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If you’re wondering where our next release is – you should be happy to know we are putting the finishing touches on it. Only a few bugs need to get sorted out and then we will be ready to update the site. We’re looking at about a week before we can resolve everything, but barring any catastrophes, you guys should be happier bibliographers very soon.
Here’s a taste of things you will see with our next release:
- Tooltip help
- An additional source type
- Citation tagging
- Formatting style updates
Hey, beloved bibliographers!
We just wanted to let you know we’re still alive and hard at work. Hopefully, you didn’t think we had disappeared or closed up shop. It’s been difficult for the team to develop at the same pace that we were, considering most of us have graduated and are now working full-time. But we have some features in the pipeline coming up that we think you will enjoy. Some of these things have been works-in-progress for a while and are contingent on some other items being completed. But keep a look out for a release in the coming weeks.
As you may have noticed, we recently added a little advertising to BibMe. We did this not because we’re trying to be greedy or annoy anyone, but because, unfortunately, there are some real costs involved in hosting and maintaining BibMe. We sincerely hope the advertising doesn’t offend anyone, if it does please let us know. We’re going to be experimenting a bit over the course of the next few weeks to try to determine the best approach. We may end of scrapping it entirely.
New Features that were just released:
- New “My Saved Bibliographies” interface – it’s easier to view and edit saved bibliographies now than it has ever been.
- Share your bibliographies – share any of your saved bibliographies with your friends for collaboration.
- Edit bibliography function – many users requested this functionality, and now you can correct any problems with your entries!
- Support for journals found in a database – you spoke, we responded.
- Better browser compatibility – our focus has been supporting users with older versions of Internet Explorer.
Let us know if you run into any issues with this new version of BibMe.
New Features that were just released:
- Updated formatting rules – this accounts for new editions of the formatting guide books. See help section for more information.
- Expanded Interview options – additional Interview citations for third party types
- Refreshed “errors alert” interface – you will now be informed of your entry field errors in a more intuitive manner
- Redesigned Citation Guide page
In addition to this, BibMe is now running on an entirely reengineered core. Let us know if you run into any issues with this new version of BibMe.
We’ll be pushing some changes out tonight. We don’t expect any issues, but the site will be down for approximately 20 minutes from 3:15AM EST to 3:45AM EST.
UPDATE: We have successfully completed the deployment.
Good News Everyone. Our data source for journal articles, CiteULike, has resolved their technical issues and we have re-enabled AutoFill for journal articles. Happy citing!
We had some reports of users experiencing problems adding items to their bibliographies this morning. The issue has been fixed. We apologize greatly for the inconvenience.
New Features that were released tonight:
- Turabian Citation Support
- Updated Citation Guide & Help
- BibMe User Interface Redesign
In addition to this many bug fixes have been deployed. Let us know if you run into any issues with this new version of BibMe and expect to see continued releases on a bi-weekly schedule through the fall.
We created this blog so that many of you could get an on-the-ground view of how development of BibMe is going. Over the summer, we listened to your feedback and kept track of all the bugs/feature requests that were reported. Last month, we got the go ahead from our Information Systems(IS) Professors/Advisors to continue developing BibMe for Fall 2007.
We were astounded by the number of users that began using BibMe, and by the sheer amount of feedback we received from the community; 117 requests to be exact!
Many of you mentioned that you would like the ability to edit bibliographies. This is a feature we’ve been meaning to add since day 1, so look for that to be implemented in the next few weeks. Also, look for Harvard Citation support to be implemented within a month. Alot of you have been asking for the ability to share and tag your bibliographies. In the next month, we’ll be working on the User Interface(UI) and putting in the functionality for that.
Even more of you have been asking for database support, and to expand our selection of books, magazines, films, academic journals, and our “other sources”. Rest assured we are working towards these things in the next 3 months. Some of you have wondered why we haven’t considered a lot of proprietary databases; JSTOR, IMDB, etc. We’d love to support many of these items, but they would incur ridonculous licensing fees that we are unable to absorb in our current state.
As always, we depend on you to let us know if you run into any bugs, or if you think a certain feature would be a great addition to BibMe. Please feel free to contact us.