Yesterday, the ONIXEDIT team officially put into production the 2.3.6 version. The 2.3.5 user will not see major changes in comparison to the previous version, however, these changes are rather important. Here is the list:
- The EDItEUR group has published during the 2010 summer new code lists values for the ONIX standard. The 2.3.6 version now includes those new lists. This means that the files you create will be entirely compliant to the current version of ONIX 2.1.
- Some users have asked us to be able to both, read and write ONIX files in different encoding than the one given by default (UTF-8). The 2.3.6 version now gives that possibility by using the dropdown menu ‘‘Encoding’’ that appears in the upper right of the main toolbar. Obviously, the default encoding remains UTF-8, but you can now open, read, and convert your ONIX files to one of these popular encoding standards: Windows-1252, ISO-8851-1, UTF-8 and UTF-16. For those who feel that this is a simple technicality (and you are right) keep your files in the default UTF-8 format which is compatible with most partners of the book chain.
- The ONIX standard permits the use of special characters called ‘entities’. Most of these special characters are available in the Unicode encoding (UTF-8 and UTF-16) supported by ONIX as well as ONIXEDIT. For example: the £ symbol can be represented by the encoding UTF-8 000A3 or by the entity £. These characters correspond to the one’s used by the MathML standard from the W3C consortium (click here for the complete special characters list). Because ONIXEDIT naturally supports the Unicode encoding, the use of special characters in the entity form is optional. However, as many systems produce ONIX files using entities, the 2.3.6 version now supports it.
- On your next startup of your new 2.3.6 version of ONIXEDIT, you will notice a new dialog box named ‘Tips of the day’. Most of the themes you will see are covered by the user’s manual and are presented to you on each opening of the ONIXEDIT software. This is a simple and fun way to discover the different functionalities of your software as you use it.
- You can now add a new title by simply double clicking in an empty zone of the main list. You will then obtain the same result that you would have if you had click the + button at the bottom of that list.
- The current field in the interface is now more visible by the change of background color.
- New tools in the principal toolbar have also been added.
- Type ahead search is now allowed in the BIC and Electre subjects list.
- All this and much more.
In addition to these improvements, we have also corrected some small bugs (see our downloading page to find the complete list). If you have not already updated to our latest version, do so quickly to beneficiate from these numerous and free of charge improvements. Don’t forget to tell your friends and colleagues!
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