[LibX] LibX Prototype

Hedreen, Rebecca hedreenr1 at southernct.edu
Thu Jul 22 06:44:22 PDT 2010

I wanted to chime in that I really like the overall look and action of the plug in. There are things that I might do differently in our setup when this becomes the norm, but it's nice. I do appreciate the gain in screen real estate, especially on smaller computers like netbooks. (I normally hide my toolbars on my netbook-the screen is just not big enough to have toolbars I'm not using right that moment.)

I do hope that the autolinking and especially the Google Scholar linking works out-we have been promoting the toolbar as a Google Scholar tool, mostly for the linking features. The drag and drop is nice, but it's the linking that has people excited (maybe because it's a passive tool, rather than an active one?)

The one right click feature of the current toolbar that I really wouldn't want to lose is the proxy reload feature, even if it ended up as a separate or paired extension.

Thanks so much for all your hard work, Brian and the LibX team!


Rebecca Hedreen
Sciences and Distance Learning Librarian
Buley Library, SCSU
New Haven, CT 06515
hedreenr1 at southernct.edu
"To ask why we need libraries at all, when there is so much information available elsewhere, is about as sensible as asking if roadmaps are necessary now that there are so very many roads." - Jon Bing, Professor of Information Technology Law, University of Oslo, Norway

On 7/16/10 11:57 PM, "Brian Nicholson" <brn at vt.edu> wrote:

As everyone knows, we are currently developing LibX 2.0, and we would like users to try out a prototype so we can get feedback of the new design.  This prototype is only available for Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.

You can download the latest LibX prototype at these locations:
http://libx.org/releases/ff/libx2-20100716.xpi (Firefox)
http://libx.org/releases/gc/libx2-20100716.crx (Chrome)

Please note that for Firefox, if you currently have a LibX edition installed, you should either 1) create a new profile for testing the prototype, or 2) uninstall the LibX edition before installing this prototype.

We hope that installation of your LibX edition is intuitive, but here's a brief overview of the installation procedure:

After downloading the LibX plugin for either Chrome or Firefox, you should see a button labeled LibX 2.0 appear to the right of the address bar; this is the LibX button that will replace the LibX toolbar.  There are two ways obtain a specific edition for your installation:

1. Manually find your edition: Click the LibX button to open a popup containing a search field.  Type the name of your library's edition, then select it from the autocompletion dropdown.  Make sure the information shown matches your edition, then click "Load this edition".

2. Automatically install your edition using autosensing: From the LibX Edition Builder, go to either your edition's download page (where you would normally download your edition-specific plugin), or your edition's test page (where you would test changes made from the edition builder).  Click the LibX button.  The edition should automatically be detected and loaded.

As this is only a prototype, a number of features (such as context menus and proxy support) have not yet been included.  However, everything that has been implemented so far should be robust.  Please let us know if there are any bugs or oddities--however minor they may be.  And, of course, we'd like to hear your feedback on the new design in general.

Thank you,

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