into your church website? Do you want to get the most out of your blogging community or social web interface? Maybe you’re more interested in Bible translation software or what’s in store for the next generation of Bible technologies. Wherever your interests lie, be sure to secure your seat at BibleTech:2009, where you’ll learn from the experts! Registration is only $149.95 and gets you access to twenty-eight presentations, three catered meals, a conference T-shirt, and the chance get to know fellow Bible and technology geeks! Registration is accessible through the conference website.

BibleTech:2009 will consist of fourteen sessions split between March 27 and 28. Each session will give you the option of a high-tech presentation or a low-tech presentation. The high-tech presentations will discuss the latest developments in Bible software platforms and the use of computer-based technologies for Bible translation and Bible study. The low-tech presentations will handle issues of design sensitivity, current trends in Bible technologies, and the integration of the Bible with internet-based communities.

A list of conference speakers is available on the conference website. Get acquainted with the speakers and catch up on their preparations for BibleTech:2009 by checking out their personal blogs. You can also view the official BibleTech:2009 schedule and plan ahead for your BibleTech experience.

Registration for BibleTech:2009 ends on Monday, March 23, so reserve your spot now!

Join us on March 27 and 28 in Seattle, WA for BibleTech:2009!

Can’t make it out to Seattle this year? Stay tuned to the Logos Blog for ways you can keep up with BibleTech:2009.

Become a Logos Ambassador

Logos Ambassador ProgramAre you passionate about Logos? Do you have a desire to introduce others to your favorite Bible software? Are you looking for a little extra income or help building your digital library? If this describes you, then the Logos Ambassador Program might be a perfect fit.

Almost daily we meet people who have never heard about us and wonder where we’ve been all of their lives. We use just about every means possible to let people know about us (e.g., websites, blogs, email, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, radio ads and interviews, TV interviews, conferences, web ads, print ads, Bible Study Magazine, etc.), but we can only reach so many. We count on our happy customers to spread the word to family, friends, and colleagues.

Many of you are already great promoters, and we appreciate all that you do to spread the word about Logos. Why not take advantage of the opportunity to make a little extra money or build your digital library doing what you already love to do? When you present Logos to friends, family, and others in your community, you’ll earn 15% (if taken as a check) or 30% (if taken as Logos credit) commission of the sale price for every base package that you sell! This could provide some nice supplemental income or help you afford that next collection you were hoping to add to your digital library. The beauty of the program is that you can work as much or as little as you want, so the Ambassador Program can be a perfect fit no matter how much extra time you have.

Getting started is easy. Visit the Ambassador page, read the details and FAQs, and send in your application with your one-time payment of $39.95, which covers the cost of the Startup Kit. We’ll notify you as soon as you’ve been approved and send the Startup Kit to you. It contains all the essentials that you’ll need to do your presentations, take orders, and start making a little extra income.

Is the Ambassador Program right for you? Go find out!

What’s Your Story?

I love reading stories about how people experience Logos Bible Software for the first time. Just yesterday I read a glowing email from a professor who a few months ago had never used Logos and thought it was little more than a collection of PDF-like books. He was absolutely blown away when he first tried Logos and saw its powerful searching abilities and the quality of texts in the particular collection that he got.

We’re going to start a series of posts here on the blog featuring stories like this. In the past we’ve asked you to send your stories to NewsWire@logos.com and promised that if we used yours, we’d give you $100 worth of unlocks as a “thank you.”

If you’ve never told us your story, we’d love to hear from you. Tell us a little about yourself and how and why you use Logos. Include how you found out about Logos and what the main influences were that led you to purchase it. Include anything that makes for a good story. Write it up and send it to NewsWire@logos.com. Your story could be the next one to be featured.

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