From Eric: Prospero 1.26 is out. New features include "conversion of a single page number, or a range of page numbers, from an Ariel document into individual PDFs, for removing the invoice that sometimes comes with an Ariel document or when several documents come in a single Ariel transmission. [Prospero also] now allows import from a monochrome PDF/TIFFs uncompressed or compressed using a CCITT Group3/4 Fax compression scheme."
as seen at freshmeat: "Fixed some problems which made all previous versions of BioMail nonfunctional due to changes at PubMed site. Added HTML 'skins', csv file format." If this means they finally did the cutoff of the old server some of my pubmed code must be broken too... for more see the redesigned BioMail site.
from Peter: 'Version 0.2.1 adds the ability to define "token descriptors" for token objects in an abstract relationship modeling system (ARMS). Token descriptors are used to link token objects in an ARMS database to things in the outside world or as descriptive labels for token objects.' available to all at the Avanti site.
to excerpt Eric: "Features of 1.2 include: moved staff module from a Perl codebase to C codebase... This will enable us to make a future release an Ariel "plug-in"; added ability to attach pdf documents to an email message rather than posting them to the Web; added Alphabetical sorting to user list database; fixed bugs in TIFF/PDF conversion and other interface problems; [many] changes in server scripts." check it out yourself at the Prospero page at the Prior Health Sciences Library. Very cool; now I can reimplement it here.
the Simon Fraser University Library Research Instrument (SLRI) is "a web to Z39.50 client interface" brought to you by the good folks at SFU. it's an adaptation of the web to Z39.50 gateway developed by Harold Finkbeiner at Stanford, licensed under GPL and recently spied at sourceforge.net as well.
as seen at freshmeat: "User interface changes, including early support for variable window sizes, smoother pagination, etc. Executable renamed from gutenbook.pl to gutenbook." see gutenbook.org for more.
Robert writes in: "There is rather good support for basic ISIS software (unfortunately they seem to be moving towards MS Windows) but it is very difficult to get free software (also free of charge) for constructing CGI. So I wrote my free iAPI (in C) to help others deal with problems I had before with ISIS." it's licensed under the GNU GPL...
from the Gutenbook site: Gutenbook is an app for downloading, and reading of etext books published electronically from the Gutenburg Project. it's fairly basic but it works, and has ports for linux (tk or qt) and windows. not only is this a needed app, it looks like a great starting point if you are interesting in learning to hack one of these environments (gtk-perl or kde/qt).