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24 August 2008
  A More Complete Logos Update

Logos Bible SoftwareThe Logos Blog shows a new, more complete way of Updating Your Resources. The standard updater deals only with major updates in programs and resources. This new web based option is much more complete. It has corrections for any typos and the like that may have crept into your resources. You don't need to have Logos running to initiate the download, just run the  Resource Auto Update . It needs Logos 3.0e to run, and will install the latest program version before updating resources.

Be warned, however — since it's more complete, the download size may range from large to gigantic. For example, tonight's the first time I ran it and since I have the Scholar's Library: Gold collection with additional resources, my download total is in the multi-gigabyte range. It's almost like starting from scratch! I began the download before starting this post and it's only 15% complete on my mid-speed cable connection. If you have a slower connection or a similarly large body of resources to update, you can use the check boxes to break it into smaller pieces. I think that I am going to run it weekly so I never again have such a large download.

ADDENDUM: After the download is installed, you may also need to sync your licenses. To do so, open Libronix and run Tools → Library Management → Synchronize Licenses. Otherwise, Logos could attempt to repeat the long download you just experienced.

Finally, if you discover additional typos, visit Updating Your Resources for information on reporting them. Maybe you'll see your own corrections on a future download.

Cross-posted from Ask the Pastor.

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23 August 2008
  More Reasons to Love Logos

First of all, as Paul McCain noted, Logos for Mac is in Alpha Release.

Logos Bible SoftwareOf wider immediate Lutheran import, I just booted Logos, checked for updates, and discovered that the promised Lutheran Service Book One- and Three-Year Lectionaries were waiting for me.

What do you need to access and use these newest items? Logos says, "The Lectionary Addin is included in all Logos 3 base packages except for Original Languages Library." The RCL has been a part of the package for some time while LSB was just added (along with The United Methodist Revised Common Lectionary). If you're using TLH, LW, or another pericope system, are comfortable coding XML (easy to learn if you know HTML), and have some time on your hands, Logos provides the handy tutorial Creating Your Own Lectionary.


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04 August 2008
  Gathering Thoughts on Collecting More Electronic Books
Opinions on Purchasing Logos E-books

Logos Bible SoftwareI usually keep a closer eye on upcoming releases but just realized that the Logos release of Lenski’s Commentary on the New Testament has less than two weeks on its pre-release price of $199.95. Therefore, although it’s somewhat dated and, IMO, has its own flaws, and since I already have it in hardcover, do I venture purchase at this price?

At earlier stages of development, we find a couple other titles that particularly interest me. First, the Northwestern Publishing House Electronic Library is on prepublication pricing for $399.95. How would you evaluate the dollar-worth of this set? The only component I currently own is the Triglotta.

Finally, I’m pondering the purchase of one of the greatest “graduates” of the Ivy League — the legendary Five Foot Shelf of Books coupled with noted works of fiction in the Harvard Classics and Fiction Collection, pre-pub priced at $99.95.

How would you prioritize these collections? I welcome comments on “necessity” and bang-for-buck. Also, do you have other suggestions or evaluations of the various works listed under either the prepublication or the community pricing programs?

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