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    Software: I, Libarian 2.3 released, brings multitasking and PDF viewer
    Submitted by Martin Kucej; posted on Sunday, August 28, 2011


    I, Librarian is a free and open source web application to build an annotated library of scientific PDF articles. It is designed for individual use by students, or researchers, as well as for collaborative use by science labs or departments.

    I, Librarian 2.3 is a major rewrite mostly of the front-end. Some of the new features include:
    • Faster workflow that utilizes AJAX
    • Improved user interface
    • Improved internet database search, including Quick Save and Flagged-item list
    • Improved advanced search with the ability to save search parameters
    • Added a batch upload that works from any computer, not just localhost
    • Improved support for graphical abstracts
    • Built-in PDF viewer with page previews, search, and image copying
    • Added discussions for each item
    • Bibtex key can now be previewed for each item
    I, Librarian now uses AJAX heavily. It means that it is easier to do multitasking. For instance, while I, Librarian downloads and saves a PDF from the Web, you can continue to work with your PDF collection. This and similar features will make work with your literature much more productive.

    You can now opt to use an internal PDF viewer, which is similar to the viewer by Google. It converts PDFs to PNG images, which are displayed in a browser like any other image. The viewer features the ability to navigate, zoom, and drag-scroll individual pages. You can also search words in the PDFs, and the search results will be highlighted on each page (not available on OS X). Preview thumbnails are also available.

    The support for Internet Explorer 6 and 7 has been dropped. A new DEB package is now available for installation on Ubuntu, Debian, and its derivatives.


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