Prioritizing




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Introduction

  When Logos offers a selection of books, whether in/from a Search, a Guide or a Tool, it is useful to have them ordered according to your preferences. This is where Prioritization comes in handy, otherwise Logos will determine which books it thinks are best. For instance, if you have favorite commentaries or dictionaries, then those may seldom appear when you search or are selecting a resource to use from a list. It takes a little time here to learn how to setup your Prioritization, but once done you will seldom need to change it.

  You do not have to prioritize every book you have, but you will want to prioritize several categories of books when searching for items or showing a list of books e.g. bibles, commentaries, lexicons. Please take a look at this wiki page A Sample Prioritize List. It will suggest prioritizing several books for each category, based on Logos’ inbuilt rules, but you can prefer more books than it suggests. If your library is small and you do not have enough books for a category, just prioritize those you do have.

  Below is a screen shot of my Prioritization for Commentaries on the right and Passage Guide results on the left. Passage Guide uses your prioritization when listing the commentaries that match your scripture reference. Notice how the order of commentaries in the Passage Guide (top to bottom) follows the order of commentaries in the Prioritization list. Also notice that the Old Testament Survey series commentaries are not listed because we are studying a New Testament scripture John 1:1. This is why it is important to add additional books for each category. So when Logos does not find what it is looking for, then it can jump to the next book in your list.

      Passage Guide compared to Commentary prioritization

Also notice in the Prioritize list that some books are in bold type. These are multi-volume series (e.g. Preacher’s Commentary is a 35 volume set). When you move a book series into the prioritization list, you only have to move one of the books and Logos will show it as bold. If a book set has not been tagged as a series you would have to move them one at a time into the prioritization list.


  Below is a table which shows a few Logos items which are effected by Prioritization:

Logos Items Prioritization
Books Used
Bibles opened when using Go box
(Home Page Passage layout)
English Bibles
 (top 5)
Passage Guide Commentaries
  (in a collection)
Commentaries
Bible Word Study: Lemma
Lexicons
Right-click Context menu
  (English word )
English & Bible dictionaries
  (top 5)
Right-click Context menu
  (Lemma)
Lexicons
 (top 5)



Prioritized Order in the Prioritize pane

  As mentioned above the order that you have books in the Prioritize pane tells Logos which order to use those books (top to bottom). Below is an example of using the right click Context menu to open a scripture link in a specific Bible. If you do not prioritize your Bibles Logos will decide on its own which Bibles to show in the menu.

  • Example of Logos using your Prioritized list of Bibles

  1. If you are in a resource and want to open a scripture link in a specific Bible, you would right click on the scripture link.
  2. Logos would open a pop-up menu. If you select Reference on the right side of the menu and scroll down on the left side of the menu, you will see a list of Bibles.
  3. Notice which Bibles are in the pop-up menu and their order. In this case notice that they match my prioritized Bibles and their order in my Prioritize pane (see image below). Also notice in my prioritized pane that some of the Bibles which are further down on my list do not show up in the list in the pop-up menu. This is because they have a lower priority (being further down on the list) and that Logos only shows 5 Bibles in this pop-up menu. So Logos used the top 5 prioritized Bibles in my list.


Example of full Prioritized list

Below is an example of my Prioritization


The Headings for each category in the above list come from specially named PBs (Personal Books) – see this forum post. This method requires that you recompile each heading PB on each computer or device that you use.



Basic Prioritization

  This section will explain how to perform Basic Prioritization.

Preliminary Setup

  Before jumping into using the Prioritize pane, it is useful to know how to easily locate similar books before placing them into the prioritize pane.
  This method will group books in the viewing area of the Library window per your filtering string that you enter in the Find box. This helps you more easily find books for a specific category e.g. English Bibles or Hebrew Bibles. If you are not familiar with using filtering in the Find box, see Using the Find box to filter resources in Library.

  1. Open Library (a floating window is recommended)
  2. If you are in the Details view, then click on the column Title, which will ensure that all titles are visible and available while using the Find box filtering.
  3. Let’s choose English Bibles to Prioritize first. In the Find box type: type:bible lang:English    
  4. Notice that in the viewing area of the Library window you now see books which are English Bibles.



  5. Now click on the Prioritize button to open the Prioritize pane on the right side of the Library window. You may need to resize the window so that you can view the book titles on the left and view the Prioritize pane on the right.



  6. You can use other filter expressions for the other categories that you will want to prioritize:
    1. Use type:bible lang:Greek for Greek Bibles.
    2. Use type:bible lang:Hebrew for Hebrew Bibles.
    3. For other filters see the wiki page A Sample Prioritize List.
  • If you want to insert category selection lines in the Prioritize pane, see above tip.



Adding resources to the Prioritize pane

  This section will show you different methods to add a book to the Prioritize pane. You will need the Library window open and the Prioritize pane showing as per Preliminary Setup.

