Logos 4 PBB is here!


Many of you who check this site, do so for one reason: Logos PBB’s. That’s cool, it’s why I have them here, it’s a ministry to the global church. One of the most hotly anticipated aspects of Logos 4 is PBB. So it’s only fair to celebrate that fact.
Logos 4.3 which is currently downloading or will download to Logos 4 users around the globe has this newly minted Personal Book capability baked in for free.
What this means for you, is that all of those papers you wrote in seminary, your disertatation and yes your hand typed copy of The Treasury of David can now be imported into Logos.
The rules are simple, and this comes right out of the Logos 4 helpfile:

Compile personal or public domain works into Logos 4 resources.

Creating a personal book in Logos 4 is a two-step process. The first step is to compose the document in Word and save it as a .docx file. The second step is to build the resource from that file using the Personal Books tool in Logos 4.
IMPORTANT: The docx source files need to be preserved in order to make any future revisions, following the same two-step process.

I. Compose the source document.

1. Create the Word document(s) that you will use to build your Logos 4 resource. (See Personal Books Syntax if you want to add hyperlinks, milestones, headwords, etc. to your book.)
2. Save the document(s) to your hard drive in Office Open XML Format (.docx).

II. Add the .docx file(s) and build the Personal Book.

1. In Logos 4, click on the Tools menu and choose Personal Books.
2. Click on Add book on the panel toolbar. An Edit dialog will open at the top of the panel to enter the Library Information (or metadata) for the book and to add the files that will make up the body of the book.
3. Type a name for the book in the Title box in section “1. Fill in Library Information” and type the book’s title (required).
4. Tab to or click in the Author box and type the author’s name (optional).
5. Tab to or click in the Copyright box and type copyright information (optional).
6. Click on “Monograph” to change the Type associated with the book.
7. Click on “English” to change the Language.
8. Click on “Add field” to add the following metadata for the book (optional):
• Abbreviated Title (more than one can be added)
• Publisher and Publication Date
• Subject Heading (more than one can be added)
• Alternate Title (more than one can be added)
• Series Title
9. Type the appropriate information for each added field.
10. To delete an added field, hover over a field heading, such as ‘Series Title’, and click on the red Delete (X) icon which will appear on the right.
11. Click on “Change…” below the book cover image to add a book cover (optional).
1. In the “Open” dialog browse to and select an image file (.jpg or .png) and click Open.
12. Click in the Description box and type a brief description of the book.
13. Click on the “Add file…” button in section “2. Add Body Files” to add the Word document(s).
1. In the “Open” dialog browse to and select the .docx file(s) which will make up the book, and click Open. Each of the added files will be listed in this section.
2. Files can be reordered by dragging and dropping one file above or below another file. This will change the location of the file’s contents in the book.
3. To delete a file, right-click on it and choose “Delete.”
14. Click on the “Build book” button in section “3. Create Logos Resource File” to compile the documents into a Logos 4 resource.
1. The Edit dialog will close and a progress bar will appear showing the steps in the process (which may go by too quickly to see): Starting to build book, Converting, Compiling, and Discovering. To stop this process, click on the “Stop” button.
2. The source document(s) can remain open during the build process.
3. When complete, if there were no errors during compilation, it will indicate “Build successful” and the personal book will open. If there were errors, the book will not open, and it may indicate that the “Build failed. Error compiling resource.”
15. Click the “Finished” button in the Personal Books panel.
TIP: Books are listed alphabetically in the Personal Books tool panel. To filter the list for a particular book, press Cmd+F in Mac or Ctrl+F in Windows to open the Find box and begin typing the first few letters of the title.

III. Recompile a Personal Book.

• If the location of the source document has not changed since the book was first compiled, after revising the document, saving it, and/or changing any of the Library information, click on “Build book” to recompile the book.
• If the source document has been moved to a different location on the hard drive, the existing body file must be deleted and added again from the new location prior to recompiling.

IV. Delete a Personal Book.

1. To remove a book from the Personal Book list and from the Library, right-click on a book that is collapsed, or in non-edit mode, in the Personal Book tool.
1. To close a book that is in Edit mode, click on the “X” in the top right corner of the “1. Fill in Library Information” section.
2. Choose Delete from the context menu.

Inc. Logos Research Systems, Logos 4 Help (Logos Research Systems, Inc.; Bellingham, WA, 2009; 2009).

Since L4’s implementation of PBB relies upon Docx Files and since L4’s distribution model does not involve sharing already compiled books, that means that I’ll have to work on some form of sharing via StillTruth.com which works within this framework. But that is the subject of another post.