Inconsistencies in Logos User Interface

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Armin | Forum Activity | Posted: Fri, Dec 25 2020 4:26 AM

One of the difficulties that I have with Logos are small inconsistencies in the GUI. I hope that this thread helps us collect some of them so that Logos can resolve them. I will post some inconsistencies that I have noticed but hope that others will contribute as well.

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Armin | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Dec 25 2020 4:28 AM

Depending on which menu I am on, I get the option "Add a note" or "Take a note" or "Add note". This could be unified.

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Armin | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Dec 25 2020 4:39 AM

Depending on the Guide or the Search or the Factbook that I run, there are different ways how the results are displayed:

  • All results are shown immediately, even if the list is very long.
  • Sometimes, I get many results (probably over 50) and at the bottom I get the option: "Next >>" to get more results. Sometimes, "Next >>" if preceded with a "1" or a "2", other times it is not.
  • Sometimes, I only get 10 results and then get a "More >>" button to get another 10 results. With many results, I might have to clock "More >>" may times to get all results.
  • Sometimes, I can specify in the Settings how many results I want to see. Other times, I don't have this option.
  • There are also situations when clicking "More >>" gives not 10 more results, but all remaining results, even if there are many.

It would be great if this could be unified. Maybe we could even have several buttons to show 10, 20, 50 more results as well as all results.

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Armin | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Dec 25 2020 4:48 AM

When I click on the Library, Guides or Tools Menu, I can immediately start typing. However, when selecting the Docs menu, I first have to place the cursor into the Find box. It would be great if the cursor was automatically placed into the Find box.

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John Fidel | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Dec 26 2020 5:45 AM

Good topic. 

Most guides allow you to collapse all sections with a right mouse click except factbook that requires you to use the panel menu. 

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Armin | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 2 2021 5:56 AM

Armin:

When I click on the Library, Guides or Tools Menu, I can immediately start typing. However, when selecting the Docs menu, I first have to place the cursor into the Find box. It would be great if the cursor was automatically placed into the Find box.

Here are some other related issues in search:

  • Bible, Basic, Media, Morph Search: I can immediately start typing as the cursor is in the textbox.
  • Clause search: I first have to click in the textbox in order to type.

In the visual filter, I also first have to click on the textbox in order to type.  The same is with Layouts: I first have to click in the textbox so that I can search.

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SineNomine | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jan 3 2021 10:06 AM

John Fidel:
Most guides allow you to collapse all sections with a right mouse click except factbook that requires you to use the panel menu. 

Technically, Factbook is not a Guide, even though it looks like one.

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FrMoses | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jan 4 2021 8:26 AM

Armin:

When I click on the Library, Guides or Tools Menu, I can immediately start typing. However, when selecting the Docs menu, I first have to place the cursor into the Find box. It would be great if the cursor was automatically placed into the Find box.

Yes! Same with the Copy Bible Verse tool. I think all of the input fields should be active and ready to go when switching to their respective tabs or windows.

I use Verbum with an 8-Core Mac Pro (2013) and a MacBook Pro (2017)

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Armin | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 5 2021 8:33 AM

When opening the Personal Book Builder, the Command-F feature does not work. Ideally, I would like to have the find box  open and active as soon as I start the PBB panel. This would be consistent with many other panels.

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NB.Mick | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 5 2021 8:51 AM

Armin:
When opening the Personal Book Builder, the Command-F feature does not work. Ideally, I would like to have the find box open and active as soon as I start the PBB panel. This would be consistent with many other panels.

Is this a Mac thing? On Windows I can't confirm - to the contrary, due to the (lack of) UI in the PB Tool, the find box (Ctrl-F) is the only way to filter for PBs in a larger number of PB projects and I need to use it very often.

I'd like a filter functionality consistent with other panels (such as the library or the Docs), however the find box is something independent from this.  

Running Logos 9 latest (beta) version on Win 10

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Armin | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 8 2021 9:00 AM

NB.Mick:

Is this a Mac thing? 

FL would need to comment on this. But it could be possible.

