Notes FAQ

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New and Improved

The new Notes tool adds several important features and significantly improves various aspects of the old system:

  1. Fully cross-platform across Windows, MacOS, iOS, Android, and the web

  2. Access to all your notes and highlights in a single database

  3. Faster and easier searching of your notes database

  4. Faceted browsing to instantly find all your notes by any combination of the following facets:

    • Type: Notes or Highlights

    • Resource

    • Bible book

    • Data Type: Bible, Philo, Josephus, Apostolic Fathers, etc.

    • Tags

    • Notebook

    • Anchor: text range, reference, workflow, no anchor

    • Modified date

    • Created date

  5. In-app sharing

  6. Read-only, auto-updating shared notebooks

  7. New rich text editing options

  8. Notes & Highlights filter in the resource sidebar to quickly find everywhere you’ve added a note or highlight in a resource

  9. Improved syncing

  10. Performance: faster syncing 

  11. Scalability: built to handle millions of notes efficiently

 

Missing Functionality

We’re working to bring many features of the old note system into the new note system, and we’d love your feedback on which you’d like to see first.

 

Shipped Features

The following features have shipped to all users in the current version of the Logos 8 desktop application.

  1. Remember your note icon and color preferences

  2. Highlight search extension searches

  3. Labels (applying new highlights with labels to text; search coming soon.)

  4. Notebooks remembered when saved in Favorites, layouts, etc.

  5. Sorting notes by reference (desktop only)

  6. Copy and paste from resources with citation links
  7. Remember your highlight style preferences, and improved integration with the Highlighting panel

  8. Previous/Next Annotation in the Locator Bar

  9. Corresponding Notes & Highlights visual filter

  10. Display selected notebook as tab title

  11. Labels searchability

  12. Ctrl+F/Cmd+F to find in editor

  13. Include Anchors (references and resource text) in Print/Export

  14. Integration of notes in Your Documents section of Basic Search panel, with hit highlighting

  15. Integration of notes in Your Content section of guides

  16. Compact (i.e., one line) view (comparable to Split view in old notes)

  17. Setting for default font size

  18. Hovering note/highlight in resource displays its notebook

  19. Clicking note icon in resource opens in notebook

  20. Send to sermon document

 

Beta Features

These notes features are currently available in the beta version of Logos desktop application. Join the beta program to access them today; otherwise, stable versions of Logos are released every 6 weeks. Some beta features may also be released early on app.logos.com.

  1. Full view

  2. Timestamp visibility (better exposure for specific time and date created and modified)

  3. Add a note to notebook from context menu

  4. Find notebooks in the Docs panel

  5. Update notebook order to alphabetical

  6. Guide notes

  7. Additional note icon shapes

 

Upcoming Features

We intend to work on the functionality below in roughly the following order. Your feedback can help us prioritize the most important features next.

  1. Improvements to taking notes and highlights from the context menu

  2. Export to / save as word list / passage list

 

 

Deprecated features

We’ve dropped these features and don’t currently plan to implement them in the new system.

  1. Note titles

  2. Nesting/indenting notes

  3. Quotes view in Notes (a resource can be filtered to show only highlighted text; print support coming soon)

  4. Wikipedia panel note anchors

  5. RTL/LTR editor control

  6. Spellcheck language setting

 

FAQs

How do I get the new Notes tool?

We’ve already done the work to make all your notes and highlights work seamlessly in the new system. When you upgrade to Logos 8, all your notes and highlights will be ready to use in the new system on all platforms.

 

Where can I find the new Notes tool, and how do I get started using it?

After you’ve upgraded to Logos 8, you’ll be able to find the new Notes tool in the Tools menu of the Logos desktop app and the Logos web app. You can also take new notes and highlights by right-clicking in the Context menu in Resources or by using the Highlighting tool (desktop only). In the mobile app, you’ll find the new Notes tool in the main app menu, in the Tools tab of the New Tab menu, and in the Actions menu and Selection menu in Resources.

 

I upgraded to Logos 8, so why don’t I see the new Notes tool on mobile?

Depending on how many licenses you have, it may take a couple of minutes before the mobile app discovers your license and shows the new Notes tool. If you don’t see it after a couple of minutes, try restarting the app.

 

How is the new Notes tool different from the old one?

The main difference in the new Notes tool is that all your notes are in a single database. You can view them all as a list, or filter down to only highlights, or a single book of the Bible, or all notes taken in a certain resource. You can also organize and share your notes in Notebooks.

 

Where are my note documents?

Your note documents from the old system have all migrated to the new note system as notebooks with the same name. Think of them as folders for your notes. You can find them in the left sidebar under the Notebooks tab.

 

What should I use notebooks for?

Notebooks in the new note system are analogous to note documents (previously called note files in Logos 4 and earlier) in the old system. In the old system, every note or highlight was in a note document. In the new system, it’s possible for notes and highlights not to be in any notebook. This article outlines some reasons to use and not use notebooks.

 

How can I share my notes?

In the new Notes tool, sharing a notebook will share all the notes it contains. You can currently share a notebook on documents.logos.com, and sharing from within the Notes tool is under development. You can also find and get read-only access to other users’ shared notebooks in the Docs menu or at documents.logos.com.

 

Can I access all of my notes and highlights on my PC, Mac, Chromebook, iPad/iPhone, or Android device?

Yes. The new note system was built to work seamlessly across all your devices. After you’ve upgraded to Logos 8, all your notes and highlights will sync across all your devices as long as you’re connected to the internet.

 

Can I access my notes and highlights offline?

The new Notes tool on desktop and mobile supports offline access. While you’ll need to be online to sync your notes and highlights with your other devices, you’ll be able to create, edit, manage, and delete notes and highlights while offline.

 

Can I try the new note system before upgrading to Logos 8?

All of your notes are available right now on the Logos web app. Go try it out for free, and see how you can browse your notes with the new facet system. (Just remember, any new notes or edits you create on the web app won’t sync back to your desktop until you upgrade to Logos 8.)

 

How do I use my labels or make new ones?

Labels are not currently supported in the new note system. We hope to add support for them in the near future. In the meantime, you can use them by switching back to the old note system. It’s easy to toggle between the old system and the new system. Learn how in this help article.

 

Can I still use the old notes system?

You might still be using an older version of Logos (either on your desktop computer or mobile device) and taking notes and highlights in the old system. That’s okay; your notes will continually migrate forward to the new system so that when you are ready to switch to Logos 8, your notes will be ready for you.

 

Will notes and highlights taken in the new system show up in the old system?

No. The continuous migration service is one way—from the old system to the new system. Changes made in the new system will not be reflected in the old system.

 

What if I’m using the new Notes tool on one device and notes documents on another device?

We recommend you update to the latest version of Logos on all your computers and mobile devices to avoid potential conflicts from old notes and new notes. If it’s unavoidable to use old notes and new notes at the same time, please see the potential risks outlined in this help article.

 

How do I switch back to the old notes system?

We are working hard to add all the functionality of our old notes system to the new Notes tool. If you need to switch back to note documents to use a particular feature, like Labels, learn how in this help article. As above, please note that using both note systems at the same carries some small risks of collision.

 

I still have questions. Where do I get help?

You can get help learning how to use the new Logos Notes tool in the following places:

 

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