  • When you add any volume of a resource set to the Prioritize list, Logos identifies it as a set (the Series name will be in bold) and shows the number of volumes in that set.
  • In general Logos will only allow one copy of a resource to be added to the Prioritize pane, but:
    • you can add individual volumes from a resource set (see Adding a single book from a series).
    • When using Advanced Prioritization, you can have multiple copies of a resource.


Using the right click menu to add resources to the Prioritize pane
  • This method adds your resources to the bottom of the Prioritize list.
    • Advantage: you can add multiple resources at a time.
    • Disadvantage: If you have a large number of resources to add or if you already have a large list, it may be cumbersome to rearrange additions to locations which are close to the top of the list. So you may want to use drag & drop.
  1. In the viewing area of the Library window find a book that you want to add to the Prioritize pane.


  2. Right click on the book.
    • In the drop down menu, click on Prioritize this resource.
    • Logos will add this resource to the bottom of your list. You may need to use the vertical scroll bar to view it.
  3. You can select multiple resources by holding down the Ctrl key as you click on a resource in the Library list. This will allow you to move these selected resources all at once to the Prioritize pane.


    • Hold down the Ctrl key and click on resources you want (do not click on the Title or Logos will open that resource).
      Mac_note: you will need to hold down the Cmd key when clicking on a resource.
    • Right click on one of the selected resources.
    • In the drop down menu, click on Prioritize these resources.
    • Logos will add these resources to the bottom of your list. You may need to use the vertical scroll bar to view them.
  4. Now you have to rearrange your resources according to the priority that you want Logos to use them. See the section Rearranging resources in the Prioritize pane to learn how to rearrange your resources.
    • A resource positioned above another like resource has higher priority i.e. top to bottom within each category.
    • Whilst categories can be intermixed it would make maintenance of the list more difficult.
Using drag & drop to add resources to the Prioritize pane
  • This method places your resources where they are dropped.
    • Advantage: you don’t have to rearrange resources.
    • Disadvantage: you can only move one resource at a time.

  

  1. Position the list in the Prioritize pane so you can easily drop your resource where you want it.
  2. In the library list, locate the resource that you want to add and click on it, do not release the button.
  3. Drag the resource (move the mouse with the mouse button still down) into the Prioritize pane. Notice as you drag the resource you see a floating image of the resource.
  4. As you move the floating resource over the list, a black horizontal bar will move with it. Once you get the horizontal bar where you want it, drop the resource (release the mouse button).



Adding a single book from a series

  When you normally move a single volume from a multi-volume set you may have noticed that the whole resource set appears in the Prioritize pane. This is probably what you want to do most of the time. But you may find an occasion where you want to add individual resources from a resource set.

Using the drag & drop method to add a single book of a set
  • This method adds your resources to where you drop them in the Prioritize list.
    • Advantage: you can add a resource directly where you want it in your Prioritize list.
    • Disadvantage: if you are using a laptop’s touch pad, this may be difficult as you have to hold down a key and use a finger to hold down the pad button and use a finger to perform movements with the pad.

  1. Position the Prioritize list so you can easily drop your resource where you want it.
  2. In the library list, locate the resource that you want to add and click on it, do not release the button.
  3. Drag the resource (move the mouse with the mouse button still down) into the Prioritize pane. Notice as you drag the resource you see a floating image of the resource.
  4. As you move the floating resource over the list, a black horizontal bar will move with it. Once you get the horizontal bar where you want it, drop the resource (release the mouse button).
  5. Now notice your resource where you dropped it:


    • The resource set is also present in the list. This is seldom desired, but was shown here to let you know that this is possible.
Using the right click method to add a single book of a set
  • This method adds your resources to the bottom of the list.
    • Advantage: this is easier to do when using a laptop and the touch pad.
    • Disadvantage: it may be cumbersome to rearrange as it is added to the bottom of the list.

 

  1. On your keyboard, hold down the Ctrl button and right click on the resource.
    Mac_note: use the Cmd key here.
  2. In the drop down menu, click on Prioritize this resource.
  3. Logos will add that volume to the bottom of the list.



Rearranging resources in the Prioritize pane

  You can rearrange resources in the Prioritize pane to change priorities. This is done by a simple drag and drop operation. As you drag a resource you will notice a horizontal bar which follows the resource that you are dragging. This allows you to easily see where the drop location will be.

  1. Click on the resource that you want to move.
  2. Drag (move) the resource to where you want it and then drop it.

  3. Now notice that your resource has been moved.



Removing resources in the Prioritize pane

  You will probably find times that you want to remove a resource from the Prioritize pane. This is simple to do.

  1. Right click on the resource.
  2. In the drop down menu, click on Remove from this list.




Advanced Prioritization

  Logos provides Advanced Prioritization of resources in the Prioritize pane. You can specify which books of the Bible that a commentary is used with. You can specify which Lexicon(s) is used with the New Testament and likewise specify which Lexicon(s) is used with the Old Testament. You can specify which dictionary is used with a specific resource. These are just a few ways to use the Advanced Prioritization.

