Watch out for file encoding when importing into Inmagic Textworks

by Peter Tyrrell Thursday, May 31, 2007 2:21 PM

When importing a text file into a Textworks database, make sure it is ANSI/ASCII encoded, not UTF-8 or otherwise.

You can't tell just by looking at the text how the file has been encoded, but a good text editor will tell you, and allow you to save as another encoding format.

Note that Textworks is not going to warn you about encoding incompatibilities specifically. It's just going to drastically misinterpret characters. Lucky for me this happened before import got underway, as the misinterpretation involved a field name match.

As a nota bene, the above shows how misleading it is to refer to any delimited text file as an "ASCII delimited file," as I've heard them referred to before. Unless of course you happen to mean literally ASCII-encoded as opposed to UTF.

Anglican Church of Canada updates search interface

by Administrator Tuesday, May 29, 2007 2:10 PM
From the press release .....

"General Synod library launches improved online databases
May 23, 2007 -- The Library and Information Centre of the national office of the Anglican Church of Canada has improved the ways that users can search, see, e-mail, save or print information from its five online databases.

The Library’s five online databases, which use INMAGIC software, are a unique and constantly expanding resource of information by and about the Anglican Church of Canada and the wider Anglican Communion. Three of the five databases are full text policy databases. Users can search for any word or subject in these databases and immediately see the complete text of the resolutions. The OFFICIAL Statements database contains all General Synod resolutions from 1924 to the present, as well as resolutions from the House of Bishops (1960 to present), Council of General Synod, National Executive Council (predecessor of the Council of General Synod) and Anglican News Service press releases from 1966. The LAMBETH database contains the indexed resolutions from all Lambeth Conferences and the COUNCIL database contains the indexed resolutions from all Anglican Consultative Council meetings.

Working closely with Vancouver-based consulting firm Andornot, the Library has designed new search screens, added new and friendlier index searching along with the ability to edit searches, and given users the ability to e-mail, save or print searches. Users can perform searches, display records, delete individual records and then e-mail, save or print the results. Previously, users could only print one screen of records at a time."

Search the databases at:

Another neat feature added by Andornot is truncation of the full text on the brief display using stylesheets. Contact us for more details.

Andornot at CHLA 2007

by Administrator Tuesday, May 29, 2007 1:54 PM
Andornot is exhibiting at the Canadian Association of Health Libraries in Ottawa this week. We are looking forward to meeting up with clients and speaking at a users group meeting here on Wednesday (and of course experiencing hockey fever with the Stanley Cup final - GO SENS GO!)

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Ottawa Inmagic Users Group meeting - May 30th 2007

by Administrator Tuesday, May 29, 2007 1:49 PM
When: Wednesday May 30, 2007, 4:30 pm

Where: Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh – located at 55 Metcalfe St., Suite 900, Ottawa

Topic: Inmagic Partners, Andornot Consulting Inc. from Vancouver, will

- review the latest software features
- offer an assortment of tips and tricks
- and will try to answer any questions that you have to ask

Please RSVP to Jane Donaldson as there is limited seating
Phone: (613) 232-2486 x (358)

This meeting is intended to be the start of an ongoing Ottawa Inmagic Users Group. Anyone interested in learning more about Inmagic software is welcome to attend.

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Virtual PC 2007 and NVIDIA nForce networking conflict on Vista

by Peter Tyrrell Tuesday, May 22, 2007 4:27 PM

I have Vista 32-bit on an Intel x86 NVIDIA nForce4 motherboard. Ever since I installed Vista, networking has been... dicey. Any time the computer went to sleep/hibernate, networking would no longer work. Some BSODs on wake. Installing the KB931671 Windows Update reduced the number of BSODs, but not the problem itself.

Updating to the latest nForce4 drivers (15.00, released Feb 5 2007) caused networking to simply stop working from startup. No ethernet, no internet, no connection to other workgroup computers, no ping to gateway even (transmit failed, error code 1231).

Through a process of trial and error, I found that disabling Virtual Machine Networking Services on the nForce Networking Controller, plus netsh interface ipv6 reset from the command line, restored networking. (Virtual Machine Networking Services are installed by Virtual PC 2007 as part of its Virtual Machine Additions.)

So I'm left with no network connectivity on my virtual machines. Perhaps I should count myself lucky I have connectivity on the host, but instead I think, no, a steaming pile of curse words followed by a new NIC will be the answer.

UPDATE June 8, 2007 - Bought a new network card and disabled nVidia networking. All problems resolved. Cost? $35.

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