Focus on tablet and touchscreen features
Better scrolling and program control with touchscreen gestures. Especially in reading mode the interface is difficult to use with a touchscreen. I want to be able to use Logos like my e-reader.
Without these features, one of my newest computers is rendered useless. Every other app works wonderfully.
We need touch!
William Dupps commented
The original post is 10 years old now... Logos team, can you please weigh in on whether this is even on the horizon? Basic finger scrolling without having to use the microscopic scroll bar would be a major improvement in tablet mode
highlighting in touch/tablet mode is huge. Please make logos touch friendly!
Fr. John Hamm commented
Logos/Verbum is starting to look very 20th century. You NEED to develop a Windows interface that integrates touch control. The mouse-centric interface is passe and becoming inconvenient.
Jonathan Moore commented
I have been using Logos 4 on a Windows touchscreen since I first bought it Proper touchscreen support is the only thing that stops me upgrading. Each time a new version is released I look into it to find out if it will finally work well on a touchscreen. So far, no joy. I will upgrade when this is sorted. I know it's technically challenging, but this is much more important to me than any of the new features that have been added in the last few versions. Pen support is number 2 on the list - important, but not as important as touch.
I also would like to see general improvements in touch screen capabilities on Windows 10. I especially like the Bible Table of Contents navigation available on iOS. It would be nice to have the same functionality on my Windows 2-1.
Amy Little commented
I also would like to see an easier ability to use highlighting on my Ipad. I love to use it to access my logos library but have such a hard time highlighting anything. Thank you!
Add the ability to use pencils on ipads and Surface books to mark up, highlight, etc.
Scott Dillon commented
Add features to allow us to use our devices to teach "a la" Piper's Look at the Book mode.
Sebastian Ibstedt commented
It is essential that touch controls are improved so Logos can be used as an e-book reader.
Nick Hall commented
The most immediately annoying lack of touch compatibility for me is on the home-screen. I always want to be able to scroll through the “articles” with my finger.
Mike Windle commented
I would love to see this coming into the Canvas tool as well. I'd love to be able to use my active stylus effectively as well.
Phil Theis commented
Yes, absolutely, we need touchscreen features. They are basic and should be present in a first class piece of software.
It can't take much, every other program I use on my touchscreen works great.
It was a big unpleasant surprise, when Logos 8 launched, to find out the update left out the touch screen/hand writing features completely and yet again.This is 2019 now, and while Logos is improving in other areas, it's falling significantly behind on the current trend. All the people I know using either tablet or tablet PC utilize hand writing feature in their note taking on their digital resources, and they find it extremely intuitive, enjoyable, and productive. The developers just don't seem to be interested in keeping up with how the world is evolving.
Joon Hui commented
I have been a Logos user since version 4 and used it with my Mac. I just bought a Surface Pro hoping I can utilize and optimize my experience using Logos to read, research, and write. I cannot get any gesture going with my Surface Pro. Hope someone will fix this.
Joshua Coady commented
Started with v4, now on v8 and I use logos almost exclusively on my surface pro. The handwriting panel used to be able to be used to write in a variety of text fields, but it no longer works for notes and some other places (and hasnt worked for a year or 2). I was really hoping that v8 would fix this, but just upgraded and it still doesnt work. I also have some difficulty doing things like resizing windows (like the library list) because the touch target is so small you have to be very precise about where you hit it. Same deal with scrolling. Also, the extra symbols on the keyboard dont work (anything that isnt on a regular keyboard).
Playing around with it for about an hour, I found these very basic, presumably easy to fix quirks/bugs.
- Handwriting input panel doesn't work in notes (but does in prayer lists)
- Dragging does not select text in prayer lists (but does in notes)
- In home screen, dragging selects rather than scrolls
- In a Bible, dragging scrolls rather than selecting texts
- In Program Settings, dragging neither scrolls nor selects texts, and if you drag the slider bar, the page scrolls in reverse of how it scrolls if you grab the same slider bar with the mouse! You really have to try this one to believe it.
A word to the developers - with touch, dragging up/down should scroll, whereas dragging left/right should select text. That works flawlessly in TheWord Bible software.
I am also curious to know what improvements have been done on Logos 8, since there is no Logos 8 demo version.
William Dupps commented
Has anyone read of any touch-related improvements in Verbum/Logos 8? I would be very hesitant to upgrade if touch has still been left out of the development pathway. Anyone from Logos care to inform the group on this?
I just demo'ed Logos 7 on my Surface Pro 4.
I was astounded to find that I could not add a user note using the Windows Handwriting Panel. The handwriting panel is built into Windows and works exactly like a keyboard. It works on every single application I have ever used... except Logos. I believe this to be more of a bug than an improvement - Logos should not even care whether the letters came from a physical keyboard or the handwriting panel. Windows did all the work, and something in Logos is blocking it!
But, as mentioned, several other things make for a very bad touch experience. Scrolling by touch is sometimes laggy, sometimes aggressive, and sometimes seemingly nonexistent. Also, I can barely open a resource in touch. I can't just click on it - I have to click and hold to get the right click menu. Half the time I don't even get a right click menu - I just get information about the book. Many things aren't enabled to treat a touch as a click. So I tap on a window (x) to close it, but it doesn't register as a click. Also, the behavior seems to vary between different parts of Logos.