Logos Bible Software 5 For Mac

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Logos Bible Software
Developer(s)Faithlife Corporation
Initial release1992;
28 years ago
Stable release
8.14 'Gold' ( / 9 June 2020; 38 days ago
Preview release
8.15 RC 1 ( / 14 July 2020; 3 days ago
Written inC++
Operating system
PlatformIA-32 and x86-64
Available in12 languages
Afrikaans, Brazilian Portuguese, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Korean.
LicenseFreeware[note 1]

Logos Bible Software is a digital libraryapplication designed for electronic Bible study. In addition to basic eBook functionality, it includes extensive resource linking, note-taking functionality, and linguistic analysis for study of the Bible both in translation and in its original languages. It is developed by Faithlife Corporation. As of October 29, 2019, Logos Bible Software is in its eighth version.

Logos Bible Software is compatible with more than 143,000 titles related to the Bible from 200 publishers, including Baker, Bantam, Catholic University of America Press, Eerdmans, Harvest House, Merriam Webster, Moody Press, Oxford University Press, Thomas Nelson, Tyndale House, and Zondervan. Logos also recently published its own Lexham Bible Reference series, featuring new scholarship on the original Biblical languages.[1]

Until October 2014, the name Logos Bible Software was often used to refer to the company behind the software (incorporated as Logos Research Systems, Inc). At that date, the company was rebranded as Faithlife Corporation as a response to the greater diversity in products and services the company then offered.[2]

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Windows and Macintosh versions[edit]

Logos Bible Software was launched in 1992 by two Microsoft employees, Bob Pritchett and Kiernon Reiniger, along with Bob’s father, Dale Pritchett. The three quit their jobs to develop Christian software.[3] After acquiring data from the CDWordLibrary project at Dallas Theological Seminary (an earlier Bible software package for use on Windows 2), Logos released an updated version called the Logos Library System platform in 1995,[4] which added support for more resources and introduced the concept of a digital library.

Logos Bible Software for Windows, v1.6

After a long beta cycle that began in 1999,[5] the LLS was replaced by the Libronix Digital Library Systems (or Libronix DLS) in 2001.[6] This was a 32-bit application (LLS was 16-bit) and had been rewritten from the ground up in a more modular fashion that made it easier to add future expansions. As with all other versions of Logos Bible Software, it was offered as a free update to existing customers. In terms of branding, Libronix Digital Library System refers to the software itself, whilst Logos Bible Software Series X was used for packages that included both the software and electronic Biblical studies resources.

Version 2 of Libronix DLS appeared in July 2003 as Logos Bible Software Series X 2.0. This added support for documents such as notes and word lists, visual filters (which allow users to create rules to add highlighting and markup to resources automatically), and a graphical query editor.[7] Version 3 was launched in June 2006 and introduced reverse-interlinear Bibles, the Bible Word Study tool, and syntax searches.[8] The Series X name was dropped, and the software was known simply as Logos Bible Software 3. In March 2008 an alpha version of Logos Bible Software for Mac was released for testing,[9] with the retail edition shipping in December.[10] This was known as Logos Bible Software for Mac 1.0, and although based on the Windows version, full parity was never achieved, even with versions 1.1 and 1.2 which shipped in 2009.

However, on November 2, 2009, Logos announced Logos Bible Software 4 for Windows, along with an early alpha version of Mac edition and a cut-down iPhone version. Like the original release of the Libronix Digital Library System, the application had been substantially rewritten, and featured a very different graphical user interface than its predecessor.[11] Crucially, once the Mac version was completed, both editions of the software would be almost identical in function, and settings, documents and resources would seamlessly sync between the different versions. The Mac version reached beta in July 2010,[12] and was released in September 2010.[13] Various updates later came to both platforms, with version 4.1 (October 2010, Windows only) adding sentence diagramming and print/export,[14] 4.2 (December 2010 on Windows, March 2011 on Mac) adding various minor features and bug fixes,[15] 4.3 (August 2011) adding Personal Books to allow users to add their own content,[16] 4.5 (January 2012) adding improved notes and highlighting[17] (4.4 was skipped), and 4.6 (August 2012) offering bug fixes and a few tweaks.

