It’s been a couple of months now since I have begun to use Logos 8 (it was released on October 29, 2018). But, before I get to that, let me give a brief, very brief, history of me and Logos. I purchased Logos Bible Software in early 2014, when it was still version Logos 5, for use when I entered Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary the following fall (I received my Masters in Theological Studies with an emphasis on Preaching and Pastoral Ministry in May of 2016). Using Logos while in seminary saved me a near immeasurable amount of time, upwards of ten to fifteen hours per week in most classes by my estimation. Having everything at my fingertips was amazing. Since then, I have had and used Logos 6 and Logos 7. And I have used them all, including 8, very fruitfully.
Now, I am not necessarily writing about what Logos does and can do for you, whether you’re a layperson, minister, seminarian, teacher, etc. however, let it be known that it can do a lot. What I am wanting to write about are my favorite features of Logos 8.
First, Speed. Wow. One complaint I have read about (but never experienced, because I’ve never used Logos on Windows) was that Logos for Mac was slow when compared to doing the same things on Logos for Windows. Logos was first made on Windows, and, like much software that makes a platform migration, apparently didn’t run quite as fast on Mac as on Windows. Without having that experience, I cannot testify to how Logos 8 runs on a Mac versus Window, but I can tell you how Logos 8 runs speed wise versus Logos 7. Wait, where did Logos 7 go? Oh, back there, in 8’s dust! Logos 8 is incredible versatile and much more efficient in that on the same machine I’ve had for years (2015 MacBook Pro, 8GB Ram), it now runs significantly faster, even when multiple tabs open on my monitor, and multiple windows open on multiple monitors. It’s quite impressive.
Secondly, Notes. The new Notes Tool is great. And yes, I make that emphasis on the word “tool” because notes used to be under the documents section. While they still are technically documents, note taking has always been a tool for the user. The biggest difference that I have seen, despite a completely new user-interface with notes, sorting, etc, has been speed. What I mean by that is I used to almost never take long notes using the desktop Logos App because I could type quite a bit faster than Logos could receive that input and make it appear on the screen. Now, it’s just like typing on a dedicated browser, and I am toying with doing my sermon outlines within Logos notes. Also, the sorting, anchoring, and especially the “Notebooks” within the Notes Tool are all excellent and a much needed upgrade from what has seemed like a long neglected resources within Logos.
Overall, logos is a great tool and asset. Recently, a month ago tomorrow, I began my first pastorate, and let me tell you, this final thing that I love about Logos Bible Software makes it so much better. These days, many program are dependent on a connection to the internet. Sometimes I even have problems with Microsoft Office apps, like Word and Excel, when I’m using the programs without internet. Why would I do that, you might as?! I don’t have high-speed internet where I live! Logos, on the other hand, stores nearly everything locally, meaning on your computer’s hard drive, so over 90% (I would guess) of Logos features work offline, i.e. without the internet. It’s a great feature making all the more useful.
Love it or hate it, Logos Bible Software is, I would venture to say, the best Bible Software available. If you’re in ministry, seminary, or something, take a look at it. Give it a try, even if it’s just the core engine with a few free Bibles and other books that might be available. It’s a great asset and something that you would be remiss for at least not giving a try. I praise God for the wisdom He has given people to make tools such as this, making things such as sermon preparation take that much less time, allowing more time to be used to ministry. Go check it out!
Disclaimer: I did not receive anything to write this blog. I’d be amazed if anyone from Logos/Faithlife actually read it….