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Top 3 New Features in Logos 10 Bible Software [Review]

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Every two years, we see a new major upgrade of Logos Bible Software. 10/10 was the magical date for the launch of Logos 10 Bible Software. Over the last two years, the software developers of Faithlife have worked hard to make Logos faster, simpler, and even more powerful than it already was. 

In this article, I review what I think are 3 of the best features in Logos 10

Add Your Print Library to Logos

Simplified Searching

Auto Translate 

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  1. Add Your Print Library to Logos

When I first tried out the Print Library feature, I immediately realized, this is a game changer for me! What is the #1 reason for using a digital library in the first place? Exactly, the fact that you can search hundreds of resources in a split second. With the feature Print Library, Logos now extends its power to your print books. 

How Does It Work? 

The other day I was preparing a lesson on Apologetics and while I was outlining some apologetic arguments, I remembered a fantastic quote from Nabeel Qureshi: 

“Truth must exist.”

However, I didn’t remember which book had that quote. It could be Answering Jihad, or it could be Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus. I don’t have these books in Logos, but I do have a hardcopy of them in my print library. So, I can start flipping pages through the first, only to realize – of course – that I will never find that particular quote, because it is in the second book. But where in that second book? It is the proverbial needle in a haystack. Logos 10 helps you out!

  • Take your mobile Logos app and scan the ISBN of your print resources

Below, you see three screenshots from my Android phone: in your mobile Logos app, 1) you open the Print Library ISBN Scanner, and 2) you scan the ISBN at the back of your print books. You need to be online for the app to 3) load the Logos resource catalogue. If the book is in the catalogue, 4) you will see a message that your book is added to your Print Library. 

If the ISBN of your print resource does not exactly match the ISBN of the Logos resources of the same title, Logos asks if you want to match your resource with another edition of the same book which does exist in the Logos catalogue. 

  • The scanned print resources are now added to your Logos Library

When 1) you open your Logos Library, and click the hamburger menu to open the filter, 2) Logos will show how many books you have in your Print Library. If you click the ‘In Print Library’ filter, 3) you will find all resources that you have scanned. Highlighted 4) are the resources that are discussed in this article. 

  • You can now search your print books with Logos!

First of all, 1) open a Search panel and 2) select a Books search. Make sure 3) the parameters are set to “All Text” and “All Resources” and 4) type the quote “truth must exist” (with quotation marks, because that was the exact phrase that I remember). 

Interestingly, 5) I find four books in my digital library, but I am looking for the result under 6) Print Books. There is my quote! It is in Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus. Now I cannot open the resource in Logos, but Logos gives me a sufficient snippet around the quote that might be enough for my purposes. Alternatively, I can now take my print copy of the book, turn it to section 13. Swoons and Substitutions, and read the whole context. 

Tell me in the comments, if this is not a game-changer! Maybe you don’t have to sell your print library, after all…

Final Notes on the Print Library

I don’t have the space in this article to share many more details, but as you consider this feature, keep in mind: 

  • You can add any books from the Logos Store or from your University or College Library, as long as they are on Faithlife’s catalogue, even though you don’t own a print copy yourself. If you prefer to do so, I would recommend tagging those added resources, so you can see from which print library they come. 
  • At the time of writing, you can only add Print Books from the store or through scanning the ISBN. It is not yet possible to manually enter an ISBN, but I can see that possibility coming in future upgrades of Logos 10. 
  1. Simplified Searching

Searching in Logos was not for the faint-hearted. Yes, it is the search feature of Logos that gives the software its power, we all know that. But, in all honesty, the search syntax could be quite intimidating. The search templates in Logos 9 made it already much easier to perform powerful searches, but for advanced users, these are still basic searches. Would you like to do a more advanced search, then you had to be trained to use the correct search syntax. 

Simplified Search Queries

Logos 10 has simplified this search syntax a lot, so that there is much less intimidation when it comes to creating complex search queries. Let’s have a look at a little complicated Logos 9 search syntax, like: 

What this search query does, is looking for passages where Jesus quotes from or somehow refers to the Old Testament. Let’s be honest, who would be able to generate such a search query from scratch, without any help? 

  • When do you need to use { }?
  • When do you use < >?
  • Why is the ~ there?
  • Why not use round brackets ( )? 
  • How would you know that you have to type ‘Person’, ‘Label’, and ‘WHERE’? 

In other words, without a template, this is very cumbersome. 

Not anymore with Logos 10! Let’s have a look at what we want to search for: 

  • We want to know where Jesus is referring to the Old Testament, so Jesus must be the speaker = speaker:Jesus
  • Then we want to know which passages are in any respect referring to the Old Testament. This has to do with intertextuality, while the source is being anything from Genesis through Malachi = intertext:source:Gen-Mal
  • Finally, we have to choose the right operator, and since we look for an overlap between the words that are spoken by Jesus and the words that are referring to the Old Testament, we should obviously choose = INTERSECT

So, you still need to know what you are doing, when building a search query. And there is a useful help file available to get you started, if this still looks complicated. But nobody can deny that the Logos 10 query is much shorter and much simpler than the Logos 9 one: 

A Few Other Little Search Tweaks

A closer look at the search panel shows that Logos 10 has quite a number of tweaks to make searching simpler, including (but not limited to) the following: 

  1. Logos 10 has more search types that you can choose. Clicking ‘More’ allows you to search Maps, the Factbook, the Factbook Tags, and the Bookstore 
  2. On the left is a row with four different search options, from left to right: Match case, Match all forms, Reference matching (see 3), and Multiple resource view. Especially the first two are very helpful as they were always hidden in the panel menu, where people forgot to toggle them on/off. 
  3. Reference matching is a very nice new feature in Logos 10, in case you don’t know whether you should search for a certain datatype (Default), e.g. topic:”Holy Spirit” versus PreachingTheme:”Holy Spirit” or whether you should search for (Broad), e.g. “Holy Spirit” or “God the Spirit” include “Paraclete” or not. 
  4. Finally, the + icon is supposed to help you build your search query, but honestly, so far I haven’t found it much helpful yet. 

