Creating Note Templates

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Ernie Brogdon | Forum Activity | Posted: Sat, Dec 17 2016 11:08 AM

I have been looking for a way to create templates for some of my Bible study time and for lecture/sermon notes, etc. but cannot seem to find a solution.

I most commonly use Document Notes for this purpose. The layout is always the same, and I use Add Note to create the "sections" of the template.

As it is, I need to create a new Note for every time I need it, which leads to inconsistencies and delays in being prepared sometimes.

Is there any way to create a template for specific uses that I can copy or create a new document from so that my Note files will be consistent and have the right "prompts" that help me to more efficiently take notes?

I use Layouts to set up each environment but need a way to integrate Notes into my studies using templates that consistently prompt me to each step in a Bible study process or in a structured lecture/sermon that I listen to.

Thank you,

Ernie

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Mike Binks | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 18 2016 12:24 AM

Hi Ernie

I was surprised to find there was no 'Duplicate' entry on the secondary click for a note document.

While not the most sophisticated solution this, I would have thought, should be a an easy fix.

The duplicate function would allow one to set up a template and then simply duplicate and rename for specific projects.

tootle pip

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PJ | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 18 2016 1:54 AM

Hi,

What OS do you use and What version of Logos Bible Software? I have a solution for windows.

Your question inspired me to revisit an old solution I coded to solve this (http://community.logos.com/forums/p/82549/578156.aspx#578156). It is still working in Win 10 with Logos 7 (tested it just now). It is technically a little difficult to create the templates for this version of my script without Logos 3, but if you know how to write xml it's quite easy. Instructions is in the readme file.

I'll start recoding it into AutoHotkey to use myself - I'll post when in working order.

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DIsciple II | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 18 2016 2:06 AM

The duplicate function does exist but it is buried a little deeper than this Mike.  To duplicate a note file you need to go to:

https://documents.logos.com/ 

Say for example I have a note file 'template" i have created called Bible Book Study Template:

Now I want to keep that as my template and create a duplicate copy of it each time I start a new bible book study so I go to:

https://documents.logos.com/ 

Filter the list of documents to see only Notes using the green circled drop-down list.  You can also if you wish use the first filter box and type in part of the name of the document.

Click on the document you want to duplicate and on the right hand side of the screen a blue actions drop-down list appears, click on this and choose duplicate from the list of available actions. You will then see a second copy of the document appear in your list of documents.

Switch back to the desktop application and either wait for it to sync or force it to sync and go back to your documents menu and the duplicate of the template will now be listed.  You can open the duplicate copy, rename it and continue with your study, with your template.

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Ernie Brogdon | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 18 2016 8:03 AM

Hi Pieter,

I use Windows 10 and Logos latest version (the new annual subscription plan). But it appears that there is an existing solution as described by Disciple of Christ (doc) in their post.

Thank you for your suggestion,

Ernie

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Ernie Brogdon | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 18 2016 8:19 AM

That worked great! It's an extra step - having to open my browser and be online in order to do it, but it definitely does what I was looking for.

I go to my account's document page on the web (https://documents.logos.com/) and select the template document I created. I choose "Duplicate" from the Actions drop-down and it creates a new "my template (2)" document. I then go into my Logos 7 software and see that in my documents, open it and rename it. The template is preserved, and I can work with the new document.

I create a note in my templates to remind me of the steps to create the copy. It includes the link to the website. I just delete that in the new copy.

Thank you for showing us this feature - hopefully in a future version of Logos this functionality will be built into the software.

Ernie

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Sascha John | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 18 2016 9:31 AM

Hi Erni

How about create a Note Layout you want and put it as unnamend Note in a Study Layout? Than put this Layout to your Shortcut Bar. Anytime you click on this Layout, it gives you a new unnamend Note with your Layout. You can Name it than...if you close your Layout and reopen it, you have a new Notefile unnamend. Your old one is in the Document.

Sascha

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Sascha John | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 18 2016 9:39 AM

This is how mine Looks every Layout has a Note Template. Learn it from John Learn Logos

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PJ | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 18 2016 10:36 AM

The mentioned solutions is the preferred way of creating duplicates. Find attached another AutoHotkey Solution as promised. (Not completely debugged)

  1. Extract the zip to an accessible folder.
  2. Run the NotesImport.ahk
  3. Create a Note in Logos with only Headings (No Content supported at this stage)
  4. Export as WebPage to the Templates folder in the scripts folder
  5. You may delete the original from Logos
  6. While Logos has Focus, Press Win + T
  7. Double-Click or Select Template in popup window and press OK
  8. Done

This is not the best or preferred solution but much faster.

Warning: It makes use of  "%MyDocuments%\Libronix DLS\Annotations" Folder. So if you have any other note files (*.lbxnot) in this directory please make a backup and move them to another folder otherwise they will be imported.

3644.LBS Note Templates.zip

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PJ | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 18 2016 9:18 PM

Idea 5047.LBS Note Templates.zip

Small Upgrade: you can use as a button or hotkey

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Mike Binks | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Dec 19 2016 1:45 AM

Disciple of Christ (doc):
The duplicate function does exist but it is buried a little deeper than this Mike.

Wow Doc that is a perfectly functional way of solving the conundrum. Thank you for going to the trouble of constructing this post. documents.logos is a place that I have ignored up to now but will investigate the possibilities presented.

However it does beg the question as to why the 'duplicate' function is missing on the secondary click – it does seem an odd omission!

tootle pip

Mike

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