Bringing Your BibleWorks User Content to Logos

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Phil Gons (Faithlife) | Forum Activity | Posted: Mon, Jun 4 2018 11:14 AM

Since BibleWorks is closing, many BibleWorks users are trying to figure out what to do with their notes and other user content they’ve invested into the platform for years or decades.

We are working on a tool that will allow you to import your BibleWorks notes and some other user content into Logos. We don’t yet have a timeframe for making this publicly available or a complete list of the content we’ll allow you to import. We’re still investigating the possibilities. We’ll share updates here in the forums when we have more information about what you’ll be able to import and when it will be ready. If you’re interested in helping us test the importer before it’s publicly available, let us know.

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Jacob Hantla | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jun 4 2018 11:24 AM

This is wonderful news. Thanks, Phil. I know a few people who are scared about all they have in BibleWorks and this will be welcome news. 

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Richard Villanueva | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jun 4 2018 11:24 AM

wow!  this would be huge. 

I have a friend who is 20+ year user and has been heavily invested in BW.  Keep us posted!

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Phil Gons (Faithlife) | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jun 4 2018 12:04 PM

Thanks for the feedback. We'd appreciate it if you'd share this post with any BibleWorks friends you think might want to know.

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Ben | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jun 4 2018 12:27 PM

Fantastic!

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Dan Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jun 4 2018 12:45 PM

Thanks Phil... I was never a BW user but it is great to see you and Accordance working to make sure BW users are not left behind. 

-dan

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Beloved | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jun 4 2018 12:48 PM

I am not a BW user but i applaud FL leadership in this arena.

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Daniel J. Phillips | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jun 4 2018 2:32 PM

Interesting. When Logos talked with me as a potential reviewer, years ago, I expressly asked about the BW verse-by-verse notes feature, which I prize extremely highly (https://goo.gl/tHQIV). Heiser was on the phone, and were you as well? The answer I got was "No."

So, to be clear, is Logos looking forward to providing that feature now?

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David Ames | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jun 4 2018 2:43 PM

Phil Gons (Faithlife):

Since BibleWorks is closing, many BibleWorks users are trying to figure out what to do with their notes and other user content they’ve invested into the platform for years or decades.

We are working on a tool that will allow you to import your BibleWorks notes and some other user content into Logos. 

Please note that they said "their notes and other user content" [things that you added].

They did not say anything about credit for BW resources owned. Without the resources the notes maybe useless.   

But perhaps special discounts on Logos 8 base packages depending on the size of your BW library and how big a Logos package you buy? 

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Graham Criddle | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jun 4 2018 2:49 PM

Daniel J. Phillips:

Interesting. When Logos talked with me as a potential reviewer, years ago, I expressly asked about the BW verse-by-verse notes feature, which I prize extremely highly (https://goo.gl/tHQIV). Heiser was on the phone, and were you as well? The answer I got was "No."

So, to be clear, is Logos looking forward to providing that feature now?

Im not a Bibleworks user so I don’t know the specifics of what this feature does.

Logos provides, and has for a long time, the capability to write notes and link them to verses or passages. These are then visible in all versified resources.

What specific Bibleworks notes-related features are you looking for in Logos?

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Daniel J. Phillips | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jun 4 2018 2:54 PM

1. Thanks, I do know that. It was true when I had the phone conversation I referred to.

2. The ones I explain, describe, and illustrate in the article I linked to.

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Dan Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jun 4 2018 2:57 PM

In the same way that I do not believe Accordance's cross grade gives a completely identical set of works to what you own in BW I believe Logos is working on a way to import into their ecosystem the essence of your notes for use in Logos. One cannot expect Logos to magically gain new features it has never had but preserving your work in a accessible fashion is laudable even if it is not quite as good as you may have had it in BW. And who knows notes may be beefed up in the upcoming 8 release to make them more functional this I do not know.

