SUGGESTION: Improving searching within Logos (GUI revamp)

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Cheez | Forum Activity | Posted: Mon, Oct 3 2011 11:00 PM

Sorry that I'm harping on the same subject again. But I feel there's a need to bring this up again.

I find myself using Logos in 2 different ways:

1. Passage search/ Word Study/ Reference etc. For this, the current functions serve it excellently.

2. Reading. I've got so many books that I'm finding it hard to remember which books I have not finished reading. It just get lost in the hundreds of books. 

Also, sometimes during a search, I would go straight for a certain resource/ monograph. If I know the name of the resource, it's easy to find. If I forgot the name (which happens to me sometimes), then again, it gets lost in the hundreds of books.

I'm wondering if there's someway of improving the GUI (maybe for Logos 5) to make things even easier. I'm thinking along the line of an actual bookshelf searching. Very much like how I would access a bookshelf. Some possibilities:

1. Marking certain books as "current reading list" or sorts - so I can access them easier. This is how I read - I have lots of physical books, but books that are currently on my reading list sit on a separate book shelf (or my bedside table). 

2. Collapsing books within a collection (e.g. WBC, NICOT/NICNT etc). I open up the library tag and every single book appears. I wonder if all within a same series can be made collapsible, then expanded again when clicked to reveal all the books within that collection.

3. GUI. I think this requires some creativity. If it can be designed to be just like a physical book shelf, it can improve user experience significantly. I don't mean the bookshelf Apple designs for their bookshelf GUI (just books sitting on a shelf). It has to be more functional than that - as functional as it is visual. 

At the moment, Logos is excellent in doing detailed and extensive searches. That doesn't have to change (ie the engine). But it's still designed from a computer user's point of view, not a reader's point of view.

My suggestion to the development team (if you think it's feasible to look into this) - do a number of Bible Study searches/ sermon preparations etc - using physical books in a library. See the workflow of how one would search for books and do study - including how one would open up books for study (like in the good old days). Then see if there's anything that can be incorporated into the Logos GUI to make it more user friendly. The way we used to do studies is certainly time consuming, and that's not the way we want to go (ie. backwards). But there are some elements that actually make things easier from the "old ways". If the old and new ways can be incorporated, I think we have something very different. Again, I'm not an expert in creativity. But it certainly lies in the creativity department. Maybe something for Logos 5...

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Rosie Perera | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Oct 3 2011 11:03 PM

Cheez:
1. Marking certain books as "current reading list" or sorts - so I can access them easier. This is how I read - I have lots of physical books, but books that are currently on my reading list sit on a separate book shelf (or my bedside table). 

You can accomplish this in the present UI using tags. I mark books I'm in the middle of reading with the tag READING. Ones I want to read soon, I mark with the tag TOREAD. Ones I've read, I mark FINISHED. Then you can easily find the books you're in the middle of using the library filter mytag:READING.

This doesn't address your other suggestions, though.

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Oct 3 2011 11:15 PM

Logos User Voice has one GUI suggestion => Floating window layouts (similar idea to opening a favorite resource on top of a pile of books)

Related layout suggestion => Save/update Layout without needing to remember its name / Name of layout in title bar (need better way to save whole layout and floating window portion of layout).

Personally have some Reading Resources layouts, similar to a tray of reading books that are open to last page being read.

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Cheez | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 4 2011 5:38 PM

Thanks. That's a good workaround.

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