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Using the Library in Logos 5

Introducing new Library features in Logos 5.

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Windows Mac OS X

Operating System

Vista (or higher) OS X 10.6.8 (or higher)

Version

Logos 5.0+

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Let's start with the basics:

Logos 5 introduces some new features to the Library menu, including Community Ratings, Collections filtering, complex filters, and multi-selection functions on top of the previous functions from Logos 4. All of these features are the same for both Windows and Mac versions with exception only to hotkeys.

 

Opening the Library

You can open your Library in different ways, depending on your needs.

  • Click the Library button, to open a hover-style panel. This is helpful when trying to open a specific book quickly, or when you know the exact title or author. The Library will disapear when you open a resource or when moving your mouse away from the window.
  • Or press CTRL+L (Mac: Command+L) to open the Library in its own window. It will stay open, even if you open a resource. This can be very helpful when browsing your library for a book or collection without the exact title or author's name.

Changing your View

Once you have the Library open, you can view it in two distinct ways:

Icon View uses larger cover images and displays more information about each book in a single column. This includes Author, Ratings and Personal & Community Tags.

List View uses a smaller cover image and splits all information about the book into separate columns which you can add, remove, arrange and sort by.

Your preference will be remembered for next time, but you can always switch back.

Using Columns to Organize Information

In List View, you can sort and organize your Library by columns. Right-click on any visible column to add or remove columns.

Once you have the columns you'd like to use, you can re-organize them by clicking and draging left or right. You can also re-sort the list by just single-clicking the column you want to sort by. In some cases, this may change the view dramatically. Try sorting by "Subject" for example.

Using "Find" to Search for Resources

If you have a lot of books, scrolling through them can become a hassle. You can get around this by typing in the "Find" field.

Logos will show everything it finds a match for, whether it matches the Title, Author, Subject, or even the description of the resource. For instance, “comfort” might show Wiersbe’s “Be Comforted”, books by Author, Ray Comfort, and resources about counseling.

You can narrow these results further by searching with a filter. Refer back to the Columns section above for a list of filtering options. Any column type can be searched. Here are a few examples:

  • title:Holman
  • author:Calvin
  • type:Encyclopedia
  • subject:Theology

Using Collections to Filter your Resources

The blue text at the top of the Library window is your current, displayed Collection. A Collection is a group of resources within your library. resources are grouped automatically by their series, but you can define your own groups in the Collections panel.

Click the text to choose which Collection, Rating group, Tag group, etc that you wish to display.

This setting is remembered by the application. When you are done filtering, be sure to set it back to "Entire Library" to see all of your available resources. This does not control searches, it only filters the list of resources in the Library window. Hiding resources is covered below, in the Advanced section.

Viewing & Editing Resource Info

Sometimes it's helpful to know more about a resource before you open it. You can do this by turning on the "information" panel. Just click the Resource Information button to toggle the panel on or off.

Your selected resource's information will be displayed on the side bar, including Author, Publisher, Ratings, Tags, Publication Date, etc. This is also where you can add tags, rate resources and even edit their displayed name and short name by clicking the small pencil icons.

To select a different resource without opening it, just click its row (avoid clicking the title, as this will open the resource).

NEW in 5.0b

Mobile Resource Management: If you use the Logos mobile apps, your mobile devices will be listed in this panel. By checking a device, the current resource will be queued to download to that device the next time it the app is opened on that device.

Unchecking a device will in turn, uninstall the resource when the app is accessed on that device. Multiple devices and apps can be managed in this way.

NEW in 5.1:

Collections: The resource information pane has been updated to include a list of any Collections an individual resource is a part of. Click the collection to open it automatically in the Collections menu.

Custom Series: It is now possible to adde a resource to a custom "series". A "Series" is a set of resources that append to each other, like multiple volumes in a commentary. A custom series might link several completely different commentaries or dictionaries so that entiring a passage not covered in the current resource will automatically open the next in its series.

Preferred Bibles & Prioritizing Resources

Now that you know more about your resources, it's time to choose your favorites. Click on "Prioritize" to open your Resource Priority list. This list determins which books are "preferred" over others. Just click and drag your desired resources to the list.

For easier organization, we recommend putting your favorite Bibles first, then commentaries, dictionaries, encyclopedias and so on. This list will be used to choose which Bibles open first in searches or Text Comparison or which commentaries list first in the Passage Guide, etc.

You can right-click on a commentary and priroritze the entire series. These series will show as bold in the list. You can also reorganize your priorities by clicking and draging titles already in the list.

When you're done prioritizing, click "Browse" to hide the Priority list and avoid accidently modifying your priorities.

Personal & Community Ratings

When you view your Library, you'll notice the ratings column is pre-filled with blue stars. These "Community Ratings" are based on majority-vote from all of our users.

Of course, you can add your own ratings. Just click the Resource Information button, then click the desired star for your rating. Personal Ratings will show up as yellow stars and override Community Ratings in your Library. Your ratings will also be annonymously added to our Community Ratings that all users see.

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Advanced Library Functions:

Using "Find" to Filter your Resources

Remember, you can use modifiers like "AND", "ANDNOT" & "OR" to perform complex (boolean) searches in the Library. For example: "type:Bible AND lang:English" will list all of your English Bibles.

Selecting Multiple Resources

Your Logos Library now allows you to select multiple resources and perform bulk actions, like modifying ratings, editing tags, etc. To do this, select your desired resource (be sure to click the row, not the title) and hold the SHIFT key to select additional resources. If the resources you wish to select are not adjacent to each other, you can hold the CTRL key (Mac: Command).

Hiding Resources from Library & Searches

You can use the "Hide Resources" function to hide a particular resource or set of resources from your Library & Search Results.

  • Open your Library. You may wish to float this panel (CTRL+L) for ease of use.
  • Select the Resource(s) you wish to hide by clicking its row.
  • With your Resources selected, hold CTRL (Mac: Option) and right-click the blank space of a selected resource.

Be sure to click the row, not the title. Clicking the Title or Cover Image will open the resource.

  • Select "Hide this resource" from the menu.
  • Restart Logos to complete the process.

This will hide your resources, and delete their files from your hard drive. To restore them, simply drag them back out of the "Hidden Resources" section under Tools>Program Settings. They will be re-downloaded when you restart Logos.

Using Tags to Identify Resources

You can use Tags to help you identify and find specific resources. Tags can be any word or phrase you would use to identify a group of resources.

  • Select a resource or group of resources that you wish to tag.
  • Click the Resource Information button to display the Information Panel.
  • Click "add tag" and enter your desired word or phrase.
  • To find these resources later, use the filter: "mytag:my phrase".

You will notice that most of your resources are already tagged with common tags from other Logos users. This works similar to Community Ratings. You can search by Community Tags for all resources tagged with the word “Ethics”by using the filter: "communitytag:ethics" for example.

Last Updated: 8/28/2013