Proclaim 1.23 Update: New Media Browser

This week we launched Proclaim version 1.23. And I am legit super excited.

In October of 2013, we moved from Nashville, TN to Bellingham, WA to begin working with the team here at Logos. One aspect of my new responsibilities includes being the Program Manager for our Proclaim Church Presentation software. In other words, a childhood dream come true.

I was that geeky, techie kid at the church who preferred hanging out in the sound booth than anywhere else. My home church had me up in the sound booth at... I don't know... 11? 12? This, of course, led to me running production at my university's BSU and then to my first job at LifeWay, being in charge of live production for Centrifuge and the student events department.

And now, after years of striving to create the best possible presentations with software that didn't quite cut it... now, I get to serve the Church by making Proclaim an amazing, robust tool for worship. And it is so humbling to get to be a part of this team.

This update is important to me because it introduces a new media browser view. In this new view we've taken all the free media and Pro Media from Proclaim and organized it in a dynamic browser. It's not hyperbole to say that this is the kind of tool I've always dreamed of having while preparing for Sunday morning.

When building an order of service, the media minister is usually going for a tone or style that matches the songs to be played and the theme of the sermon. But - and I know this from personal experience - we end up getting stuck in a cycle of using the same motion backgrounds or stills over and over again. Why? Because we forget what else we have!

A normal file browser experience just does not work for an artist. There's no flavor, there's no discovery, there's no sense of theme connecting filename.jpg to anotherfilename.jpg. It just doesn't work.

The new Proclaim media browser   

The new Proclaim media browser

 

Since we started building this feature a few weeks ago, every now and then I will load up the app and just look. Just skim through the amazing art that our team has prepared for Sunday morning. Knowing that we get to take a small part in setting the one for worship across the country... it's crazy. It's humbling and honoring and exciting all at the same time.

For those of you who use Proclaim, thanks for letting us be a part of your service each week. And if you don't currently use Proclaim, connect with me and let me know what you need in a presentation tool - I always love hearing how we can serve the Church better. Thanks, and enjoy the newest update to Proclaim, available now.

The Near-Future of the Bible (BibleTech:2009, Collide Magazine, and more)

At the end of March (the 27th and 28th, to be exact), Logos Bible Software will be hosting the BibleTech:2009 Conference. I will be presenting at the conference on a subject that, I feel, is of the utmost importance: the Near-Future of the Bible.  You can check out my workshop's description here. Lately I have been doing a lot of thinking on the impact of the future on the Bible, and how the two will intersect.  As an introduction to my thoughts, I recently wrote an article for an upcoming issue of Collide Magazine.  I was able to interview a number of simply brilliant people for that article, and love the fact that my editor gave me a few (hundred) extra words to hash out my thoughts. I've got a couple of other future-thinking things that I'm working on, but nothing to say about just yet. On a personal note, getting these opportunities is - quite simply - a dream come true.  Anyone who knows me or follows this blog would know that I've taken classes on Futures Studies, that I've written pieces of fiction on the far-off future of the Bible (that I still need to complete...), and that I sometimes struggle with backtracking to the present when I see the implications of the future.  To have the trust of people not only here at LifeWay, but at Collide, Logos and elsewhere that my ideas have worth and merit is a blessing beyond my expectations. The hardest part is moving ideas from percolating in my head to relevant concepts for consumption; please continue to pray for me that my words and energies might be constructive and provoking rather than meaningless dribble. Somedays you just want to cheer and yell and be happy; some days you stand in amazement at the opportunities that lie before you.
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