BCTF Resource-Person Database updated

by Administrator Tuesday, June 10, 2008 9:56 AM

Andornot has recently completed a redesign of the resource-person database for the BC Teachers' Federation.  This is a comprehensive listing of session leaders and speakers on current education topics and issues. The database matches speakers/presenters and sessions to specific needs.

The original interface had been around for many years, and behind the scenes data was stored in multiple very old Access databases. Andornot converted the data, set up desktop interfaces to new CS/TextWorks textbases - one for workshops linked back to a secondary textbase for resource persons.  The web interface using CS/WebPublisher PRO outside the firewall is based on our Andornot Starter Kit.  We were able to use most of the the same external template files (set up in DB/TextWorks as seams or includes) as for a previous project for searching videos. The interface matches the rest of the BCTF web site, and any updates can be handled easily through edits to just a couple of files.

Contact us for more information.

Andornot Newsletter - June 2008

by Administrator Thursday, June 05, 2008 6:34 PM

Please check out the latest issue of our newsletter.

In this issue:

Latest Andornot News

  • SALIS conference presentation - Web 2.0 enhancements to your library catalog
  • Andornot releases selected Inmagic WebPublisher PRO enhancement scripts under an MIT Open Source license

Latest Andornot Projects

  • Heritage Burnaby
  • McGill Hospital Libraries

Inmagic Updates

  • Inmagic at SLA
  • @Inmagic Newsletter April 2008
  • New Versions of DB/TextWorks, DB/Text WebPublisher PRO and Genie Released

Quick Tip

Cool Tools

Latest Posts from our Developers' Blog

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Canned searches and Inmagic Genie

by Administrator Thursday, June 05, 2008 6:26 PM

We always recommend clients surface content buried deep in their Inmagic databases by adding canned search hyperlinks on their web sites. These can be on the search page as topic searches or on any other relevant page, so for example, you could create a list of materials on a particular subject for a practice group or on a project page. Another obvious example of a canned search would be a link to the latest new acquisitions on the Library home page.

See our WebPublisher Links page for some canned search examples:

WebPub links examples

Our Search Cannery Wizard is a great help for creating the syntax and testing these searches. It can also be used for quickly setting up canned searches for Inmagic Genie.  These are are not as complex and do not need as many parameters specified as for WebPublisher PRO.

Steps 1 and 2

You would need to substitute your own web server name and search strategy. Use the image  help hints for assistance in constructing your specific query.

For Genie canned searches you can ignore Step 3 altogether and go straight to Step 4:

Step 4

Press the Can it button to take the values entered above and create the code, then use the Test it button to ensure that it works as expected.  Copy and paste the HTML code into your web site. The example above would generate the following:

Sample canned search code



Whenever a user clicks on a canned search hyperlink they will get all records found by that search strategy, including any new entries as soon as they are entered into the database.

Canned searches are a great way to increase exposure to your resources! 

Inmagic WebPublisher PRO version 11 has been released

by Administrator Thursday, June 05, 2008 2:08 PM

Inmagic, Inc. released DB/Text WebPublisher PRO version 11 last week.  All clients with current maintenance subscriptions should have received a download notification email. If your contact information has changed please email advantage@inmagic.com giving your serial number and ask Inmagic to re-send.

Check out the new features list on the Inmagic web site.

Contact Andornot if you need to book some consulting assistance to assist with the install or for training on the new features.

Firefox 3 (Release Candidate 1) and Hit-a-Hint

by Ted Jardine Monday, June 02, 2008 10:39 PM

UPDATE: Installer (link below) updated to work with Firefox 3.1

UPDATE: LoL is a new and improved fork of HaH

Peter let us know this morning that several indispensable Firefox add-ons are now compatible with Firefox 3 RC1:

So off I went as that was the only reason I was holding off. Installed without problems and I love it. In just using it for a very short time (less than an hour):

  1. Sites load fast. And memory usage is much improved (right now with a couple tabs open I'm looking at 70MB whereas before it was regularly several hundred megs).
  2. Firefox itself loads very fast. Although some of this could be attributed to some add-ons that have been disabled now, it nevertheless is so much faster that even if the slug has not quite become a steed, it’s still awfully studly.
  3. The new functionality in the location bar is great.
  4. The add-ons dialogue is much improved. It's a small thing, but the reduced number of clicks to get an add-on installed makes a whole lot more sense than before.

And that's just what I've noticed right off the bat.

However, at first I thought Hit-a-Hint (a great add-on that makes it easy to do fast mouseless browsing) would be joining ColorZilla, Personal Menu, and a few others on the "not yet ready for 3" list, but searching the comments, sukhoy-isu mentions you can do a simple xpi installer change to get it going. Now how do you do that you may ask? Well, rather easily:

  1. Get the hah_0_9_1.xpi installer from https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1341, or rather, because the link is not available from within Firefox 3, go to http://hah.mozdev.org/installation.html.
  2. The xpi file is a compressed archive, so use something like 7-zip to open it up and extract the install.rdf file.
  3. Open the install.rdf file in your favorite text editor and modify the maxVersion value to 3.0 and save.
  4. Plunk the install.rdf file back into the hah_0_9_1.xpi compressed archive.
  5. Go to File -> Open File and locate your hah_0_9_1.xpi file and go through the resulting add-on installer process.
  6. Voila! Start hitting your hints! 

Or, go the easy way and download the one I put together. Just change the extension from .zip to .xpi before opening it with Firefox.

Of course, your mileage may vary. Anything bad that ensues, don't blame me. It's not my fault. As always, it's Peter's.

UPDATE: installer updated to work with Firefox 3.1

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