Release Notes for Pawtucket2 1.7

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Release date: April 21, 2017

Pawtucket2 is CollectiveAccess' public access interface. You can use it to publish your collection to the world or within your own network, with open access or password protection. If you want a web site to present the content of your Providence catalogue then Pawtucket2 is what you need.

Version 1.7 is the first release for Pawtucket2. It supersedes the original Pawtucket front-end, which is no longer developed or supported. If you're still using the original Pawtucket, here's what is new in Pawtucket2:

  1. Responsive, mobile friends user interface based upon Bootstrap
  2. Highly configurable search and browse interfaces for any and all record types
  3. Single "quick search" interface with presentation options for all record types
  4. Easy (or easier depending upon your point of view) template syntax for formatting metadata for presentation
  5. Built-in support for visualization of search/browse results as maps and timelines.
  6. Built-in support for export of search/browse results as PDF, Excel, PowerPoint and in-browser presentations.
  7. User annotation of images.
  8. Built-in IIIF server.
  9. Plugin system for media views, with support for IIIF compliant views such as Mirador and UniversalViewer

Pawtucket2 version is compatible with PHP 5.5, 5.6, 7.0 and 7.1.

Upgrading from the original Pawtucket

There is no direct upgrade path from the original Pawtucket front-end to Pawtucket2. Pawtucket2 uses a completely different theme structure, which requires ground-up reimplementation of old Pawtucket themes. If you're migrating from Pawtucket it is best to start with a default installation of Pawtucket2 and customize as required.

If you are still running the original Pawtucket code, please note that it is no longer supported and does not officially support PHP 7.0+ environments. While upgrading an old Pawtucket installation to Pawtucket2 may require significant effort, the resultant interface improvements, mobile friendliness and PHP 7.0 support generally return on the investment.

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