Logos Bible Software
Logos Bible Software 6 running on Windows
|Stable release||6.0a / 20 November 2014|
|Preview release||6.0b beta 4 / 29 December 2014|
|Platform||IA-32 and x86-64|
|Available in||9 languages|
Logos Bible Software is a digital library application designed for electronic Bible study. In addition to basic eBook functionality, it includes extensive resource linking, note-taking functionality, and linguistic analysis for study of the Bible both in translation and in its original languages. It is developed by Faithlife Corporation. As of January 2015, Logos Bible Software is in its sixth version, which was first released on October 27, 2014.
Logos Bible Software is compatible with more than 43,000 titles related to the Bible from 200 publishers, including Baker, Bantam, Catholic University of America Press, Eerdmans, Harvest House, Merriam Webster, Moody Press, Oxford University Press, Thomas Nelson Tyndale House, and Zondervan.
Until October 2014, the name Logos Bible Software was often used to refer to the company behind the software (incorporated as Logos Research Systems, Inc). At that date, the company was rebranded as Faithlife Corporation as a response to the greater diversity in products and services the company then offered.
Windows and Macintosh versions
Logos Bible Software was launched in 1992 by two Microsoft employees, Bob Pritchett and Kiernon Reiniger, along with Bob’s father, Dale Pritchett. The three quit their jobs to develop Christian software. After acquiring data from the CDWordLibrary project at Dallas Theological Seminary (an earlier Bible software package for use on Windows 2), Logos released an updated version called the Logos Library System platform in 1995, which added support for more resources and introduced the concept of a digital library.
After a long beta cycle that began in 1999, the LLS was replaced by the Libronix Digital Library Systems (or Libronix DLS) in 2001. This was a 32-bit application (LLS was 16-bit) and had been rewritten from the ground up in a more modular fashion that made it easier to add future expansions. As with all other versions of Logos Bible Software, it was offered as a free update to existing customers. In terms of branding, Libronix Digital Library System refers to the software itself, whilst Logos Bible Software Series X was used for packages that included both the software and electronic Biblical studies resources.
Version 2 of Libronix DLS appeared in July 2003 as Logos Bible Software Series X 2.0. This added support for documents such as notes and word lists, visual filters (which allow users to create rules to add highlighting and markup to resources automatically), and a graphical query editor. Version 3 was launched in June 2006 and introduced reverse-interlinear Bibles, the Bible Word Study tool, and syntax searches. The Series X name was dropped, and the software was known simply as Logos Bible Software 3. In March 2008 an alpha version of Logos Bible Software for Mac was released for testing, with the retail edition shipping in December. This was known as Logos Bible Software for Mac 1.0, and although based on the Windows version, fully parity was never achieved, even with versions 1.1 and 1.2 which shipped in 2009.
However, on November 2, 2009, Logos announced Logos Bible Software 4 for Windows, along with an early alpha version of Mac edition and a cut-down iPhone version. Like the original release of the Libronix Digital Library System, the application had been substantially rewritten, and featured a very different graphical user interface than its predecessor. Crucially, once the Mac version was completed, both editions of the software would be almost identical in function, and settings, documents and resources would seamlessly sync between the different versions. The Mac version reached beta in July 2010, and was released in September 2010. Various updates later came to both platforms, with version 4.1 (October 2010, Windows only) adding sentence diagramming and print/export, 4.2 (December 2010 on Windows, March 2011 on Mac) adding various minor features and bug fixes, 4.3 (August 2011) adding Personal Books to allow users to add their own content, 4.5 (January 2012) added improved notes and highlighting (4.4 was skipped), and 4.6 (August 2012) offering bug fixes and a few tweaks.
Logos Bible Software 5 was released for both Mac and Windows in November 2012, with an emphasis on connecting disparate features and databases Bible study easier and more efficient. Datasets and tagging added to Bibles meant users could now explore the roots of words and their sense, and the Sermon Starter Guide and Topical Guide made accessing Bible topics much simpler and quicker. Logos 5.1 (July 2013) added read-along audio and a new topic layout, with several more minor improvements in 5.2 (November 2013).
Logos Bible Software 6 was released at the end of October 2014, and became the first version to support 64-bit architecture. It too added a number of new datasets and features, including Ancient Literature cross-references, Cultural Concepts, original manuscript images, multimedia and a new Factbook that attempted to integrate the increasing number of databases to an even greater extent than was possible in Logos 5. Logos 6 also integrates with the Send to Kindle service provided by Amazon. Version 6 of the software requires Windows 7 SP1 or OS X 10.9 or greater.
An iPhone app was released alongside Logos 4 in November 2009. It allows users to access most of their Logos resources on the iPhone, with basic search and study features. Resources can be accessed over the cloud, or downloaded onto the device for offline access. Native iPad support was added with version 1.4 in April 2010. Version 2.0 (January 2012) added notes, highlights and inline footnotes. Version 3.0 (August 2012) added reading plans and community notes, and version 4.0 a new UI updated for iOS 7. A topic guide was added in 4.3 (June 2014), and a scrolling view in 4.4 (December 2014). The app is now available in several 'flavours'. In addition to the standard Logos Bible Software app, other very similar apps exist under the Faithlife Study Bible, Vyrso, Verbum and Noet brands. These apps offer similar functionality, different branding, and a slightly different UI. The iOS app was awarded the DBW Publishing Innovation Award in 2011.
An Android app entered a public alpha in May 2011, with a beta in July, and 1.0 released a year later. The initial release allowed little more than the reading of Logos books, so version 2.0 followed quickly in August 2012, which added notes, highlighting, reading plans, Bible Word Study, the Passage Guide and a split-screen view. This brought much closer parity with the iOS app, and future development has continued along similar lines to the iOS version.
Faithlife Corporation also produce two rebranded versions of Logos Bible Software with almost identical functionality. Verbum is aimed at Roman Catholics (and adds databases of Catholic topics and Saints, and more data from the Deuterocanonical Books), and Noet is for those undertaking scholarly work in the humanities, particularly the classics and philosophy.
Each version of Logos Bible Software has generally been received very positively by reviewers and Christian leaders. It is frequently praised for being user-friendly, having the largest number of available resources of any comparable software, and offering unique tools and datasets not found in any comparable products. However, it has also received some criticisms for its high cost and lack of speed when compared with other Bible software packages.
- The software itself is freeware. Most resources and datasets are paid for add-ons.
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