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
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
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
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 .
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
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
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 .
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 .
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 .
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 .
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 .
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/.
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/.
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/
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!
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
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
Falvey Memorial Library at Villanova University launched their implementation of VuFind.
You can have a look at: http://library.villanova.edu/Find
PALINET interviews Andrew and Chris on the development of VuFind. Listen to the podcast at:
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
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.
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.
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!
Chris and Andrew of the VuFind development team will be presenting at 2 conferences in October. The first presentation will be at the Palinet 2007 Conference in Baltimore on October 29. The second presentation will be at the ExLibris User Group Meeting on October 30 at Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ just outside of Trenton. We hope to see you there!
Marshall Breeding reports on VuFind in the September 2007 issue of ALA TechSource's Smart Libraries Newsletter. It's great to see Open Source initiatives - especially VuFind - profiled on the front page!