Villanova, Pennsylvania - July 10, 2017 - Version 4.0 of the VuFind Open Source discovery software has just been released. This major release adds a significant number of new features and enhancements and upgrades several of the components that the software depends upon.
Some key additions and changes:
- A new "channels" interface has been added to encourage users to explore collections in a visual and non-linear way, offering some of the same serendipitous discovery normally associated with shelf browsing.
- A beta version of a new user interface theme, named "sandal," has been added as a preview. This theme offers VuFind a more up-to-date look and feel, following current design trends and making better use of newer display hardware. While fully functional now, it will be further refined and enhanced in forthcoming releases, and will eventually become VuFind's default theme.
- Swagger-based APIs have been introduced to make it easier to programmatically extract data from VuFind.
- VuFind now requires PHP 5.6 or higher to run, and it utilizes Solr 6.4.2 for locally-indexed searching. Many Zend Framework components (along with other key dependencies) have been upgraded to newer versions.
Additionally, several bug fixes, new configuration options and minor improvements have been incorporated.
Questions about the new release or VuFind in general can be directed to Demian Katz, the lead developer of the project at Villanova University. The software and its documentation may be found at http://vufind.org.