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#1 Kit

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Posted 12 November 2009 - 09:15 PM

Hi there,
Logos 4 is launched. It looks very nice. Take a look at that.
http://www.logos.com/4
I still love Accordance anyway
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Posted 12 November 2009 - 10:02 PM

Still playing catchup with the leader in Bible software. :D
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Posted 12 November 2009 - 10:07 PM

I recently sat in on a one hour training session for Logos (I don't use Logos, but was curious about what it's interface looks like). The trainer (a person not employed by Logos) spent most of the time talking about Logos 3, but spent a little time with Logos 4 and showed the clip of Logos 4 from Logos' website. This was my first real exposure to Logos in action by someone who knew his way around the program.

Concerning Logos 4, the entire opening interface seemed to simply be a gimic to get their customers to buy more stuff. Granted they're a business that needs money to remain a business, but really? I thought Bible software was supposed to be about, well, the Bible. Now, I did not have an opportunity to spend time with Logos 4 to explore and try things so I can't say anything about the usability or how easy it is to pull up a Bible. But I guess what I like so much about Accordance is that you never have to launch the program and then click any buttons or go through any menus to get to the Bible. It simply launches to the Bible automatically. I am immediately confronted with what I want to read and study anyway and not some news article about how I need the newest books or features. If I want that information I go on the website. I don't want my software to force it on me.

Sorry to rant, I hope I'm not being unfairly negative.

Oh, and by the way, the things the training presented on for Logos 3 (key linking, collections searching, and a few other things) can be done much easier and more intuitively in Accordance than in Logos. Logos had too many steps and too many menus to deal with in order to accomplish what Accordance is immediately set up for in far fewer steps.

Oh yeah, one more thing, at the end of the one hour training, the trainer showed us the webpage that lists out the features that Logos 4 was supposed to have that they didn't finish yet. What's with that? That's the strangest thing. Who releases a product that's not even complete? Sometimes people complain about Accordance not announcing the resources and/or features that are coming down the pike, but I think I prefer this over being told "HERE'S OUR NICE NEW PRODUCT! .... sorry it's not yet finished... and we're not entirely sure when it will be."

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Posted 12 November 2009 - 10:29 PM

Thanks for your comment. I love my Accordance too.
Just review their timeline and map feature, Accordance is way way better then theirs, in my opinion.
Thanks for the recent update to 8.4
Keep up your good work, Accordance team.

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Posted 12 November 2009 - 10:34 PM

Take a look at that.

Why?

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Posted 12 November 2009 - 10:46 PM

There is one feature that is very intriguing, though, and which I would love to see in Accordance: the ability to access resources from the iPhone. I find myself using my iPhone more and more for reading and study, even at home while relaxing. The Olive Tree software is great, but I would love to be able to access resources from Accordance, especially original language material. Any chance of this happening in the future?
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Posted 13 November 2009 - 01:09 AM

Agreed, an Accordance iPhone app where I could access my resources would be the hotness.
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Posted 13 November 2009 - 03:18 AM

Hi there,
Logos 4 is launched. It looks very nice. Take a look at that.
http://www.logos.com/4
I still love Accordance anyway
Kit


There are three different products with Logos 4. Windows, iPhone and Mac. I'm a long term user of Logos (having only switched to the Mac platform a year ago) and in general I think the Windows product is a big improvement, particular in the design of the UI handling a large commentary and reference library. I don't have an iPhone (though I would like one!)

The Mac version of Logos is another kettle of fish. It's not done yet. Nor was the version before that done.
At this stage, there is no comparison when looking at Mac with Mac products. Accordance is still my primary recommendation to friends who ask about Mac software for the Apple platform. Even when the Mac Logos version does become more mature, it is in my opinion, a totally different ethos in design making it a different kind of tool. Power users might want to use both, I do but I have to use Fusion to do so because the Mac product is not usable yet.

That said, my thoughts for most people who want to study the Bible, Accordance is still my number one pick. In fact I just sold Accordance to a friend two weeks ago... so I'm expecting a cup of coffee when I drop in to see Helen and the gang sometime!

