Google Analytics iOS SDK version 1.3

The new version of the SDK has just been released on 7th September and supports Anonymize IP. As I am concerned about your privacy I will incorporate the new feature in the upcoming versions of edsync as well as edsync². I hope to make those versions available as early as mid November this year. Here is a very brief description of what Anonymize IP does: Google Analytics iOS SDK: Anonymize IP

EDsync² available on the App Store

EDsync² is equipped with the same feature set as EDsync for iPhone except it will come without advertisement. Also, it represents the next version of the base application. This results in some benefits concerning usability. I have mentioned most of the changes to UI and features in recent posts. Here is a short list of recent changes.

UI:
– landscape mode (for search’s library selection view)
– buttons (search)
– table cells (list of loans, charges, favorites, search results)

Search:
– history for 15 recent search queries
– getting information about a search result nicely displayed in a table
– making online resources available in web view (open PDFs directly in the app)

Please note that the detail view for a search result may omit some information available in the ‘real’ catalogue. Most common fields such as shelf mark, title, author, publisher,… will be shown.

You may obtain EDsync² on the App Store
http://itunes.apple.com/de/app/id456089580?mt=8

EDsync for iPhone – improved search

I have decided to improve the catalogue search. It’s going to be quite nice.

Displaying your recent search queries is a new feature of Search. If you have searched for “Janosch AND tiger AND Little-Tiger-Verl.“, for instance, a results list will be presented to you. Each entry showing the title/subtitle, the kind of media (a book, map, sound storage medium, etc.) and the availability. The availability is not necessarily showing the availability correctly as I found out. It’s the availability the catalogue is suggesting, in some cases if there are many volumes of one item, there still might be a copy available although the catalogue displays “not available“. The new feature comes in quite handy if you are to compare sets of search results. It shows the search string and the number of results that query will dump. You can easily insert the recent queries’ texts into the search bar to add a string by tapping ‘insert‘ or tap on ‘insert & search‘ to retrieve a list of the results for exactly that search string.

Pressing the Results list button will switch between the result list and the recent queries list

Showing availability information directly in the results list

The all new recent queries list with the option to either insert text only or insert & search

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The OPAC supports something like the recent searches feature, called the clipboard – as far as I could see it supports saving up to 100 items but does not save the query itself. For EDsync I am planning to make search result items ‘bookmarkable’ so you will be able to save any result and its information to your device.

This brings me to the current state of search result details retrieval – a nerve-stretching process. I can, after all, extract most of the relevant data out of the html:

0 – PPN:
1 – 647676222_blank>alt=”ber den Zitierlink knnen Sie diesen Titel als Lesezeichen ablegen oder weiterleiten” title=”ber den Zitierlink knnen Sie diesen Titel als Lesezeichen ablegen oder weiterleiten” border=”0″>
2 – 647676222
3 – Titel:
4 – “Das Volk versteht das meiste falsch …” Nachdenken über Kurt Tucholsky / Kurt Pätzold
5 – Verfasser:
6 – Pätzold, Kurt (Historiker) *1930-*
7 – Ausgabe:
8 – 1. Aufl.
9 – Erschienen:
10 – cvtourl>”>Berlin Verl. Das Neue Berlin
11 – Umfang:
12 – 95 S. ; 18 cm, 129 g
13 – Schriftenreihe:
14 – Spotless ; 239

These pieces of data have to be displayed in a tableview in a somehow beautiful manner now. I am reasoning about the implementation as it should be more informative or at least better to read than the simple html webpage as it is currently practiced. This would be such a nice enhancement to Search! I’ll let you know when this update is out for review. It will make your life easier – so stay tuned 🙂

[update: it’s available]

EDsync: An update is on its way

I have been working on EDsync for iPhone the last few days and this is what I did:

First, a funny comment, that came across:

// prepare the database query

// have to add 1 to the index for each query because GBV starts counting at 1 (first 10 results’ indices are: 1…11)… what the _ ?!

Ok, now the interesting part – screenshots 😉

There is a nice activity view that will fade in to notify about any actions like library updates, account activation/update going on.

performing an accounts update

I have also spent some time making table cells in the loans, the charges & the bookmarks view more informative and gave them a neat look. Bookmarks will survive not only account deactivation but completely removing an account won’t hinder a bookmark knowing that there is an account it belongs to and the other way ’round.

displaying borrowed items

displaying the charges viewdisplaying the bookmarks view

The only pieces of work currently left are search and the map view. There is about 15% of users making use of the library search and I am thinking about improving it before I send this update to review. Search does not feature landscape mode in a satisfying way and there has been and still is a huge gap between usability of search and the rest of the app. The map view is also causing some pain. It is not as severe as search as the map will not be displayed for all libraries but there is still great potential hidden in this simple view. I guess that, if at all, I will improve search in favor of the map view. For this update. Next update will of course arrive 😉

Have a nice day & happy syncing.

SUB HH server down

The server of Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg is down. I just updated my library account and was wondering why my dear EDsync wouldn’t change the last update timestamp for the account. Their server (https://kataloge.uni-hamburg.de/loan/DB=1/LNG=DU/USERINFO_LOGIN? ) being down seems to be the reason ;p However, I will create a new ticket in the wiki since the user is not being notified about the update failure!

I’ll check for service availability again tomorrow and tell you about it.

Libraries of the City of Ilmenau have joined EDsync for iPhone

A staff member of one of the libraries of  the City of Ilmenau has asked for adding Ilmenau libraries to EDsync for iPhone. Today I took the necessary steps to make them available. I assigned the two libraries the beta status as I believe that there is a problem with their SSL certificate. It seems to be more or less the same problem as the one of the library at Greifswald. If you’re studying in Ilmenau, get ready to use EDsync ;p I believe Ilmenau will be able to connect within the next week. Search works already.

Happy searching!