The long anticipated day has arrived – Logos Bible Software Version 5 has been released. If you frequent the Logos user forums you will know that this day has been looked forward to by many for at least two years! Three years ago L4 was released and it was a complete rewrite of L3 and included many new features such as complete library indexing and many graphical resources. Does L5 depart from L4 in such a major way? Read on to find out!
I downloaded the L5 installer and began the process of installing. I quickly discovered that I needed to download a newer version of the Microsoft .NET framework so it took longer than expected but installation was flawless. This means that L5 will not run on Windows XP so those using that OS will have to stick with the older version or upgrade their OS. After installation it downloaded a considerable number of new and updated resources. Logos gave me access to L5 Silver for the purpose of reviewing the product which includes new features such as a graphical timeline and includes their Faithlife materials. Downloading the resources took some time as it was about 1.5GB. I also have other resources and the free Perseus collection so Logos consumes a good chunk of HD real estate – 39Gb. This is because the index basically doubles the amount of space needed. If you’ve used L4 you will know that indexing takes the bulk of time when new materials are installed. I’m happy to report that L5 is fairly quick in this regard and compared to the initial release of L4 we are much better off.
Look of L5
The graphical interface of L5 is quite similar to L4. There have been a few tweaks but nothing major. This is good for the majority of users who will not have to learn to use a new program. This was a major complaint people had when upgrading from L3 to L4 and I don’t think it will be a problem for anyone using L5 after L4.
The Home Page is now completely customizable in terms of which categories it displays data from, such as excerpts from your own library resources, Logos’ various blogs and program information. I think this is a great improvement on the concept.
The menus are fairly intuitive and new users will be able to use most of L5’s features without instruction. However, there is still the fact that Logos contains dozens of keyboard shortcuts that can only be learned by searching out the Logos user wiki (reachable via the help menu at the top right (?). I love that the search screen now has a list of ways to search. This will really help users, new and old.
There are many ways to upgrade to L5 with new packages and features galore. I hope to have another review soon which will detail some of them specifically. In the meantime you can head over to their website and see what it would cost for you to upgrade or buy a new package. Logos always offers a free engine upgrade to their software but this will not include new features. The engine and a minimum crossgrade will be availble in a few weeks according to their forum. Check it all out here.