08 August 2008

The 30 Day Challenge

I recently read a scathing criticism of Bible Study Software developers. The specific issue was that the only thing the developers might know, was what resources were distributed by the competition.

In that light, the blogs by a WordSearch employee, about trying out Logos 3 Scholar's Edition, instead of using his usual WordSearch 8.0 are interesting, especially because of his conclusion.
For what I'm trying to do in my personal and academic studies, I have to wholeheartedly admit that Logos is the best application to suit my needs.

The relevant blog posts are:

The other significant point was about vendor lockin:
Most of the books that I own in WORDsearch are available in Logos; it's just a matter of coming up with the funds to buy the books in Logos so that I can use them in their software.

1 comment:

LaRosa Johnson said...

Yeah the vendor lock-in is a hard pill to swallow. As a user, it's a difficult realization that you're purchasing a book in an electronic format but you're limited to whatever software you originally purchased it for. If you decide to switch applications for whatever reason, you have no choice but to repurchase those books all over again. Unfortunately the books are where Bible software companies make their money, so I don't see this changing anytime soon.

That's why it's very important for potential users to pick their software very wisely. They don't need to just think about what they need/want right now, but also need to anticipate what they're going to need in the future so that they can make the best purchase, and not get burned later by having to switch programs or being stuck with a program that doesn't fit their needs.