Monthly Archives: April 2010


Flash Tutorial on Using Highlighting in Logos 4

Here is a Flash tutorial I did on Logos 4 highlighting using WINK: http://cid-2710bca0d4d5e0f5.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/.Public/Logos4/highlighting.swf
I haven’t been able to upload it here (Uploads don’t accept SWF files maybe) so you will need to download it and run it from IE. Designed for a screen at 1024×768 Resolution. If and when I do videos in future, I’ll use a smaller size… I didn’t even think about it until I was done… 🙁

UPDATE: Redid the video at a smaller resolution, and added a few new notes… Also see next my next post to view the video online without downloading… (The link above still works for downloading without viewing online…)

Please enjoy!


Import Utility for Logos 4 Palettes

Here is a copy of my palettes used for Logos 4 and a method to install them. Here is the text of the readme.txt. Use at your own risk, but I think you will like it. 😉

John’s Markups for Logos 4

USE AT YOUR OWN RISK!

This is a draft utility for importing markup files for Logos 4.0b. It MAY work with other (newer) versions but has only been tested with Version 4.0b SR1. You must be using at least Version 4.0b for this to work.

Start by locating your visualmarkup.db. On a Windows 7 system, it will be found in a directory like:

C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Logos4\Documents\RANDOMTEXT\VisualMarkup

Where USERNAME is your username, and RANDOMTEXT is a group of random text like “yyyh0liv.wfu”.

Make sure Logos 4 is closed.

MAKE A COPY OF VISUALMARKUP.DB AND PUT IT SOMEPLACE SAFE IN CASE SOMETHING GOES WRONG!!!

Copy all the files included in this zip file to the directory where you found visualmarkup.vb.

Double click on addmarkups.bat

Disable your internet connection.

Start Logos 4 in offline mode. Test out highlights. (You should have two new palettes.) Mark sure any markups you have done before are still there. If there are any problems, close Logos 4 and copy your backup back to the original location.

If all is well, close Logos, re-enable your internet connection, and start Logos normally. I hope you find my markups helpful in your study of God’s Word.

Questions? Comments? Corrections? See my blog at http://www.stilltruth.com/blog/normanjd or email me at s-f@msn.com.


The Technology Logos 4 uses for Highlighting

Well, I decided to figure out how the new highlighting works… Libronix 3 uses XML files that are loaded into a custom engine. Palettes and the locations for where they are used are stored in separate files, marking it simple to copy and share the information with others (in a piecemeal manner if desired.) In Logos 4, all this data is stored in a single file called visualmarkup.db in a hidden directory that is found in a location like C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Logos4\Documents\yyyh0liv.wfu\VisualMarkup on a Vista/Windows 7 system. Logos is now using SQLite to store all the data in a relational database. This is a real change in design!

Good news, this is a true relational database. Bad news, the imported data (and near as I can tell, new user generated data) is just being stored as TEXT simular to how it was stored in XML. I expected to see data broken up more efficiently, espeically the images which I would have thought would be BLOBs. I also didn’t find a good key to index on in the location table. I would suggest creating a new index base on the books of the Bible (when when the Bible is the resource being indexed) in addition to the existing index based on the resource being indexed. That is probably why there was such a delay when I imported my last few years worth of markups… (About 18700 records.) Not much I could do to speed things up so decided to see how difficult it would be to share palettes.