New Feature: Custom Home Page Layouts (Feature)

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Jacob Cerone | Forum Activity | Posted: Mon, Jan 25 2016 1:36 PM

What is it?

Customizing your Logos workspace is essential for efficient study. Now you can save your favorite workspace as a layout to be launched right from the homepage. Do you want to read your ESV, favorite commentary, and the Greek New Testament as a part of your daily reading plan? Save it as a layout and start your study with a click. You can also create custom layouts to launch from the Go Box, Lectionary Reading, and more. Customize your layouts with any combination of tools and resources.

How does it work?

Make a custom layout that fits your needs. Go to the layouts menu. Choose the Layout you want to replace and click on the dropdown menu to the right of it. Replace with current layout and start using your custom home page layouts. 

Here are the various actions you can take on the home page launch to launch pre-built layouts.

  1. Entering a passage into the Go box launches a passage-based layout.
  2. Entering a topic into the Go box launches a topic-based layout.
  3. Entering a word or phrase and selecting "search for . . ." launches a search-based layout.
  4. Clicking on a reading plan opens a reading plan layout.
  5. Clicking on a lectionary opens a lectionary layout.

Where can I learn more?

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Mike Binks | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 26 2016 2:15 AM

Is it because it is not based on a 'Bible' that this home page layout will not save under 'Bible Reading Plan'?

all I get when I click on the reading for today is...

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Graham Criddle | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 26 2016 2:27 AM

Mike Binks:
Is it because it is not based on a 'Bible' that this home page layout will not save under 'Bible Reading Plan'?

Correct - see comment from Andrew at https://community.logos.com/forums/p/120934/791205.aspx#791205 

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Mike Binks | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 26 2016 11:27 AM

Thanks Graham...

bit sad that, I wonder why not.

C'est la vie

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Andrew Batishko (Faithlife) | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 26 2016 11:37 AM

Mike Binks:

Thanks Graham...

bit sad that, I wonder why not.

C'est la vie

With a Bible reading plan you can create a single layout that contains any Bible, and we will navigate that Bible to the location specified in the reading plan. However, with non-Bible reading plans, you would have to create a separate layout for each resource you want to read.

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Mike Binks | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 26 2016 12:03 PM

Andrew Batishko (Faithlife):
With a Bible reading plan you can create a single layout that contains any Bible, and we will navigate that Bible to the location specified in the reading plan. However, with non-Bible reading plans, you would have to create a separate layout for each resource you want to read.

Just checking - are you saying if I have two 'Bible' reading plans on the home page.

say 

ESV in 6 months

NLT in 9 months

when I click on a reading, in either plan, it will open the one and same 'bible reading' layout with the appropriate bible selected and divided by the appropriate time scale?

If so we need an option for a 'non-bible reading plan' layout that will put the rescue into that layout divided by the appropriate time scale!

But I guess I have simply misunderstood?

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Andrew Batishko (Faithlife) | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 26 2016 12:46 PM

Mike Binks:

Andrew Batishko (Faithlife):
With a Bible reading plan you can create a single layout that contains any Bible, and we will navigate that Bible to the location specified in the reading plan. However, with non-Bible reading plans, you would have to create a separate layout for each resource you want to read.

Just checking - are you saying if I have two 'Bible' reading plans on the home page.

say 

ESV in 6 months

NLT in 9 months

when I click on a reading, in either plan, it will open the one and same 'bible reading' layout with the appropriate bible selected and divided by the appropriate time scale?

If so we need an option for a 'non-bible reading plan' layout that will put the rescue into that layout divided by the appropriate time scale!

But I guess I have simply misunderstood?

No, I'm saying that when you click on a reading for a Bible, it opens the layout you have defined, and it navigates all of the panels in the layout to the Bible reference that you clicked on. It doesn't try to insert the resource into the layout. That's why it wouldn't work for non-Bible reading plans.

I'm not quite certain what you are saying by "divided by the appropriate time scale". This feature doesn't have anything to do with creating a reading plan.

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Sascha John | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 26 2016 9:37 PM

This is Great! I never used the Go Box, because it don't give me what I want to see.

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Erwin Stull, Sr. | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 26 2016 10:33 PM

Is it possible to to have the layout use the Bible translation associated with the Bible Reading plan? For example, if I have KJV for 1 year and ESV Matthew for 1 month, is it possible to have the layout use the translation of the reading plan?

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Raymond Urne | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 27 2016 5:42 AM

Can someone explain how the Search layout works?

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Erwin Stull, Sr.:

Is it possible to to have the layout use the Bible translation associated with the Bible Reading plan? For example, if I have KJV for 1 year and ESV Matthew for 1 month, is it possible to have the layout use the translation of the reading plan?

