New Feature: Atlas

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Jonathan J Watson | Forum Activity | Posted: Fri, Oct 24 2014 2:17 PM

What is it?

Atlas is an online mapping tool for the biblical world. With this new tool, you can explore biblical narratives in their geographical context. Get new maps with powerful functionality—including zoom options and panning. 

How does it work?

Contextualize Scripture and better understand its stories. Atlas puts biblical narratives in context with elegant maps. Get dozens of new maps, created by a professional cartographer, that offer powerful functionality—including zoom options and panning.

Derive greater meaning from biblical narratives by exploring them within their geographical context. For example, with the Atlas tool you can see the route non-traditional Jesus took from Judea to Jacob's well in order to share the Gospel with the Samaritan woman.  Thousands of insights like this await.

In fact, scholars have hand-selected which ancient cities to feature based on how integral they are to the biblical story. Trace Jesus’ journey from baptism to temptation in the wilderness and explore Paul’s missionary journeys.* Get a colorful view of the kingdoms ruled by David, Saul, and David, pinpoint sites fortified by Solomon, and follow the journey of the Ark. With a click, send maps straight to your next presentation in Power Point or Proclaim.

The Atlas window includes:

  • A map
  • Fit- and full-screen buttons and zoom control
  • A map-style drop-down menu: satellite, topographic, etc.
  • A side-panel search bar that can be toggled on and off; when no search is active, it lists every map available
  • Map-scale overlay, which automatically chooses the best scale for your screen
  • CTRL + drag to measure the distance between two sites
  • Available Logos media, which can be shared via Visual Copy

Where can I learn more?

This video shows the Atlas feature in action.

How do I get it? 

This feature is included in Core Crossgrade; Atlas-compatible maps start in Bronze-level packages and higher. Shop all packages that include this feature.
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GeoPappas | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Nov 9 2014 3:52 AM

I just read that the L6 Atlas feature is not stored locally (on the computer), but rather it is stored in the "cloud" and requires an Internet connection to use (see here https://community.logos.com/forums/t/94462.aspx).

Is that correct?

If so, can someone from Logos please explain why the resources are not local.

Someone (in the aforementioned thread above) said that it would require too much space, but that doesn't seem to make sense.  The maps that I have seen in the demo should only take a small amount of space.  For example, the map included in the image above only has a small amount of colors.  It has a tan and blue background (that represent land and water), an orange line that represents where Yeshua / Jesus traveled, a few other lines that represent routes, borders, rivers, etc, and a small amount of text.  Since there isn't much variation in the image (compared to a photo where almost every pixel is different) and it affords the ability to compress it greatly, this image should have a very small size (on the order of kilobytes).

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Graham Criddle | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Nov 9 2014 6:15 AM

GeoPappas:

I just read that the L6 Atlas feature is not stored locally (on the computer), but rather it is stored in the "cloud" and requires an Internet connection to use (see here https://community.logos.com/forums/t/94462.aspx).

Is that correct?

Yes it is correct

GeoPappas:
If so, can someone from Logos please explain why the resources are not local.

Please see comments from Dylan at https://community.logos.com/forums/p/93599/649648.aspx#649648 

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