PSA: Web app URLs for layouts are changing—update your bookmarks

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Adam Borries (Faithlife) | Forum Activity | Posted: Tue, Mar 3 2020 3:14 PM

Hello everyone, 

We are releasing an update to the web app today that changes the way that panel information is encoded in the URL. That is, the resources and tools you have open are encoded in all the random-looking stuff at the end of a link like this: 

https://app.logos.com/books/LLS%3ANIV2011/references/bible%2Bniv.1.2.2?tile=left&zzls=2eMKcTcKNw4EKw4IwEER%2FRcO2HCgGwrzDpCYew7wIw7EQw5IxXWjDk8K4w5nClkrDicK%2FwpvCnsO0Nm94w4PDrMK0QgrDj8KJw5zDmVDDtgnDozXDp8ObPE0%2Bw7XChcOcYycfwpRXwpBTWWDDqMK9QD7DpHbDisOCwrPCsMK2fMKpw5U0w7Y6JD81wpHCusK4cMKPw5JhQ8KEcsOwI8O9DQUvCFI4w4w7EgrCl8KTdcK2KcOKw6NRCsOHQRvDvh5swq3Dj8O6BSw8O00%3D

We're just making a tweak to the way that URL gets generated.

Most users won't notice any difference; on your next visit to app.logos.com, it will load only the active panel from your previous session (not all the panels you might have had open), and then it's business as usual. Likewise, if you have any old URLs saved in a bookmark, email, etc., it will only load the active panel when you visit that link. To keep a particular layout bookmarked in your browser, re-open the desired panels, and then re-save the bookmark.

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David Taylor Jr | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Mar 3 2020 3:17 PM

Hey Adam, thanks for the update.

So are you completely abandoning the idea of trying to have the same resources open on Desktop and WebApp in sync?

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Adam Borries (Faithlife) | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Mar 3 2020 3:41 PM

Thanks for the question, David. Layout syncing isn't related to the URL changes here, but we're not completely abandoning that idea. There are some challenges to syncing between two different platforms that don't both have all the same features. Here are some of the things we have to consider.

What should the web app do if your desktop layout includes: 

  • tools that aren't supported on the web app?
  • more than 4 tiles? Until recently, there were technical limitations in most browsers that limit us to showing only 4 resources at one time. Browsers keep getting better, so we should be able to expand the number of open tiles in the future. 
  • uneven tile widths? On desktop, you can layout your tiles to any arbitrary size, but the web app supports only certain layouts. We would have to build support for flexible layouts on the web app, or else calculate where uneven tiles should go.

How important is this feature to you? What do you want to use it for? Would you rather the web app have better layouts than __other feature here__ ?

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Mattillo | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Mar 3 2020 3:46 PM

Adam Borries (Faithlife):

Thanks for the question, David. We're not completely abandoning that idea, but there are some challenges to syncing between two different platforms that don't both have all the same features. Here are some of the things we have to consider.

What should the web app do if your desktop layout includes: 

  • tools that aren't supported on the web app?
  • more than 4 tiles? Until recently, there were technical limitations in most browsers that limit us to showing only 4 resources at one time. Browsers keep getting better, so we should be able to expand the number of open tiles in the future. 
  • uneven tile widths? On desktop, you can layout your tiles to any arbitrary size, but the web app supports only certain layouts. We would have to build support for flexible layouts on the web app, or else calculate where uneven tiles should go.

How important is this feature to you? What do you want to use it for? Would you rather the web app have better layouts than __other feature here__ ?

I don't know the technical limitations but I'd love to have Propositional outlines and discourse features available on the web app and mobile.  I miss those the most when not near my laptop.

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Joshua Jones | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, May 19 2020 6:14 AM

Adam just having the ability to save web layouts separate specially for the web would be huge. Syncing them from desktop is cool but that is a huge jump from where we are today.

One of the other simpler features missing is the ability to edit or recreate reading plans in web. I am trying to use the web version more and more but as I finish reading plans I end up needing to go find my old computer and boot up Desktop Logos just to cycle a reading plan and start it again.  Or if that is hard then giving us the ability on desktop to set a reading plan to auto renew once completed would solve a lot of use cases too :)

Thanks. you guys rock and we know you are all working hard remotely like the rest of us and we are grateful for what you are accomplishing.  

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