from fm, changes include: "The database tables have been restructured to conform more to the MARC21 object model. Bibliography holds, member late fee and account, member checkout history, reports, and labels have been added." Find it at the forge.
Thomas writes: "Changes in 1.2c1.1.1
from the previous version include: correct MARC-8 character encoding conversions to Unicode when MARC records are rendered as XML, and all MARC 880 fields are now preserved when the MARC is converted to XML. This is accomplished by using the MARCCharSet.dll, included with this package; MARC XML output has been improved to more exactly conform to the Library of Congress MARC XML standard; the MARC parser has been made more tolerant of badly formed MARC; support for additional YAZ ZOOM Options has been added; the ZOOM_TEST program has been simplified, the code cleaned up, and targeted to a Z39.50 server that should actually work."
Bas writes: "This new version supports full character set conversion between MARC-8 and UCS/Unicode. For UNIMARC character set conversions are supported between ISO5426 and UCS/Unicode and ISO6937 and UCS/Unicode. This new version also fixes some bugs. The goal of MARC4J is to provide an easy to use library for working with MARC records in Java. MARC4J adopts MARC related standards and is tightly integrated with SAX2, a high performance XML interface, to enable robust conversion routines between MARC and XML. MARC4J is written in Java and published under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation."
Paul writes: "This new version is really close from the stable 2.0 version. What's new: standard acquisition and MARC cataloguing now both useable at the same time; MANY bugfixes; almost everything now templated, a few admin scripts still to template; inclusion of some pictures to say "add", "modify", "delete" in many places; the koha-html cvs tree is now UNUSED, and no mode included in this release. The koha cvs project contains everything. TODO: z39.50 support - a port from the 1.2.x z39.50 support needs to be done; should be quick; fixing bugs - if you find a bug in this version, please take the plane and go for a trip to bugs.koha.org. Feature freeze is there... only z39.50 will be added until 2.0RC1, which should be the next release!
Known bugs *IMPORTANT*: koha does NOT work with MARC::Record 1.12. It works fine with MARC::Record 0.93, and maybe with other versions; repeated subfields in MARC/iso2709 works poorly; in the MARC search, the "not" flag does not work; en and fr are the only languages well supported in this version. Other translator teams are waiting for more stable templates."
Franï¿½ois writes: "Due to the incoming of new developpers, PhpMyBibli (a free library automation system) is now on the right track to become fully functionnal. Jesir Vargas from Puerto Rico has almost completely translate the whole thing in english and spanish and is at the point to finish the portuguese translation. Eric Robert from France did a great job on UNIMARC integration. UNIMARC import is now working fairly, even the 995 field that is crucial for french small libraries. Lots of bugs have been corrected and the code was cleaned in a drastic way by the time we were rearranging the database structure to improve its reliability and speed. We are coding the loan-module to reach version 1.0 during spring." A demo version is available at sourceforge.
Peter writes: "Avanti MicroLCS version 1.0 beta 2 has been released. New in beta 2 is a standalone GUI client application. It has the same clean, elegant look and feel of the Applet client, but it does not need to run in a web browser. This makes it possible to deploy Avanti MicroLCS in environments where a web server and browser may not be available or needed. Also in this release are a number of bug fixes, improvements to the API and the user interface. Attention turns to beta 3 development, which will focus on very intensive debugging, testing, and refactoring of the existing system. The aim is to ensure that what exists is rock solid in every way, is scalable, and works extremely well."
Paul writes: "koha 1.9.0 was born a few minutes ago. His parents, the koha-team, are very proud of this almost-stable children. This version includes: dozens of bugfixes; the MARC acquisition part is now completly stable, and used in production in France since december; templating almost ended; translations now available : french (almost finished), chinese, spanish, and polish; circulation now works; non ISO-5589-1 support (for chinese and polish); improvements in marc import in breeding farm; first draft of search in MARC-DB; librarian interface demo (please note that by default this site should be in FRENCH. If you modify parameters, don't forget to put fr again in systemprefs!) Next version planned is 1.9.1."
from fm: "ParaTools is a set of Perl modules for the handling of document references. It includes two citation parsers, a document parser, OpenURL support, Web service examples, and detailed documentation. The toolkit is available as open source, and has been designed to be easily expandable. The parsing functionality in ParaTools is already in use in the ParaCite system."