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18 August 2005.   Development of MicroLCS version 1.0 is now complete.

Work continues on the user manual and packaging for a production distribution, which will be made available here soon.




2 January 2005.   Avanti MicroLCS version 1.0 beta 4 is released.

To begin 2005, Avanti Library Systems has released Avanti MicroLCS version 1.0 beta 4, a Java based OPAC and cataloging system. Many things have been changed and improved in beta 4, mostly under the hood. Among these are a much simplified installation procedure, a server management console, a simpler architecture and directory layout, and many bug fixes, optimisations and refinements that make this a rock solid release. Also included in this release is AvantiMARC, an application program interface (API) for manipulating MARC records. It is functional but not yet enabled in beta 4, as further refinements are underway and MARC utilities based on AvantiMARC are still under development. AvantiMARC will soon be released separately as a MARC API package under the terms of the LGPL license.

Currently the only documentation available for beta 4 is the README file which provides installation instructions and information on basic use of the server and client. More comprehensive documentation and supplementary material are forthcoming and will be posted as soon as they become available.




21 October 2004.   MicroLCS 1.0 beta 4 update.

MicroLCS version 1.0 beta 4 will be released in the next couple of weeks. This version includes a number of improvements made while in use at a pilot beta testing site. It will also include a MARC record object that will provide MARC 21 import capability. More to follow soon.




6 July 2004.   MicroLCS 1.0 beta 4 announced.

Avanti MicroLCS version 1.0 beta 4, to be released later this summer, will provide compatibility for the MARC 21 record format. In development is a new Java package, avanti.marc , a MARC object API that includes a MARC import export utility as well other tools for MARC record processing. Although similar libraries already exist, avanti.marc may also be released separately as a simple and easy to implement i Java API for manipulating MARC objects.




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