Logos Bible Software 5 was released for both Mac and Windows in November 2012,[18] with an emphasis on connecting disparate features and databases, making Bible study easier and more efficient.[19] Datasets and tagging added to Bibles meant users could now explore the roots of words and their sense, and the Sermon Starter Guide and Topical Guide made accessing Bible topics much simpler and quicker. Logos 5.1 (July 2013) added read-along audio and a new topic layout,[20] with several more minor improvements in 5.2 (November 2013).[21]

Logos Bible Software 6 was released at the end of October 2014,[22] and became the first version to support 64-bit architecture. It too added a number of new datasets and features, including Ancient Literature cross-references, Cultural Concepts, original manuscript images, multimedia and the new Factbook that attempted to integrate the increasing number of databases to an even greater extent than was possible in Logos 5. Logos 6 also integrates with the Send to Kindle service provided by Amazon.

Logos Bible Software 7 was released towards the end of August 2016. Features added with this full version include, Sermon Editor, Course Tool, Figurative Language (interactive), Hebrew Grammatical Constructions, Longacre Genre Analysis, Sentence Types of the New Testament Dataset, Quickstart Layouts, Speech Acts, An Empty Tomb (interactive), Exploring Biblical Manuscripts.

Logos Bible Software 8 was released at the end of October 2018.

Mobile versions[edit]

An iPhoneapp was released alongside Logos 4 in November 2009. It allows users to access most of their Logos resources on the iPhone, with basic search and study features. Resources can be accessed over the cloud, or downloaded onto the device for offline access. Native iPad support was added with version 1.4 in April 2010.[23] Version 2.0 (January 2012) added notes, highlights and inline footnotes.[24] Version 3.0 (August 2012) added reading plans and community notes,[25] and version 4.0 a new UI updated for iOS 7. A topic guide was added in 4.3 (June 2014), and a scrolling view in 4.4 (December 2014). The app is now available in several 'flavours'. In addition to the standard Logos Bible Software app, other very similar apps exist under the Faithlife Study Bible, Vyrso, Verbum and Noet brands. These apps offer similar functionality, different branding, and a slightly different UI. The iOS app was awarded the DBW Publishing Innovation Award in 2011.

An Android app entered a public alpha in May 2011,[26] with a beta in July,[27] and 1.0 released a year later. The initial release allowed little more than the reading of Logos books, so version 2.0 followed quickly in August 2012, which added notes, highlighting, reading plans, Bible Word Study, the Passage Guide and a split-screen view. This brought much closer parity with the iOS app,[28] and future development has continued along similar lines to the iOS version.

Rebranded versions[edit]

Faithlife Corporation also produces two rebranded versions of Logos Bible Software with almost identical functionality. Verbum is aimed at Roman Catholics (and adds databases of Catholic topics and Saints, and more data from the Deuterocanonical Books), and Noet is for those undertaking scholarly work in the humanities, particularly the classics and philosophy.


Each version of Logos Bible Software has generally been received very positively by reviewers and Christian leaders. It is frequently praised for being user-friendly,[29] having the largest number of available resources of any comparable software,[30][31] and offering unique tools and datasets not found in any comparable products.[32] However, it has also received some criticisms for its high cost[33] and lack of speed when compared with other Bible software packages.[31]

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  1. ^The software itself is freeware. Most resources and datasets are paid for add-ons.


