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VuFind 2.3 Released

Version 2.3 of the VuFind Open Source discovery software has just been released. This new release adds several new features as well as further improving the stability and flexibility of the software.

Some key additions: Support for retrieving results from additional third-party services: EBSCO Discovery Service, EBSCO Integration Toolkit, Primo Central and LibGuides; New themes offering updated support for the Bootstrap framework; Support for ReCAPTCHA security on several key forms; Expanded account functionality, including user-initiated password changes and recovery by email; and Expanded book cover display functionality, including the ability to generate dynamic cover images on the fly.... read more

Posted by Demian Katz 2014-08-08

VuFind 2.2 Released

Version 2.2 of the VuFind Open Source discovery software has just been released. This new release adds several new features as well as further improving the stability and flexibility of the software.

Some key additions: new themes using the Bootstrap framework to add responsive design features; expanded faceting functionality, which allows users to filter data in more complex ways; incorporation of schema.org microdata to improve search engine optimization; a tag management module for administrators; and improved authentication options, including CAS support and the ability to allow users to choose from multiple authentication systems.... read more

Posted by Demian Katz 2014-01-27

VuFind 2.1 Released

Version 2.1 of the VuFind Open Source discovery software has just been released. This enhanced release adds several significant new features to the VuFind 2.0 package released earlier in the year.

Some key additions: flexible and configurable support for combining search results from multiple sources, inspired by Villanova University's multi-column Catalog/Summon search; a new module for indexing websites; and integration with new software and services, including Booksite enhanced content, the Polaris ILS, and the Pazpar2 open source metasearch tool.... read more

Posted by Demian Katz 2013-08-23

VuFind 2.0 Released

Version 2.0 of the VuFind Open Source discovery software has just been released. This stable release, more than two years in the making, marks the production-readiness of the redesigned software.

In addition to the improved architecture and functionality demonstrated by earlier preview releases of 2.0, this version includes a few significant new features: the underlying Solr index has been upgraded to version 4.2.1, which offers many new features and greatly improved memory management; Google Analytics support is now available through a simple configuration setting; support for new RDA cataloging has been improved; and language auto-detection is now available for international users. Additionally, several bug fixes and minor improvements have been incorporated. ... read more

Posted by Demian Katz 2013-06-21

VuFind 2.0RC1 Released

The first release candidate of VuFind 2.0 has just been released. This release provides a preview of the functionality and architecture that will be seen in the full 2.0 release, due later this summer.

The new release includes several significant enhancements: Significant security improvements, including more secure password storage and protection against spammer abuse; A “MultiBackend” driver which allows VuFind to interact with multiple integrated library systems at once; A new and flexible search system with more modular, reusable code; 2.0 versions of all new features introduced in the 1.4 release, including support for hierarchical records and the Clickatell SMS service; and several bug fixes and minor improvements.... read more

Posted by Demian Katz 2013-04-26

VuFind 1.4 Released

The final major release in the VuFind 1.x line is now available. VuFind 1.4 includes several significant enhancements: support for hierarchical collections of records, allowing better integration of archival materials and digital repositories; built-in support for running without an Integrated Library System, making VuFind more convenient for non-library uses and offering smarter behavior during temporary ILS outages; the ability to provide custom recommendations to the user when no search results are found; an improved and expanded mobile interface; new index fields allowing VuFind to be used as an article index; optional Clickatell support for text messaging; and several new interface translations: Basque, Catalan, Czech and Russian. Additionally, several bug fixes and minor improvements have been incorporated. The new release can be downloaded at http://vufind.org .

Posted by Demian Katz 2013-01-28

2.0beta Preview Available

A new preview version of VuFind 2.0 is now available. 2.0beta features all of the same functionality as 2.0alpha, but it has been upgraded to use the newly released Zend Framework 2.0. Additionally, the installation process and configuration options have been made more powerful and flexible, and online documentation has been significantly expanded.

2.0beta is still NOT INTENDED FOR PRODUCTION, and some architectural details will change prior to the full 2.0 release in 2013. However, the code is maturing, and this release should be suitable for use by early adopters willing to follow development closely over the coming months.... read more

Posted by Demian Katz 2012-10-01

2.0alpha Preview Available; 2.0beta Underway

The first feature-complete preview release of VuFind 2.0 has been completed. Built using Zend Framework, this is the first step in moving VuFind to a more modern architecture. The preview release demonstrates all of the existing VuFind 1.x functionality while also filling in several gaps (including a more full-featured mobile theme and more consistent treatment of Summon and WorldCat records). This release is NOT INTENDED FOR PRODUCTION USE, as the architecture is still under development and many implementation details are still subject to change. However, it should serve as a taste of things to come, and comments/bug reports are welcome.... read more

Posted by Demian Katz 2012-07-02

VuFind 1.3 Released

The latest version of VuFind has just been released. The new release includes several significant enhancements: A new "book bag" feature for shopping-cart-style bulk actions (save, email, export multiple records); an upgrade to Apache Solr 3.5; new optional search plug-ins (visual timelines, Google Maps integration and Europeana searches); enhanced RSS feeds that allow VuFind results to be easily shared with external services such as Elsevier's SciVerse platform; and improved Syndetics integration. The "blueprint" theme is now the default setting, encouraging users to take advantage of jQuery in VuFind. Additionally, several bug fixes and minor improvements have been incorporated. The new release can be downloaded at http://vufind.org .