This is not possible with a custom layout, although the default layout will use the Bible associated with the reading plan.

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Raymond Urne:

Can someone explain how the Search layout works?

Enter a search term in the Go box on the homepage. Select the "Search for..." option from the drop-down list (it's usually found at the very bottom of the list). This will load the layout and apply the search term where possible (search panels, media browser, etc).

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Raymond Urne | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 27 2016 6:36 AM

Andrew Batishko (Faithlife):
Enter a search term in the Go box on the homepage. Select the "Search for..." option from the drop-down list (it's usually found at the very bottom of the list). This will load the layout and apply the search term where possible (search panels, media browser, etc).

Thanks, Andrew! That helped a lot:)

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Mike McKnelly | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 27 2016 8:53 AM

Can you give us some visual examples of entering a search term in the go box and some resulting layouts? I guess I still can't grasp the concept of searching from the go box.

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Type your search text in the Go box and select the "Search for..." option in the drop-down list:

Here is a sample layout I created. All of the panels will initialize with the search term entered on the home page:

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Erwin Stull, Sr. | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 27 2016 12:07 PM

Andrew Batishko (Faithlife):

Erwin Stull, Sr.:

Is it possible to to have the layout use the Bible translation associated with the Bible Reading plan? For example, if I have KJV for 1 year and ESV Matthew for 1 month, is it possible to have the layout use the translation of the reading plan?

This is not possible with a custom layout, although the default layout will use the Bible associated with the reading plan.

Thanks Andrew;

It would be nice to have that capability for the custom layouts of the Bible Reading plans though. I imaging quite a few users (myself included) have reading plans using various translations.

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Donnie Hale | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 27 2016 7:06 PM

Can someone please explain to me what "Home Page Layout" is supposed to accomplish? I see all the functionality under the "Layouts" pulldown. However, I have no idea what the results are supposed to be.

For example, is the term "Home Page" being used in the sense that it has historically been used for L4-L6, i.e. the view you get if you click the "Home" icon in the upper right of the main application window? If so, what does a home page layout do for me if I never go to the home page?

If it's not referring to that page/view, then what it is it referring to? And upon what is this feature improving over what I can already do with named layouts?

The whole feature was introduced (in this thread) as if it were perfectly obvious what it's about, but I think it's only obvious to people who were on the beta or perhaps people who regularly use the home page.

Thanks,

Donnie

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Phil Gons (Faithlife) | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 27 2016 7:15 PM

Donnie Hale:

Can someone please explain to me what "Home Page Layout" is supposed to accomplish? I see all the functionality under the "Layouts" pulldown. However, I have no idea what the results are supposed to be.

For example, is the term "Home Page" being used in the sense that it has historically been used for L4-L6, i.e. the view you get if you click the "Home" icon in the upper right of the main application window? If so, what does a home page layout do for me if I never go to the home page?

If it's not referring to that page/view, then what it is it referring to? And upon what is this feature improving over what I can already do with named layouts?

The whole feature was introduced (in this thread) as if it were perfectly obvious what it's about, but I think it's only obvious to people who were on the beta or perhaps people who regularly use the home page.

Thanks,

Donnie

Various actions on the homepage launch pre-built layouts.

  1. Entering a passage into the Go box launches a passage-based layout.
  2. Entering a topic into the Go box launches a topic-based layout.
  3. Entering a word or phrase and selecting "search for . . ." launches a search-based layout.
  4. Clicking on a reading plan opens a reading plan layout.
  5. Clicking on a lectionary opens a lectionary layout.

Until now you've not been able to control what panels open for each of these actions. Now you can.

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Donnie Hale | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 27 2016 7:39 PM

Phil Gons (Faithlife):

Various actions on the homepage launch pre-built layouts.

  1. Entering a passage into the Go box launches a passage-based layout.
  2. Entering a topic into the Go box launches a topic-based layout.
  3. Entering a word or phrase and selecting "search for . . ." launches a search-based layout.
  4. Clicking on a reading plan opens a reading plan layout.
  5. Clicking on a lectionary opens a lectionary layout.

Until now you've not been able to control what panels open for each of these actions. Now you can.

That explains it perfectly. For the other "home page ignorant" users like me, it might be good to include that exact description in the feature description.

Thank you,

Donnie

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Rob Gammell | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Aug 13 2016 8:32 PM

Are these custom layouts synchronized to multiple computers, or could I keep separate layouts for different machines? How I set up a passage study on my desktop looks very different than how I set it up on my laptop, and I would very much like to automate that currently cumbersome process for both computers. Could this be done?

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