Upgrade: Logos 3.0 for iOS (iPad, iPhone)

Logos 3.0 for iOS appeared in the AppStore today, and it is a significant upgrade.  If you already have the App, get the upgrade as soon as possible.  If you have not yet downloaded the free app, now is the time!  I personally use this App and have found it to be the best iPad app for reading (better that Kindle!), and certainly the best for reading Greek and Hebrew.

Downloading books is much easier, whole collections can be selected and moved to your iOS device.  Since I upgraded to a 64MB new iPad, I have plenty of space for key books for reading when I am not in a WiFi zone.  If you do not download a book it is still fully accessible via WiFi.

The App now has a navigation pane which slides out like other iPad apps, giving access to your library.  This works even better in split screen mode. This is a huge improvement since the earlier version required a return to the home screen to find resources.  As far as I can tell, language tools (word study tools) are unchanged.  I am still frustrated that the Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament (HALOT) is still unavailable, but that is the fault of the publisher, not Logos.  The Third edition of Bauer (BDAG) looks great, although I wish it could be accessed more directly from the Greek Bible (it is a two-step process at this point).

Notes can be created on the iPad itself rather than only on the desktop.  I created a new note set (Thessalonians) and it appeared on my desktop version a few moments later. I find this helpful for working “out of the office,” I add a series of notes on a text as I read from several resources then pull that text into my regular word processor for full editing later.  Logos has an excellent collection of annotation tools, going far beyond the usual set of highlighters.  Readers who use various inductive study methods will find most of the colors / symbols they need.

The Logos App is now fully integrated into the FaithLife Study Bible system, so that yo can create and share notes with others using FaithLife.  This study Bible is available through the AppStore and includes an excellent collection of notes and study materials. (I reviewed the initial release of the Faithlife Study Bible here, the App is currently free in the AppStore.)

Here is a video explaining the benefits of Logos 3.0 for iOS, visit the AppStore for the free Logos App and start reading today.  According to the Logos website, you get 41 books with the free app (including the SBL Greek New Testament and apparatus), and another 26 after you create a Logos account.  It is worth creating an account since they give you Strong’s Systematic Theology and the New Nave’s Topical Dictionary, among other out-of-print books.

Logos 2.0 for iPad (Updated)

Yesterday, I posted a quick review of the new version of the Logos Bible Software App.  I was able to spend quite a bit more time with the new App and I have a few more detailed comments on the notes feature of the app.  I spent a couple of hours in my Starbucks reading John commentaries and taking notes on John 9 for my Sunday Evening Bible Study.  This is the ideal application of Logos for me (no, not last minute sermon prep!  Reading and note taking!) Here are a few observations.

First, the note box could use spell check.  I would have thought the normal iPad spell check and replace system would work, but it does not.  On the one had, this is a good thing since I avoid confusing replacements.  But I also make errors when typing notes fast, so a red-line feature would be great.

Second, I would like to access a given note from any page, just not the page it was created on.  I created a new note (John Notes) and anchored it to the first part of the commentary I was reading.  Later I can add new text to an existing note, but I have to create a new anchor on the page I am now reading.  If the metaphor used in the App is a notebook, it would be nice to be able to open that on any page and write without embedding a new anchor in the text.  I realize that the metaphor in Logos is a marginal note written in a book, but I would like another way to access these notes.  For example, on the desktop version of Logos, I can load a whole note file in a window, edit individual note, etc.

Third, when you copy and paste text into a note, it retains the book’s formatting.  This is good, since Greek and Hebrew pastes correctly, perhaps an option to paste using the current font and font size could be added.

Fourth, maybe I just did not notice this before, but footnotes are not displayed at the bottom of a page as footnotes!  This is a huge improvement to the previous system which required me to touch the note number.  They are very tiny and perhaps my fingers are too fat, but I always had a hard time hitting the right spot to read a note.  But these footnotes are not “real text” — I cannot cut and paste them, nor can I add a note to a footnote.  That is certainly something which I hope can be addressed in the future.

I also learned that you need to finish your note (hit done) for it to be saved.  I was writing a note, then realized I was not online, so I switched to Safari so the wireless could connect.  I looked at a few pages, updated twitter etc., then switched back to Logos.  The program had to reload and my unsaved note was lost.  I do have a fairly lightweight 16GB iPad which is mostly full right now.  Perhaps with more memory available Logos would not be dumped when switching to a different program.

I returned to my office later that afternoon and opened the John Notes file on the desktop version of Logos. Everything was there as expected, so I exported them to Word, fixed my spelling and grammatical creativity and then blended these notes into my regular file for sermon notes.

There is nothing here that is a epic failure.  In fact, I greatly enjoyed taking notes with the Logos App 2.0.  The App is intuitive and easy to use.  The App is free at the App Store, or check the Logos website for more information.

The NIV 2010 Bible for Logos iPad – Finally!

After a long wait, the Logos iPad app has finally added the NIV Bible.  Until today, this was one of the major resources restricted on the iPad App.  This update includes the newest iteration of the New International Version, the NIV 2010.  The NIV 2010 on the iPad includes cross-references as notes and parallel pericopes where applicable.  This is extremely handy in the Gospels, but I notice a few in the Pauline letters as well. I must admit that the long wait has made me more of an ESV fan, but it is good to have a old familiar translation available on the iPad.

If you have an iPad or Android, you should definitely check out the free Logos App.    Books purchased from Logos or Vyrso will appear in your library whether you are using the desktop version of Logos or the iPad / Android version.