Installation is fairly straight-forward: Double Click the Installer icon on your desktop if you’ve downloaded it, or run it from the DVD you’ve received. Note that the install is now so massive that installing it from just a CD is not an option that I’m aware of.
From this point forward, Logos4 (L4) will download the prerequisites installer if needed – or will take it from your DVD if you have it. (note that in the video I paused during most of the download so you don’t have to watch a status bar).
Once the prerequisites are installed, more files will be installed and downloaded. This will amount to several Megabytes so just be patient. Once you’re there, you’ll get the installer program. Just watch the video (starting about 1:00 in) and you’ll see the steps.
Once you’ve read and accepted the license agreement you’ll get the installation type screen. Most of you will be content to just choose typical – but I show you here what the default path looks like.
When the installation completes you’ll see the splash screen and then a prompt to either Log in or create a new account. Fill in your information and sign in.
Pretty soon you’ll get a “preparing your Library, this may take awhile”. Trust me when I say it’s true.
Once you’re up you’ll get a view of the new welcome screen and it’s very different from Logos 3. We’ll talk about the home page later.
Logos Bible Software is about Bible study, and it does that extremely well. If you’re books are installed from CD than you don’t have to worry about anything at all – if you’re working from a download install however you’ll notice something else – massive downloads. I’m not talking Megabytes here, I’m talking Gigabytes of newly designed, newly formatted, newly available resources.
Preparing your Library
Again before we spend any time on the new home page right now it’s a good idea for you to locate the command bar located at the top and type “scan c:\path\to\files” (modified appropriately of course). This will cause Logos 4 to load your previously downloaded or saved resources.
Wait a few moments and then close and restart Logos 4 and you’ll notice a tiny icon in the system tray which if you hover over it, will tell you that Logos is going to prepare your Library.
One of the features of L4 is that you no longer have to worry about the number of books you own, or of Logos has them all. Logos will automatically find out what books you own from your license file and will then download them all, unless you scan for them and find them as I did.