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    October 6th, 2009LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    October 5, 2009 - The Plinkit Collaborative has upgraded their software for small libraries. The new release has a number of improvements, the most popular being the ability to create and manage “recurring events.” Resources can now be tracked, so if an image is deleted and another document references it, a warning will pop up preventing unpleasant surprises like dead links. Further functionality includes: “versioning” where users can view a full history of changes, compare previous revisions, and revert to an earlier version of a page; a locking mechanism to prevent two people from editing the same page at the same time; and “working copy” support that allows a user to edit a copy of a “live” page and then later publish and replace the copy as the live page.

    Plinkit 2.0 is based on Plone 3.2 which includes Kupu 1.4, so there are now many more formatting options for text. Working with images is simpler than ever with automatic image captioning as well as the ability to add resized images and Flash content. These are just a few of the many enhancements that make it even easier to use with the Plinkit software.

    Plinkit is especially valuable in rural areas where long distances and limited hours make it difficult for patrons to go to the library in person. With the upgrade complete, the five organizations that joined the collaborative this year will start launching new sites, greatly increasing the number of small libraries with a web presence and library customers with online access to library catalogs and databases, as well as features such as slide shows, videos and event calendars.

    For more information see "Feature enhancements in this release" or contact your Plinkit provider. State libraries and regional organizations may contact Justine Shaffner, Collaborative Coordinator at or see