By now, you’ve probably heard about Logos 7 Basic, the new, free version of Logos Bible Software. And if you already own Logos, you may be wondering, “What does that mean for me?” In fact, you may be one of the customers who flooded the blog with questions like:
“If I install the free version of Logos 7, will my copy of Logos 6 be deleted or overwritten?”
“I have Logos 6 and Logos Gold. Is there any reason why I should get Logos 7 Basic?”
Great questions. Here’s the answer:
When you get Logos 7 Basic, we’ll add new books and features to the resources you already own; you won’t lose a thing.
Everything you rely on will still be there after you update. And in many cases, it will be better.
Plus, we’ll give you a selection of brand-new Logos 7 features to use in your Bible study immediately. If you have an older version of Logos (Logos 5 or earlier), you’ll even notice a refresh to the user interface.
But what, exactly, will you be able to do with the new stuff included in Logos 7 Basic?
Let’s say you already own Logos 6 Gold. Here are just three ways Logos 7 Basic will improve your Bible study the moment you boot it up. (And if you own an earlier version than Logos 6 Gold, you’ll get even more out of Basic.)
Jump right into your Bible study
Logos has always cut out bits in your study that aren’t really Bible study at all. There’s nothing virtuous about flipping pages, so we did away with it; there’s no deep, spiritual value to manually hunting down the source of a citation, so we take you there in a click. Finding everything hundreds of resources says about a single verse would take, well, years; so we do it for you in seconds. Et cetera.
All that time-saving adds up to more time doing the real work of Bible study.
With Logos 7 Basic, we’ve added new ways to get to the meat of your study, faster. Chances are, there are a few key resources you turn to every time you study. So why waste time opening every single one every single time?
Instead, use one of our Quickstart Layouts.
We’ll automatically open the resources you need based on the study you want to do. Just click to open a Bible and commentary, word study resources, or just a Bible and notes for some Bible journaling. (There are lots of other layouts, too.) Boot up Logos, and in a couple of clicks your study’s up and going. Or you can create your own favorite layout from scratch and launch your study straight from the Go box. Either way, Basic will get you to the resources you need for serious Bible study, right away.
Make of the most of in-depth study
With a name like Basic, you may think our new free version couldn’t possibly have anything to offer you. You study Scripture at a depth that makes coal miners nervous. You can pronounce Mahershalalhashbaz backwards and forwards with your eyes closed.
“Basic?” “Basic” doesn’t come close to describing the kind of exegesis you undertake.
Still, Logos 7 Basic is for you, too.
Basic includes some brand new features that will help you make the most of even the most in-depth study—small but significant tweaks that make updating to Logos 7 Basic a no brainer.
Like this: take a note on an original language word, and see it in every single Bible—including English translations.
Or this: link your favorite lexicon to your Bible. Click on a word, and go straight to the lexicon entry. Done.
Or how about: search for anything in your Bible, and we’ll automatically highlight the results in every Bible you have open, no matter what language they’re in.
These aren’t revolutionary updates, but you get them at a price that’s hard to beat (free). And you’ll get a taste of what the Logos 7 Full Feature Set can do for your Bible study.
Become a Logos pro
Basic comes pre-loaded with dozens of training videos to help you master Logos tools and features. You’ll get Morris Proctor’s Logos 7 Quickstart videos, plus all of the training videos made by our in-house team of Logos experts, the Logos Pros.
Best of all, our full Logos training course is built right into the brand new Courses Tool. With this in-depth, 30-day study of Jonah chapter 1, not only will you master the software, you’ll learn trusted Bible study techniques you can apply to any passage.
Tens of thousands of people have already taken one of our free training courses. Here’s just a bit of what they had to say:
“I have learned so much . . . And the best part: I can’t wait to start my day with God.”—Nancy
“I will likely review it again and I’m sure I’ll be ‘thumbing’ back for years to come. I really believe I can now do my own study and discover my own insights. Thank you.”—Mike
“I have used other methods for studying the Bible, but by using Logos, I feel that this will be a new launching pad. I am looking forward to reaching new heights.”—Frankie
So should you get Basic if you already own Logos? It depends.
If you want a free update that gets you into your study quicker, you’ll appreciate Basic.
If you want to uncover more insights from the original languages, Basic’s for you.
If you want to make the most of the investment you’ve already made in Logos, Basic’s built-in training is just what you need.
So go ahead and get Logos 7 Basic for free right now. Then let us know what you think in the comments.