NB.Mick:

I'd like a filter functionality consistent with other panels (such as the library or the Docs), however the find box is something independent from this.  

Yes, the filter functionality would be the most consistent way of finding a PBB,

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Armin | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 13 2021 10:28 AM

Here are some more inconsistencies:

To start, I open three Bibles: two times the NIV and one time the ESV. 

If I press the interlinear button in one of the NIV Bibles, the interlinear pane only shows in the one NIV Bible. It does not show in the other NIV Bible or the ESV. However, if I press the new Factbook button in one of the NIV Bibles, the Factbook gets activated in both NIV Bibles, but not in the ESV. I would have expected a similar behavior like with the interlinear button, i.e., that the Factbook only gets activated in the one NIV Bible where I clicked the button.

Similarly, if I select the visual filter "BIble text only" in one of the NIVs, this filter also gets applied in the other NIV but not the ESV. I would prefer if this visual filter gets only applied in the one NIV where I selected the filter. This would allow me to have several NIVs open with different visual filters. 

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 13 2021 3:20 PM

Armin:
Similarly, if I select the visual filter "BIble text only" in one of the NIVs, this filter also gets applied in the other NIV but not the ESV. I would prefer if this visual filter gets only applied in the one NIV where I selected the filter. This would allow me to have several NIVs open with different visual filters. 

My demonstration account (order total of $ 0.00) does not have NIV so screen shot shows two Lexham English Bibles (LEB) with different settings:

Thankful for a coupon covering cost of Logos 8 Fundamentals for demonstration, which included Multiview Resources where Primary resource settings are inherited by secondary resource(s).

FYI: anticipating Logos 8 Fundamentals being replaced by Logos 9 Fundamentals (perhaps as soon as early Feb 2021 with free Logos 9 release)

FWIW: LEB & ESV are formal equivalent translations (literal word for word style assumes reader familiarity with Jewish culture) while New Living Translation (NLT) is similar to NIV for dynamic thought translation (with varying cultural interpretation). Thankful for many Bibles having Reverse Interlinear alignments (includes ESV, LEB, NIV, NLT, ...) that allows visual filter highlighting of Greek Morphology. Logos Wiki Extended Tips for Highlighting and Visual Filters includes:

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jan 14 2021 2:15 AM

Armin:
This would allow me to have several NIVs open with different visual filters. 

I agree strongly

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Armin | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jan 17 2021 1:14 AM

In a Passage List, I can insert a heading using right-click. However, this does not work in a Clippings document. It would be great if I could also have headings in Clippings.

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Armin | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jan 18 2021 9:18 AM

If I do a Basic Search in "All Resources". I can order the books in my downloaded library by "Ranked", "By Resource", or "By Count". However, if I do the same Basic Search in "Everything", I do not get these sorting options for the books in my downloaded library. It would be great if this sorting would be possible in all search results.

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Armin | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jan 18 2021 9:24 AM

In addition, in the left search panel I get 100 results displayed in one go. In the right search panel, I get only 10 search results displayed.

The way how I get more search results also is different:

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Armin | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jan 21 2021 9:27 AM

Logos is very inconsistent when it comes to displaying additional search results. Here is one very unpractical example:

This search has 372 results but when I click on "More >>" I only get 5 more results. I have to press this button 74 times to get to the end of the list!

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Armin | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jan 25 2021 8:03 AM

Here are some more inconsistencies when it comes to the display of results in the Passage Guide:

In the Commentary section, I can specify how many resource results I want to see. However, in the Collection section, I cannot do this.

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Armin | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 1 2021 9:07 AM

This is probably more likely a bug than an inconsistency, however, I still want to show it here. In dark mode on MacOS, Command-F does not always display the find textbox. However, even without the find textbox, I can just type the word I want to look for and Logos finds it in the resource. By pressing enter, I find the next occurance of the word. However, I cannot find the previous occurrence. Here is a screenshot of a tab after pressing Command-F. No find textbox appears.

However, in a separate panel that contains the same resource, Command-F works:

It would be great if Command-F worked consistently in all panels.

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