The basic user interface has reverted to using smaller icons and delivers a more pleasing look and feel as a result.
Otherwise the familiar three pane Window is retained.
Beyond the interface, the user will see a whole host of improvements:
Browse/scan is now supported for those targets that support it - and BookWhere allows you to set your display of databases to show you which servers
do support this and other features such as the MARC format used etc. - and BookWhere now supports UKMARC, UNIMARC and CanMARC as well as SUTRS and GRS-1 and of course USMARC.
These latest additions to MARC formats make BookWhere highly attractive across Europe - as do the multi-lingual support in French and Italian.
Other useful features in this release are:
ISBN batch searching – will submit a single search term query for each search key in a file. For example, you could create a file of ISBN numbers,
choose the ISBN field in the batch dialog and BookWhere will send an ISBN query for each ISBN. This greatly increases productivity.
The list of databases is extensive with 349 libraries and 612 databases - but apparently includes no libraries yet that support UKMARC or UNIMARC -
so I was unable to test these records being retrieved. Sea Change does maintain a database on its web site of Z39.50 libraries - very useful if yo are configuring up any Z39.50 search tool.
The power search interface now presents the search statement in an understandable Boolean algebraic format rather than the tree structure used in
Support for using BookWhere via a proxy server and through a firewall will also widen the appeal of this version.