In short, searching is still not as easy as running a Passage Guide, but Logos 10 has improved a lot!

  1. Auto Translate 

The third highlight and another game-changer of Logos 10 is the Auto Translate feature, which allows users to open a side panel in almost any resource and have passages from that resource automatically translated into any language from Afrikaans to Zulu. 

In order to provide this service, Logos 10 utilizes two third parties being DeepL (default) and Google Translate (secondary). DeepL is a paid service and is used on a monthly fair use basis. The cost is for Faithlife, not for the user! See the difference between DeepL and Google Translate

Why Is This A Game-Changer? 

What are some scenarios where this feature changes your study? In a nutshell, everybody can now read anything in every major language. 

  • Is your German better than your French, but does your Logos search return to you a journal article in French? No problem! 
    1. Select the passage that you want to understand. 
    2. Click the Side Panel icon in your resource, which opens an expandable side panel.
    3. Select the language into which you want the selection to be translated and there Logos goes for you!
    4. Credit is given to the Translation Machine which is used. 
  • I regularly hear people say they wish they could read Dutch theology. With Logos 10 you can! If you don’t select anything in your passage, Logos will translate the whole panel. In fact, you can read whole resources in any language, provided that you will likely quickly bump into the monthly limit. 
  • You read that English article and then you stumble upon a Spanish quote in a footnote. It is translated for you in two clicks. 
  • For many Logos users, English is their second or third language. Don’t you get the main point in English? Translate the passage into your first language. 
  • Even Hebrew and Latin are reasonably translatable into English or another language. Unfortunately, no Greek. 

Of course, I do not know the quality of the translation into each of the available languages. But so far, the translations into English and Dutch by DeepL have been excellent. 

Other Features

This article only had space for a detailed discussion of three top features of Logos 10 Bible Software. But of course, these are not the only features in Logos 10. Other new features and improvements include (but are not limited to): 

  • Speed: native support for Apple Silicon and .NET 6 gives significant performance increase of an estimated 10%-40%). 
  • User Interface: Logos 10 has a new vertical toolbar (default) which can be expanded and collapsed for more space. It is also possible to revert back to the classic horizontal toolbar. 
  • Church History: dozens of new pages on Church History Themes are added to the Factbook to help users understand theology in its historical context. 
  • Factbook Tags: a visual filter that adds millions of tags to words throughout your library. Users can hover over the tags to get more information.
  • Favorites: I have never used Favorites a lot, but now I will: they are now much easier to organize and they are searchable. You can now also add passages from within any resource to your Favorites, as well as look up favorite passages in that resource. 
  • Questions & Answers: dataset with questions and answers from catechetic resources, accessible through Search All. 
  • Popular Quotations: while writing your sermon, quickly find and insert a relevant quote directly in your sermon, without leaving your sermon. 
  • Import Existing Sermons: Logos 10 allows you to import and store all your past sermons into one central place. 
  • Advanced Timeline: The Timeline has received an impressive makeover, allowing users to better filter and organize timeline events, so that they can focus on those that are relevant to them. 
  • Mobile Improvements
    • New Layout Modes allow you to use up to 6 resources and tools on your tablet.
    • New Panel Linking allow you to have three link sets (A, B, C). 
    • Canvas is now available on your iPad for creating, editing and saving documents. 
    • Draw on Screen (iPad) allows you to annotate any page and save it. 
    • Sermon Manager is now available on iPad.
    • Text-to-Speech is available for nearly every resource. 

Please note, that not all features are available in each upgrade or each base package. Check out this Upgrade Guide, if you are interested in knowing which feature comes with which package. 

Tell us in the comments which of all these features is most appealing to you!

How To Get These Top Features? 

There are two main ways to upgrade your Logos features: 

  1. Purchase a Logos 10 Feature Upgrade. Feature Upgrades are available in Starter, Bronze, Silver, and Full. While the revamped Search feature is available in all upgrades, the Print Library and the Auto Translate features are only available in Gold. 
  2. Purchase a Logos 10 Base Package. Base Packages are available in Starter, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond, Portfolio, and Collector. Similarly, the Search feature comes with each of these packages, but the Print Library and the Auto Translate features are only available in Gold and higher. 

Discount

During the launch of Logos 10, Faithlife offers a significant discount to anybody who wants to purchase a Logos 10 Base Package: 

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Michel Pauw
Michel Pauwhttps://www.ukarumpa.com/logos
Michel Pauw is a Dutch missionary working for Wycliffe Bible Translators with SIL in Papua New Guinea. He holds a double MA in Classics and Teaching (cum laude) from Leiden University in the Netherlands. Michel fills the position of the Academic Dean at the Pacific Institute of Languages, Arts and Translation in Ukarumpa and is a translation advisor for the Aramba Bible Translation Project in the Southwest of Papua New Guinea. He is a passionate international Logos Bible Software trainer and coach with Logos Daily.

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