Logos Banners and Images for Your Website

We have an impressive number of users who regularly blog and tweet about us, and many show their enthusiasm by featuring one of our banners in their sidebar. Almost daily we meet new users by reading what people are saying about us and noticing who’s linking to us.

On occasion we get emails from people asking if they can link to our site or use one of our images in their site’s sidebar. We gladly grant them permission on both counts, but we wanted to state publicly that you don’t even need to ask. If you want to link to us, feel free. If you find a Logos image that you’d like to use in a post or put in your sidebar, help yourself.

To make it easy for you to find just the right one, we’ve created two pages where you can find dozens of images and ads that you can display on your site to show your enthusiasm for Logos to your readers.

If you’ve been wanting to show Logos a little love on your website or blog, head on over and grab an ad or image and link it up to the demo or to the appropriate product page.

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!

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

John Calvin’s 500th Birthday

Today marks the 500th anniversary of the birth of John Calvin (July 10, 1509 – May 27, 1564). Hundreds of thousands commemorate this day with gratitude to God for this man and his influence on the church.

Many who disagree with his theology still regard him as a gift to the church. John Wesley called him “a great instrument of God,” and Jacob Arminius considered Calvin “incomparable in the interpretation of Scripture” and recommended Calvin’s commentaries second only to the Bible itself. So learning and benefiting from Calvin isn’t just for the five pointers.

To join in the celebration of the grace of God in the life of John Calvin, we decide to launch Calvin500.com—a resource site devoted to everything John Calvin—and create several new Calvin collections, including the impressive Calvin 500 Collection, which contains more than 100 books by and about John Calvin.

If you missed the original announcement and haven’t yet seen the site or the collections, be sure to give them a look.

In addition to the site and the collections, don’t miss out on the two special birthday presents we have for you.

More Books, No Additional Charge!

First, we’ve added 11 new volumes to the Calvin 500 Collection, bringing the total up to 108! To cover the addition of these new titles, the price needs to go up. But instead of raising it immediately, we decided that we’d keep it at the already crazy price of $299.95 through the weekend. If you’ve been contemplating placing your pre-order, you have one last chance to pick up the most comprehensive Calvin collection on the planet at the lowest possible price. First thing Monday morning (July 13), the price will increase.

If you’ve already pre-ordered the Calvin 500 Collection, you’ll get all of these 11 new titles at no additional charge, but we need your help to cover the added cost. Please spread the word about the even bigger Calvin 500 Collection. Blog it. Tweet it. Facebook it. Or email it.

Get a Free Copy of Calvin’s Institutes!

Institutes of the Christian Religion by John CalvinSecond, we’re giving away the Beveridge translation of Calvin’s Institutes through the end of the month. To get your free book, you’ll need three things:

  1. a copy of the Libronix Digital Library System installed on your PC or Mac
  2. a Logos.com account with a credit card on file
  3. a Libronix Customer ID that is connected to your Logos.com account

Here are the steps to follow to get all set up:

Step 1: Download and install Libronix for Windows. (Mac users can purchase the Mac version of the engine, or buy a Mac base package.) If you already have Libronix up and running on your computer, jump to the third step.

Step 2: Activate Libronix. When you do, you’ll create a Libronix Customer ID (usually your email address, if you enter it). You can find your Libronix Customer ID by going to Help > About Libronix DLS.

Step 3: Create a Logos.com account. If you already have one, just log in.

Step 4: Make sure that your Libronix Customer ID is associated with your Logos.com account. Go to My Account, enter your Libronix Customer ID from Step 2, and click “Confirm.” If it’s already there, no need to do anything.

Step 5: “Buy” the Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin. Go to the page and click “Add to Cart,” or just add it straight to your cart from here, and then make sure to add the CALVIN-500 coupon code to your cart and click “Update Cart.” Proceed through the checkout process and then click “Submit Order.” If you don’t have a credit card on file, you’ll need to enter your credit card information. Don’t worry. You won’t be charged. It’s an unfortunate inconvenience in our current checkout system, and we hope to change it at some point.

