Thursday, July 29, 2010

We did it again...

We just released BibSonomy's version 2.0.8.

The new release mostly incorporates small bug fixes and some feature enhancements. Some improvements will be visible, such as the possibility to export your bookmarks to BibTeX-Entries on each bookmark list.

We also extended the list of supported BibTeX entry types which now consist of
  • article
  • book
  • booklet
  • conference
  • electronic
  • inbook
  • incollection
  • inproceedings
  • manual
  • mastersthesis
  • misc
  • patent
  • periodical
  • phdthesis
  • preamble
  • presentation
  • proceedings
  • standard
  • techreport
  • unpublished

We continuously look at our log files for spotting possible bugs - but we need your help for steadily improving BibSonomy. If you happen to encounter a bug or have an idea for a new feature, please don't hesitate inform us (email).

Apart from updating the running system we've updated our Maven repository with the latest version of our open-source libraries.

Stay tuned to our next release planned for the end of September!


Thursday, July 22, 2010

Feature of the week: References to tag pages in the sidebar

As of the last release there are some small changes in the sidebar, namely in the section where you find the references to other tag-related pages. You may already know that there are links to both tag pages and concept pages, for all users and for the requested user/group or logged-in user, respectively.
What's new is that we have added a counter for the posts and you can see subtags of a concept when pointing on the latter. Also, usually in those cases where the linked page would contain no posts at all, the link is hidden.

Let me show you how it works by using an example. The search for 'linux' as a concept yields this sidebar. (Here you can find a reminder of what concepts and relations are.) Note that the counter is only visible when the user is logged in. Here, there is no link to the user-tag page, because the user 'ak' does not have any posts tagged with 'linux'. Neither does this user have a relation where 'linux' is the supertag, so the link to the user's concept page is hidden, too.

Of course, you can search for more than one keyword. As an example, consider the search for both 'mathematics' AND 'algebra' as tags, which yields the following sidebar. The search term is split up into the single keywords and for each one there is a link to the corresponding concept page (if the result set is not empty) and there is one link for the whole search term (although this query might yield zero posts). You may expect a reference 'algebra as concept from ak', but like in the previous example, the user 'ak' has no relation in which 'algebra' is the supertag, so this link does not appear.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Feature of the week: simple and advanced modus

This week we would like to present to you a small new feature, which you can use to adjust the appearance of your "edit-bookmark" and "edit publication"
page. To be more specific, on your "settings-page" you can choose between two modes, the "simple" and the "advanced" one.

settings page

In the "advanced mode" all options of the "edit-bookmark" and
"edit publication" page are displayed, whereas in the
"simple mode" some expert options are hidden. These expert options would for example be the "viewable for" and the "relevant for" fields, which you can use to determine which group your post is available and interesting for.

edit-bookmark page: simple modus

edit-bookmark page: advanced modus

edit-publication page: simple modus

edit-publication page: advanced modus

The default setting of existing users is the "advanced mode". New users get the "simple mode" by default.

Friday, July 2, 2010

New Release: BibSonomy 2.0.7

We are still on track with our monthly release cycle. Two days ago we released BibSonomy's version 2.0.7. Since then we accurately looked at our log files to spot potential bugs as soon as possible. This release of BibSonomy mainly consists of internal code cleanup and restructuring as preparatory work for pending new features. Additionally we addressed some minor bug fixes. Nevertheless you will notice some improvements:
  • On your user settings page you can configure for most resource lists (e.g., in search results) which resource types (bookmarks and/or publications) should be displayed.
  • Also on your user settings page you can hide certain advanced features, which are relevant only to BibSonomy's power users.
  • Your exported BibTeX-snippets now contain a field which indicates the date you posted the corresponding entry to BibSonomy.
  • Most tag related pages (e.g., user-tag pages) contain on the sidebar's beginning references to corresponding tag or concept pages which now also contain counts for the correspondingly matching posts.
Apart from that, we've updated our Maven repository with the latest version of our open-source libraries. We're always happy to see other people using BibSonomy features! As usual, if you encounter any strange behaviours or errors, we are grateful for a little email notice, and we'll do our best to fix the issues. In any case have fun with the new release and stay tuned to our next release planned for July 28th!