How to Use the Newest Logos Updates

small group in living room using Logos for a Bible study

It’s only been a few weeks since we launched Logos 10, but the team has been hard at work delivering further improvements free of charge to all Logos 10 owners.

Here’s a brief tour through some of the Logos 10.1 updates and how to use them.

Mobile app

Auto translation

For owners of Logos 10 Bronze and above, auto translation is now available in the mobile app. To use it, simply select the text that you want to be translated. If Logos detects that translation would be useful, it will automatically show you a translation card, or you can tap the Translate button instead.

Latin being translated into English with Logos autotranslate

If you don’t want translation cards automatically appearing, or if you want to change the default language for translation, simply tap on the translation card menu button, which looks like three vertical dots (), and then tap Translation Settings.

Dictionary lookup

It’s now possible to look up selected words using the built-in dictionary on iOS. Just double-tap or long-press the word you’re interested in. Logos will check any dictionaries you own for the Word Info card, but will also now check any built-in dictionaries you’ve downloaded and show the definitions in a Dictionary card.

dictionary definition for "vouchsafe" showing in Logos

Draw on screen

For those with Bronze or above, Draw on Screen is now available on iPhones, in addition to iPads. To access it, just tap the menu button in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen and look for Drawn on Screen in the Tools section.

Logos desktop

More search types

In Logos 10.1, several more search types have been added to the top of the search panel. The new tabs are Factbook, Docs, Maps, Factbook Tags, and Bookstore. These aren’t new search types, but many users told us they weren’t aware of them, so we’ve made it much clearer by adding them to the search tab bar.

Factbook allows you to search for Factbook pages. For example, you could search for James and see a list of Factbook pages for the different biblical people called James, or the book of James, and much more. Then simply click on the one you want to bring up the correct Factbook page.

Docs allows you to search within any of your documents for a word, phrase, biblical reference, or more. You can search specific document types by clicking on the dropdown. After you have your results, you can choose to group them by document type or by document name.

Maps will search both the Atlas tool and all your downloaded resources for maps that reference the place you entered. You can also search for people’s names (try Sisera, for example) or broader concepts (try searching for battle).

Factbook Tags searches all your resources for a specific Factbook Tag. Whereas Factbook search shows you all the Factbook pages that match your search term, Factbook Tags search shows all your resources that contain those Factbook Tags. It’s a great way to find books that talk about the Factbook concept you’re interested in.

Finally, Bookstore allows you to search the content of books you don’t own. It’s especially useful if you’re searching for something very specific and don’t find results in your own library. If that happens, try switching to a Bookstore search and seeing whether there are other books available to purchase that contain what you’re looking for.

Improved autocomplete

We’ve made more than a dozen improvements to autocomplete to make it even easier to enter the search syntax you need. Autocomplete will now suggest:

  • Bible passages, after the bible: keyword
  • Highlighting styles after the highlight: keyword
  • Passage lists after the passageList: keyword
  • Speakers after the speaker: keyword
  • Addressees after the addressee: keyword
  • Label attributes after any label keyword (try sermon: or journalArticle:)

To benefit from these suggestions, type or click the + button, and start entering the keyword above. As soon as you select the keyword you need, you’ll get a list of further suggestions to complete your search. For example, If you select the highlight: keyword, you’ll get a list of all your highlighting styles. Or if you select the bible: keyword, you’ll get a list of all the Bible books.

There are many more autocomplete improvements—too many to list here—all designed to make it easier for you to enter our new simplified search syntax.

More flexible favorites

It’s now possible to add references to favorites. Unlike normal favorites, reference favorites always open in your most highly prioritized resource, regardless of which resource you created them from—handy if you regularly switch your Top Bibles or use several versions at once.

To add them, open the Favorites panel from the Tools menu, then click on the Add button. You’ll see all the references in your open panels listed at the bottom of that menu. Just click on one to add it as a Favorite.

Bug fixes

As well as these feature improvements, our engineers have invested significant energy in fixing bugs, and for 10.1, we squished more than ever!


More to come

We’ll be bringing out a fresh free-to-download update for Logos 10 owners every six weeks, so stay tuned for further improvements.

Written by
Mark Barnes

Mark Barnes has twenty years of experience in pastoral ministry, holds an MPhil in Biblical Theology, and has served as visiting lecturer at Union School of Theology. He’s a former editor of Evangelical Magazine and has also written for Grace Magazine, Evangelicals Now, and Evangelical Times. He now serves as product manager for the Logos and Verbum apps and lives in the UK with his wife and two sons.

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