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Using the Resource Panel: Advanced Tools

Using the Resource Panel in Logos 5 | Part 3

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Windows Mac OS X

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

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Logos 5.0+

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This article is part of a series. The resource panel is your primary interface to information in Logos. As such, it has a lot of dynamic features you can use to change its appearance, navigate and link it to other panels. Understanding these tools and techniques can improve your study. We've broken this up into 3 articles; Part 1: Navigation, Part 2: Changing the Display & Part 3: Advanced Tools.

 

Accessing Similar or "Parallel" Resources

You can use the "Parallel Resources" menu to quickly access similar resources, or resources. For instance, if you are reading a Bible and would like to change translations, click the button and select another translation to view. Your panel will change to the selected resource and automatically navigate to the same passage or location.

This list is dynamically generated, based on the current "milestone" (information in the Reference Box). If the resource you want doesn't contain the same milestones, it may not be listed. For example, if you are reading an Old Testament passage, your Greek New Testaments will not be listed.

Is the list too long? You may have a lot of Bibles in your library, but find yourself primarily switching between select few. You can use your own custom list by creating Collections, and checking the "Show in parallels resources" box. This also works for Commentaries, Dictionaries, Daily Devotionals and any other group of similar resources.

"Linking" Resources for Simultaneous Scrolling

It is often helpful to read more than one book at a time, for instance a Bible and a Commentary or multiple Bibles. By linking these resources, you can navigate in one, and the others will follow along automatically.

  • Open the panel menu by clicking on the "book cover" icon.
  • Select a "Link Set" letter.
  • Select the same letter for any other resources you want to follow eachother.
  • Navigation in any resources with the same letter (displayed over the "book cover" icon) will move the others automatically (assuming they have the same locations to navigate to; verse to verse, or word to word, etc).

It is possible to use more than one link set at a time. Try setting your Bibles & commentaries to "A" and your Dictionaries to "B" for instance. Remember, only resources with similar indexes will follow eachother. Dictionaries will not follow Bibles, for example, because they are indexed by words, not Bible references.

You can even use link sets on Guides. For example, if you set your Passage Guide to "A" and your Bible to "A", as you move through your Bible, your Passage Guide will follow. Be aware, this may slow down your system. "Free Scrolling" through resources linked to Guides is not recommended as this will run a full guide on every verse you scrll through.

Additional Panel Menu Tools

The panel menu includes various other tools as well, depending on which panel or resource you're using. We've outlined a few below. Just like Text Scaling and Linking, you can access these tools by clicking on the "book cover" icon in the top-left corner of the panel.

  • Find: Use this option to search the surface-text (not interlinears) for a specific word or phrase.
  • Clear all links: Clears the link set for all open resources.
  • Read aloud: This sill use your computer's Text-to-Speech voice to read the text of the resource. Use the player in the top of the application to pause and resume, or close the player to stop reading.
  • Print/Export: This will open the Print/Export menu, where you can print text from this resource. You can also use this menu to export text to another application, like Proclaim or Microsoft Word.
  • Columns: This determines if page-view is used, and how many columns are displayed on the page. Set it to "None" to disable pages and use the scroll-bar to navigate through the entire resource.

You'll also find options to Duplicate the panel, Float it in its own window, and others. You may want to explore all of these options to see what settings work best for your work flow.

Last Updated: 11/5/2013