  1. ^Gons, Phillip ‘Phil’ (April 16, 2004). 'Logos Research Systems Commissions New Hebrew-English Interlinear Bible'. Logos Bible Software. Retrieved June 13, 2010.
  2. ^'Logos Bible Software rebrands as Faithlife'. October 7, 2014. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016.
  3. ^'High-tech survivors'. Whatcom County Business Pulse. Archived from the original on 2006-08-23. Retrieved 2006-09-27.
  4. ^Harris, III, W Hall (February 6, 2008). 'Bible Software History 101'. Retrieved June 13, 2010.
  5. ^'Code Name 'Titus' — The Future of the Logos Library System'. March 29, 1999. Archived from the original on May 8, 1999. Retrieved January 5, 2015.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  6. ^'Tip from CS: Update from the Logos Library System to Libronix'. January 6, 2009. Retrieved January 3, 2015.
  7. ^'Logos Bible Software Series X v2.0'. 7 July 2003. Archived from the original on July 7, 2003. Retrieved 5 January 2015.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  8. ^'Introducing.. Logos Bible Software 3!'. 15 June 2006. Archived from the original on June 15, 2006. Retrieved 3 January 2015.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  9. ^'Macintosh Logos Bible Software Hits Alpha'. 14 March 2008. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  10. ^'The Answer to Your Question Is 'Now'!'. 5 December 2008. Archived from the original on April 1, 2009. Retrieved 3 January 2015.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  11. ^'Logos Bible Software 4.0 Launched!'. Bible Software Review Weblog. 2 November 2009. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  12. ^'Beta 1 & 2 Release Notes'. Logos Bible Software Forums. 23 July 2010. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  13. ^'Mac Release Notes and History'. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  14. ^'Logos 4.1'. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  15. ^'Logos 4.2'. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  16. ^'Free Personal Book Builder Ships with New Logos 4 Update!'. 10 August 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  17. ^'Updates to Highlights and Notes Coming in 4.5'. 23 January 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  18. ^'Logos 5 has arrived: a smarter connection to the Word'. November 5, 2012. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016.
  19. ^'Introducing Logos Bible Software 5'. 1 November 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  20. ^'Introducing Logos 5.1'. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  21. ^'Logos 5.2'. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  22. ^'Logos 6 arrives'. Reformation21. 27 October 2014. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  23. ^'Review: Logos Bible Software for iPad v. 1.4'. This Lamp. 18 April 2010. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  24. ^'Logos for iOS 2.0.1 Release Notes'. 27 January 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  25. ^'iOS Reader Suite 3.0.0 Release Notes'. 29 August 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  26. ^'Logos for Android Alpha 4'. 14 May 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  27. ^'Logos for Android released'. 4 July 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  28. ^'Logos Brings More Parity Between Android and iOS Bible Apps'(PDF). Christian Computing Magazine. August 2012. Archived from the original(PDF) on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  29. ^Barrett, Charles M. (April 2013). 'Logos Bible Software 5'. Themelios.
  30. ^Challies, Tim (Fall 2006). 'Logos Bible Software 3'. The Journal of Modern Ministry.
  31. ^ abTabb, Brian J. (April 2014). 'Logos Bible Software 5 Platinum'. Themelios.
  32. ^Parker, David (July 2003). 'Logos Bible Software Series X'. Evangelical Review of Theology.
  33. ^Naselli, Andrew David (April 2014). 'Baker Academic Biblical Studies Bundle'. Themelios.

External links[edit]

Logos Bible Software official websites:

Retrieved from 'https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Logos_Bible_Software&oldid=967783050'

The Bible software market for Mac got a little more competitive this summer as Laridian released their long awaited PocketBible for Mac, brining the simplicity of the PocketBible app from years gone by to OSX. This program started out as a Kickstarter campaign and when I learned about it, I quickly pledged to back the program and happily started testing it as a beta app awhile ago.

No one will confuse PocketBible for an advanced Bible study tool that competes with tools like Logos Bible Software or Accordance, but it does make for a simple to use, speedy way to quickly look up verses, search for that passage you’re trying to find and access your PocketBible books. Most lay Bible students will really enjoy PocketBible and more advanced students should consider adding it to their arsenal for those times they want to quickly find something in the Bible.

If someone already owns a Laridian PocketBible library of books, then he or she should go to http://www.laridian.com and download it today. There’s no good reason not to install it on the Mac. Even owners of other more feature complete tools will want to give PocketBible a serious look since it’s one of the fastest and most Mac-like Bible apps available.

Setting it Up

Open PocketBible and log in using the simple registration screen that shows up upon first launch. Then go into the Cloud Library from the Books menu item, from with the Open Library box that shows up when the user hits the Open Library button on the toolbar, or hit CMD-L on the keyboard.

Here’s one possible area of improvement. I wish the program had a Download All button for instant installation of all of my books. That’s a one-time problem, so it’s not a big deal.

For those who used Book Builder from Laridian to make their own books, install them by copying the books into this folder:

~/Library/Application Support/com.laridian.PocketBible/Laridian Books

The user must open Finder, hit the Go menu and press the Option key to reveal the Library folder. Then drill down to the Laridian Books folder and copy books there.

The User Interface

PocketBible for Mac looks much like it does on other platforms. There’s the Study Panel on the left with tabs for things like …

  • Find – perform advanced Boolean searches
  • Bookmarks – find and organize your bookmarks
  • Highlights
  • Notes
  • FindNote – search your notes
  • GoTo – navigate books (table of contents)

To use the GoTo section, click in the open book first and it automatically changes to the table of contents for that book.