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Posted 13 November 2009 - 06:18 AM

Why?


I couldn't agree more, why?

I have been a Logos user for a number of years switching about 2 month ago to Accordance. I ditched my PC after countless years of aggravation and money and took the leap and invested in a Mac and have not been disappointed. Not knowing about Accordance I used virtualization products to be able to use Logos and Wordsearch 8 on my Mac. When I learned of Logos for Mac and Wordsearch for Mac I purchased them. But I am VERY disappointed in Logos. They released a so-called Mac product that was not even finished. Told everyone to simply be patient it would all be worth it when Logos 4 came out and when Logos 4 came out the Mac version wouldn't work at all. In fact, they gave it to Mac users as an alpha product! Sorry but they have seen the last of my hard earned money.

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Posted 13 November 2009 - 07:48 AM

I also agree about having an Accordance iPhone app. At least something that simply allows Bible searches. Many times I am in situations where I need to look up a Bible verse and I don't have my computer with me, but I always have my iPhone with me. Plus, if one is waiting somewhere, like at the doctor or car maintenance of some kind, rather than play a game, what better to do than read God's Word. So I also cast my vote for an Accordance iPhone app.

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Posted 13 November 2009 - 06:03 PM

There are three different products with Logos 4. Windows, iPhone and Mac. I'm a long term user of Logos (having only switched to the Mac platform a year ago) and in general I think the Windows product is a big improvement, particular in the design of the UI handling a large commentary and reference library. I don't have an iPhone (though I would like one!)

The Mac version of Logos is another kettle of fish. It's not done yet. Nor was the version before that done.
At this stage, there is no comparison when looking at Mac with Mac products. Accordance is still my primary recommendation to friends who ask about Mac software for the Apple platform. Even when the Mac Logos version does become more mature, it is in my opinion, a totally different ethos in design making it a different kind of tool. Power users might want to use both, I do but I have to use Fusion to do so because the Mac product is not usable yet.

That said, my thoughts for most people who want to study the Bible, Accordance is still my number one pick. In fact I just sold Accordance to a friend two weeks ago... so I'm expecting a cup of coffee when I drop in to see Helen and the gang sometime!


I too am a long term user of Logos with a lot of money invested in the library due to my tendency toward more, more, more. But after switching to Mac a couple years ago and discovering Accordance, I found that more focus on the word and less focus on the more is key to Spiritual growth. I think I learned that knowledge isn't wisdom and knowing more doesn't replace knowing Him more. And Helen and the others have bent over backward to help me build a very solid library. Thank you.

Because of a few factors I decided to sell a few duplicated modules and upgrade. A lot of it had to do with the iPhone interface. Plus there are still several things I still have not been able to add to Accordance like WBC, NIGTC, ABD, a few tools, etc... And with recent improvements in virtual machine software, it really makes more sense in my case to do it this way. I am attracted to the wow in new products, and I hope that isn't affecting my decisions. I don't want to be sucked back into the dark side. Logos 4 does have a wow factor, no doubt. But that won't help me in my walk. But! Is it Accordance? Well obviously not. They are each a totally different concepts.

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Posted 14 November 2009 - 12:11 PM

For the past several days I have been mulling over which software to get for my mac - accordance or Logos. Logos has some good features going for it, and I love the fact that most modules are now downloadable (good for us in the UK) however their mac version is an alpha and has no real functunality, it is also based on windows code and built by a windows company, so i had to wonder just how good a mac version could be..?. Then there is accordance, the fact I can download a demo is a massive plus, I have been toying with it for a while, I would love a shift to more downloadable modules too... however it is mac software by those who know what a mac does, more importantly through it works - well, even on the demo i was able to dig somewhat into the two books there. So today I have purchased accordance, I downloaded the starter version which I have used to help me on my sermon on redemption and I have to say it has made a difference, even with the limited functionality it has at the moment (until the DVD arrives....). I am really impressed, its flexible and powerful and does exactly what I need. Logos is good but I think for mac there is only one sensible and safe option.

