TIP of the day: Pseudo integration of Logos with other software

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Posted: Fri, Feb 26 2016 3:08 PM

Today, I learned something very useful on the forums:

alabama24:

The closest you could get is using the split screen features of windows or mac. Here are some links. I think the windows one is right, but I know the mac one is:

Windows: http://www.techrepublic.com/article/snap-a-truly-slick-feature-in-windows-10/ 

Mac: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204948 

From the forums and my own experience, I know that many of us run additional software to perform functions we consider Logos/Verbum unsatisfactory for. Examples:

  • sermon writing
  • sentence diagramming
  • mind-mapping
  • argument mapping
  • bibliography management
  • library management ...

The operating system features referenced by alabama can help us quickly build clean screens with our multiple applications. This may not be a Faithlife feature but it may well help you use Logos/Verbum more effectively.

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Dave Thawley | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Feb 26 2016 4:47 PM

MJ. Smith:
The operating system features referenced by alabama can help us quickly build clean screens with our multiple applications. This may not be a Faithlife feature but it may well help you use Logos/Verbum more effectively.

this sounds very useful, thanks for sharing.

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JT (alabama24) | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Feb 26 2016 5:07 PM

Wow. You made my Day MJ. Smile

If anyone has a better link (or links) for Windows, feel free to share. During my brief employment in IT, I was familiarized with this feature within an earlier version of Windows. Is there a difference in Windows 10?

I use a laptop most often and don't use split screen often, but it is very useful with my desktop computer and larger monitor. 

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Dean Stow | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Feb 26 2016 8:12 PM

I am sure that many (if not most or even all) already know this Windows trick, but I will share it in the hope it will help someone.

I, personally never have enough screen space.  Currently, I am using (or learning to Smile) Logos in conjunction with a piece of software called Scrivener (https://www.literatureandlatte.com/).  Think of it as a hybrid of a word processor, a set of pen and paper index cards, and the ability to hierarchically arrange (and rearrange) notes, pictures, references, and writing product. 

Both Logos and Scrivener need lots of screen space.  

I open them both and 'hop' between them with Alt+Tab.  

  • Downside - you can't see all of both programs at the same time.
  • Upsides
    • you have more 'screen real-estate' to work with
    • quicker than clicking on the task bar to bring up the other program.

I even use this method to 'hop' between floating panels and the main Logos window.

With a little bit of use, the Alt+Tab becomes almost second nature.  

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Feb 26 2016 8:45 PM

Thank you - I think you underestimate how many of us remember only what we have used on a regular basis over the last 6-8 months. Very useful.

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James Taylor | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Feb 26 2016 8:45 PM

Dean Stow:
the Alt+Tab becomes almost second nature.  

I have to admit, this feature changed my life when I learned it a few years ago. I probably press this combo several hundred times a day, switching between Logos, documents, and websites constantly.

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Dean Stow | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Feb 26 2016 8:52 PM

I should have also mentioned...

If you hold the ALT key down, each time you tap the tab key it will take you the next 'oldest' program in terms of when it had focus.

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Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Feb 27 2016 1:21 AM

Windows 10 in particular is a step up with regard to arranging, as it were, a "layout". You can do more than just two windows side by side and emulate some of the more complex layouts you would have in Logos. Of course, as has been observed, this has limitations in terms of how much you can see in each window. Some people use Windows' ability to use multiple screen.

I know also that Windows can have different desktops, although I have never used that feature. Personally I use more Alt-Tabs to switch between full windows than tiling, although I do use the latter occasionally.

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