Andornot Newsletter - October 2009

by Kathy Bryce Friday, October 23, 2009 2:42 PM

Please check out the latest issue of our newsletter.

Contents:

Latest Andornot News

  • Vancouver Users Group meeting / Calgary & Edmonton trips
  • Follow us on Twitter
  • Google Book Covers and Previews

Inmagic Updates

  • DB/Text WebPublisher PRO v12 released
  • Genie 3.3 SP 1 released
  • Inmagic newsletter – September 2009

Tips and Tricks

  • Removing carriage returns

Cool Tools

  • Bing tricks

Please contact us for further information or to be added to our newsletter list.

Fix IE8 unable to authenticate on a local website using Windows authentication

by Peter Tyrrell Wednesday, October 21, 2009 3:05 PM

Symptom

IE8 refuses to authenticate on a local website (website and browser are on the same machine) even when valid credentials are supplied, when the website is reached using a host header bound to the machine's loopback address. After a few attempts, the website reports an HTTP 401.1 Access Denied error. A different browser may authenticate successfully. Browsing the website with IE8 from an external client computer authenticates as expected.

Cure

A Windows security update is responsible for a loopback check security feature that is meant to prevent reflection attacks. Authentication fails if the host header does not match the local computer name. Disable the loopback check in the registry:

  1. Run regedit.
  2. Find HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Lsa.
  3. Add a new DWORD value called DisableLoopbackCheck.
  4. Modify the new value data to 1.
  5. Reboot.

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How to enable Windows 7 single sign-on for a website using Windows authentication

by Peter Tyrrell Wednesday, October 21, 2009 2:43 PM

Symptom

You visit an intranet website that uses Windows authentication with an IE browser on Windows 7 and expect to be logged in automatically with your current domain credentials. Instead, you are challenged for credentials. Once you enter credentials everything acts normally, but you expect a single sign-in scenario and it doesn't happen. If you visit the same URL with IE on another Windows OS within the domain, single sign-on works as expected.

Cure

A default local security policy in Windows 7 prevents LM and NTLM responses.

  1. Go to Local Security Policy > Security Settings > Local Policies > Security Options
  2. Select Network security: LAN Manager authentication level
  3. Change security setting to Send LM & NTLM responses

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Google Book Covers and Previews

by Denise Bonin Tuesday, October 20, 2009 9:11 PM

Library catalogues are boring.  Face it, their dullness is only mitigated by the thrill received when your catalogue search results have either a link to the full text or a website or to an image or something other than just the basic bibliographic details.  Ok, some folks use the library catalogue to find books - on the shelf and in their library - but if you are not familiar with that book, how do you know if it is worth your while seeking out? 

See the cover and preview the book.  Now there is a way to liven up and to add value to your catalogue, with both a book cover image and a preview of the text, if they are available.  Just by having the book's ISBN in the catalogue database, a link can be made to Google Books.  With this link you can have an image of the book's cover in full and beautiful colour displayed next to the bibliographic information.  You can also have a link to the Google Book Preview, if it is available.  Andornot has long since advocated enhancing the library catalogue and added the Google Books covers and previews to its own Starter Kit.  We then suggested that Inmagic WebPublisher PRO hosted clients do the same. 

Several clients took up the offer and now there are many examples to show you.  Elizabeth Lamont from the Royal Victoria Hospital Library, who oversees the coordination of the McGill University Health Centre Libraries catalogue (try the New Books link), loved this feature:  "Nice visuals for our users. We particularly like the added information on book contents. All without any extra work on our part!"  Both Lance Nordstom and Marci Gibson from WorkSafeBC appreciated the addition to their library catalogue of "a bit of colour to the results pages".  When it was suggested to Leah Harms, the librarian at the Resource Library for the Environment and the Law, that she add this feature to her library catalogue, she said of the Google Books Preview example shown to her that she "had no idea how great that book was until I read the preview."  And after we added them Leah commented: "I really am very pleased with the vibrancy of the covers and the usefulness of having the preview links. They function to better pique curiosity much like abstracts do for journal articles."

You can also see this feature on a few other catalogue databases:  Northern Health, Interior Health, Vancouver Coastal Health, Fraser Health, and the Resource Centre for Voluntary Organizations.  For best results, may we suggest that you search for books published since 2000.

Contact us to help you add Google Book covers and previews to your online catalogue. 

Inmagic releases DB/Text WebPublisher PRO v12

by Kathy Bryce Friday, October 16, 2009 10:28 AM

Inmagic has announced the release of DB/Text WebPublisher PRO version 12.

This features enhancements to several areas, including:

  • Improved support for newer browser versions and operating systems
  • Support for both 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems
  • Better searching through a new advanced synonym searching feature
  • Enhanced CSS support
  • Enhanced Alternative Search Syntax ("Google" like query syntax)
  • Improvements to XHTML support

Check out our blog for instructions on how to install WebPublisher PRO v12 on Windows 7 which will be launched by Microsoft next week.  

All clients with a current Inmagic maintenance subscription for DB/Text WebPublisher PRO or the DB/Text version of the Library Suite should receive an email from Inmagic with the download information for this new version. (No date has yet been announced for the release of CS/TextWorks v12. )  If you have a current maintenance subscription but have not received a notification email in the next week or so, please email advantage@inmagic.com with your serial number and email address so it can be resent.  Please also remember to let us know if your contact information has changed so we can update our records and pass this on to Inmagic. 

Please contact us if you would like assistance upgrading or would like to renew an expired maintenance subscription. We can also help you update your current web interface to include the latest features available in the software itself, or with our add-on products.

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