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Posted 14 November 2009 - 12:29 PM

For the past several days I have been mulling over which software to get for my mac - accordance or Logos. Logos has some good features going for it, and I love the fact that most modules are now downloadable (good for us in the UK) however their mac version is an alpha and has no real functunality, it is also based on windows code and built by a windows company, so i had to wonder just how good a mac version could be..?. Then there is accordance, the fact I can download a demo is a massive plus, I have been toying with it for a while, I would love a shift to more downloadable modules too... however it is mac software by those who know what a mac does, more importantly through it works - well, even on the demo i was able to dig somewhat into the two books there. So today I have purchased accordance, I downloaded the starter version which I have used to help me on my sermon on redemption and I have to say it has made a difference, even with the limited functionality it has at the moment (until the DVD arrives....). I am really impressed, its flexible and powerful and does exactly what I need. Logos is good but I think for mac there is only one sensible and safe option.


Congratulations. You won't regret it!

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Posted 14 November 2009 - 01:04 PM

I am really impressed, its flexible and powerful and does exactly what I need.

The other thing to add is that Accordance is very, very stable. I haven't managed to crash it yet! Welcome! We hope to be seeing more of you on the forums!

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Posted 15 November 2009 - 09:23 PM

The other thing to add is that Accordance is very, very stable. I haven't managed to crash it yet! Welcome! We hope to be seeing more of you on the forums!

Hi Donovan, saw some of your posts on the Logos Forum.
I recently purchased Logos 4 Scholar Silver. I was able to put it on one of my PC's but not on the Macbook Pro yet. I wanted to give my main reason besides available for both platforms eventually and iPod app. It was the easy pay plan. I can't afford to fork out $600 plus dollars all at once for a package. I can, however, afford a payment plan of $70 a month to buy a package. I also found it very confusing as to what package I need in Accordance. Thus I haven't upgraded Accordance since version 7.4.2 I can't make a comparison between the two products since I don't have a very high package in Accordance. I use Accordance for one thing and one thing only that is be able to put in a Scripture reference and then copy and paste the passage from Accordance into either Pages or Keynote. It is good for that function. If Accordance ever gets an easy pay plan I may revisit a possible upgrade then.

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Edited by macmike, 15 November 2009 - 09:24 PM.


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Posted 15 November 2009 - 09:28 PM

Was this a Camp Logos training session. I thought they were a two day training. The training videos I saw on the Logos.com site were pretty good.

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Posted 15 November 2009 - 10:39 PM

Dr. Hughes:

I am a little puzzled by your posts. You have so far invested in our Introductory Library only, very very far from a $600 investment. If you are unsure what to buy you can email, or call our toll-free number, or post a question on the Forums. In no case will you get any pressure to buy a high-end package. We always try to recommend the best value package for your needs.

We do have a payment plan, for which we only charge a $20 one-time fee. Again, we don't push it, but it is available to help users who want to spread out their payments. We also offer no-penalty upgrades to higher levels, and a three month grace period. The former means that you can just pay the difference to go from Introductory level to Standard, for example, at any time as long as the version of the series hasn't changed. The latter means that if you, say, paid for the ESV with Strong's numbers, and within 3 months you upgrade to Standard level which includes that item, we'll give you full credit for it.

All these and other options are intended to make it easy for you to get what you want when you want it. The downside is that they do add complexity to our pricing, and so Accordance is seen as hard to buy. In reality it's easy to afford, but hard to choose between the options.

I don't know what training session you are referring to, as I do not see one referenced in this topic.
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Posted 16 November 2009 - 02:53 AM

I use Accordance for one thing and one thing only that is be able to put in a Scripture reference and then copy and paste the passage from Accordance into either Pages or Keynote. It is good for that function. If Accordance ever gets an easy pay plan I may revisit a possible upgrade then.


I really enjoy using Accordance for doing exegetical studies. Also, if you are looking for a recommendation, I think the graphics bundle which gives you photos, maps and timelines is awesome. If you are unsure which package(s) to get, I suggest calling the Accordance number. One of the things I like about their sales is that they don't try to sell you more than you need. Sometimes I think users can get overwhelmed with resources, so less is more sometimes.