The default window pane layout includes a larger center pane where most users will place a Bible. On the right find two smaller panes. I opened two of my favorite commentaries. By default, the Bible pane will control the other two. In other words, as I scroll through the book of 1 Corinthians, the two commentaries will follow moving from verse-to-verse and chapter-to-chapter syncing the content.

There’s a toolbar with buttons for the following tasks:

  • Study Panel – opens and closes the Study Panel on the left of the main window
  • Open Book – opens the library
  • Go To – opens the GoTo box in Study Panel to jump to a place in book or Bible
  • Search – opens the Search box in Study Panel
  • Bookmarks – opens the Bookmarks box in Study Panel
  • Back/Forward – moves back and forth in the user’s history
  • Today – takes the user to that day’s reading in their chosen devotional
  • Cloud Sync – syncs with Laridian’s cloud sync service to back up or download user content like bookmarks, highlights and notes
  • Help – opens the Help book

The menu at the top gives users another way to access the various parts of the program.

PocketBible Features

While PocketBible doesn’t offer a large collection of advanced tools, it does what it’s designed to do very well. For example, instead of jumping from page to page by tapping as one does on the mobile version of the app, each book scrolls through the book. That means we don’t need to try and remember which part of the screen to tap, like we do with the tablet or phone version.

To highlight, bookmark or add a note to a passage, right lick inside a verse to show the menu. By default there’s a collection of highlighting styles with all the basic colors plus three styles of underlining.

Bookmarking uses a category system that the user sets up. For example, one might want to set up a category for topics like grace, sin, glory, church, etc. Then right-click and select the bookmark item in the menu and a flare-out menu will show the categories created. Click on a category to add a bookmark to that category.

Other features available through the right-click include…

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  • Adding notes
  • Looking up the selected word or phrase in PocketBible
  • Searching Google
  • Copying the passage or phrase
  • Starting speech which reads the text
  • Close the pane or split it vertically/horizontally

PocketBible also handles daily Bible reading. Click on the Today button to open the chosen devotional or reading plan. When a user finishes that day’s reading or devotional, they can “tap” which means to click on it. This seems to be a holdover from the tablet days.

Customize the layout by choosing the View menu and clicking on Change Layout…. A window of optional layouts appears after a dialogue box asks if you want to discard the current layout. The result will be an empty layout. Click one of the empty panes and then click on Open Book button to open a book. Click the next pane and repeat until books populate all the panes. To close a pane, right-click on the pane and close it from the menu.

If a user would like, they can customize the toolbar to put things like a Close Pane or Close Book button the toolbar. Right-click any blank part of the toolbar and choose Customize Toolbar…. Then add buttons from the window that appears by dragging them into place.

3 Minor Areas of Improvement and 1 Major Suggestion

Here’s a few minor areas of improvement I’d like to see in the first update. First, a user can’t close book with COMMAND+W like most Mac programs. This would make things faster for experienced Mac users who like to use keyboard shortcuts.

Some of the available buttons don’t appear on the toolbar by default, and I they should, like the Close Book button and the Close Pane button.

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Finally, I wish I could save a layout with specific books and give it a name. For example, I’d like to open the ESV, the ESV Study Bible and my favorite commentary in a three-pane layout. I can’t see a way to save this arrangement. I can open the three-pane layout, but then I must reopen the three books manually.

The major change I’d like to see is a study helper option like other programs offer. WordSearch, Logos, and Olive Tree all offer a feature where the user can, with the lick of a button, show a window that lists all of their books pointing to a particular passage. It’s like having a research assistant go to your library and get all your books on 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 and then open them in a stack on your desk.

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If you’re a Mac owner and already own books in Laridian’s PocketBible or used to use one of their mobile apps for Palm, PocketPC or some other platform, then drop everything and download PocketBible for Mac. Windows users who want to switch to make, but didn’t because they own a large Laridian library, now’s the time. There’s nothing holding you back.

Users who want to get started using a digital library, should give Laridian’s PocketBible a look. It’s a simple program that won’t take long to learn to use. It’s not the most advanced and doesn’t include as many features as some of the other Bible software programs, but I like it a lot and will make it my Go To program when I just want to quickly open the Bible and read or search for a particular passage. That’s because it’s lightning fast and simple to master. I’m a satisfied Kickstarter backer.

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Bible students who plant to go deep and want something that can grow with them, may want to look at Accordance or Logos on the Mac. The two best Mac programs for advanced Digital Bible Study.