Logos 9.5 Update came out recently, and it brought some interesting new features and fixes. Here’s a list of the X new features in Logos 9.5 that you can enjoy right now by updating your copy of Logos. If you’re not yet running Logos 9, now’s a good time to update. See my 6-month later review to get a 15% discount until June 15, 2021.
Download and update inside Logos 9 using the Update Now command in the Command Box. It sits on the toolbar on the left side with the big green GO button as seen in the screen shot above.
Counseling Guide Improvements
New Journals Guide Section
New Lectures Guide Section
New Web Resources Guide Section
New Bookstore Guide Section
More Link takes you to Monographs and Dictionaries Sections.
Added the ability to see your results in the autocomplete drop-down when there are no results in your localized language.
Added a keyboard switcher to the Factbook auto-completer.
Improved the transliterations in Factbook autocomplete
There’s now a new facet in the My Library for Factbook in the tabs for Yours and Store, which refers to books the user owns or books from the Logos store. So first, open the Library, and you’ll find these tabs in the upper right part of the window on the toolbar. Next, open the Facets list by clicking on the Facets button, which looks like three horizontal lines next to the search box in the Library window.
When a user clicks on the “more:” link in the Facets list, it adds up to 100 new items instead of just 50 as it previously did.
Added support to persist Library settings in Favorites, Shortcuts, History, and Bookmarks.
Added support to retain the selected tab and filter state when copying the panel URL.
The update moved the Language facet to the top in the Store tab.
Resource Info Panel Improvement
If you use the reading plans in Logos 9, you’ll love the new feature they added to the Resource Info Panel in the Logos 9.5 Update. First, open a book and click on the resource panel by clicking on the three vertical dots button at the right end of the book’s toolbar. Then, click on the Start reading plan button in the list.
Sermon Builder Improvements
In this version, you can now edit passage blocks in the Sermon Builder. This also works with quote blocks. When you hit Enter, the cursor will leave the blockquote box. Also, Logos will now auto-publish the date changes on a sermon’s occasion.
Two other minor updates include a new Store button on the toolbar. This is a little annoying because it takes up space that may be precious to users on smaller screens.
Before the Logos 9.5 update, when you created a customized guide using one of the default guides as your starting point, Logos never added new sections in later updates. Now, if you add sections or remove sections from the default guides, then Logos will not only keep your changes, but add anything they added to the default guides. New things added in future updates would not be added to your customized version, but Logos fixed that in this update.
Dr. Kevin Purcell is pastor of High Peak Baptist Church, an author and writer at Church Tech Today (www.churchtechtoday.com). He used to write for a number of other Christian and secular technology and mobile tech sites. Now he's one of the hosts of the Theotek Podcast, which you can find by checking the menu above or over at www.facebook.com/theotekpodcast.