  This section will briefly describe how to invoke Advanced Prioritization and identify the different fields that are available for Advanced Prioritization. Then you will see several examples which should help you get an idea of how to use this feature. Please watch Mark Barnes video Prioritizing (about 3/4 through the video).

Invoking Advanced Prioritization of a resource


  1. Locate the resource that you want to add Advanced Prioritization to and right click on that resource.
  2. In the drop down menu, click on Set prioritization limits (advanced).
  3. You will see the following blue box with the fields in it:


    • Notice the down arrow in boxes, clicking on these will show options for that field.
    • Notice the blue circle with an x, this will clear that field box.

Notice above the fields the text: Apply only to. Then notice the grayed out text in the empty field boxes: of this type, in this range, and from this resource. You need to think of your resource that you are prioritizing in relation to these phrases.

Field name Description
of this type contents of this field are a data type like Bible, English, Greek, Greek Strong’s, Hebrew Strong’s
in this range a range relative to data type. So if the above type was Bible then your range would be books of the Bible.
If your type was Strong’s Numbers then your range would be Strong’s Numbers.
from this resource prioritization will be retricted to data types from this resource, selected from your library.


Example 1: customizing a priority of a commentary for specific books

  In this example we will set the Advanced Prioritization of the commentary The Beloved Disciple’s Memoirs and Letters so that in the Passage Guide we see this commentary only when our scripture reference in the PG is for the epistles of John (1 John through 3 John). Notice that this commentary also covers the Gospel of John. But we are deliberately going to exclude the book to help show that in the range you can specify a portion of the resource.


  1. Locate the resource The Beloved Disciple’s Memoirs and Letters in your library.
    • Hold the Ctrl key down and click on the resource.
      Mac_note: use the Cmd key here.
    • Move the resource to the Prioritize pane.
    • Drop the resource at the top of your commentary list (release the mouse button and the Ctrl key).
      • In the Prioritize pane you should see:
        If it shows: , then you did not keep the Ctrl key down through the whole process.
        Remove this resource from the Prioritize pane, then repeat the above steps.


  2. Right click on the resource.
    • In the drop down menu, click on Set prioritization limits (advanced).


  3. Click in the for this type box (or on the down arrow on the right side of this box)
    • In the drop down list, click on Bible.
    • In the in this range box, type: 1 John-3 John.


  • Now lets verify that our new prioritization is working.
    1. Open a Passage Guide (from the Guides menu).
    2. In the reference box, type: 1 John 1:1-4.



    3. Click on the Commentaries header.
    4. Notice the 1st commentary, it is the one we prioritized to use with 1 John through 3 John.
      So the first part of our prioritization works.



    5. In the reference box, type: John 3:16.
    6. Notice that The Beloved Disciple’s Memoirs and Letters is not the 1st commentary.
      Because we only wanted The Beloved Disciple’s Memoirs and Letters to work with 1 John through 3 John, not with any other Bible books.



Example 2: prioritizing a specific dictionary to a specific resource

  You may find times when you want to use a specific dictionary with a specific resource. This example will set the New American Standard Hebrew-Aramaic and Greek Dictionaries to be used only with the New American Standard Bible 1995.



  1. In the Library’s Find box, type: NAS
    • Drag the New American Standard Hebrew-Aramaic and Greek Dictionaries to the top of your Lexicon list in the Prioritize pane.


  2. In the Prioritize pane, right click on the NASB Dictionaries that you just added.
    • In the drop down menu, click on Set prioritization limits (advanced).


  3. In the from this resource box, click on the down arrow on the right side of the box.


    • A large pop-up menu will appear showing resources in your library. In the Find box type: NAS
    • Locate the New American Standard Bible 1995 in the list and click on it.


    • Now you will see the NAS in the from this resource box.


  • Now we will verify that our prioritization is working.

 

  1. Open the New American Standard Bible 1995 Update in a new tab. And in the reference box enter the passage: Gen 1:1
    • In the NAS, right click on the word created.
    • In the pop-up menu, on the right side click on Hebrew Strong’s
    • Notice on the left side of the pop-up menu you see the New American Standard Dictionaries at the top of the list of Lexicons (you might need to use the vertical scroll bar in the left side of the pop-up).
      So we see that our prioritization for this dictionary is working with the NAS Bible.


  2. Now open the ESV Bible in a new Tab and enter Gen 1:1 in the reference box.
    • Right click on the word created in the ESV.
    • In the pop-up menu, on the right side click on Hebrew Strong’s
    • Notice on the left side of the pop-up menu that you do not see the New American Standard Dictionaries at the top of the list of Lexicons.
      So we see that our prioritization for this dictionary is working, we did not prioritize this dictionary to be used with the ESV.



Tip: Getting Bible pop-ups to use the same translation

  If you have noticed that when in a Bible version different than your preferred Bible that the pop-up text shows your preferred Bible version’s text rather than text for the Bible that you are in. In this post a way to fix this has been explained.



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