Software version parity (Mac vs PC)

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Stephen Smith | Forum Activity | Posted: Sun, Mar 25 2018 10:45 AM

are the two versions indentical feature wise?  Is one more advanced than the other or get new stuff first?

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JT (alabama24) | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Mar 25 2018 10:48 AM

There is "near" parity. 

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Stephen Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Mar 25 2018 11:58 AM

Can you or someone elaborate on what “near parity” means?

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TCBlack | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Mar 25 2018 12:32 PM

It means they are almost identical in features and functions but there are some differences.  They are, as far as I know, minor.

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Dan Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Mar 25 2018 1:09 PM

The only difference I know is a feature called handouts. But it was no longer being activlay developed on PC side and it was said it may eventually get removed. 

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Mar 25 2018 3:00 PM

Stephen Smith:
are the two versions indentical feature wise?

Thankful for 99 % feature parity. Logos Wiki has older Feature Parity list.

Windows has older deprecated Handouts

  • Faithlife: The Handouts feature depends on now deprecated Windows-only technologies; at this time we do not plan to improve or continue the Handouts feature, nor do we plan to offer it on the Mac.

Windows Installer has custom choice during installation. Mac install allows application bundle to be dragged to desired folder. Logos wiki has => Install in different folder or drive

Windows has Smart Tags for Office while Mac has Text Service replacement => Great new Mac Feature - Get bible verses directly in Pages!

  • Faithlife: This is one place where Mac will continue to be better than Windows. Since Mac doesn’t have SmartTags we worked with the tools the platform provided. There currently isn’t a similar paradigm on the Windows platform.

Stephen Smith:
Is one more advanced than the other or get new stuff first?

Notes revamp is being done first using Web Apps, which is being ported to desktop applications (on Mac and Windows) with future porting for mobile apps => New: Beta test the new Notes tool on desktop

Feature parity is substantial enough so can easily switch application platforms as desired.

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Don Awalt | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Mar 25 2018 3:17 PM

IMHO major functions are identical as far as I can tell, at least for all that I do, and performance is hugely improved in the  Mac version as long as you don't go crazy with Visual Filters, which are a real performance killer. I use a 2017 MacBook Pro and it runs fine for me, performance-wise.

The biggest issue will be annoyance level in the user interface if you are a long-time Mac user. The UI is inconsistent across functions, and in other areas how you do things is not the same as how other Mac programs do things; and the Mac user guidelines are inconsistently followed. 

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Mar 25 2018 4:54 PM

Don Awalt:

The biggest issue will be annoyance level in the user interface if you are a long-time Mac user. The UI is inconsistent across functions, and in other areas how you do things is not the same as how other Mac programs do things; and the Mac user guidelines are inconsistently followed. 

Logos and Verbum user interface is substantially identical on Windows & Mac (so is a bit different than user guidelines on both platforms).

Don Awalt:
IMHO major functions are identical as far as I can tell, at least for all that I do, and performance is hugely improved in the  Mac version as long as you don't go crazy with Visual Filters, which are a real performance killer.

Personally have many Visual Filters so opening a resource (especially a Bible with Reverse Interlinear) can take time on a 2013 MacBook Air with 1.7 GHz i7. Thankful Logos and Verbum can be used at the same time so Logos has my primary library while Verbum has my free library, which is useful for demonstrations plus quicker response for a variety of tasks (free library is substantially smaller).

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JT (alabama24) | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Mar 25 2018 5:06 PM

Stephen Smith:

Can you or someone elaborate on what “near parity” means?

Sure. Although some bugs are windows only, FL makes up for it by creating mac only ones. Smile

The apps are "basically" the same and new features are released together at the same time. Sometimes there are platform specific issues that pop up. 

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Joshua Tan | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Mar 25 2018 7:02 PM

On Mac users not being able to set playback speeds for course videos:

https://community.logos.com/forums/p/161603/962426.aspx

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