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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

Import Data from OpenOffice

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If you would like to import your native OpenOffice references database (in dBase format) to Bibus (in SQLite format) I would suggest the following steps.

Note: This description is based on experiences with OpenOffice localised for German speakers; thus, if you cannot find a button/key mentioned here, it might be due incorrect translation of the button's name.

1) Register your Bibus database in OpenOffice (for Linux, for Windows).

2) Open your Bibus database in OpenOffice-Base (this should be a file ending with ".odb"; you can find it by browsing your file system or if you press "F4" in OpenOffice-writer and then right-click on the appropriate database entry, selecting "edit database"). In the new window, select "Table(s)" in the column on the right hand side.

3) Right-click on the table "bibref"; select "Database"/"Properties"; in the newly opened window, select the tab "Additional Settings"; select "Unicode (UTF-8)" as encoding; press "OK".

4) Open your native references database (also a file ending with ".odb"; you can equally find it by browsing your file system or if you press "F4" in OpenOffice-writer and then right-click on the appropriate database entry, selecting "edit database"). In the newly opened window, select "Table(s)" in the column on the right hand side. Right-click on the table (there should be only one, most likely called "biblio") and select "Copy".

5) Select the window in which you have opened the Biblius database, right-click on the table "bibref", and select "Paste". (Note: Sometimes the right-click menus do not work properly; in this case use the corresponding commands under "Menu/Edit").

6) Select "Append data" and type "bibref" in the field "Table". Press "next".

7) Make sure that the OpenOffice/biblio row names on the left hand side match with the appropriate Bibus/bibrief ones on the right hand side. There are two exceptions, however, since the Bibus table has two more rows ("Id" and "Abstract"). Thus, these two row names must be placed at the bottom. In this way OpenOffice-Base will fill in one of them automatically ("Id") and leave the other one empty ("Abstract"). Click "Finish".

8) I got a dialoge box telling me that an error had occurred; I selected "Continue copying" and everything seems to have worked perfectly fine.

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