Difference in creation of links to Logos Resources?

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David Fish | Forum Activity | Posted: Mon, Aug 22 2016 6:55 AM

I was a long-time MS-DOS user, but I had graduated to Windows by the time I first used Logos (Version 2). About 3 years ago, I moved (kicking and screaming!!) in the Mac world (I still use Windows computers too). When I saw that previously created LINKS to some resources I had created for use in PowerPoint no longer worked, I almost threw my first MacBook out the window.

Then I learned how to adjust the LINK created, to include an "https://ref.ly" resource, which would navigate to the spot in my Logos library from a PowerPoint for Mac link.

Some time back (I can’t remember when), PowerPoint for Mac changed the way they processed those links, going directly to the spot in my Logos library, making it so that I no longer needed to edit the links to resources created with the OPTION-COMMAND-C keystroke. I was happy!

Example of a link I created in April of this year, that opened directly to BDAG’s entry #6 for the Greek preposition παρά: logosres:bdag;hw=$CF$80$CE$B1$CF$81$CE$B1$CC$81;off=15980

With the arrival of Logos 7 (I am a Logos Now subscriber, so my system started updating to Logos 7 as soon as I launched it this morning, I was surprised when I created a link to a spot in Mounce’s Basics of Biblical Greek, and the keystroke that made the link (OPTION-COMMAND-C) created a new kind of link, with the http://ref.ly inserted. Was that an intentional change within Logos 7? If so, why was that change instituted? It would have made sense had PowerPoint for Mac persisted in not going to a Logos resource directly. But, at least on my system (I just tested this out), it works, without the necessity of going to an external web page before opening the Logos resource.


Links that I have created just this morning at that https://ref.ly prefix to the LINK created by Logos 7. For example, I was creating a Note to the word Ἱδρωσάτω in Didache 1.6. The content of my note was this:


The verb ἱδρόω (can you see the concept of "water" there?) means "to sweat" or "to perspire." Your alm(s) must sweat in your hands until you know to whom you might give it." Unknown source, similar to what is in Sirach 12.1-7.


I had previously created the note. I created a link from the word ἱδρόω in the note directly to BDAG (I know that it is not necessary—I could simply double-click on the word ἱδρωσάτω in the text of the Didache to go right to BDAG’s entry. I created the link just to confirm that links are automatically created with the web reference (https://ref.ly) automatically inserted. Currently the links in that note are:





Can someone at Logos explain why they decided on this change? 

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NB.Mick | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Aug 22 2016 7:04 AM

David, this was introduced some time durIng L6 development, I think. It is geared towards supporting those Mac applications that can't handle logosres: or comparable links. The default behavior of Copy Location As... URL has changed towards this, but you can use the old functionality by going through the resource menu and choosing Copy Location As...  L4 format 

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Some of the reasoning behind this change was previously discussed at https://community.logos.com/forums/t/124060.aspx 

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David Fish | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Aug 22 2016 7:31 AM

Thanks NB.Mick and Bradley. I missed that earlier discussion. I went to Resource Panels to set my Copy as Location to L4.

I don't use PowerPoint much in class anymore. Usually the only thing on my screen is Logos, so I like the direct link.

I appreciate your help! Blessings!

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