Look up Cross References with a Commentary

Today’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.

Did you know that you can have a Bible and commentary look up your Bible cross references? Choose Tools | Options | KeyLink. Select Bible as the Data Type. Click KeyLinking. Set Number of Windows to Open on a KeyLink to 2. Select your favorite Bible and click Promote. Do the same for your favorite commentary. Click Close. Now when you click a blue Bible cross reference in an e-book both your Bible and commentary will jump to that location!

For more tips like this, be sure to visit Morris Proctor’s Tips & Tricks blog or subscribe to the RSS feed.

Search for Just the Root Word

Today’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 execute a search on a word like bless you’ll also receive hits on the various forms of the word like blessed, blessing and blessings. This feature is called stemming. If you just want to locate a word without the forms you must type nostem and then your word in parenthesis. For example, to find just the word bless, type this in the search box: nostem(bless).

For more tips like this, be sure to visit Morris Proctor’s Tips & Tricks blog or subscribe to the RSS feed.

March–April Issue of Bible Study Magazine on Its Way

The third issue of Bible Study Magazine is off the press and is expected to start shipping today. That means that it should be in your mailbox in the next couple of weeks.

In the meantime, watch associate editor John Barry give an overview of the March–April in this new video.

By the way, we have several promos going on right now with Bible Study Magazine that you won’t want to miss out on.

First, we’re giving away 20 copies of Mark’s new book Vintage Church, 5 subscriptions to Bible Study Magazine, and a copy of Bible Study Library. Find out how you can enter to win this cool stuff.

Second, we also have a special going on with the 200-page Bible study guide to Mark’s current sermon series, Trial: 8 Witnesses from 1&2 Peter. Buy a subscription to Bible Study Magazine, and get Trial for free.

Finally, we still have some extra Kutless gear to give away.

Put Your Favorite Websites on Your Toolbar

Today’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.

Did you know you can add your favorite web sites to your Libronix toolbar? This way while you’re studying the Bible with Libronix you can click an icon to have your web browser jump right to a web site. Here’s all you have to do. Right click on the toolbar and select Customize and then New. Name the toolbar. With the Category Special selected, click the Command Go To (Internet Address) and click Add. Now click Details. Type or paste an Internet Address like www.logos.com or www.mpseminars.com. Click OK, OK again, and then Close. Now click the new icon on your toolbar to go right to your favorite websites directly from Libronix!

For more tips like this, be sure to visit Morris Proctor’s Tips & Tricks blog or subscribe to the RSS feed.

Make Your Search Case Sensitive

Today’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.

By default, Libronix searches are not case sensitive. If you search for God you’ll also receive god as a hit. If you just want to find god you must execute a case sensitive search. Choose Search | Bible Search. In the search box you must type the word case and then place what you want to be case sensitive in parenthesis. For example type this in the Search box: case(god).

For more tips like this, be sure to visit Morris Proctor’s Tips & Tricks blog or subscribe to the RSS feed.

Exporting Your Libronix Library to Zotero

If you do a lot of academic research and writing, you’re probably familiar with software like Endnote, Nota Bene’s Ibidem, and Zotero, all of which allow you to manage your research sources and easily insert footnotes or endnotes and build bibliographies based on the sources you cite.

I haven’t used Endnote or Ibidem, but I just started using Zotero, which comes in the form of a free Firefox plugin, and it looks like it is going to be very handy.

When trying to decide whether or not to use Zotero, two (related) problems I faced were (1) how Zotero would integrate with my Libronix library, where I do the bulk of my research and citing, and (2) how I would get all of my Libronix sources imported into my Zotero database.

If you use Zotero, you have to let it handle all of your citation footnotes, otherwise it won’t be able to automatically convert citations to the shortened form or to ibid where appropriate. As you know, Libronix automatically adds footnotes into several word processing programs, but if you use Zotero, you’ll have to recreate the footnotes with Zotero. That sounds like a lot of work, but the solution is fairly simple. All you need to do is export your Libronix library (a portion of it or the entire thing) into Zotero.

Open the Bibliography tool by going to Tools > Library Management > Bibliography. Select the collection that you’d like to export, and set the style to BibText Style, which Zotero supports.

After the report finishes generating, go to File > Export and save the report as a text file. (If you’re using Logos for Mac, just copy the contents of the report and paste them into a text file.)  You can then import this file into Zotero. If you’re dealing with thousands of resources, the import process may take a while, so be patient.

Now when you paste quotations from Libronix into your word processor, you can simply delete the footnote that automatically appears and quickly reinsert the citation with Zotero.

