Yesterday Cliff mentioned the impending availability of the Duke Papyri collection from Logos, for free. I signed right up, having Logos 3 and having used it for a long time.
Alas, I learned later on that Logos 4.3 is required for using the new, free resource. Dismayed, I shared with Cliff via Twitter that such was the case.
He replied that I could in fact download the ‘core’ of Logos 4.3 for free, which I did (though it took most of the night- it’s a 1.5 gigabyte file and I’m on simple DSL).
It auto-installed once it was downloaded and when I checked it this morning I was really pleasantly surprised and pleased. It’s a vast, vast improvement over Logos 3. Night and day, actually.
I’m so impressed that I’m going to buy the upgrade package. And here’s my recommendation to Logos:
1- Prominently display the link to the Logos 4 core download on the home page under something like ‘try it out before you buy it’. If everyone else is as happy with it as I am I’m fairly sure they will have considerably more purchases.
2- Publicize the free download on the Logos blog and elsewhere. Trying to find it on the Logos site isn’t the simplest thing and frankly I never would have known about it if Cliff hadn’t told me on the Twitter. Get the word out. Literally.
As I mentioned in a recent review of BibleWorks 9, it’s my go to resource for exegetical work in terms of biblical studies software. As I also mentioned, the strength of Logos is its huge collection of secondary literature. I still think that’s true. But Logos 4 is much better for exegesis than Logos 3. And that’s a certainty.
Combined, the resources for exegesis in BibleWorks 9 and the (mainly) secondary resources available in Logos 4 ‘have it all’.
I guess what I’m saying is, you probably need both. Skip lunch at McDonalds for a couple of months and get both.