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IsisMarc-1.53

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anon writes: "A new version of IsisMarc, the advanced data entry interface for CDS/ISIS databases, is now available for download: it implements a Z39.50 client, a search module and many other enhancements. This work is the result of a pool of developers in Argentina and Uruguay, under the auspices of Argentina's Ministry of Education SIU Program and UNESCO Communication and information sector.

Several features were added to the software, among which:

Search Module. It implements most Winisis� search features, showing results in a grid: double clicking a line will make that record active in the IsisMarc window. It does not support free-text searching.

MARC21 Import. It is possible to batch-import Marc21 records to a temporary IsisMarc administrated database. This database will not be erased until you order to do that, including when closing the application. This feature makes it possible to add MARC records to your local database for copy cataloguing.

Z39.50 Client. IsisMarc 1.53 adds a built-in Z39.50 client based upon the YAZ(c) OSS Library. It allows searching into more than 35 databases from libraries from all around the world and importing their records for copy-cataloguing. Check the manual to see important options as the "temporal activation" agent and many more. Note that through WinIsis you could add more Z39.50 sources to search into.

Punctuation. IsisMarc 1.53 can automatically add MARC21 punctuation to records as soon as you accept one. IsisMarc will try using MARC21 database rules to add appropriate punctuation (DOTS). This feature will be enhanced in future versions but was tested, for common cases. For fixing exceptional punctuation cases you have to edit the record manually. This feature can be disabled by leaving blank the DOTS parameter of isismarc.cip located in your DBISIS/database folder.

Multi-user enhancements. IsisMarc 1.53 was tested under Linux Samba drives for locking and adding records concurrently. Automatic Inverted file updating is not implemented because of DLL limitations.

A number of other minor bugs have been fixed.

IsisMarc interface and installation are now available in English, Spanish and French."

Pyisis-0.1

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Horacio writes: "Pyisis is a python way to access to Isis Databases on DOS/win32. The class permit access to master file and simple searches by term. This is the first release and is still in Beta."

Emilda-1.2.1

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Christoffer writes: "After one year of hard development, 48000 lines of changed code, 4 intermediate releases and countless hours of testing, the Emilda 1.2 branch is declared stable. Since Emilda 1.1, amogst others enhanced cataloguing using item types and subject headings, LDAP authentication, a completely renewed configuration system using Control Panels, automated setup and upgrading, a new database backend including cached queries and support for older 3.x MySQL servers, Gettext i18n, a new search backend, new reports, enhanced MARC configuration etc have been added. All Emilda 1.1 users are encouraged to upgrade to Emilda 1.2.1 to be able to experience library management at its best. For more information, please visit the Emilda Project site."

opac2rss

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anon writes: "opac2rss is a perl script that extracts checkout information from a Dynix system and creates an RSS feed for it. It would be great to get all your holds, fines, overdues, etc as an RSS feed from any ILS vendor."

Avanti MicroLCS-1.0 beta 4

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Peter writes: "Avanti Library Systems has released Avanti MicroLCS version 1.0 beta 4, a Java based OPAC and cataloging system. Many things have been changed and improved in beta 4, mostly under the hood. Among these are a much simplified installation procedure, a server management console, a simpler architecture and directory layout, and many bug fixes, optimisations and refinements that make this a rock solid release. Also included in this release is AvantiMARC, an application program interface (API) for manipulating MARC records. It is functional but not yet enabled in beta 4, as further refinements are underway and MARC utilities based on AvantiMARC are still under development. AvantiMARC will soon be released separately as a MARC API package under the terms of the LGPL license."

The Evergreen ILS

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Joshua writes: "A new and promising ILS is being developed and maintained by the Georgia Public Library Service for use by the Georgia Library PINES Program, a consortium of 249 public libraries. They have currently developed an infrastructure for the ILS that will use Linux, MySQL, Mozilla (XUL), and Jabber. Their main web site is at Open-ILS and the blog is already a great history and documentation store. Keep an eye on this one."

PMB-1.3

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Gautier writes: "PMB is a french ILS project, based on PHP/MySQL, which runs under Windows, Linux, MacOS X. Developed in french, the project has a very reactive users community. Although PMB supports an easy translation, there are still parts which remain to translate. (If you want to help, be welcome :-) )
A demo is available at http://pmb.biblio.free.fr.
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PhpMyLibrary-2.0.3

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Polerio writes: "PhpMyLibrary version 2.0.3 comprises the following major changes. Inventory report output in 3x5 inches catalog format. In addition, it also outputs 8x14 numerous inventory reports. Secondly, the Import Record has been modified to fully support the MARC importing methods. The Maintenance Links has also been added. It facilitates backup/restore process of MARC Records. Finally, the new automatic installation method has been applied. This version is a full-pledged webhosting-friendly application. Visit the site for more info and a live demo."

Emilda-1.2-beta

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Christoffer writes: "Emilda 1.2 has for the last 6 months been under heavy development, and the result of the hard work of the entire development team is the yesterday released Beta version of Emilda 1.2. We would now like to urge all interested to take part in the testing and evaluation process of the forthcoming stable release of Emilda 1.2. This release of Emilda features amongst others, LDAP integration, completely redesigned configuration system, MARC configuration, Item types, Subject support, redesigned search backend and much, much more."

Avanti MicroLCS-1.0 beta 3

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Peter writes: "Avanti MicroLCS version 1.0 beta 3 has been released. This is the first public release of MicroLCS in over a year. Much of the development work during that time has been devoted to refining and improving basic features. New features in Beta 3 include a powerful and flexible boolean search capability, a redesigned user interface that is clean simple and easy to learn and use, a context sensitive help system, and standalone Java clients. Beta 3 is coming close in terms of features to the basic OPAC and cataloging system that the production 1.0 release is expected to be."

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