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LOGOS 4 is Out and … Wow! Wow! Wow!

November 3rd, 2009
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Picture 4If you are a fan of LOGOS Bible Software like I am, you are going to be blown away by LOGOS 4, the new version of LOGOS. Be prepared for a long install and library upgrade process if you have a fairly hefty LOGOS library installed, but after a few hours of downloading and library configurating and indexing, I’m up and running with the new LOGOS 4 and I’m loving it. And what’s even more cool is that LOGOS 4 was rolled out with a free iPhone app, so, if you are using LOGOS 4, and are all set up and registered and updated, just download the app, sign in and you’ll have access to all your books. This post is merely my first impression after noodling around with LOGOS 4 for a few hours, but what a quantum leap forward.

How to get it? If you own a LOGOS “library set” as I do, you can upgrade to LOGOS 4 for a fairly minimal amount of money. I paid $60 to updgrade my Original Languages library, and I got a whole lot of other books along with it, in addition to LOGOS 4 itself. To get the LOGOS 4 engine you have to buy at least the “minimal crossgrade” if you don’t own any of the LOGOS libraries.

Here is the skinny on that, thanks to the LogosForLutherans Yahoo Group [which I recommend all Lutherans using LOGOS join, real power users here].

The Minimal Crossgrade is a new set of resources and add-ins that will give you the bare minimum for experiencing the full set of features in Logos 4.

The engine is and always has been free. However, if all you do is download the new engine, there will be some things that the engine can do that you can’t because you don’t have the resources to support it. That won’t limit your ability to do the things that you are generally used to doing in Logos. There are just new things you won’t be able to do because you don’t have the resources or technology add-ins to support it.

A 3.x example would be the Reverse Interlinears and resources with syntactical databases. You could run the 3.0 engine without them, but the Word Study wouldn’t return nearly as useful information as it does with those resources available to it. Reverse searches don’t work without the data found in an RI and a syntax search dialog is useless without something like the Opentext.org NT. You can’t give that data away for free, however, because publishers own it.

In the case of Logos 4, there’s not a ton to be gained without a Minimal Crossgrade other than searching that is likely to be faster. There is a ton of data in the new resources, and the Minimal Crossgrade allows you to buy just those resources and add-ins that make it possible to make use of features that need that data in order to function. Remember that paid version upgrades are not for buying a new engine but for adding books to your library and for generating new kinds of reports from add-in technology. Basic search, viewing, annotating and library management is always free. Books cost money.

As always, all technical support issues and questions need to be directed to LOGOS.COM or by calling LOGOS at 800-875-6467

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  1. Pr. Martin Diers
    November 3rd, 2009 at 10:03 | #1

    And the good news for Mac users:

    Logos 4 was designed to be multi-platform from the ground up. The Mac version and the Windows version now share the same code base. This means that the Mac and Windows versions will be feature-for-feature identical. The Mac version of 4 is still in development because they have to write the user interface code (which is the only part of the code base that will be Mac-specific). But you can download an Alpha version now and track their progress as updates are released.

  2. Jake
    November 3rd, 2009 at 11:28 | #2

    I just started using Logos for my exegetical papers at the seminary and it’s amazing! Logos has freed up so much of my time by enabling me to find exactly what I need with a click instead of spending a lot of time paging through books to find it. Not that books are a bad thing, I love reading. But when you need to find something for a paper or dig into a text deeper for a Bible study Logos is very helpful in making the process faster. I’m excited that Logos 4 is out!

  3. Rev. Joel Kuhl
    November 3rd, 2009 at 12:46 | #3

    I would like to know more about the iPhone app. Is is compatible with the iPod Touch or does it have to be the iPhone? What can it do? Is it just a reader of all your books in Logos, or can you access the same search functions and add notes just like the desktop edition? Does this come free with the kernel upgrade, or is it only available with the paid upgrade?

    Thanks for letting me know about this, I have been asking for this for a year!

  4. Todd Schroeder
    November 4th, 2009 at 09:55 | #4

    Are you using the alpha for logos 4 mac? I was wondering how stable it was?

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