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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Nov. 20, 2009 / A brawl the GOP needs

Logos Program Offers Glimpse of Publishing Future

By Mark Kellner



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Books are great things, but they aren't always inexpensive, nor are they always easily portable. Try lugging an 800-page reference book around, for example. While eReader devices are perhaps poised to make a splash, the lack of cross-device compatibility and some user-friendly features may pose problems for serious researchers and students.


What's the answer? A small firm in Bellingham, Washington, some 91 miles north of Seattle, might hold more than a few keys.


Logos Research Systems, whose products have been reviewed here before, is in the process of launching Logos Bible Software 4, and it's revolutionary both in concept and execution. And, I believe, it might have implications beyond the world of religious studies.


In the past, users would spend anywhere between about $150 to $1,500 and buy a particular Logos Bible Software "package," and receive both a software "engine" and the rights to use electronic copies of various books. Many of the reference works, on Logos, are priced at a fraction of their print counterparts, and have the added advantage of near-instantaneous lookup, as well as linkage with other "books" in your copy of the program's computer-based library.


Now that's cool, but it could also be limited. If you didn't shlep your computer to and from the office or classroom, you might be stuck. And forget about handheld access: how would you pack 1,400 books on a Palm Pilot?


Logos Bible Software 4 eliminates this problem. I'm not sure of the legal moves, but the idea, now, is that a user can have mirror images of their digital libraries on computers at work and home, as well as a rather huge representation of titles on their iPhone, and everything works together, right down to keeping your "place" in a dozen (or more) books from where you were at work to your den to your mobile phone.


If the old way was "cool," what adjective fits this?


One of the big things I've found in using Logos' products is the tremendous synergy that erupts. If you're researching a given topic, it's possible to find hundreds of references and linkages across a diverse range of books and thinkers. Many serious students also like to delve into the "original" languages of Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic. Again, thanks to the integration of all the texts and resources with a computerized search system, the cross-references and discoveries are almost endless.


I also like the new "home" screen of Logos Bible Software 4, which resembles a Web page or a newsmagazine layout. There are different articles and readings daily, as well as ways to dig deeper into various subjects. The overall program is very inviting and non-threatening for the novice user.


On the iPhone side, the Logos Bible Software application, which is free at the iTunes Applications Store, will tap into your library, via a wireless data connection, and bring up the items you need or want. You can also specify titles that are of greatest need or interest. Not every Logos title shows up perfectly on the iPhone at the moment, but they're working on refining it, as well as a Mac version of the new desktop software. Ultimately, all three platforms, Windows, iPhone and Mac, will work together rather seamlessly.


But think, for a moment, beyond the (rather large) "niche" market of people who study the Bible and related resources. Think of doctors, lawyers, accountants or anyone who needs to consult a wide range of texts, some old and some modern, on a continual basis. I would imagine that the Logos Bible Software "engine" could be adapted to these areas, and that similar benefits could emerge.


And for those who have a serious interest in Bible study, the combination of Logos' technology and the firm's access to a super-wide range of titles, suggest that this new product will attract a great deal of attention. Information can be found at www.logos.com, and believe me - it's very well worth it.

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JWR contributor Mark Kellner has reported on technology for industry newspapers and magazines since 1983, and has been the computer columnist for The Washington Times since 1991.Comment by clicking here.

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