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Posted 16 November 2009 - 07:49 AM

I had a look at Logos4 to see if it could complement Accordance - in VM mode using Parallels. Doesn't come close to the feel and usability of Accordance. I'll be using the 30 day guarantee to get my money back and I have just upgraded from Standard to Premier Library. I must say that a training seminar that I attended in Sydney, Australia last year was the best one day sessionI have attended on any topic. Thanks agin to the Brown's and all the Accordance staff.
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Posted 16 November 2009 - 03:38 PM

Dr. Hughes:

I am a little puzzled by your posts. You have so far invested in our Introductory Library only, very very far from a $600 investment. If you are unsure what to buy you can email, or call our toll-free number, or post a question on the Forums. In no case will you get any pressure to buy a high-end package. We always try to recommend the best value package for your needs.

We do have a payment plan, for which we only charge a $20 one-time fee. Again, we don't push it, but it is available to help users who want to spread out their payments. We also offer no-penalty upgrades to higher levels, and a three month grace period. The former means that you can just pay the difference to go from Introductory level to Standard, for example, at any time as long as the version of the series hasn't changed. The latter means that if you, say, paid for the ESV with Strong's numbers, and within 3 months you upgrade to Standard level which includes that item, we'll give you full credit for it.

All these and other options are intended to make it easy for you to get what you want when you want it. The downside is that they do add complexity to our pricing, and so Accordance is seen as hard to buy. In reality it's easy to afford, but hard to choose between the options.

I don't know what training session you are referring to, as I do not see one referenced in this topic.

I recently sat in on a one hour training session for Logos (I don't use Logos, but was curious about what it's interface looks like). The trainer (a person not employed by Logos) spent most of the time talking about Logos 3, but spent a little time with Logos 4 and showed the clip of Logos 4 from Logos' website. This was my first real exposure to Logos in action by someone who knew his way around the program.

Here is the training post I was making reference to:

Concerning Logos 4, the entire opening interface seemed to simply be a gimic to get their customers to buy more stuff. Granted they're a business that needs money to remain a business, but really? I thought Bible software was supposed to be about, well, the Bible. Now, I did not have an opportunity to spend time with Logos 4 to explore and try things so I can't say anything about the usability or how easy it is to pull up a Bible. But I guess what I like so much about Accordance is that you never have to launch the program and then click any buttons or go through any menus to get to the Bible. It simply launches to the Bible automatically. I am immediately confronted with what I want to read and study anyway and not some news article about how I need the newest books or features. If I want that information I go on the website. I don't want my software to force it on me.

Sorry to rant, I hope I'm not being unfairly negative.

Oh, and by the way, the things the training presented on for Logos 3 (key linking, collections searching, and a few other things) can be done much easier and more intuitively in Accordance than in Logos. Logos had too many steps and too many menus to deal with in order to accomplish what Accordance is immediately set up for in far fewer steps.

Oh yeah, one more thing, at the end of the one hour training, the trainer showed us the webpage that lists out the features that Logos 4 was supposed to have that they didn't finish yet. What's with that? That's the strangest thing. Who releases a product that's not even complete? Sometimes people complain about Accordance not announcing the resources and/or features that are coming down the pike, but I think I prefer this over being told "HERE'S OUR NICE NEW PRODUCT! .... sorry it's not yet finished... and we're not entirely sure when it will be."
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Problem with Accordance for me is: 1. Hard to figure out what package to buy to get what I was needing. 2. Running both Windows and Mac Platforms Accordance is only available for the Mac. Logos's payment plan allowed me to pay $70 a month for the Scholar's Silver package. I believe they will eventually catch and pass Accordance as a lot of seminaries require they students have at least Scholar's Silver package. Books I really need in a package were - Greek and Hebrew helps, Atlas, Encyclopedias, Pulpit Commentary, Keil & Delitch at least in commentaries. I use Accordance for being able to copy and paste text into sermons as my package is pretty limited.

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