Proximity Searching

Today’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 enjoy small groups meeting in homes, you may like to find the places where Paul refers to a church in a house. To do so, execute a proximity search. Launch the Bible Speed Search or choose Search > Bible Search. Type this in the Search box: church within 7 words house. This search locates all the places where church and house occur within 7 words of each other. In the ESV, it turns up 5 results: Acts 8:3; Rom 16:5; 1 Cor 16:19; Col 4:15; and Philem 2. The proximity search is very helpful if you don’t know an exact phrase to look for. Give it a try.

For more tips like this, be sure to visit Morris Proctor’s Tips & Tricks blog or subscribe to the RSS feed.

External Linking without the Warning Message

One of my favorite features of the Libronix Digital Library System is the ability to link from emails, Word documents, PDFs, blog posts, PowerPoint presentations, etc. to just about anything in Libronix. I’ve blogged about this feature before, so I won’t go into the details here. If external linking is new to you, be sure to give the post a read.

The one downside to linking to Libronix from Microsoft Office applications like Word and PowerPoint is that you get that pesky security warning every time you click a Libronix link.

Since there is no security threat at all, there’s nothing to worry about. You can just click “Yes” every time it pops up. But if you use external linking often, you may want to permanently disable it. It’s not incredibly difficult to do, but it’s not for the novice either. If you feel comfortable editing your registry, check out the appropriate support article for the details:

After a few short steps, the warning messages will be gone for good. Ah, much better.

Logos for Mac Training Videos

If you recently purchased one of our Mac base packages or crossgraded from the Windows version and are looking for some help getting setup or simply want to get acquainted with what Logos for Mac can do to help improve your Bible study, be sure to check out the seven new training videos that are now available on our videos page at MacBibleSoftware.com.

Here’s what you’ll find so far:

We hope you find these videos helpful. Be sure to check back later. There are many more training videos to come.

For additional help, see the Logos for Mac FAQs.

Tip from CS: Update from the Logos Library System to Libronix

LLS LogoBack in the early 90s, before the days of the Libronix Digital Library System (LDLS), there was the Logos Library System (LLS). Version 1 shipped in December of 1991, and version 2 followed in August of 1995.

In 2001 we shipped our brand new platform, the Libronix Digital Library System, which replaced the Logos Library System. It is far more robust with loads of added functionality. LDLS has now gone through three versions (version 1 in December of 2001, version 2 in July of 2003, and version 3 in May of 2006), with development of the next version well underway.

Even though the Logos Library System is more than 13 years old, we still have many customers using it. Perhaps you’re one of them. The Logos Library System is an excellent tool for Bible study, but it is important for people who have not yet updated to our Libronix Digital Library System to consider making the switch now.

There are several important reasons to move to Libronix:

  1. First, it’s free! You can update to the new core engine for Windows at no cost. It won’t replace your existing Logos Library System, so you can run both of them as you learn the new system.
  2. Second, you’re missing out on a huge number of amazing and powerful new tools and resources that come with our Logos Bible Software 3 base packages. Give us a call at 800-875-6467 to get a special customized upgrade price based on what LLS package you own.
  3. Third, LLS was originally designed for Windows 95 and Windows 98. It’s a 16-bit application and will not work on 64-bit operating systems like the 64-bit versions of XP and Vista. 64-bit is fast on its way to becoming the norm for all new computer purchases. Though Windows 7 won’t be 64-bit only, it is very likely that the next version of Windows will be. The majority of new machines from Dell and HP now come standard with the 64-bit version of Vista, which means that if you purchase a new machine, you’d likely have to run LLS on an older dedicated computer or use virtualization software like Virtual PC, Virtual Box, or Parallels Workstation. The best solution is simply to update to Libronix.
  4. Finally, Libronix is now available for Mac. If you’ve moved to the Mac platform, our new Mac version is a much better alternative to running LLS via virtualization. You can simply purchase our Mac engine and immediately have access to most of your old LLS resources native on your Mac—or better yet, upgrade to one of our Mac base packages!

If you’re ready to make the switch, we’re happy to help you get your existing resources working in our Libronix Digital Library System. Our desire is to have all of our customers ready to use their Logos Bible Software when they upgrade to a new computer, whether that computer is Windows or Mac based. Especially here in Customer Service we have the knowhow to help you get from wherever you are to wherever you want to be.

Give us a call at 800-875-6467, or email us at cs@logos.com. We look forward to helping you get the best tools for Bible study—and make sure that your digital library is ready for the future.