Preparing and Indexing your L4 Library

After restarting Logos for the first time, you’re going to be greeted with the “preparing your Library” splash screen. While I can’t speak with absolute programmers knowledge about what is happening here, I can postulate from what I learned during the Beta phase.

First: L4 is going to copy all of your books either from the scan path given in the last step, or from your resource path in your existing L3 installation or finally, from the installation DVD. All of your books for your entire library will be kept in a single directory. One of the new features of L4 is Library management. At this stage that means that you no longer have to be concerned with whether or not you have all the books you’re supposed to have. By keeping them all in one directory, and by cross checking your license with their database, Logos will now keep everything up to date. You forgot you owned The Scripture Alphabet of Animals or The Love Affairs Of A Bibliomaniac? Logos didn’t and if it’s not on your Hard drive where it belongs – they’ll download it for you.

Second: L4 is going to index your books.
Logos 4 can do lots of study right out of the box, but it won’t shine at searching until the indexing is done. In L3 if I wanted to search my entire library for the word “paterology” that search would take up to 1/2 hour. That’s a long time to wait for what turned out to be only about 4-5 hits. Today with the indexing complete, searching for paterology across my entire library within L4 takes less than a second.
As Bob Pritchett promised us in the forums way before the private beta even started, version 4 of Logos Bible Software would be “Google fast.”

The upside of indexing is Speed, but the downside of indexing is time and power.

In order for L4 to create an index it literally has to go through every word of every book, record it and catalog it in a database of some kind. My educated guess is that it’s using some form of an SQL database, but building that database takes time. At this point in the game if you’re system has begun indexing just trust me, it will be worth it in the end.

During the early beta stages the indexing was torture – but it has improved by massive leaps.

The longest and hardest books to index are the interlinears, and there are gobs of them now. By comparison the other books will index much faster. Fortunately, while indexing still can take many hours, L4 will finish starting and be useful once “preparing your library” has reached past stage 2. While the indexing is doing it’s work go ahead and do all of the other things you want to, just don’t expect glorious results from searching your entire library until it’s done. After that, go ahead and check out the search feature on a few terms and you’ll agree that the long wait was worth it.

One final bit of advice, if you’re indexing let your computer run overnight and work while you sleep.