@Inmagic April 2009 newsletter now available

by Administrator Thursday, April 30, 2009 3:22 PM

Check out the latest issue of the @Inmagic newsletter or sign-up here to receive it via email.


  • NEW Webinar: "5 Steps to Socializing Your Knowledge Repository"
  • Save the Date: Join us at SLA in June!
  • CIL Recap: Check out Phil Green's presentation and post-show feedback
  • Sneak Peek: Inmagic DB/Text Works v12 coming soon!
  • Inmagic® Genie v3.3: Now available
  • NEW Case Studies: See how NASA and R.V. Anderson Associates are using Presto
  • Andornot TechBlog Tip: Genie label formatting tricks
  • Follow us: Get Inmagic updates and insight on Twitter

Please contact us if you would like further information on any of the products or topics mentioned.

The importance of beauty

by Peter Tyrrell Tuesday, April 21, 2009 10:55 AM

A fine article from the good people at A List Apart (the website for people who make websites). I always strive for aesthetically pleasing design in my work at Andornot. It just feels better when it looks good.

In Defense of Eye Candy
"Research proves attractive things work better. How we think cannot be separated from how we feel. The next time a boss, client, or co-worker scoffs at the notion that beauty is an important aspect of interface design, point their peepers here."




MS Office Features for Tracking Revisions

by Administrator Thursday, April 16, 2009 9:26 AM

Have you ever sent a Word document or Excel spreadsheet out for review and asked the recipient to please, please, please either turn on Track Changes or insert Comments, so you can see their revisions, only to have the document come back with neither? If so, here are two features available in Word and Excel that will help.

First, before sending a document out for review, you can turn on Track Changes in such a way that the recipient cannot turn it off without knowing a password. To do so in Word 2007:

  1. Select the Review tab on the Ribbon Bar, click the Protect Document button, and choose the Restrict Formatting and Editing option.
  2. In the panel that appears, ignore option 1, but tick option 2 and change the drop down selector to Tracked Changes (or Comments if you prefer to only allow comments to be made).
  3. Click the Yes, Start Enforcing Protection button and enter a password when prompted, to allow you to turn off Tracked Changes or Comments later.
  4. Save the document and send it out for review.

The procedure is similar in Excel.

In both applications, you can also be more fine-grained in what editing you allow, such as restricting editing to speciic cells in a spreadsheet or styles in a document (e.g. the user may edit body text but not headings).

The document may be opened by the recipient as usual, but Track Changes or Comments will be enabled and may only be disabled by following the same steps as above, but disabling protection with the password.

If you had forgotten to add Track Changes (with a password) to the document that you sent, you can use the Compare option. Open your original document and the one that was edited without changes being tracked. You can then compare the two and produce a version with changes tracked, which you can then proceed to accept or reject as appropriate.

Errors when attempting to run Database Publishing Wizard on a 64-bit Vista machine

by Ted Jardine Wednesday, April 15, 2009 10:34 AM
If you're attempting to use Microsoft's Database Publishing Wizard you might run into an error like the following (if you're running SQL Server Express 2005 - don't know if you will run into it with SQL Server 2005 Standard etc.):
This wizard will close because it encountered the following error: Could not load file or assembly 'Microsoft.SqlServer.BatchParser, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=89845dcd8080cc91' or one of its dependencies. The system cannot find the file specified. (Microsoft.SqlServer.ConnectionInfo)
If you do, just download the x64 version of Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Management Objects Collection located here. This post pointed me in the right direction as the possible solution suggested does in fact resolve the issue.

Tags: SQL Server | tools

Inmagic releases Genie v3.3

by Administrator Monday, April 06, 2009 11:24 PM

Inmagic recently released version 3.3 of Inmagic Genie, a component of the Inmagic® DB/Text Library Suite. We highly recommend that clients upgrade as it contains some significant enhancements, particularly with regard to serials management. New and improved features include:

  • Batch emails now available for loans, serials, orders and ILL's, i.e. to send claim notices etc.
  • Improved workflow when adding new serials
  • Additional options for serials arrival date prediction
  • Serial volume and issue information copied to Item records
  • Batch subscription and arrival date renewals
  • Batch add/remove a borrower for selected subscriptions
  • Include location or other borrower field on routing lists
  • "Google-like" alternate search syntax automatically ANDs terms, when applied to selected fields

As long as you are running version 3 or later, you can skip any in-between versions and upgrade directly to version 3.3 (provided you make a few minor changes required with the v3.1 and 3.2 releases). If you are still running versions of Genie before v3 you will need to upgrade to v3 first.   

Note:  Genie version 3.3 requires .NET 3.5 SP1 which is not available for Windows 2000 Server. If .NET 3.5 is not already installed on your Windows 2003 Server, it will require a reboot, so we advise scheduling the upgrade accordingly.

Clients using Genie to print spine labels should contact us or Inmagic for instructions if they encounter a line wrapping issue.

Please be sure to contact us if you would like assistance with the upgrade and enabling of new features! We can go over the possibilities with you and then make all of the necessary database and configuration file changes.  Upgrades are also a good time to make sure you are getting the best use possible from the software. We post various tips and suggestions on our Developer's Blog or you can take a look at some of the options on our Genie demo site.

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