What's Your Favorite Layout?

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Liam | Forum Activity | Posted: Sat, Dec 14 2013 2:46 PM

I'd like to glean some wisdom from some other forum users on their layouts and resource types in each window.

So,

What is your favorite layout and why is it helpful? Please post a screen shot if possible and an explanation of why it is the one you find most helpful. (mostly here I'm thinking for Bible study, but if you have one for other circumstances feel free to post on those as well!)

Thanks everyone!

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George Somsel | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Dec 14 2013 5:03 PM

Liam Walsh:

I'd like to glean some wisdom from some other forum users on their layouts and resource types in each window.

So,

What is your favorite layout and why is it helpful? Please post a screen shot if possible and an explanation of why it is the one you find most helpful. (mostly here I'm thinking for Bible study, but if you have one for other circumstances feel free to post on those as well!)

Thanks everyone!

The KISS layout.  One panel on the left and one on the right.  Underneath each panel is a second panel.  Left panels are original language texts and right is translation.  Other resources are floated.

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DIsciple II | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Dec 14 2013 5:18 PM

Agree KISS layout it best,  I've built layouts with 1,000,001 books in A-F link sets and you only end up looking at one or two at a time, most of the resources open were only required for a short period of time.  If you have two screens floating windows are great, and still have their use if you only have one.   I make use of floating layouts.  Put together a couple of resources/ tools you might want open together in a floating window in a folder in favorites.  Then when you want to open those resource / tools just right click on the folder name in favorites and choose open all in a floating window.  Key is to keep the number of items  include to a small amount - remember KISS.  For instance I might have in the favorites folder, the ESV study bible, New Bible Commentary and possibly a note file.  When preparing for my weekly bible study group I start off first with just my ESV bible open and the power look-up window to check any cross-references of interest.  I might then opt to look at some of the passage in other versions by opening text comparison form the short cut on my short cut bar.  I can then go to favorites an open up the basic study folder in a floating window from favorites and have instant access to my ESV study bible, New Bible Commentary and Weekly Bible Study Note file.  But until I am ready for them, they are closed and out of the way not distracting me from focusing on the text itself.

George Somsel:

Liam Walsh:

I'd like to glean some wisdom from some other forum users on their layouts and resource types in each window.

So,

What is your favorite layout and why is it helpful? Please post a screen shot if possible and an explanation of why it is the one you find most helpful. (mostly here I'm thinking for Bible study, but if you have one for other circumstances feel free to post on those as well!)

Thanks everyone!

The KISS layout.  One panel on the left and one on the right.  Underneath each panel is a second panel.  Left panels are original language texts and right is translation.  Other resources are floated.

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Justin Cofer | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Dec 14 2013 7:42 PM

I agree its best to keep it simple.

Passage guide and search on the left, original language texts in the middle, lexicons and any commentaries i open on the right.

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Michael Childs | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Dec 14 2013 9:05 PM

Justin Cofer:

I agree its best to keep it simple.

Passage guide and search on the left, original language texts in the middle, lexicons and any commentaries i open on the right.

 

That is pretty much what I do on my Surface Pro 2.  Guides and search on the left, Bible texts in the middle, lexicons on the right, commentaries floated.  Works well for me.  The Surface Pro 2 is all I use now.

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Dec 14 2013 10:39 PM

Liam Walsh:
What is your favorite layout and why is it helpful?

For library management, have a layout with two tabs.  Thankful for shortcut to open layout that has collections and library open to the full width of one screen:

Keep Smiling Smile

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Denise | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 15 2013 6:54 AM

Depends on how you use Logos (obviously). Since Logos5 isn't my primary Bible software, it acts as my research assistant (and a patient one too).

I keep over a hundred resources open, grouped in five windows. I put lexicons, Library, text comparison, and so forth in the first window, mainly because that is where Logos likes to put them. They're grouped by language, etc. along with two standard search panels. Then there's a window for OT study, another NT study, one for latest purchases, and a final for some Perseus volumes unrelated to Bible study.

Since in W7, you can predictably park the windows, and Logos itself opens the windows in a predictable sequence, everything has remained in its place for years now. And it's extremely easy to click on the OT window and the needed resource ... they're always in the same place and they're exactly where you left them.  No 'thinking' about it ... click and go.

Much of this has to do with 'sleep' .... Logos5 stays 'live' for weeks at a time.


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David Thomas | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 15 2013 10:40 AM

Here are some screenshots of layouts I posted in another thread

http://community.logos.com/forums/p/73828/514992.aspx#514992

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Milford Charles Murray | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 15 2013 4:07 PM

Thank you, David!            *smile*                                      Peace to you!

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Wild Eagle | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Dec 16 2013 8:52 AM

EDIT: 

Changed to my favorite:

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Levi Durfey | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Dec 16 2013 9:02 AM

Liam Walsh:
What is your favorite layout and why is it helpful?

My favorite layout consists of several Logos windows surrounding my word processor that is centered on my display.

On the left is the Logos main window where searches, Bible Word Studies and the like go [first screenshot]. Directly underneath this window are my commentary and dictionary and Bible Facts windows [second screenshot]. I like having big panels to read from, it’s easier on my eyes and helps me focus on what I am reading.

Below the word processor are my notes. I don’t take many notes in Logos, but I do highlight a lot. I put my highlights in different note documents according to resource, so I keep a bunch open when I am working in order to quickly switch highlighting documents when I switch resources.

To the right are my Bibles and text comparison panels, as well as my information and highlighting panels.

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Doc B | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 18 2013 9:17 AM

Liam Walsh:
What is your favorite layout and why is it helpful?

I have quite a number of layouts, and most of them are very specialized. Most are large, but I have a 23" monitor, so I can still see the text. These would look different if my primary computer was a laptop. (I can use these on my laptop, but sometimes they are a little harder to see, even with a 17" screen. When I use my 15" laptop, I modify them a bit.)

Here are four that I use often.

1. General Bible study with notes- I use this layout for most of my general bible study. This one is definitely NOT in the category of KISS as some above, but it gives me easy access to the text, my highlighters, the note file for that particular book, and my top three commentaries. In addition, a Logos tool I like is there, the Power Lookup window. [Note: The commentaries I use, my top 3 for each book, are set up as a series, so if I type in a verse in the Bible text window, my commentaries auto-jump to that book. That way, I don't have to close and open commentaries in the windows. I LOVE this feature and highly recommend it.]

2. Blank reading layout- This is the layout I use when I want to open a Logos resource for reading, such as a monograph. I open it in the blank space. I then have access to the Power Lookup and Information tools as well as my Concise OED. On the far right is a Clippings window that I call Serendipitous Clippings. Random stuff goes here from the books I read, and most of it will later be moved to a more specific note file, or will end up in Evernote or posted on Facebook, etc.

3. Library Investigation- I use this layout when I'm browsing through the resources in my library and find a title I don't recognize. I can open it and so some reading in one window, and can compare in the second when I have different resources with the same title (which happens in Logos), etc. If I come across some stuff that needs tagging, etc., I have a similar but separate layout to do that.

4. Study Bible Tools- I use this layout to investigate what some various study bibles' notes have to say about passages. It has my preferred version, plus three windows for various study bible notes to be viewed. In addition, I keep my interlinear open as well as a window for NA27/Lexham and a word study dictionary.

I have quite a few more, but you get the idea. (And I don't want to write a book.) HTH.

Keep these coming...I learn more from other Logos users than any manual or training materials.

My thanks to the various MVPs. Without them Logos would have died early. They were the only real help available.

Faithlife Corp. owes the MVPs free resources for life.

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