I mentioned Logos in passing the other day as my preferred Bible software to use on my laptop. I have been using it for at least 10 years and I love it.
When I originally moved to Mac OS back in 2007, Logos didn’t have a Mac version so I had to buy Parallels and a copy of Windows XP just so I could install Logos and keep using it. That setup has worked very well.
However, now Logos has a Mac version and it should be very nice indeed. (I haven’t bought it yet, but I did use the alpha test versions along the way)
Here is Michael Patton’s fairly thorough review of the Logos software. and here is the part of that review with which I completely agree:
Commentaries and Reference Library: I have basically quit buying DVDs because I can just get all of my movies on Amazon.com and use my Roku player to watch them. That way I don’t have to worry about losing them or worry that they get scratched. Well, it is the same thing with Logos and my commentary and reference library. I don’t buy the paper version any more. I only get them on Logos. That way I never have to worry about them. As well, it is such a blessing to be able to pull up a passage of Scripture and have dozens of commentaries available at the click of the mouse. Yes, there are many books that you would not want to read digitally. At least I don’t like to read digitally. But when it comes to reference works, you need a quick and easy way to reference them efficiently. Logos is the way to go.
To save space: There are certain collections such as the Nicene Ante-Nicene Church Fathers that are too large for most offices. Logos helps to save space. We are moving to a digital world. Start now or you will be sorry later.
Not only does it save space, but it makes all the commentaries much more useful. The global search function allows you to research a passage in the Bible or a topic across every single volume in your library. You can then look at the relevant portions of every book to thoroughly investigate the passage or topic. So much faster and more accurate than finding everything manually.
Here is what Michael says about the search feature:
Searches: With Logos, you can search your entire library for a key word or phrase. Theentire library! This is so valuable. When you are searching to see what the early church fathers said about the Lord’s supper or a particular passage, just type in your key words and hit search.
I love Logos. Like PocketBible, I have assembled a pretty good sized library of books in it and this software makes those books incredibly useful. I am sure that other Bible Software programs work well too, but Logos is where I have invested in a library and I know that it is fantastic.
I am not getting anything from either of these companies for talking about them. They are just what I use and love and thus want to recommend.
HT to vitamin Z.