Logos 4 Running on the new MacBook Air

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Kevin A. Purcell | Forum Activity | Posted: Tue, Nov 2 2010 11:37 AM

I've been asked how the new MacBook Air handles Logos 4, so I shot a video while I was also video taping my review of the computer for the site I write for. Here is the video:

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Todd Phillips | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Nov 2 2010 11:38 AM

Kevin,

When I try to play the video, it tells me it's a private video. Fixed

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John Murphy | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Nov 2 2010 12:31 PM

Thanks Kevin!  I really appreciate the demo.  Looks like it runs pretty well.

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Bud Brown | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Nov 3 2010 4:54 AM

I'm running Logos 4 on a new MacBook Air. 13". 1.83GHZ. 2GB RAM. 256 GB SSD.

It runs very nicely. A teensy bit of lag from my desktop machine, but not much.

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Martin Diers | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Nov 6 2010 11:03 AM

Indexing aside, I would suspect that any lag caused by the slower processor on the new Air will be more than compensated for by the high performance of the SSD.

I played with the Air for a while, and for general office work, almost everything on the Air runs faster. It boots faster, launches programs faster, loads files faster. Anything that relies upon heavy disk reads will just fly on the Air (no pun intended).

Not recommended, however, for anyone doing photography or similarly processor-intensive work.

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Kevin A. Purcell | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Nov 7 2010 6:14 AM

After a few more days of use, the MBA handles Logos OK. But this is not a very fast program. I'm not sure if it is Logos or the computer or the combo. All of my other software is fast. I use MS Office 2011, iWord, iLife, Chrome and a few others. Also tried a couple of other Bible programs through WINE, and Logos is the slowest running application on my MBA. Again, it is adequate, but not as fast as Logos on Windows or my other software on the MBA. I'm running the latest beta.

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Darin Allen | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Nov 7 2010 1:17 PM

Yeah, that sounds like a common experience with most Logos Mac users (myself included), so I imagine it is a software issue.  Hopefully things will speed up with continued tweaks and updates.  Fingers crossed.

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R. Mansfield | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Nov 8 2010 6:24 PM

Kevin A. Purcell:

After a few more days of use, the MBA handles Logos OK. But this is not a very fast program. I'm not sure if it is Logos or the computer or the combo. All of my other software is fast. I use MS Office 2011, iWord, iLife, Chrome and a few others. Also tried a couple of other Bible programs through WINE, and Logos is the slowest running application on my MBA. Again, it is adequate, but not as fast as Logos on Windows or my other software on the MBA. I'm running the latest beta.

This is the current nature of Logos/Mac. I don't mean that as criticism. It's just the way things are right now. It's undeniably slower than the Windows version on similar spec'd hardware. Moreover, when not plugged in, Logos runs down a Mac's batteries significantly faster than when running other software. I can only assume that the software has not been fully optimized for speed and power use on the Mac. 

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R. Mansfield:
I can only assume that the software has not been fully optimized for speed and power use on the Mac.

Power usage is basically a function of CPU utilization. Any software that makes heavy use of your CPU is going to negatively impact battery life.

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R. Mansfield | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Nov 9 2010 4:51 PM

Cameron Watters:

Power usage is basically a function of CPU utilization. Any software that makes heavy use of your CPU is going to negatively impact battery life.

Of course. What's unusual with Logos/Mac however, is that it's heavy on CPU usage even when sitting idle in the background not being used--unlike any other software on my system. I don't dare run it unless I'm plugged in. 

Again, that's not actually meant as a criticism. Despite it's v. 4 status, obviously, it's actually a v. 1 as it is a new program altogether and because of that, I cut the program some slack. And I also give you guys the benefit of the doubt that you're not through optimizing it yet. 

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B. J. Clarke | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Nov 9 2010 7:45 PM

Cameron,

I do not want to misinterpret your response to the quotation you pasted, so let me ask you this:

Are you saying that the software has been fully optimized for speed and power use on the Mac?

 

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Tom Philpot (Faithlife) | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Nov 9 2010 9:33 PM

B. J. Clarke:

Cameron,

I do not want to misinterpret your response to the quotation you pasted, so let me ask you this:

Are you saying that the software has been fully optimized for speed and power use on the Mac?

 

I can assure you that that's not what he meant. We've done a good bit of optimization for the 4.2 release which we hope to have in beta soon, but I don't think we'll ever finish making the software better or faster or more efficient. Even on the Windows side, they're still finding things to optimize.

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B. J. Clarke:
Are you saying that the software has been fully optimized for speed and power use on the Mac?

Not at all. I was simply pointing out that optimizing for "power use" is essentially optimizing to minimize CPU utilization. I'm hard pressed to believe that there is such a state as "fully optimized for speed" for any useful, non-trivial piece of software. I think the goal of any active, complex software project to continually improve performance. We are actively optimizing performance in various areas across the app.

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