Posted by Demian Katz 2012-01-30

VuFind 1.2 Released

A new version of VuFind has just been released. Significant new features include support for expanded ILS integration (holds, renewals, etc. -- currently supported by Voyager and Horizon, with more drivers to come), a brand new alternate mobile theme based on jQuery Mobile (currently labeled "experimental," but worth a look), more accurate advanced search, more complete translation support than ever before, and many minor bug fixes and feature enhancements. The new release can be downloaded at http://vufind.org .

Posted by Demian Katz 2011-08-01

VuFind 1.1 Released

The next major release of VuFind has just come out. 1.1 adds numerous enhancements, including expanded support for non-MARC and authority records, autosuggesters, improved keyword highlighting, better favorites management, a sitemap generator and lots more. The entire code base has also been thoroughly reviewed, documented and improved, making this the most stable and secure VuFind yet. To download a copy and learn more, visit http://vufind.org .

Posted by Demian Katz 2011-03-21

VuFind usability discussed in ITAL

The March, 2011 issue of Information Technology in Libraries features a VuFind-themed article, "Usability of the VuFind Next-Generation Online Catalog," by Jennifer Emanuel. This provides a positive report on the software and some helpful guidelines for performing local usability testing. For more details (and an update to the details provided by the article), see the ITALica blog: http://ital-ica.blogspot.com/2011/03/usability-of-vufind-next-generation.html .

Posted by Demian Katz 2011-03-03

VuFind featured in Converge magazine

Converge, an online magazine focusing on technology in education, has published a feature article about VuFind. Past, present and future of the project are discussed, and several key players are quoted. Take a look here: http://bit.ly/aDhRXe .

Posted by Demian Katz 2010-08-17

VuFind 1.0.1 Released

A major release usually turns up a few small problems, and VuFind 1.0 was no exception. This maintenance release fixes the bugs found in the first month after VuFind 1.0 was unveiled as well as adding a couple of minor enhancements, including "Next/Previous" links on record pages and a simple OAI-PMH harvest tool. For more details, and to download the latest version, please visit http://vufind.org/.

Posted by Demian Katz 2010-08-13

VuFind out of beta with 1.0 release

VuFind's long beta period is now over. Today, VuFind 1.0 has been released. In addition to improved stability, the new release includes several features missing from the previous release candidate: flexible support for non-MARC metadata formats, a mobile interface, Dewey Decimal support, integration with Serials Solutions' Summon, and more! For all the details and to obtain the software, please visit http://vufind.org/.

Posted by Demian Katz 2010-07-15

VuFind 1.0 Release Candidate 2 now available

The wait is over: the second release candidate of VuFind is now available. Featuring improved security and stability, many new configuration options and the latest versions of Solr and SolrMarc, this is the best VuFind yet. For more details, please visit http://vufind.org/

Posted by Demian Katz 2009-12-14

Going Live!

There have been a recent wave of new VuFind instances going live (or public beta): National Library of Ireland, University of Michigan, Wake Forest, Colorado State, York University, London School of Economics, University of Georgia, and more... Great work everyone!

Posted by Andrew Nagy 2009-09-30

VuFind wins Mellon Award

On December 8th, Villanova University was amongst 10 other finalist for the 3rd annual Mellon Award for Technology Collaboration award for the development of VuFind. The award was delivered at the annual CNI Taskforce Meeting in Washington DC. Read the press release for more information: http://matc.mellon.org/press-release and here is a photo of the Villanova team with Vint Cerf: http://rit.mellon.org/MATC2008/slides/IMG_2429.html

Posted by Andrew Nagy 2008-12-18

VuFind 1.0 Release Candidate 1 now available

The first release candidate of the VuFind 1.0 release is now available. This is only a release candidate in preparation of the official 1.0 release. Please take note of the new issue tracking software powered by JIRA http://vufind.org/jira

Posted by Andrew Nagy 2008-10-16

Villanova University Library goes Live!

Falvey Memorial Library at Villanova University launched their implementation of VuFind.
You can have a look at: http://library.villanova.edu/Find

Posted by Andrew Nagy 2008-08-20

Podcast Interview with Andrew and Chris

PALINET interviews Andrew and Chris on the development of VuFind. Listen to the podcast at:
http://blog.palinet.org/podcast/?p=47

Posted by Andrew Nagy 2008-06-24

National Library of Australia goes Live!

The NLA has gone into production with VuFind and replaced their existing OPAC. Congrats to the NLA Team! Visit their site: http://catalogue.nla.gov.au

Posted by Andrew Nagy 2008-05-27

Version 0.8 is now available

We are proud to announce the release of VuFind 0.8.
This release is a much anticipated release due to the refactoring of the index structure. We have a new import tool that will import MARC records much faster. See the documentation for details.

Posted by Andrew Nagy 2008-03-18

Version 0.7 is now available

We are proud to announce the release of VuFind 0.7. This release is chock full of enhancements and new features. There are no major backend changes so an upgrade should be very easy.

Posted by Andrew Nagy 2007-12-12

ALA Midwinter in Philadelphia

Come see VuFind in action in our home town of Philadelphia at the ALA Midwinter Conference in January. We will be sharing booth #318 with PALINET during the Exhibition. We will also be hosting a session on Saturday, January 12th at 10:30am. We hope you will come and see us!

Posted by Andrew Nagy 2007-12-11