Step 6: Unlock and download your new book. If you’re on a Windows machine, just click the orange “Unlock & Download” button. If you’re on a Mac, just synchronize your licenses (Tools > Library Management > Synchronize Licenses) and manually put the book file in your resources folder (Macintosh HD/Library/Application Support/Libronix DLS/Resources on the startup volume).

Step 7: Start using your new book! Open Libronix, open My Library, then type Institutes to find it. Double-click it to open it.

4th of July Fun

Most Americans celebrated the 4th of July by watching fireworks, but five Logos employees celebrated by spending more than 80 hours working outside—in temperatures approaching 100 degrees in the afternoon—putting on a massive fireworks display for others to enjoy. Customer Service representatives Justin Kooy, Debbie Mickens, Kat Hutchison, and Christy Powell and software developer James Van Noord joined three others to put on a fireworks display at Fort Spokane over the July 4th weekend.

All but one of the Logos pyrotechnicians have done professional displays in the past, and Justin will be getting his official pyrotechnics license later this summer. We thought you’d enjoy seeing how some of the people behind the product spent their 4th of July.

Here’s a slideshow of some of the pictures—courtesy of James Van Noord.

A congratulations is definitely in order to Justin Kooy, who proposed to his now-fiancée Katie during the fireworks show (see the second to last picture). Congratulations, Justin and Katie!

New Free Content from Bible Study Magazine

Bible Study at BatIf you don’t subscribe to Bible Study Magazine—or have just started—be sure to check out all of the free articles that are available at BibleStudyMagazine.com. Every month at least one new article gets posted on the Preview page.

The latest article, “Bible Study at Bat,” looks at the role of chaplains and Bible study in Major and Minor League Baseball. Past articles include

  • “Does the Author of Ecclesiastes Need Prozac?”
  • “Facing Today with the Book of Hebrews”
  • “Choosing a Bible Translation”
  • “Bible Study and Rock Music”
  • “Bible Study in Hollywood”
  • “NLT Study Bible”

We’ve also just launched a new Word Studies page, which features word study articles on πρωτότοκος (prototokos), נפשׁ (nephesh), and δύναμις (dunamis). If you don’t read Greek and Hebrew, don’t worry; the articles are useful for English-only Bible students as well.

  • “Figuring Out the Firstborn in Colossians 1:18”
  • “Soul Searching in Deuteronomy 6:5”
  • “Discovering the Power of Luke’s Gospel”

Head on over to the Preview page and the Word Studies page to view the new articles.

2 New Free Greek Vocabulary Lists

If you’re learning a new language, mastering the most commonly used words is an essential task. Did you know that Logos makes available 24 different vocabulary lists taken from the most popular grammars to help you? We currently have 14 different Greek vocabulary lists, 7 Hebrew, 2 Aramaic, and 1 Akkadian. The best part is that all of these lists are free. Just download them and save them to C:\. . .\My Documents\Libronix DLS\VocabularyLists.

The two latest additions are the lists from Learn to Read New Testament Greek by David Alan Black and Essentials of New Testament Greek by Ray Summers. Visit our Vocabulary Lists page to download these new lists—and any of the others you’d like. You don’t have to own the corresponding resources to make use of the vocabulary lists.

Once you’ve downloaded them, you can access your new lists in Logos by going to File > Open, selecting “Vocabulary List” from the Types column, and then selecting the list of your choice from the Documents column.

With your list opened, you have the ability to add to it, edit it, and print out vocabulary cards that you can carry with you and review between classes or when you’re away from your computer.

If you’re not a fan of print vocabulary cards, you can work through the lists right in Logos. Just grab another Window and cover up the right column. Move it down after you guess the meaning for each Greek word.

Visit our Vocabulary Lists page to download the available lists.

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.

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

The Great Bible Giveaway

giveawaythumb.jpgWe’re about to give away 72 ultra-premium versions of the most amazingly bound Bibles ever printed. From the finest you can imagine top-end offerings in leather and calfskin—to the limited production run—“only a handful in existence” type heirloom quality of ultra-premium goatskin in a custom-carved Rosewood box imported from England!

Wow, was that breathless or what? …but seriously, if you are used to the feel of the paperback Bible you got from church the first day you visited youth-group as a teenager, you won’t believe how different these bindings can be.

