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Logos 5 showed up this week with a refined user interface, some new ways to use what was already present and a few new tricks to make it worth the upgrade. In a word, it’s impressive.

This isn’t my complete review. I’ll do that later at a couple of places. However, let me share a few things I like and some of the new tools I’m not that excited about, but you might like.

What’s New in Logos 5

The new Sermon Starter Guide might help lazy or busy preachers access resources in their library focused on a certain passage. Open it up and type in your passage and watch Logos go find some tools. This is different that the Passage Guide because it offers some study content, but is heavier on preaching content like illustrations, sermon outlines and sermon visuals if you subscribe to the included visuals library which costs an extra $400/year.


Above, notice the ability to take notes about passages preached. (1) I put my sermon title and a note about when and where I preached this passage. (2) The list of items included by default shows things most preachers would like to use when preparing a sermon. (3) Click the Add button to include more in the Sermon Starter Guide.

Some other cool new fathers include the following:

  • Universal Timeline – shows a timeline of Biblcial and historical events
  • Topic Guide – searches library for content related to a topic
  • Searching library or Bible by phrase, clause and theme
  • Feature parity between Windows and Mac versions
  • Deeper Faithlife Community integration
  • Better Proclaim Presentation integration

Most users won’t see but will enjoy the faster and more reliable platform. Logos 4 used a technology that slowed things down, but Logos 5 uses updated coding technology that makes the software run better, faster and more reliably.

How Much is Logos 5?

For a limited time Logos costs 15% less than it will after they end their launch sale. They offer 7 base packages that include the following in the chart below from Logos or at Logos’ website.

For owners of Logos 4 or earlier, there’s a nice discount for upgrades. Contact Logos to see how much you can save over the above prices. Logos also takes into account purchases made since buying a base package. For example, if a user buys the Logos Silver package and then adds a ffew books that come with the Gold edition, they can upgrade to the Gold package for a slightly lower price than others would pay.

Get Logos 5 today. People who already own Logos 4 should not hesitate to get the update. At the very least, users of other Bible software should consider Logos 5 of the huge library and breadth of excellent tools they offer as part of the basic installation.

Users of both Windows and Mac will get a version that runs natively on each platform. Logos doesn’t use WINE or emulation software to make the Windows version run on Mac or vice versa. For the first time, the two platforms seem to enjoy feature parity.

This review originally appeared at Used with permission.