Improve Highlights to Appease Pen Advocates

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J. Remington Bowling | Forum Activity | Posted: Sun, Nov 24 2019 9:40 AM

There have been a number of requests for pen support / markup support in Logos that would allow the user to mark up a text in a more natural manner. 

Adding pen support would require a lot of planning and programming, I assume. However, there may be a simple(er) solution that would appease some of the pen-advocates. 

Add the ability to visually connect highlights, like so:

Might want to reduce opacity of the connecting line to something like 30% (as pictured here):

As for how this would be handled in the notes: either (a) this will be a unique linking-style highlight or (b) it would be an independent feature which could be added to any note (highlight). What I have in mind for (b) is a third option alongside these two:

With (b) any two highlights could be linked and maybe linking would combine what would otherwise be two files into a single file with two anchors?

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Denise | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Nov 24 2019 10:18 AM

Excellent concept.

Excellent displays.

Excellent suggestion.

Everything excellent. I'd bet a lot would like this.

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DIsciple II | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Nov 24 2019 10:39 AM

A  recent upgrades to another Bible software program has moved in this direction if functionality. I haven‘t tested it out yet to see how it works in practice but I think it is an important improvement that should be one of the features of Logos 9.0

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Graham Criddle | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Nov 24 2019 11:18 AM

This is a really great suggestionSmile

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Levi Durfey | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Nov 24 2019 3:01 PM

Yes! This would be a great addition. Thank's for suggesting it.

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Robert Kelbe | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Dec 13 2019 7:54 AM

I also like the idea of being able to have one note reference another. For example, in one note I could say, "for more information, see this other note." That would create a linked note which could have it's own connector style. It could default to nothing, in which case you'd just have the hyperlink in the note. However, you could also select an arc or a straight line, etc. If both references were visible, it could connect them. Since highlights are basically notes this would also encompass your suggested functionality.

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J. Remington Bowling | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Dec 13 2019 10:32 AM

Robert,

From your description it sounds like you might not be aware that you can already link notes together (they just don't have their own connector style). Or maybe you are already aware of this and your emphasis is just on connector style? Anyway, for those who may not know, you can add links within notes to other notes. Let's say you want to have a link in note A leading to note B.

Within the Notes window for B select the uppermost Kebab menu, circled in red in the photo below:

From there, you want to select "Copy location as: URL" - see picture below:

You will now have a hyperlink on your clipboard that leads to B.

You can then paste the link directly into note A or you can select some text in note A that you want to turn into a hyperlink and go from there (I'll assume you know how to do that part).

Resources or texts within the same resource that have highlights or notes attached to them can also share a highlight or note with other texts or resources through the "+ Add anchor" which you can see in the pictures above. In the picture below, the box and note (blue dot symbol) around the word "works" is actually being shared (is the same highlight and note file as) the box and note around the words "doing good."

The easiest way to do this is:

1. Create a highlight and/or note for a text or reference (in this case the word "works")

Leave open (or open) the note/highlight file which was just created. So you will have at least two Logos windows open: the note/highlight and the resource.

2. Select the other text which you want to share the note/highlight with (in this case "doing good")

3. In the note/highlight window click on "+ Add anchor"

You will be given two options: "Selected text" or "Reference" choose selected text in this case so that note/highlight is simply shared with the words you've selected.

The problem is that there is no indication that the highlight or note is shared. The end result is something on the source text that looks like two independent highlights or notes. (Hence, the connector suggestion.)

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Robert Kelbe | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Dec 13 2019 11:00 AM

Thank you for taking the time to share that!

I have seen those "copy links" but they seemed to be more geared towards being used externally to Logos. I see how you could use them within notes to create a hyperlink.

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