Keeping Logos Synced on Two Computers

Our EULA allows you to install Logos on two of your machines for your personal use. If you have Logos on two machines, you may be well aware of the challenge of keeping everything in sync between your desktop and your laptop or netbook, or between your home computer and your work computer.

You can currently keep your licenses in sync between your two machines by going to Tools > Library Management > Synchronize Licenses (your licenses are safely backed up on our servers), but what about the rest of your data?

If you use Logos extensively on both machines, you will probably eventually end up with notes, visual markups, favorites, bookmarks, Bible reading plans, prayer lists, toolbars, collections, resource associations, diagrams, saved searches, etc. that are on one computer but not on the other—or even worse, that are on both, but not identical. Having your valuable data spread between two computers is not a good scenario. I originally tried to create or edit my content only on one machine and use the other machine only to access my library and do searches. But this proved not to be a very good long-term solution for a number of reasons. If Logos is installed on two of your machines, it makes the most sense to use all of its features on both machines.

But what’s the best way to accomplish this?

Manual Method: USB Thumb Drive

Some people solve this problem by using a USB thumb drive. They carry their drive with them at all times and copy their My Documents\Libronix DLS folder to it after every use—replacing only the updated files. Then they copy those files to their other computer—again, replacing only the updated files. This method can work, but it’s far too tedious for most, and it’s too easy to forget to do it every time. Before you know it, your files are out of sync.

Thankfully there’s a better way.

Automatic Method: Sync Software

There are many free applications that allow you to sync files and folders across a network or across the internet. Some sync directly between the two computers, requiring that both be running at the same time. Others use a cloud backup of your files, eliminating this problem.

My personal recommendation is to use a combination of Windows Live Mesh and Windows Live Sync (formerly FolderShare)—Live Mesh for your My Documents\Libronix DLS folder and Live Sync for your Program Files\Libronix DLS\Resources folder.

Live Mesh: Sync Your Personal Files

Live Mesh allows you to sync up to 5GB of data with no limit to the number of files and folders that make up that 5GB. It uses a cloud backup of your data, so your machines can stay in sync even if you never have them both powered on at the same time—and your data is protected if both of your machines are stolen, destroyed, etc. Live Mesh also comes with remote desktop functionality, so you can log on to one of your machines (if it is powered on) from your other machine to access data you need but aren’t syncing.

Before you use Live Mesh, be sure to back up all of the data you plan to sync. If you do something wrong, it’s possible to unintentionally delete important files. Our customer service team cannot provide support for third-party software, so proceed with caution if you’re not at least moderately techie.

To use Live Mesh to sync your personal Logos files, install the application on both machines, navigate to your My Documents folder, right click on Libronix DLS, and then click “Add folder to Live Mesh.” Live Mesh will begin syncing your files and notify you of any conflicts that need to be resolved. In my experience, it’s best to start either with identical data on both computers or with the data only on one computer. Otherwise you may have hundreds or thousands of file discrepancies to deal with.

Live Sync: Sync Your Resources

Unlike Live Mesh, Live Sync has no GB limit, but it does have a file limit of 20,000 files per synchronized folder (you can have up to 20 synchronized folders). This makes Live Sync ideal for keeping your resources in sync, since many users have more than 5GB of resources, and a cloud backup of resources is unnecessary. No more having to install a new product on both machines. Install it on either machine, sync your licenses, and Live Sync will take care of syncing your new resources.

To use Live Sync to sync your Logos resources, install the application on both machines, and then set up and sync your folder from the Live Sync website. Live Sync errs on the side of protecting your data, so when duplicates are found, it will keep both by renaming one of them to indicate its source. To avoid having lots of duplicates to clean up, it’s best to start with identical data or with data only on one machine.

Using a combination of Live Mesh and Live Sync will enable you to keep your Logos files in sync effortlessly. If you’re looking for a good sync solution for Logos, I highly recommend giving this a try.

What do you do to keep your Logos data in sync? What are your favorite sync programs? Let us know in the comments.

