What is Logos greatest feature?

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xnman | Forum Activity | Posted: Sat, Aug 7 2021 6:29 AM

I will start this.... The greatest feature that I like most about Logos is....

1. Notes - I love the way I can write a note on my computer and use it in the mobile app. I use this regularly. This one capability sold me on Logos being the greatest Bible software.

2. Close 2nd is the Sermon Builder.  Between SB and Notes... I have tools that greatly help me. 

Now....  what's your vote?  Geeked

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JT (alabama24) | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Aug 7 2021 7:59 AM

The single greatest feature (for me) is Logos as "search library." The ability to search ALL of my books is my primary use (outside of reading). 

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Ralph Mauch | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Aug 7 2021 9:15 AM

xnman:
I will start this.... The greatest feature that I like most about Logos is....

Naming layouts, I can use this feature when study a topic and close it when doing something else and then reopen the topic when I want to resume that study!

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DIsciple II | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Aug 7 2021 9:58 AM

JT (alabama24):

The single greatest feature (for me) is Logos as "search library." The ability to search ALL of my books is my primary use (outside of reading). 

Yes

Reading too is my primary purpose so being able to take my library with me anywhere and continue reading when there is opportunity to do so is significant too me but I could do that with other applications too. Equally being able to search that library is signifiant to me. Now of course there is other Bible applications I can do that too, but they don’t offer the breadth of resources from which I can choose to purchase for reading and searching.

These two functions, reading and searching are supported by note taking and highlighting but these are not unique to Logos either. But the combination of specialised search tools Logos are unique to it - from Passage Guide to Visual Filters to Factbook to Concordance and everything in between. So for me it’s the greatest feature of Logos is not any one tool or function but the combination of things it offers to support my reading and searching of the scriptures and resources that delve into the scriptures in order to support my goal of growing my understanding of the Word so that I might grow in my relationship with God and be better equipped to encourage those in my life in their journey towards relationship with God or in their relationship with God.

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DMB | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Aug 7 2021 10:17 AM

xnman:
Now....  what's your vote?  Geeked
Greatest feature, can't get elsewhere: instant CitedBy. Search, notes, etc quicker, elsewhere.

2nd Greatest feature, can't get elsewhere (not even Libby): panel management (layouts, tabs, etc). Solid as a rock (but not Peter).

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Josh Hunt | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Aug 7 2021 11:11 AM

I will answer with the most used feature--commentaries

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Josh Hunt | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Aug 7 2021 11:11 AM

2nd favorite is Bible Word Study. 

3rd is the sheer depth of the available library

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Dave Hooton | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Aug 7 2021 1:59 PM

1. Search (with collections, user tags, and other metadata)

2. User rating, tags and series (ability to change on multiple resources as time affects my opinion)

3. Library (to view and tag/rate/organise resources)

4. Collections (all dynamic - for Search and to differentiate my Bible Commentaries)

5. Passage Guide (to study with collections of Bible Commentaries)

6. Layouts (great for side-by-side comparison of Search results as well as organising my study)

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Greg Dement | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Aug 7 2021 2:51 PM

Dave,

I concur with almost everything you pointed out except user ratings. In my humble opinion is a big weakness (though not the fault of FL). I do read the limited user reviews but often find myself Googling for more robust ratings and reviews. 
I am sure it has been pointed out in the past but it is particularly annoying when there is a one star rating and no comments as to why (flip side as well).

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Allen Browne | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Aug 7 2021 4:30 PM

JT (alabama24):

The single greatest feature (for me) is Logos as "search library." The ability to search ALL of my books is my primary use (outside of reading). 

Yep. Instant, powerful, local search of Scripture and all resources.

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Sean | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Aug 7 2021 6:53 PM

Greg Dement:

Dave,

I concur with almost everything you pointed out except user ratings. In my humble opinion is a big weakness (though not the fault of FL). I do read the limited user reviews but often find myself Googling for more robust ratings and reviews. 
I am sure it has been pointed out in the past but it is particularly annoying when there is a one star rating and no comments as to why (flip side as well).

This is a big problem, actually. There are many people who give 5 star ratings to a book automatically even though I'm sure they haven't all read it--this happens especially with the Free Books of the Month. Yes, give FaithLife praise for the promotion, but that doesn't mean the work necessarily deserves it.

There are also people who will reflexively give 1 star because they don't like the author or the perspective or because they misunderstand the concept of the work. I recall seeing a bad 1 star review on the work Jesus outside the New Testament because the person thought it was about neglecting the Bible when actually it was about surviving contemporary or near-contemporary references to Jesus in other sources.

