I have been a daily user of Logos Bible Software for over five years. From day one I’ve been very impressed. One of the many great things about Logos is the constant free updates to fix bugs and major upgrades to improve the software and features. I recently was upgraded to Logos 8, and after using it every day for over a month now, I’d like to briefly share my thoughts on it.
One major question about an update is, “What’s new and updated?” Logos 8 updated and added quite a few aspects and features, including the dashboard, library organization, search speed, customizable guides, and quite a few other things.
I really like the updated note feature. In this update, the notes have filters and tags. For example, if I’m reading a resource like a commentary, I can create a note on a section of the text. On the note I can write my own comments, add searchable tags, and edit the look of the note. This note goes in a file and becomes searchable for my later studies. Also, for each Logos book I have, I can see and search the notes and highlights of the individual book. It is very similar to how I would highlight and write in a regular book – only the notes and highlights are searchable and automatically indexed! This new note feature is outstanding.
The library feature has also been updated. In Logos 8, my library has a filter so I can more easily search for various resources and books. For example, when I open my library I can filter out things like tags, author, series, type of resource, and so on. This means that if I want to just see what commentaries I have, I can filter out everything but commentaries and look through them.
There are some totally new features to Logos, including canvas, workflows, and theology guides. The canvas is something like a virtual whiteboard where you can write a verse, circle, underline, highlight, and so forth. I tried the canvas a few times but it was somewhat time-consuming since I was unfamiliar with it. Also, in my opinion, the canvas needs some updates to make it more intuitive and simple to use.
I also tried the new workflow feature. The workflow is basically a step-by-step guide to studying a passage. For example, in an expository sermon workflow, the list includes prayer, reading the passage several times, read the passage in the original, examine literary types, identify important words, examine the historical context, read cross references, etc. It’s basically a guided outline that includes tips to help study a text. When one part of the workflow is completed, a checkmark goes next to it so you know where you are in your studies. While I don’t use the workflow since I have my own similar method of studying the Bible, the workflow would be helpful for those who want to follow a step-by-step Bible study guide. (Note: the workflow is customizable so you can change the steps.)
One other new feature in Logos 8 is the theology guide. Like other guides in Logos, the theology guide helps to study a theological theme. If you want to study Jesus’ suffering, for example, it gives you a paragraph summary, Bible verses that mention Jesus’ suffering, recommended reading, and the guide lists any references to Jesus’ suffering in the theology books you own. I do use the guides from time to time, but I also have my own method for studying a biblical theme, word, or concept. One thing I appreciate about the guides is that just by using them you learn how to study Scripture using Logos.
As with all upgrades, sometimes changes are frustrating since you get used to the older edition or model. One frustrating thing in the new Logos 8 is that they moved the information button for the Logos resource/book to a place that takes longer to find. I also don’t like the book cover view in the tabs – the covers are small and you often can’t tell what book the tab contains. Finally, quite often the search bar does an automatic drop-down which is super annoying. Hopefully they’ll address these issues in a future [free] update.
Again, there are several other updated and new aspects of Logos 8. I’ve given just a summary along with my own thoughts. If you’re like me, whenever there’s a newer phone or computer out, you wonder: “Should I upgrade?” While everyone will answer differently, I’m glad to be using Logos 8 because I really like the updated note feature. It has already helped in my sermon preparation and Bible studies. I feel like I can now better go back to the resources I’ve read and glean from them again. I also like the updated library organization. I have quite a few Logos resources, so any help in organizing them is very welcome. If these upgrades seem worthwhile, and if you’d use the canvas and workflows to some extent, you may want to try the Logos 8 upgrade. It for sure is a notable upgrade with quite a few improvements. This upgrade is not just a selling point, it truly is an upgrade!
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