Make book & card catalog in PDF format using pyCatalog

pyCatalog is a Python, MySQL, wxPython, Reportlab application specifically usable in library and information centers. It simply produces book catalog and card catalog in pdf format rendered using reportlab. The program takes MARC file as its source data. Catalog output is one of the core output needed in library software today. Because open source system for libraries as of this date didn't have this kind of feature as most other proprietary library software have today. This includes Koha, Obiblio, and PhpMyLibrary. By making this generalized solution, those open source system for libraries mentioned will be able to take advantage from this application because the software is not centered on one library system. The application simply needs a MARC file in order to output the desired book and card catalog.

The application was written in Python to make it platform independent. Thus it will run in Linux, Mac, and Windows environment. The application require MySQL database to manipulate the order of the catalog. Card catalog is a 3x5 page size output that comprises one book bibliographic entry. Book catalog is a full page output that comprise 1 or more bibliograrphic entry.

It was named pycatalog, simply because it is written entirely in python, and catalog wholly describes the purpose of this application. I wanted to make this application open source because I believe open source developers will put this application above all expensive proprietary software for libraries. And will make this application fully-functional, I may not have that complete resource to create a world-accepted catalog generator but I think ideas and contributions from the developers around the world would help improve this application. I brought this idea to the public because of the necessity I felt during my project. I have searched all day long at Google to find a catalog generator but I find nothing. Hope this application would be able to help small to large scale libraries around the world."

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Posted by Charles Fiddler 2003-11-03

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