We know “…the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” and we love it no matter what it is printed on and no matter what it is bound with. In fact, some of the most “heirloom quality” Bibles in the world are the most plainly bound, simple, worn and weathered Bibles. What makes many Bibles “heirloom quality” is the deep personal connection to God’s Word that they represent for those privileged to steward them.

So why are we giving away such high-end Bibles? Well, it all started when I received an ESV Study Bible in Premium Calfskin. I literally had no idea that leather could feel so supple, so smooth and so cottony-soft. I found myself wondering if it was fair to say that my new Bible could actually be creamy, velvety, and like butter all at the same time. When it came time to launch Bible.Logos.com I wanted to do something spectacular. I wanted to highlight the brand-new ultra-premium access to the Bible that Bible.Logos.com provides, with some ultra-premium print Bibles that people would be more familiar with.

Over the next 6 months Logos is giving away 72 premium print Bibles on Bible.Logos.com—worth over $11,500.00!

Every month from July thru December, we will give away 12 premium Bibles featuring the most popular translations from Bible.Logos.com, including ESV, KJV, NIV, NASB, NLT, and NKJV. These Bibles are the top-of-the-line versions and feature the highest quality leather and binding—some are valued at over $400.

This month we will be giving away these 12 Bibles:

  1. ESV Study Bible, Black Calfskin (Retail $239.99) from Crossway
  2. KJV Concord Wide Margin Reference, Black Goatskin (Retail $229.99) from Cambridge Bibles
  3. NASB In Touch Ministries Wide Margin Edition, Burgundy Calfskin (Retail $149.99) from Lockman Foundation
  4. NASB Large Print Ultrathin Reference, Black Calfskin (Retail $149.99) from Lockman Foundation
  5. NASB Side Column Reference Wide Margin Limited Edition, Black Calfskin (Retail $149.99) from Lockman Foundation
  6. NIV New Women’s Devotional, Espresso Renaissance Fine Leather (Retail $59.99) from Zondervan
  7. NLT Tyndale Select, Black Calfskin (Retail $135.00) from Tyndale
  8. NIV Study Bible, Black Goatskin (Retail $229.99) from Cambridge Bibles
  9. NIV Study Bible, Black Renaissance Fine Leather (Retail $124.99) from Zondervan
  10. NKJV UltraSlim Bible Signature Series, Black Calfskin (Retail $129.99) from Thomas Nelson
  11. NLT Tyndale Select, Black Calfskin (Retail $135.00) from Tyndale
  12. TNIV Reference Bible, Black Renaissance Fine Leather (Retail $99.99) from Zondervan

For details on how to enter, as well as the full contest rules and prize list, visit The Great Bible Giveaway page.

Using RefTagger with Bible.Logos.com and Ref.ly Links

By default RefTagger will tag only the bare Bible references on your site. If a Bible reference is already linked to Bible.Logos.com or another online Bible site, RefTagger will ignore it. So you won’t get the cool tooltips to show up on references you’ve already linked manually.

We’ve received some feedback from people who want to be able to link Bible references to Bible.Logos.com and have RefTagger add the tooltips, so we’ve decided to add support for it. It also works with Ref.ly links, which is perfect if you syndicate your Twitter feed to your blog.

Here are a couple of examples:

All you need to do to enable this new functionality is add one additional line of code to the RefTagger script code in the footer of your site. Simply add

Logos.ReferenceTagging.lbsConvertHyperlinks = true;

to the RefTagger JavaScript code anywhere before the line

Logos.ReferenceTagging.tag();

This will tell RefTagger to add tooltips to all of the Bible references that are hard linked to Bible.Logos.com or Ref.ly.

Why would you want to do this? Well, since RefTagger uses JavaScript, Bible references in your site’s feed don’t get linked because the JavaScript code runs only on your site, not in your readers’ feed reader (e.g., Google Reader or Bloglines). If you want your Bible references to be linked in your feed, you’ll have to link them manually (or use this hack to save a little time). Before, you had to choose between linking your Bible references to Bible.Logos.com or using RefTagger. Now you can do both and enjoy the best of both worlds.