Verbum 9 Wishlist (unofficial)

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Posted: Thu, Dec 19 2019 3:42 PM

Given the events of the release of Verbum 8, I think it wise to get the Catholic needs for Verbum 9 out front early. Please post your needs - especially the pastors, seminarians, and faith formation/religious directors that are currently embracing Verbum.

  1. Make it easy to add datatypes so that the church documents and standard references all have the indexing we expect. Then fix tagging of the church documents and standard references currently released.
  2. If practical add the AAS reference to church documents to assist scholars.
  3. Separate the ordo portion from the lectionary so that lectionaries, including historic lectionaries, can be added without incurring large maintenance expense. Make the ordo portion customizable so that users can adjust it to fit their country, diocese, order and parish.
  4. Add lectionaries in support of the Eastern Rites (see 3) Note: most lectionaries can do a decent job of autogenerating if given the date of Easter which the user can then tweek for accuracy.
  5. Add Saints lists in support of the Eastern Rites (note this helps Anglican & Lutherans out as well)
  6. Follow the advice (in the forums and elsewhere) of Fr. Damian McGrath and Fr. Devon Roza to make the Sermon Guide and the Sermon Workflow useful for lectionary (multiple passage) homilies. Suggestion: Homily Helpers Guide
  7. Add support for Liturgy of the Hours - paying attention to the denominational needs of Mennonites, Lutherans, Anglicans . . .
  8. Add the following resources: all translations used for Catholic lectionaries; the NJB with notes; the Knox translation;  Rouët de Journel's Enchiridion; the Baltimore Catechism (for historic comparison), the Community Bible, more Migne
  9. Reorganize the Liturgy section of the Passage Guide to be in Denomination/priority order rather than straight priority so that there is a Catholic section, an Orthodox section, an Anglican section, a Lutheran section . . .
  10. Review all features for parity i.e. add the Help Card feature to Verbum; verify that the treatment of events in the deuterocanonicals are treated as equals in the Bible Event Navigator, . . . and develop a long term plan to ensure that they are treated as Scripture not afterthoughts
  11. Separate the Oriental Orthodox (w/ Assyrian Church of the East) from the Eastern/Byzantine Orthodox in all the theology sections
  12. As a fun feature, consider an interactive of scripture based devotions, many of which have variants, such as the rosary, the Jesse tree, the 7 Last Words, the Stations of the Cross, Sorrows of Mary, Sacred Wounds, the O Antiphons... we could have fun making collecting the data a group effort

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Thanks for posting this MJ.  

I am right now in the process of identifying things to work on for Verbum 9.

The only thing I would add to MJ's call for feedback is that you identify on what device you are primarily using Verbum: desktop, mobile, or web app, as I will also be prioritizing Verbum work on each of those platforms.

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SineNomine | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Dec 20 2019 8:11 AM

I endorse MJ's list, especially 1., 9., 12., 8., and 11.

I primarily use the desktop app and secondarily the mobile app.

Of the particularly important resources that MJ did not mention, I request:

A. The latest Enchiridion Indulgentiarum, at least in English. It's a lot easier to explain (and correct misconceptions) about indulgences using the Manual of Indulgences itself, which I bought a physical copy of solely because I can't get it in Verbum.

B. Enchiridion Symbolorum: A Compendium of Creeds, Definitions and Declarations of the Catholic Church (43rd ed) - How could I possibly omit the latest Denzinger?

C. The trio of Ceremonies books by Bp. Peter Elliott, including the brand new one for altar servers. These are important liturgical resources that would be vastly more convenient to consult in Verbum.

D. Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma by Ludwig Ott (I know you're trying).

E. The English edition of the peer reviewed journal Nova et Vetera, now published by Emmaus Academic. One of the top tier Catholic theology journals in English happens to have its home with one of Verbum's major partners....

And my idealistic dream: F. Acta Synodalia Sacrosancti Concilii Oecumenici Vaticani II

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SineNomine | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 29 2019 4:21 PM

Back when Verbum 8 was new, we had lots of discussions about bringing back Verbum 7 level Home page functionality with regard to lectionaries and such. Some of that eventually happened. (Thank you!) A post in the official Logos 9 Wishlist thread has just reminded me that the rest did not.

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SineNomine | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 11 2020 5:07 AM

SineNomine:

Back when Verbum 8 was new, we had lots of discussions about bringing back Verbum 7 level Home page functionality with regard to lectionaries and such. Some of that eventually happened. (Thank you!) A post in the official Logos 9 Wishlist thread has just reminded me that the rest did not.

See this.

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Greg Rose | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 11 2020 6:23 PM

I would like to echo MJ's request 6. "Follow the advice (in the forums and elsewhere) of Fr. Damian McGrath and Fr. Devon Roza to make the Sermon Guide and the Sermon Workflow useful for lectionary (multiple passage) homilies."

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