– [Instructor] This video
provides an overview of the Logos notes tool. It shows how to use it,
how to make and find notes or highlights, how to tag notes and group them together, how to sort them. As a work example, we look at
making notes and highlights on the first few verses
of Hebrews chapter one. The notes tool is opened
from the tools menu. This shows all your current notes and highlights in a faceted browser. Use these facets to drill down to the notes you want to focus on. You can specify you only wanna see notes, focus on a particular biblical book, choose a particular translation, and more. This allows you to focus
on a particular subset of your data relevant to the current task. click one of the notes
to see its contents. There are a range of
notes formatting options. Option to change the notes
icon or the highlighting style. There is also an indication
of the notebook if any, that contains the note,
and you can move the note to a different notebook by
selecting it from the drop down. We’ll look at notebooks in more
detail later in this video. Click the full screen button
to just display the notes, and click it again to
restore the browse details. To go back to seeing all of your notes and highlights, click all. to turn off the facet
display, click the icon at the top left, and to search within text and a note, enter it in the find box. To create a new note or highlight from the tool, click the new note button, and choose from the various options. To enter the text in Hebrews, we’re gonna add some highlights and notes. The first thing we’re going to do is to highlight the cross references, and there are a range
of ways of doing this. Select the “You are my son” text. If you have this selection menu
enabled in program settings, you will see a small pop up menu with a range of options
including highlighting. Click one of the highlights
to highlight the text. To choose from the complete range of highlights available to you, click the highlight tool
button in this menu. As you apply the highlight, the notes tool is updated to show this. Yet another option is to use hotkeys, which is set up in the highlighting tool. I have the letter B
associated with a blue color, so simply pressing that key
will create a highlight. Select the second cross
reference in verse five, and press the B key to
generate the highlight. Then we’ll add in some notes. select verses one to four, and once again, there’s the option to add a
note from the selection menu. Choosing this would create
a note linked to the text, but to create a note
linked to the reference, you need to use the fuller context menu. So, right click the selected text to bring up this menu,
ensure the reference is selected on the left,
and then click take a note. Change the notes icon as required, then add some text to the note. Select verses five to
seven and add a note. The first quotation of
verse five is from Psalm two verse seven, and we’ll link
that reference to the note. Open the anchors section
of the note and add anchor. Click reference and type Psalm two verse seven in the reference box. Select from the drop
down menu and click Done. Now we’ll go into Psalm
two, shows the note is linked to verse seven. We’ll also note how the creation statement in verse two echoes John one verse three. Select “through whom also
he created the world.” Click new note, and new
note on selected text, then add some content. Note the Bible references are
automatically hyperlinked. We can also add highlights or notes to other resources, such as commentaries. Highlight the first sentence. In the examples above, we
added a note to a reference. With these types of notes
they appear in every resource in XY verses such as
Bibles and commentaries. To do this, as we saw,
select a portion of text, right click and show that the range is selected on the left and take a note. Another option is to create a note that just links the selected text, and here it will just
appear in that resource. To do this, select a portion of text, right click, ensure that this selection is selected on the left, and take a note. So far we’ve been using
the default display mode, but there are other options. The compact view, which just shows brief details regarding notes. Full preview, which just shows the notes without any of the context information. We’ve now created a number
of notes and highlights. Sometime later we might want to come back to them and just look at those. We can choose everything
we have on Hebrews. Enter Hebrews into the search filter and select the book of Hebrews, and remove this from the search filter to show all the Hebrews
related notes and highlights. Both resources we’ve been using
for these notes are shown. And because we just created them, we could select only those
that have been created today. Incidentally, hover over a note to show when it was actually
created and last modified. But we might want a more
convenient way of selecting them. There are two options,
using tags or notebooks. We can add a tag to a note,
and we could filter on this tag to just see appropriately
tagged notes or highlights. Or, we can add all the
notes and highlights we just created to a notebook. Click the notebook icon,
click the plus symbol, and enter the name of the notebook. Then select all the
notes using shift click, and drag them to the notebook. Then select that notebook to get those particular notes and highlights. To add a note to that notebook,
switch back to the ESV. Select the text from “God
spoke” to “by his son”, right click, ensure the text is selected, expand the take a note drop down, and click the notebook you
want to add the note to. Enter, “God is a speaking
God” in the content field, and the note is added to the notebook. If you don’t specify a notebook, the note will be added
outside of any notebook in a new instance of the notes tool. By default, new highlights will be added to the currently selected
notebook, if any. To change this, you need to specify the notebook you want from
the highlighting tool, and this change is made
at the palette level. And once a notebook is
selected, the tab name is changed to reflect this. One of the benefits of this is, you can have multiple instances
of the notes tool open, with each one having
different notebooks selected. Select a notebook, and this changes the name in the panel tab, and makes it easy to see which one is which. If you decide you don’t
want the note after all, you can simply delete it,
either from the panel menu or by dragging it to the trash. Another powerful feature
within the notes tool relates to sorting notes. Select a biblical
resource in the notes tool and click the sort drop down menu. There are options to sort by creation or modification date, as well
as order within the resource. And note the different sort order that appears as you choose these options. Add in a notebook to
provide the opportunity to sort by how the notes
appear in the notebook. Select the Bible
reference option to enable the option to sort by reference. Once you’ve created notes, you
can share them with others, and this is done at the notebook level. Click the notebooks
icon in the notes tool, and click the three vertical dots. Then select the share option. From the public tab, you
can make the notebook visible to everyone, and once shared, you can copy a link to the notebook to send to interested people. From the group tab, you can select a Faithlife group to
share the notebook with. Select a group from the drop down menu. Specify if you want everyone in the group to be able to edit the notebook, as opposed to just viewing it,
and click done to share it. More details on sharing,
including gaining access to shared notebooks, are provided in other Logos training videos. The notes tool provides a powerful and integrated mechanism to create, access, and reference the insights, ideas and questions you find
in the resources you own. And with it available on
the desktop, the web app, and the mobile apps, you can take your research with you wherever you go.


1 Comment

Thomas Blackburn · January 13, 2020 at 10:02 pm

I think the notes tool is most poorly implemented feature in Logos

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