Update: Mark points out in the comments that Live Mesh can sync more than 5GB by simply disabling the sync to Live Desktop for the folder that you don’t need a cloud backup of. This means that you could use Live Mesh for both your personal Logos files and your resources. Thanks for the tip, Mark.

Put Your Favorite Books on Your Toolbar

Tips & Tricks blog SetToday’s guest 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.

There are some books in your library that you need quick access to like your Preferred Bible or favorite commentary. You may get tired of going to My Library to open them so why not place them on the toolbar? That’s right, put as many books as you want on the toolbar so with the click of a button the book opens.

Right click on the toolbar and select Customize and then New. Name the toolbar. With the Category Special selected, click the Command Open (Resource) and click Add. Now click Details. From the Resource line click Change. Type the name of your book in the Find box. Click the name of the book when it’s displayed. Click OK. OK again and then Close.

Now click the new icon on your toolbar to open your book!

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Deactivating Pericopes

Tips & Tricks blog SetToday’s guest 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 type a Bible reference or keyword in a passage box on an automated report (like the Home Page) a drop down list appears. The list contains pericope titles (or section headings) from your Bibles. Libronix is asking you if you prefer what you typed or one of the pericopes in the list.

If you never use this list you can turn it off.

Choose Tools | Bible Tools. Click Pericope Sets. Uncheck Use Pericope Titles in Reports.

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Searching the John Piper Sermon Manuscript Library by Topic

Tips & Tricks blog SetToday’s guest 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 mentioned in a previous blog, Logos released The John Piper Sermon Manuscript Library. Here’s how to locate sermons on a particular topic or passage from the library:

  • After installing the sermon library click the small black arrow next to the Home icon on the toolbar
  • Choose Sermons from John Piper from the list of Home pages
  • When his Home Page opens click the Browse tab

Now you can browse his sermons by Series, Topic, Occasion, or Scripture!

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Copying Bible Text without Footnotes

Most Bible translations have a variety of footnotes throughout the text, giving you instant access to cross references, alternate translations, text-critical notes, and more. These notes are helpful when studying the Bible on your computer, but you may not need them when you copy the text into a sermon or paper.

A fairly common question we hear from new users is how to copy text from a Bible without including the internal footnotes. Let’s take Romans 12:1–2 in the ESV, for example.

You’ll notice 10 notes in these two verses. The superscript letters are for cross references, and the superscript numbers are for alternate translations, comments on manuscripts, etc. Sometimes you may want to include these when copying and pasting, but often you want just the bare Bible text.

There are three ways to accomplish this.

Method 1: Switch to “Bible Text Only” Viewing Mode.

With your Bible open and active, go to the View menu and select “Bible Text Only.” This will strip out all footnotes and allow you to copy only the text with chapter and verse numbers. The downside to this method is that you lose the paragraphing; each verse is formatted as its own paragraph.

Method 2: Uncheck “Include Footnotes When Copying.”

Another option is to go to Tools > Options > General > Interface and uncheck the box “Include Footnotes When Copying.” This will tell Libronix to skip any internal footnotes when copying text from your resources. Formatting and paragraphing will be preserved, but the potential downside to this method is that it applies to all resources and not just Bibles. So if you like having footnotes appear when you copy text from a commentary, for example, then you’ll want to try the next method.

Method 3: Use the “Copy Bible Verses” Tool.

This final method is far and away the best. If you’ve paid careful attention to the icons in your system tray (which is usually in the lower right corner of your screen next to the time), you’ve probably noticed that Libronix adds three icons when it’s open. The black one that looks like a Bible is the Copy Bible Verses tool.

There are two ways to use this powerful tool. You can double-click on the icon in your system tray, type in a passage, and click “Copy” (or “Copy and Paste” to send it directly to your open Word document, for example). Or you can highlight the text you want to copy and select “Copy Romans 12:1-2 to Clipboard” (instead of selecting “Copy” or using Ctrl+c).

One of the cool features of the Copy Bible Verses tool is that you can create as many different styles as you want—one for your sermons, another for your blog posts, another for papers, etc. For additional help creating styles, see the training article “Copy Text without Footnotes and Citations.”

