BiblioFile: Backwards Compatibility with ITS for Windows
The following have been identified as areas in which BiblioFile's behavior differs from that of ITS for Windows. In most cases, these represent conscious choices to improve the workflow in BiblioFile. Other features have been omitted because they seem (to us) to be no longer necessary. Please let us know if we're wrong!
Although this feature hasn't been yet implemented, you can use BiblioFile to select records and print to the card queue, which you can default to your ITS for Windows folder. You can then print cards in ITS for Windows. TLC's intent is to use as much of the new label printing technology as possible to print a card-sized "label." Users who are willing to help in this effort should request a special print configuration that has been designed for this purpose.
ALA / USMARC Fonts
In 1995, TLC developed two fonts for ITS, the ALA font and the USMARC font. The first was used for for demonstration purposes at an ALA conference. The second was developed to support ITS' specialized mode of diacritic display (in which a diacritic modifier and the base character were displayed in separate positions). Neither of these fonts have been upgraded for use in BiblioFile. In fact, neither could be upgraded without substantial effort and/or introducing the risk that a character might be misrepresented in the editor. Because standard Windows implementations include several fonts capable of supporting an accurately rendering all ASCII and Unicode characters, TLC has no plans to continue support for these fonts.
Alt key search shortcuts
In the ITS search dialog, Alt-T changes the search type to Title, Alt-A to Author, etc. In BiblioFile, you select your search type via a drop down menu. This requires one mouse click or keystroke to invoke the drop down, and at least one more to advance to the desired search type. TLC is working on modifications to the search dialog. In the meantime, BiblioFile’s option to set search defaults should eliminate quite a few clicks and keystrokes. You can also press a key to move the highlight to the first search type that starts with a character (e.g., T for title).
ITS•MARC web interface
ITS users who download MARC records from ITS•MARC on the web (as opposed to ITS•MARC via Z39.50) are used to having downloaded records open directly into a cataloging edit window. BiblioFile will not be able to support this feature unless a change is made to the ITS•MARC server. Meanwhile, BiblioFile's Z39.50 search options for ITS•MARC-Z go well beyond those available in ITS•MARC-web, including the ability to display jacket art, available by subscription. Development of the web interface has therefore been deferred pending user feedback that the web version is still necessary.
Multiple instances of BiblioFile may be launched on the same station. The system responds as if a second user had just logged in on a network. This is not possible in ITS. Some users may regard this as a convenience, others as a nuisance. We invite comment.
ITS for Windows permits an unlimited number of edit windows to be open and each can be set to any size. BiblioFile's tabbed display also permits an unlimited number of windows (actually, separate tab groups) to be open, but they must be tiled either vertically or horizontally. Once this choice is made, all windows are the same width (or height). This is consistent with most user's practice, but if you need to open additional, variable sized windows, you will have to open a separate instance of BiblioFile.
BiblioFile also treats horizontal and vertical tiling literally, which ITS does not always do. Depending on the number of open records, with four or more records open, ITS uses a combination of vertical and horizontal tiling that produces a grid of rows and columns (e.g., 2X2, 3X2, 2X3, etc). Depending on user feedback, TLC will research whether this treatment can be replicated in BiblioFile.
Supported MARC Formats
BiblioFile does not support MARC Holdings Format records and therefore does not support the creation of a linked holdings record from a bibliographic record. BiblioFile also does not support Community Information or Classification Format records. These formats will be developed if justified by popular demand.
Development of this feature is targeted for release later this year. It will not be included in the Summer release. Historically in ITS, many of the uses of this feature were to index fields that are now indexed in BiblioFile.
WISCAT 917 Field Option
This feature was not added and no feedback has been received that this feature will be missed.
Automatic Sort by Tag Number
This feature was never popular with MARC purists but is handy when creating large records in original cataloging. BiblioFile has a menu option and toolbar button to sort tags on an as-needed basis rather than automatically.
Save To Serial Port
This feature was a remnant from an earlier era of computing. It was not developed for BiblioFile and no feedback has been received that this feature is still in use.
BiblioFile DOS Floppy Files
ITS for Windows permits the batch importation of "IPF" format MARC records from the old DOS version of BiblioFile Cataloging which was popular in the 1980's and 1990's. The new version of BiblioFile does not recognize the old DOS version files.
Development on this feature has been deferred pending user feedback. Enhancements in label printing may make this feature unnecessary.