I had a real love/hate relationship with My Library and Collections in the old Logos. I loved that there were multiple ways to find a particular book in my library but hated all the duplicate entries. I loved being able to do searches on subsets of my library that I myself could define, but I sure hated trying to find books for those collections in that little dialog box that you couldn’t resize. I breathed a sigh of relief when I saw Logos 4’s Library and dynamic collections.
Here’s the new Library:
Pretty, isn’t it? Well, except for the missing cover on those Dog notes. What kind of lazy bum is responsible for that?
The new Library lets you see a fuller bank of information for the books in your library. You can also rate them according to how often you use them and even tag them for easy reference later. Tags also become a kind of collection, since you can search through books with certain tags that you have added if you so choose.
Speaking of collections, thanks to the new way of creating collections for your library, Logos 4 can keep your collections up to date even as you expand your library through multiple purchases. How, you ask? Well, whereas before you used to type things into the dialog box and hit the Add button for each of the results until your collection was done, now all you have to do is run the search and the results are saved automatically. All you have to do is tell Logos if there are some other stray titles you want to add of if some of them came through on the search that you don’t really want.
In the collection of Wisconsin Lutheran Quarterlies above, all I had to do was tell Logos I wanted all the resources that had that name in this collection, and there it was, all 40 volumes. Nothing more to do.
No one has to tell me that by ending my little look at Logos here I’ve only just scratched the surface, but, then again, as I said at the start, I really only have been given the chance just to scratch the surface! Be prepared to spend some time, some CPU cycles and some hard drive space on this upgrade. It really does take a while to run the indexing cycle that makes the new searches so much faster than the searches in 3.x. Also keep in mind that you could simply not upgrade for a while or, since this is a completely new system built from the ground up (without the help of Internet Explorer–thank you, Lord!), you can even run both Logos 3 and 4 at the same time. I’m doing it right now, in fact.
You can get a look at a few more of the cool features of interest to the exegetical crowd here. Go to Logos.com and check out the intro video and the new box sets.
God bless your studies.