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Tutorial Video Text Comparison
What is the Text Comparison tool?
Please view the Logos tutorial video Text Comparison and the Feature video Text Compare.
- The Text Comparison tool will allow you to view multiple Bible translations. For those with Original Languages base package or higher (see Text comparison missing features?), there are also comparison features available. Show Differences highlights difference in other Bibles relative to the first Bible in your list. Show Base Text shows text found in the first Bible (with a strike-thru) relative to each of the other Bibles. (watch the 1st video)
- When linked, the Text Comparison will update as you move through your Bible (watch the 1st video).
- When the alignment is set to Automatic, the Bible verses in Text Comparison will automatically adjust as you re-size the window (watch the 1st video).
- When you select verses in your Bible, the Text Comparison text will automatically follow what you have selected (watch the 1st video).
- To open Text Comparison tool:
- Click on Tools in the top menubar.
- Click on Text Comparison in the drop down menu.
Text comparison missing features?
The Show Differences and the Show Base Text features don’t seem to be available for base packages lower than Original Languages package per the Logos Comparison website.
- Reference box. Enter your Bible reference here.
- Bible list box, this are which Bibles to display. Enter your Bible abbreviations separated by commas or select from the drop down menu. The first entry is used as the reference Bible which the others can be compared to.
- Show differences toggle button.
- Show Base Text (differences between base text are shown with strike-thru text)
- In the Reference box, just start typing in a Bible reference and Logos will show you a drop down list of the verse you are entering along with pericopes (headings).
- Show Differences will allow you to see difference between Bible translations relative to the base version (first Bible in your list).
- Click on the Show Differences button (the first A to the right of the Bible list box).
(if it is disabled, please see Text comparison missing features?)
- Notice your base version is the first Bible on the left. (e.g. the Bible which the other versions are compared to).
- The other Bible version(s) to the right of the base version are compared to the first Bible.
- Notice the percentage difference under each compared version.
- Notice the red degree symbol (small red superscripted circle) next to the blue text. These are differences between the base version’s text.
- If you click on the Show Differences again, it removes the visual difference markings.
Show Base Text
- Show Base Text works with Show Differences.
- If you have Show Differences turned OFF, notice that Show Base Text button is disabled.
Thus you will need Show Differences turned ON before you can use the Show Base Text.
- Click on the Show Differences button to turn it ON.
- Click on the Show Base Text button.
- Notice that the words that are crossed out are the words from the Base text which were not found in this position of the compared Bible version.
- Notice that words which were different from the Base text version are blue.
- Clicking on the Show Base Text button again will turn OFF the Show Base Text.
- When you click on the icon for this tool, the windows options drop down appears:
Layout orientation options
- You can pick one of the following.
This will determine the best method (Horizontal or Vertical) depending on the pane’s width.
Display Bibles horizontally (columns)
Display Bibles vertically (similar to paragraphs)
Corresponds to the left A button on the menu bar.
Corresponds to the right A button on the menu bar.
Additional controls used with Comparison Features
- You can turn On/Off any or all of these when Show Difference is active.
When checked, the comparisons will ignore the case of the letters.
When checked, the comparison will ignore the accents and breathing marks. (e.g. Greek text)
When checked, the comparison will ignore punctuation marks.
When hovering in a Bible
- You can get a pop-up version of Text Comparison to appear when you are in your Bible or a Commentary.
- Hover over a word in your Bible, then press F7 and a pop-up version will appear.
Mac note: if “Use all F1, F2, etc. keys as standard keys” in Keyboard preferences is unchecked, then (fn) key needs to be pressed with F7
- If you click on the Text Comparison pop-up, it will open Text Comparison tab in your main window.
- To hide the pop-up Text Comparison, click in your Bible.
- the versions in the pop-up are your Top Five Bibles.
- Hover your mouse over a word in your Bible resource.
- On your keyboard press F7. The Text Comparison pop-up appears.
- Notice that the Text Comparison reference is the same as that which appears in the Bible reference box.
- Click on your Bible reference to hide the Text Comparison pop-up.
Why does Show Base Text appear disabled?
- Show Differences needs to be enabled first. Then Show Base Text will be enabled.
Linking Text Comparison
- Linking Text Comparison works the same as most tools in Logos.
- Follow allows Text Comparison to follow which ever resource that you click (resources which are navigated via Bible passages).
- When Follow is selected, an Astrix appears in the window’s icon as shown below.
- When linked to one of the standard Letters, it follows the Bible passage which the resource has in its reference box.
- See Linking Resources.
- If you are not familiar with Linking, please watch this video Bibles and Commentaries. About half way through it discusses Linking which is a feature that links different resources together so that they will track each other (as you move along in a Bible then if the commentary is linked, it will track where you are in the Bible).
- When None is selected, it follows what ever passage appears in the reference box. This might come in handy when you want to search for info on a particular Bible passage.
How to use a Collection in Text Compare
Note: to have only 2 Bibles in the list box you will need to make sure that you have at least 2 Bibles setup in your Prioritization, otherwise Logos will force a third Bible to be added to your list. (see this post)
- When using a Collection or a Tagged resource set you may have noticed that you have no control in selecting a Base version for comparison.
- If I used a tagged resource set (or collection), then I have no control over which Base version will be used.
- But to overcome this problem you can manually enter which Bible that you want to use as a Base version in the Bible List box in front of your tagged set or collection (as shown below) and separate it with a comma and then press Enter. Logos will use it as the Base version and ignore repeating it from the tagged set or collection.
Tip: how to navigate Text Compare Verse-by-Verse
- You may have noticed that there is no Locator bar in the Text Comparison tool.
- Here is a work around which will allow you to navigate Verse-by-Verse in your Text Comparison tool.
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