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Phil Gons (Faithlife) | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jun 4 2018 3:12 PM

Daniel J. Phillips:

Interesting. When Logos talked with me as a potential reviewer, years ago, I expressly asked about the BW verse-by-verse notes feature, which I prize extremely highly (https://goo.gl/tHQIV). Heiser was on the phone, and were you as well? The answer I got was "No."

So, to be clear, is Logos looking forward to providing that feature now?

Dan, we've been working for the last year or so on a brand new notes system. You're welcome to try it out at https://app.logos.com/tools/notes?layout=one or in the desktop app at https://ref.ly/logos4/NotesTool, after you join the notes beta testing group.

One of the things we're planning to implement in the future is the ability to link a resource to a notes panel, which will allow you to quickly see and capture notes on your location in that panel. This should be very similar to how BibleWorks works. In the mean time, there is already the ability to capture notes based on the location in your active panel, through either the right-click context menu or from the new note dropdown menu.

I don't have any recollection of the phone call, but that was then and this is now. :)

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Phil Gons (Faithlife) | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jun 4 2018 3:20 PM

David Ames:
They did not say anything about credit for BW resources owned.

We are working on one or more packages for BibleWorks users who might be looking to move to Logos. We would heavily discount them to make them as affordable as possible and minimize the sting of repurchasing content in another platform.

But that is a separate matter, as you point out, from moving your notes and user content over to Logos, which could be done for free.

David Ames:
Without the resources the notes maybe useless.

As I understand it, most BibleWorks users take notes on Bible passages, so those should come into Logos nicely. Other notes would also come in fine; they just wouldn't be anchored to the resources they were taken on. But I'm not sure BibleWorks allows you to anchor notes to non-Bible resources, do they? It's been a while since I've used it.

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Beloved | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jun 4 2018 3:21 PM

Daniel J. Phillips:

1. Thanks, I do know that. It was true when I had the phone conversation I referred to.

2. The ones I explain, describe, and illustrate in the article I linked to.

Dan, 

With all your experience and enthusiasm, my question to you is why not be a Beta tester for the new notes feature for Logos? 

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Mark | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jun 4 2018 5:10 PM

Phil Gons (Faithlife):
One of the things we're planning to implement in the future is the ability to link a resource to a notes panel,

Would there be any possibility of having a  notes symbol next to a verse, so that we can hover over or click on the symbol and see a pop up of our note?  This would be so valuable.

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mike | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jun 4 2018 6:11 PM

Phil Gons (Faithlife):

 

We are working on a tool that will allow you to import your BibleWorks notes and some other user content into Logos.

Yes

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Phil Gons (Faithlife) | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jun 4 2018 6:47 PM

Mark:

Phil Gons (Faithlife):
One of the things we're planning to implement in the future is the ability to link a resource to a notes panel,

Would there be any possibility of having a  notes symbol next to a verse, so that we can hover over or click on the symbol and see a pop up of our note?  This would be so valuable.

That's the default behavior (in both the old and the new notes systems). Notes that are anchored to a Bible reference will show an icon (of your choice) next to the verse reference. You can disable it if you want (or change the icon and color), but the default behavior is to show an icon.

In the image below, I've customized my icons to be green question marks.

Is this what you're referring to, or did you have something else in mind?

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doc | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jun 4 2018 8:01 PM

https://goo.gl/tHQIV 

Dan, for the link to be active you need to type a space after it.

Daniel J. Phillips:

1. Thanks, I do know that. It was true when I had the phone conversation I referred to.

2. The ones I explain, describe, and illustrate in the article I linked to.

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Mark | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jun 4 2018 9:13 PM

Phil Gons (Faithlife):
Is this what you're referring to, or did you have something else in mind?

Thanks Phil.  I guess I was doing notes all wrong.  I had never seen this ability.  Now I will use it.

My only question is whether it is possible to save all notes one has in his/her Bible in a Word Doc for back up and use for writing sermons or papers.  In other words, can all notes be exported to an external doc?  I wrote notes in my Bible when I was young and they are valuable to me but not transferable...so it is important to me to be able to export ALL notes in the Bible or in a book of the Bible into a separate document.

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