October 2009 : a new release (bibus 1.5.0)

  • OOo3.1 compatibility
  • Infinite number of file/http links
  • Clever capitalization (lord of war => Lord of War ...)
  • Better handling of journal abbreviations
  • Import/Export filters can be added easily (plugin)
  • journal abbreviations and shortcuts can be easily edited (simple csv file that can be edited in OOo/excel or a text editor)
  • Lot of bug fixes
  • Requires python2.5 (not a problem anymore under Windows since OOo3.1 includes 2.6)
  • Requires wxpython-2.8

First connection wizard

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For bibus 1.5.1, the connection to all word processors will be established automatically from the first screen of the First Connection Wizard. So you should be able to skip to step 5 right away to set up your reference database.

For earlier bibus versions, or in case of trouble with connection, follow steps 1-4 of this brief tutorial:

  1. If you want to use bibus with openoffice, the first step thing you have to do is to check that openoffice or libreoffice macro security level is set to low or medium:
    • open openoffice or libreoffice
    • menu Tools -> Options
    • Macro Security.jpg
    • close the word processor
  2. We can now start the first connection wizard. It starts automatically if it's the first time you run bibus. You can launch it in the menu : Help -> First connection wizard
  3. Select your word processor. If you selected "Microsoft Word", you can go directly to step 5.
  4. We are now going to activate the connection between openoffice or libreoffice and bibus.
    • check that openoffice/libreoffice and the quick start are closed
    • click on activate. A new dialgog box appears
    • choose "Enable macros".
    • click on "Accept Uno Connection"
    • close the word processor and the quickstart
    • start it again
    • click on "Next" in the first connection Wizard
  5. Select the type of database you want to use and click on "Next". In our case, we chose a sqlite database.
  6. Now we are going to create the database. Enter the filaname (circle 1) and the username of the database (circle 2). Then, click on "Finish" (circle3).

Your database should now be functional and the connection with your word processor activated. Good luck!

Using Bibus with LibreOffice from squeeze-backports

When using LibreOffice from squeeze-backports instead of in Debian Squeeze, the "OpenOffice" radio button in the "First connection" wizard in Bibus is disabled/greyed out, making it impossible to enable the menu items in Bibus.

The solution is to install python-uno from squeeze-backports, since this doesn't depend on, unlike the Squeeze version of python-uno:

sudo apt-get install -t squeeze-backports python-uno
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