Prospero 1.2 Released

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.

Prospero-1.34: ALERT

Eric S. writes in: "Important: Versions prior to 1.33 contained in the file "" a potentially serious security threat. Malicious Web users could submit a modified document request to "" that could provide the Web user with the contents of important files or even provide them will local shell access if the script is running on a system that provides such access. WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND updating to version 1.34 [available at:] Thanks also go to John C. for finding the hole and supplying the patch.

Tagged: is a Perl 5 module for reading, manipulating and writing MARC records. Once installed in your Perl library you will be able to use's functionality to read in individual records or batches of MARC records, extract data from particular fields, and convert the records into a variety of formats including HTML and XML. You can also use to create records from scratch--which might prove useful if you have have some delimited data that you would like to convert into a MARC record. Since it is a Perl Module, might prove also prove to be useful as a component of a larger application that uses MARC in some form.



as seen at freshmeat: "This release adds a column to the library browser indicating whether a work is still under copyright, fixes to compensate for the library index file not being up-to-date with available etexts (a tweaked regex pattern matching on etext filenames), and other feature additions and minor modifications." For more see

Prospero 1.24 available

several more bug fixes taken care of in the latest release available from the Prior Health Science Library at OSU. of note also is that "Through October 11 , 1999, about 200 different organizations from 17 countries have downloaded


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.

Prospero 1.26

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: "User interface changes, including early support for variable window sizes, smoother pagination, etc. Executable renamed from to gutenbook." see for more.

SLRI: web to Z39.50

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 as well.


as seen at freshmeat: "An installation script, bugfixes, urls for each reference for the text-formatted e-mails, and an option to stop getting empty e-mails." See for more.

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