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Mary Fairchild

Logos Bible Software 4 Releases Today

By November 2, 2009

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The Word is Out—Literally!

Knowing a secret isn't much fun until you finally get to tell someone. So, I'm very excited to be one of the first to announce today's release of Logos Bible Software 4.

Logos Bible Software 4 Home Page
This screen shot shows a portion of the newly designed home page of Logos 4. The top left corner of the page (where users access all study tools and guides) has been magnified.
I've had a little time to investigate the software, but not enough for a comprehensive review like this one of the previous version, Logos Bible Software 3. Today, I'll briefly discuss what's new, what's different, and what's best about Logos 4. But before I do, let me address the question that's almost certainly on your mind if you're already a Logos Bible Software enthusiast. Yes, Logos 4 comes with the same unique engine—the Libronix Digital Library System—that powered its predecessor. That's good news, because there's still nothing like it. The fully-indexed Libronix system lets users almost instantly search and access every available resource in their digital library. With Logos 3, I said it was "like having your own personal librarian, who, at the touch of a button, will quickly look up and organize all of the resources and information you'll ever need for comprehensive Bible study." Now, that smart little digital librarian works even more efficiently in Logos 4.

What's New and Different?

Attractive Home Page
The home page of Logos 4 is completely redesigned, very visually pleasing, and displays an assortment of content from your library. It's like opening up an inviting smorgasbord of options for Bible study each time you load the program. Even so, the selections don't clutter or get in your way, and you can find exactly what you need, faster than ever. Absolutely everything necessary for an in depth study is located at the top left corner of your screen. For even quicker access you can custom arrange shortcuts on your home page by dragging your most-used resource tabs to the top menu bar.

More User-Friendly
I noted in my review of Logos Bible Software 3 that the application integrates a large number of complex features, creating a steep learning curve for many users. That learning curve is greatly reduced in version 4. Although the software is just as powerful (if not more) and resource-packed as before, it's much easier to navigate and conquer. I prefer to dive into software and learn as I go, and will only stop to read the directions if I'm forced to out of frustration. So far, with Logos 4 I've been able to maneuver the various tools and resources without any assistance.

Spread Out on Multi-Monitors
One great new feature allows you to take advantage of multiple monitors by giving you the option to float windows as you open them and then position them on secondary displays. Any program that lets me spread out and utilize my extra real estate is a plus for me.

Teaching Aids
Logos 4 is a little slice of heaven for Bible teachers. Most of the visual resources like maps, graphs, and diagrams can be exported directly to PowerPoint or printed as a handout with one click. Sunday School classes suddenly got more interesting. And, as you study and prepare messages, you can use "Clippings" to save important passages you might want to return to later. These clippings are indexed and will later appear in your searches.

Automatic Updates
You now have the option of getting updates to Logos 4 downloaded automatically in the background, so you'll always have the latest version of your books and software. And, if you have the program installed on more than one computer, all of your notes, documents, and preferred settings will stay in sync.

What's Best About Logos 4?

Logos Bible Software 4 Interactive Map
Logos 4 Interactive Map
It's Visual
Three things stand out (so far) as the best characteristics of Logos 4. Visually speaking, I've been wowed by Logos 4, not only by the new aesthetically pleasing layout and design, but also by the high-quality maps, diagrams, graphs, images, and timelines. I'm a visual person, so biblical history truly comes into focus when I can travel back through a timeline. Understanding the magnitude of a missionary journey really becomes clear when I can follow along with a tour through the rich, topographical, interactive maps in this software. And each Logos map includes global coordinates linked to Google Maps. How cool is that?

It's Intuitive
Secondly, the new interface is extremely intuitive. Non-tech-savvy users will have an easier time taking full-advantage of the software's capabilities, while scholars, pastors, teachers and seminary students will still have the most powerful language, morphological, and exegetical tools at their finger tips.

It's Fast
Nothing makes me happier than saving time, so even though I was already pleased with the speed of Logos Bible Software 3, version 4 just improves on the experience of fast, organized, and efficient Bible study.

But ... It's an Investment!
While Logos 4 preserves and improves upon all of the superior features of Logos 3, there's one very challenging aspect that remains: the price. Ouch! The Scholar's Library edition of Logos 4 retails at $629.95, but realize, the package includes more than $8000 in Bibles and books if you were to purchase them all in print. It's a big investment, but you'll definitely receive more than your money's worth. Logos Bible Software 4 offers eight different package configurations beginning with the lowest-priced, My Christian Home Library ($149.95), then increasing in cost with the broader collections such as Bible Study, Leader's Library, Original Languages, Scholar's Library Silver, Gold, and the new mac daddy, Scholar's Library Platinum weighing in at $1,689.95, which includes a library of close to 1200 resources valued at almost $19,000.00 in print.

And speaking of Mac, a Mac version of the software will be coming out very soon!

You can learn more about pricing and upgrade discounts available to existing Logos customers by visiting the Logos Bible Software website.

Screen Shots: Courtesy of Logos Bible Software

Comments
November 2, 2009 at 3:59 pm
(1) Randy says:

Thanks for the notice.

I’ve been using Logos for years and this looks like a very welcome update.

December 16, 2009 at 9:52 am
(2) John Fallahee says:

Hi Mary,

I thought you and your readers would like to know that Interactive Training videos were just released for Logos Bible Software 4.0.

You can check it out at

December 16, 2009 at 9:54 am
(3) John Fallahee says:
December 16, 2009 at 12:56 pm
(4) Mary says:

John –

Thanks! There are also several free videos and tutorials on the Logos site, as well as Camp Logos seminars and other training resources.

December 16, 2009 at 1:08 pm
(5) Phil Gons says:

There are also lots of free videos created by users: Logos 4 User Videos.

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