Logos Bible Software
Regular readers of the Denver Journal may recall that I post a new review whenever Logos issues an update. In keeping with this practice, here are some of the outstanding features of Logos 10 that is now available for users.
In my opinion Logos continues to hold first place among the commercial vendors of Bible- and theologically-related software products. Its library of sources is unparalleled, and it continues to expand at an amazing pace. In addition to its “books” in electronic format, Logos offers many video and audio products (Mobil Ed courses) offered by top scholars. These are features that have set Logos apart over its many years. This update includes a few cosmetic changes in the dashboard, but seasoned users of Logos will not encounter a major learning curve in how they access this product. It mostly adds or enhances features rather than requiring shifts in how to navigate one’s way through it.
So, what’s new in this Logos 10 upgrade? An embarrassment of riches allows me to highlight only a few points. A prime feature of Logos has always been its unparalleled ability to search through a user’s hundreds or thousands of sources. With Logos 10, the way the Search tool works has become simpler to use and pulls up more—and more relevant—results. No more memorizing complicated search syntax. Artificial intelligence does the grunt work of scrubbing your library for the perfect results you need.
Here’s an amazing new feature: now you can search your print library—just like any Logos digital resource—as long as that resource is currently in the Logos system. You don’t have to buy it in Logos! This also works in the enhanced mobile app. On the mobile app, tap the three bars on the bottom-right to open the menu, then Print Library ISBN Scanner. Once Logos opens the camera on your phone, scan the ISBN of your print books. Now you can search it as if you owned it in Logos!
Enhanced Pop-ups bring up more information as you read.Sometimes you just need a little (or a lot) more information. Logos 10 uses artificial intelligence to add tens of millions of informational tags to Logos Edition books. Just hover over a word to see a quick definition or click to see more details in the Factbook.
Reading something in another language? In Logos 10, you can translate nearly any resource in a few clicks. Choose from over a hundred modern languages, plus Latin and biblical Hebrew.
Opening an Icon Workflow in Logos provides pathways for deeper Bible study, expository sermon prep, and more.
With Sermon Manager, you can plan for sermons—or Bible lessons—and keep track of what you’ve delivered where and when. No need to juggle between programs, spreadsheets, or paper records. And with Logos 10, you can now do it from an iPad. That includes importing past sermons or lessons from Microsoft Word. Imagine having all your sermons and lessons in one location, whether you wrote them twenty days or twenty years ago. Your sermons will keep their formatting and style, and Logos will even tag all your biblical references for you.
Text-to-speech is now available so Logos can “read” any book or resource while you commute, grocery shop, sit back in your easy chair, etc.—even those times when your hands aren’t free, but your ears are. To start listening, just open a book on your mobile device, then click or tap on the speaker icon at the top-right of your screen.
I included a fuller description of Logos 9 features in my review in the Denver Journal, vol. 23 (2020). You may check it out at this link. If you are interested in investigating more of these features and pricing information about upgrading to Logos 10, simply follow this link to the Logos site.
As always, Logos 10 includes ongoing Training and Support. Users can learn more about how to use Logos 10 features at the Logos help center. You can watch a short overview, or dig in further with webinars all about what’s new in Logos. In each webinar, the Logos team will walk you through a new feature and what you can do with it, plus answer questions.
William W. Klein, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of New Testament Interpretation