To end on a positive note: my favorite old feature of Logos is layouts simply because of how easy they make it to organize my work and readings. My favorite new feature is the (new) Factbook for how it pulls together so many sources on a topic and makes getting into it a breeze.

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Mike Binks | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Aug 8 2021 12:33 AM

Greg Dement:

Dave,

I concur with almost everything you pointed out except user ratings. In my humble opinion is a big weakness (though not the fault of FL). I do read the limited user reviews but often find myself Googling for more robust ratings and reviews. 
I am sure it has been pointed out in the past but it is particularly annoying when there is a one star rating and no comments as to why (flip side as well).

It is even worse than that Greg. There are really inconsiderate folk who use codes with their ratings.

One star = tagged but not read

Two star = not readable ref only

Three star= old but interesting

Four star = current and interesting

Five star = tagged and read.

You really are better checking google.  ;-)

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Aug 8 2021 1:48 AM

Greg Dement:
I concur with almost everything you pointed out except user ratings

Ah, I simply assumed that Dave wasn't including the community ratings ... that he used them for personal purposes.

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Dave Hooton | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Aug 8 2021 2:00 PM

Greg Dement:
I concur with almost everything you pointed out except user ratings. In my humble opinion is a big weakness (though not the fault of FL). I do read the limited user reviews but often find myself Googling for more robust ratings and reviews. 

I refer to my own (user) ratings, Community Ratings and Community Tags are switched OFF in my Program Settings. So I use a rule like

myrating:<4  -mytag:Notes for certain commentaries e.g. The Faithlife Biblical and Theological Lists ("All the xxxxx in the Bible") are useful, but I classify them as Notes.

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xnman | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Aug 8 2021 6:00 PM

Thanks Dave.  I didn't know till you mentioned it that we could turn off community ratings and community tags could be turned off.  Mines off now!

Thanks

Edit: Walk in another man's moccasins and you become like that man! --- old proverb from somewhere, I'm sure. Big Smile

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Aug 8 2021 7:50 PM

Community ratings are turned off at no cost; community tag when turned off, removes some resources from being found on a tag search; when you have to use a text search you lose the disambiguation.

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xnman | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Aug 9 2021 4:15 AM

MJ. Smith:

Community ratings are turned off at no cost; community tag when turned off, removes some resources from being found on a tag search; when you have to use a text search you lose the disambiguation.

But if you have personal tags on them.... shouldn't the personal tags stop that ??

xn = Christan  man=man -- Acts 11:26 "....and the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch".

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Aug 9 2021 7:21 AM

My favorite Logos & Verbum feature is visual filter highlighting so can "see" original language verbal nuances in original languages and reverse interlinear Bibles (using Logos Hebrew/Aramaic/Greek Morphology). Logos Wiki => Extended Tips for Highlighting and Visual Filters includes

For precept studying of recurring themes, Thankful for precept visual filters => more inductive symbols

Next favorite is powerful search engine so can find topical information in many resources. Caveat is learning curve for effective use.

Third favorite is being able to customize resource titles and series.

Fourth favorite "feature" is Faithlife forums for discussions about using Faithlife software and resources: have learned a lot plus have a lot to learn.

Keep Smiling Smile

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Mike Childs | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Aug 9 2021 7:45 AM

The greatest thing about Logos Bible Software is the library of great books and commentaries that I have been able to build up over the last 29 years or so.  And they all work together! 

Combine that with the ability to search this library in seconds!  Think of it!  In mere seconds I can call up everything that John Wesley said about "grace" - or Martin Luther, or John Calvin, or Augustine, or the Church Fathers!  I can link to the Scripture text to many of the best commentaries ever written. 

Oh! And the language tools are wonderful.  With a double click upon a word in the text, I can open the best Greek or Hebrew lexicons to that word.

45 years ago in my seminary days, I never dreamed of such a tool!

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

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John Goodman | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Aug 9 2021 10:40 AM

Best feature is the reasonable pricing... there is no comparable way to build a great library of resources. Paper costs a lot more and competitors just don't have the breadth of resources.

גַּם־חֹשֶׁךְ֮ לֹֽא־יַחְשִׁ֪יךְ מִ֫מֶּ֥ךָ וְ֭לַיְלָה כַּיּ֣וֹם יָאִ֑יר כַּ֝חֲשֵׁיכָ֗ה כָּאוֹרָֽה

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