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James McAdams | Forum Activity | Posted: Fri, Sep 28 2018 6:09 AM

I was playing around with Shortcuts on my break and put this together:

https://www.icloud.com/shortcuts/78b170966cdb4347af450d7b6dadb308

It lets you open a bible chapter/verse from a range of translations.

i was mostly just playing around - it’s not really faster/more convenient - like, I added some book divisions just to get used to how menus work. I figured I’d share it to spark interest as much as anything else.

I am curious if there a way to use the factbook/word study tool/dictionary/lexicons on mobile from a URL scheme, if anyone knows? I’ll tinker a bit more when I have my laptop handy.

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Aaron Sauer | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Sep 28 2018 8:45 AM

Very nice James! Thank you for this. Good work.

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James McAdams | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Sep 28 2018 11:26 AM

Improved now I’ve had a bit more time:

https://www.icloud.com/shortcuts/323b4046d78e4a0d81b9e165315b3c68

- neatened book divisions

- added search

- added dictionary search (Just for LBD & Anchor)

That’s probably all I’ll do without before I start canibalising it for simpler actions. But I’d love to hear if anyone comes up with anything more practical/fun.

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Aaron Sauer | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Sep 28 2018 1:14 PM

Awesome. How do you point the url to a specific resource?

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James McAdams | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Sep 28 2018 4:34 PM

Aaron Sauer:

Awesome. How do you point the url to a specific resource?

The URL being used for bible verses is this: logosres:[Version];ref=Bible.[Book].[Chapter] 

so e.g. logosres:ESV;ref=Bible.John.3.16 will open the ESV to John 3:16

The text that you select from the list is the text that appears in the version field.

The book that you select is the same text that appears in the book field.

The number that you enter in the chapter field could be just the chapter number or chapter and verse separated by a period.

Does that answer the question?

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James McAdams | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Sep 28 2018 4:39 PM

I found out the Bible dictionary field value by sharing text from Logos and looking for the book abbreviation part of the URL from that result - I would have assumed ABD rather than “Anch” for the Anchor bible dictionary up till I saw that - but bible abbreviations are all pretty obvious so far.

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Josh moore | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Sep 28 2018 8:49 PM

This is great! where did you find the syntax to directly open a search with text? I already duplicated and condensed one into a sort of quick search utility.  

What I'd really love to do is be able to create or add to a note from a share sheet extension.

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Aaron Sauer | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Sep 28 2018 11:28 PM

Yes. Very helpful response. Thank you.

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James McAdams | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Sep 30 2018 3:06 AM

Updated to make some improvement/additions:

https://www.icloud.com/shortcuts/db571ab860b546c5ade1a35acb6ad70e

I can’t remember if the last version shared here included guides at all - this one does. I can’t work out a reliable way to get topic guide or word study searches to work so it just opens the guides with the last results.

Other than that, it asks for translation at the end rather than the beginning, has unabbreviated(ish) book names - “Song of songs” rather than “song”, etc and it enters the clipboard as the default search entry, though you can write over that still.

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JT (alabama24) | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Sep 30 2018 9:17 AM

Do you have a screen shot of what this is doing? 

OSX & iOS | Logs |  Install

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James McAdams | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Sep 30 2018 10:53 AM

Too much for a screenshot so I’ve recorded a screencast: https://youtu.be/JBLSM5fl9vI

Note: that’s using a more up to date version than the one above. See here for the version in the video: https://www.icloud.com/shortcuts/2cf5c64a611c4b5ea64dc4adf236a703

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James McAdams | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Sep 30 2018 10:59 AM

There are a couple of search boxes in that video where I defaulted the text to the clipboard, which looked rubbish in the demo as I just needed to delete it in this example - I could have it so it defaults to being blank, but it can be handy. Dunno.

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Philip Bassham | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Oct 1 2018 1:36 AM

Awesome. I wish there was an easy way for people who create shortcuts to easily publish updates for them like an app update. Hopefully one day Apple will add an app store type thing in the future. I have created several pretty complicated ones that I would like to share with others, but I know there is still more I want to add in the future, but once it's out there, it's tough to let people know about an update.  

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James McAdams | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Oct 1 2018 1:58 AM

I don’t know if I’m being dopey, but I can’t see a way of copying info between shortcuts - I’d love to be able to just copy and paste a section of a shortcut to save manual repetition.

I’m not just being dopey, am I? If it is possible I’ll feel a bit silly. I think I’d still be more relieved than embarassed though.

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James McAdams | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Oct 1 2018 4:26 AM

Excellent! Thanks!

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Josh moore | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Oct 1 2018 8:55 PM

I hope you don't mind, but I took what you shared and made a couple adjustments that suited my workflow a little better. Here is the link

https://www.icloud.com/shortcuts/07df73eaef5340b48c0c8de3203c041d

Here are the changes I've made:

  • Instead of OT and NT menu options I have only "Bible" and then I type. I found that I was more efficient typing rather than clicking (...yes, I timed myself...smh...saved me about 5-10 seconds on the search)
  • In the search option there is the choice of Basic or Bible. I couldn't figure out though how to adjust the search parameters to only specific resources or passages.
  • In Dictionary I just changed it to my preferred Dictionaries, Encys, and Lexicons. However, the Lexicons with Hebrew or Greek Headwords can be very hit or miss, especially if you don't type the word EXACTLY correct. I hope to figure out how to refine a search to say only the TLOT then your could create a search with the transliterated Hebrew words which would take you to the right place 99.9% of the time. 
  • Each of the guides now ask for input and begins a new query. The topic guide is still a little buggy though.
  • I added a notes option with Reference, and two personal notes that I use as catch all "Word Studies" and "Sermon Notes". The Reference actually just opens to a B.C.V. in the translation of your choosing where you can create a note that is linked to a scripture reference. The only downside is it won't create a new note, you have to actually create one once the link take you to the right notebook.

This thread is awesome by the way. Thanks big time for your work ahead of time, you were instrumental in pulling down some annoying barriers for me to accomplish what I wanted with the Logos app.

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James McAdams | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Oct 1 2018 11:27 PM

Josh moore:

I hope you don't mind, but I took what you shared and made a couple adjustments that suited my workflow a little better.

That’s what I was hoping to see!

You’re right about the speed difference with bible references  - this was one of my first shortcuts and it basically started off with me trying to teach myself how menus worked. My most recent version in this thread will grab references from the clipboard or ask you to type one in if it can’t find any - definitely faster, but I need to either modify it so you can always choose to type it in or add your method as another option.

The Basic/Bible search is great - I wanted that option and found URLs that showed them separately but ended up loading the same one either way, so ended up stripping it back. Glad you got it working and definitely putting that back into mine.

What does B.C.V. stand for?

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James McAdams | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 2 2018 1:14 AM

I’m avoiding the inevitable deletion of OT/NT menus (they are wildly impractical but I like knowing that they’re there - they can be easily removed by anyone lacking my pointless sentimentality), and I haven’t added a search term to the topic guide given it’s hit-and-miss nature, but I’ve integrated your other changes in slightly tweaked form.

- the “Open Reference“ option asks if you want to search your clipboard (works with multiple reference) or type in a reference.

- the “Notes” option includes one named notes file. The rest of my notes are spread across so many documents that I just entered a manual entry field for me to type in the title.

https://www.icloud.com/shortcuts/749809d2a8c54dcf90da0f3aea7b6d47

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Philip Bassham | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 2 2018 6:40 PM

I also found this recently, which you might look at implementing with a shared shortcut like this.

Lets you release updates for a shortcut that you create. 

http://www.mikebeas.com/updatekit/docs/ 

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