If you copy Bible text frequently, you’ll quickly come to love this very handy little tool. It’s not hard to see why this is some users’ favorite feature.

Copying Biblical People

Tips & Tricks blog SetToday’s guest 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 generate a Passage Guide (PG) report, one of the sections you may see is Biblical People (BP). BP is an automated report that displays a relationship graph of anyone mentioned in your passage.

To open the report just click one of the ovals (nodes) containing someone’s name. The report builds for the name of the person you clicked.

To copy this image to another program like PowerPoint right click in a blank white area near the BP reportand select Copy. Go to the other program and Paste the image (Ctrl + V).

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Search All of an Author’s Books

Tips & Tricks blog SetToday’s guest 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.

From My Library you can initiate a search in all of the books by a particular author.

Right click on an Author’s name like Chambers. Select Search All These Resources. When the search dialog opens enter your search query and click Search.

Now you can see what any author including Oswald Chambers has to say about a word, phrase, topic, or Bible verse.

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Link to Website in Note File

Tips & Tricks blog SetToday’s guest 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.

If you find helpful articles on the web you can place links to them right in a note file.

  • Open to any place on the web
  • Right click in the address bar of your internet’s browser and select Copy
  • Right click in the text area of a Libronix note file and select Paste
  • If the pasted address is not automatically hyperlinked then click the Tag References as Hyperlink icon on the note file formatting toolbar

If you want you can now change the text of the pasted address which is usually pretty long. Just select (highlight) the pasted address and type in any new text. The new text will still link to your website.

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Where’d My Strong’s Concordance Go? Part 2

On Thursday of last week, we looked at how to use Strong’s in Logos Bible Software version 3, but I left out a few things that are worth calling attention to. In addition to accessing Strong’s from the “Other Tools” section of the Bible Speed Search or the regular Bible Search results, you can access it directly from the right-click menu of any Strong’s-tagged Bible or by running advanced Bible searches for particular Strong’s numbers.

Accessing Strong’s from Your Bibles

You can still run the old Englishman’s Concordance report from the right-click menu in Strong’s-enabled Bibles. For example, open the KJV to Romans 8, right-click on a word like condemnation, and select “Englishman’s Concordance.”

Doing so will launch this report, which shows you all of the occurrences of that particular Greek word, which happens to be translated all three times as condemnation.

Another way to do this is to right-click on the word and choose “Selected Reference” > “Speed Search This Resource.”

This will generate a search that gives you the same results as the Englishman’s Concordance report, but provides a few additional options under “Other Tools.”

Searching for a Specific Strong’s Number

You’ll notice that when the previous search generates, it uses the standard Bible Speed Search window and populates the search box with GreekStrongs in G2631. What this means is that you can bypass the right-click menu and do a search directly from the Bible Speed Search if you are starting with the Strong’s number you want to find.

For Greek words, you just need to type in something like GreekStrongs in G2631. Simply replace the Strong’s number with the one you’re looking for. For Hebrew words, you would type in HebrewStrongs in H6942. This allows you to instantly generate a report of all of the occurrences of a given Strong’s number.

Searches like these will show you all of the occurrences of a particular Greek or Hebrew word, regardless of how it is translated in English. If you want to narrow the report to show you only the places where a particular Greek or Hebrew word is (or is not) translated with a particular English word, you would simple add to the search equals or notequals followed by your word. For example, GreekStrongs in G1680 gives you all of the places where this Greek word occurs. It is almost always translated hope. If you wanted to limit it to the places where it is not translated hope, you would search for GreekStrongs in G1680 NOTEQUALS hope. Here’s another one to try: GreekStrongs in G26 NOTEQUALS love, will find all of the places where the main Greek word for love is not translated as love in the KJV.

Copying Favorites to Another Computer

Tips & Tricks blog SetToday’s guest 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 may have an elaborate system of Favorites on one computer and wish to have it on another. You don’t, however, want to invest the time needed to recreate it.

All you have to do is copy / paste the Favorites file from one computer to another.

All of the Favorites, including folders and subfolders, are contained in one file located at My Documents | Libronix DLS | Favorites.

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