Personal Book Builder (PBB)

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Mark | Forum Activity | Posted: Wed, Sep 7 2016 12:42 AM

How often do logos users use this feature?  How important is it to you? What do you use PBB for?

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Sep 7 2016 1:21 AM

I use it regularly to resolved limitations in what Logos can do  - primarily lectionaries and Bible harmonies... I would use it even more if the ability to do timelines in XML was restored.

Orthodox Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev: "To be a theologian means to have experience of a personal encounter with God through prayer and worship."

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GaoLu | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Sep 7 2016 2:19 AM

I use it a lot.  Sometimes for books unavailable in Logos, or special functions like indices, but primarily for my own documents such as sermons or teaching materials.  

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David Ames | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Sep 7 2016 4:11 AM

Yet another that uses it for books unavailable in Logos.  Have over 290.  Many from PDF files found on the net.  Others converted from other software packages that under copyrights I can convert to another format but can not share with others.  [[None uploaded to Logos]] 

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Don Awalt | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Sep 7 2016 8:15 AM

David I hope out of a moment of distraction you don't hit the upload button, as there is no way to delete a personal book from Faithlife servers - or even know what is up there in aggregate. Another nice missing hole never addressed. 

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EastTN | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Sep 7 2016 8:25 AM

I use it for documents that are of historical significance in my faith tradition that are not available from FaithLife.

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Schumitinu | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Sep 7 2016 9:51 AM

I use it for Bible translations in other languages that are not available in Logos. I also use it for personal documents as well as some out of print books not available in Logos.

I would greatly value if PBs would synch to mobile devices especially for the foreign language Bibles and personal documents.

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Tim Farley | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Sep 7 2016 10:28 AM

I use it for multiple purposes: my sermons, articles and blog posts I find online that I want to have available for future use, and public domain works I find valuable.

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Mike Childs | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Sep 7 2016 3:27 PM

I use it regularly and it is very important to me.  I use it to add public domain material, or material that I receive permission to use that Logos does not carry.  A perfect example is the Journal of Francis Asbury, which is very important to American Methodist studies.  In fact, it is one of the most important resources that I have. 

Also, Personal Books are very helpful for targeted study that would not interest a large enough group for Logos to produce the resources.  I and a few other of the Asbury grads are interested in the ministry of Henry Clay Morrison, who was a well known evangelist and founder of Asbury Theological Seminary.  I received permission to submit several of his old books to the files forum for personal books.  This is most helpful.

Personal Books are a big deal for me.

"In all cases, the Church is to be judged by the Scripture, not the Scripture by the Church," John Wesley

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SteveF | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Sep 7 2016 5:59 PM

How often do logos users use this feature?


How important is it to you?

You asked for "my" opinion: This is one of the MOST important Logos features.

What do you use PBB for?

"Notes" [as has been acknowledged many times by "Bob"] is NOT and was not intended to be a word-processor.

But PBB allows me to use a Word processor of my choice to format MY materials [lectures, sermons, articles, out of print books, materials that will NEVER see the light of day in Logos]  and have them searchable, visible etc.

One of the few drawbacks is the "clunky" front end that must be used. ie. Each time a minor edit is completed adn the article re-compiled, the resources "pops" to the top making a search necessary. It is just not "smooth sailing" to use when doing a lot of work,especially on the same resource.

But the "hassle" is worth it.

I also really appreciate the Sermon File process with its many Indexing features.

This is the part of Logos that I wanted back in the late 1990's when I first bought the software. 

Thanks for asking.

Regards, SteveF

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Andrew Malone | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Sep 9 2016 7:56 PM

Like others, I'm fond of the PBB feature (even though I use it less than I'm sure some others do). Sometimes it's of value for importing my own documents; other times, it lets me integrate external resources that I want to use alongside Logos features.

I know every now and again people observe how helpful it might be to be able to import or link PDFs. I'm happy to add my voice once again: that would be yet another benefit to an already important feature.

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Sascha John | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Sep 9 2016 9:00 PM

Nearly every Day for my Church History Books.

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