FW Logos 4 Mac usability ?

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Word Explorer | Forum Activity | Posted: Thu, Jun 16 2011 8:02 PM

Why is Logos 4 Mac not more Mac like?

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TCBlack | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jun 17 2011 4:10 AM

 I'm not a Mac guy and thus won't be able to provide a final answer; however your question demands more clarity for me to understand what you mean:  What "mac like" components are you looking for?  

Are there specific colors, styles, interface issues that you are missing?

That said, Logos isn't very windows like either.  Logos decided to design a UI based upon what it needs to do, rather than where it needs to conform.  Even so there are differences on the two platforms: such as slightly different icons (the mac icon is tilted) and the UI on the Mac has a bit more contrast, making the scrollbars easier to see.  

 

I hope this helps.

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Jack Caviness | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jun 17 2011 5:33 PM

Thomas Black:
 I'm not a Mac guy and thus won't be able to provide a final answer; however your question demands more clarity for me to understand what you mean:  What "mac like" components are you looking for?  

Thomas, don't feel bad about not knowing what the term means. I have been using Macs since May 1984 (4 months after initial release) and have heard this expressions repeatedly all these years, and I still don't know what it means.

Bible Explorer:
 Why is Logos 4 Mac not more Mac like?

Could you please clarify? L4 Mac may be more Mac-like than L4 Win is Windows-like {which INMNSHO, is a good thing}..

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JT (alabama24) | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jun 17 2011 7:42 PM

Word Explorer:

Why is Logos 4 Mac not more Mac like?

Because the founder of the company used to work for MSFT Big Smile

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Word Explorer | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jun 17 2011 8:19 PM

When you go to the tool bar for guides in Logos you click guides and scroll down.  In Mac you hold the mouse as you are scrolling down to what you want.  I forget sometimes in guides.  I want Bible word study and get Exegetical guide instead.  In layouts I want scripture memory and get old testament survey.  

In Logos you wait for Bible Word Study, Passage Guide, and Exegetical Guide to get finished.  Typical Mac you click and it is there.

Mac is user friendly.  You have to learn so much just to do the basics.

 

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Dan Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jun 17 2011 8:27 PM

Another thing is it is a share programming resources. it is done ONCE and modified to work in the mac and occasionally the reverse. The code is virtually the same just slightly different interfaces. I have seen Logos windows and feel the mac version has a superior interface even though it still feels slightly unmac like. While I hated the command box at first i find it useful, when putting items in my Spiritual journal pasting it there first gives me the citation info. All programs have their little idiosyncrasies, and maybe Logos has more than it's share to keep consistency between the two main platforms. I do think 1.2.2 had a much more mac like feel to it but then it was very limited, a basic viewing/search engine but no note or highlighting or reading of Logos 2 files (only one file really bothered me was my Oxford Bible Commentary as everything else i had was eventually upgraded to Libronix.  

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jun 17 2011 8:57 PM

Word Explorer:
In Mac you hold the mouse as you are scrolling down to what you want.  

Observation: wIki page Logos 4 Mac => What to Expect section includes: "Three Logos 4 Mac menus do not follow historic Mac conventions: FileGuides, and Layouts - recommend quick click to display menu (may take seconds to display), then can right OR left click on menu items."

Also have noticed several Logos 4 drop down menus take several seconds to populate on Mac and PC.

Word Explorer:
You have to learn so much just to do the basics.

Any suggestions or ideas for making Logos 4 Mac easier to learn and use (while keeping and expanding features) ?

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Murray W | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jun 28 2011 3:56 PM

I would appreciate it if Logos Mac used the proper Mac printer interface, so I can access things like double-sided printing and 2-up layouts when that is more appropriate for what I want.

I'm currently having to print to a PDF, open that, and then print using my desired options. Not great.

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Mike Binks | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jun 29 2011 3:25 AM

Word Explorer:

Why is Logos 4 Mac not more Mac like?

My constant annoyance is with page view.

The meaningless gesture of a two finger upward 'swipe' will move large but unpredictable distances within the resource when this cannot be the result expected or desired.

In contrast a two finger left or right swipe fails to turn the page.

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Richard Wardman | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jun 29 2011 3:54 AM

Mike Binks:

Word Explorer:

Why is Logos 4 Mac not more Mac like?

My constant annoyance is with page view.

The meaningless gesture of a two finger upward 'swipe' will move large but unpredictable distances within the resource when this cannot be the result expected or desired.

In contrast a two finger left or right swipe fails to turn the page.

I fully concur Mike.  Who wants to jump more than one page with a two-finger swipe in reading/column view!?  

 

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