Eloquent Systems releases WebGENCAT Platform v8.1


The Eloquent WebSuite

The major enhancements in the Eloquent Version 8.1 product line are enjoyed by all applications – archives, library, museum, and records. Features include the most advanced online security in the industry, mobile-friendly features, and advanced Chinese language searching functions. It has already been installed for all customers in the Eloquent Cloud.

June 16, 2017 – Vancouver, BC – Eloquent Systems Inc. is pleased to announce the release of Version 8.1 of the entire Eloquent product line. The new release includes the WebGENCAT™ Platform as well as the four applications in the Eloquent WebSuite – Eloquent ArchivesEloquent LibraryEloquent Museum, and Eloquent Records.

The applications get many of the new features automatically when WebGENCAT v8.1 is installed. The automatic features are designated with an (automatic) beside the write-ups below. Others features relate to custom tailoring, so require a change in the customer’s application configuration to be realized. Still others relate to a separate module.

Enhancements for this release include the following:

  • Security Upgrade – This version uses the latest and most secure versions of 3rd-party components, such as Tomcat, Java, and jBASE. We use a SSL Server Test  from Qualys SSL Labs to validate each server. You can run the test using just the domain name for any of the public client databases listed in our Client List. You can use the utility to test any other domain name the same way. (automatic) (Note: Additional tightening of security is possible, but it would restrict access to the database by people with older version of their browser.)(Note: Version 8.1 is available only for a 64bit Windows server.)
  • Jpeg2000 Server – The server-side software that does the pre-processing and caching of large diagrams and maps to enable viewing on any mobile device has been upgraded so that it can reside on the same (virtual) server as the WebGENCAT Platform. It permits zooming in and out with any browser and panning around the digital image. (separate module)
  • Chinese Character Searching – A single multi-byte character represents an entire word in Chinese. The meaning of a character will changed depending upon the other characters associated with it. The software has always supported the character set for all written languages; now it provides more accurate results for complex searches with Chinese characters. (automatic)
  • Login with Mobile – Access to a mobile-friendly database can be restricted to require a user name and password. This may be required for all public users or just various user groups with additional privileges. The web login process is streamlined for Version 8.1. (tailoring required for new users)
  • List Navigation with Mobile – The mobile-friendly version for searching has 3 main steps – search page, browse page, and detail display page. You now get the ability to adjust the number of hits on a browse list page and to jump directly to the desired page. It also has a header describing the content of the list. (automatic)
  • Crowd-sourced Comments – The user interface for entering comments linked to any item in the database has been streamlined for the mobile-friendly public access. This encourages public engagement and social sharing. (automatic)
  • Payment Cart – A specialized list (cart) is available for the database items a user wants to purchase. It simplifies the custom tailoring of the interface to various payment systems. (new module)
  • Scheduled Publishing – A number of publications can now be scheduled to automatically run at specified intervals. These are usually HTML publications, such as the historical timeline for archives, the subject/taxonomy lists, and the proper names lists, that provide quick references with links back into the database for the related items and more information. They may have to be refreshed daily or weekly because the database content is always changing. (Note: The main database is always indexed as soon as new/modified data is saved. It is only the published material that needs occasional refreshing.) (custom tailoring required)
  • HTML EditorAny prompt on a data entry web form can now be configured to support an HTML Editor. It will do most of the basic functions such as italics, underline, text alignment, paragraph breaks, lists, hyperlinks, and more. (Note: We normally discourage placing mark-up characters in any data field. It will limit flexibility for the future use of the data. It is better to have an output generator insert them on the way out.) However, there are situations where this is useful. For example, our new ToC for Videos & Audios module. (custom tailoring required)
  • ToC for Video & Audios This new module gives your users the ability to jump directly to the section of a large video or audio that interests them rather than streaming through the entire thing. This module includes the ability to create the Table of Contents with the appropriate links as well as the search-time component for the researchers. (new module)
  • Full-Text Consolidator – This is a special edit for a text prompt field. It can be used when wanting to provide a full-text search for an attached PDF or other document. Since the user will be reading the PDF the only reason for including the full text as metadata is to get it indexed. This special edit will remove all the unnecessary words. For example, all repeated occurrences of words and all prepositions. (Note: We recommend searching a controlled vocabulary rather than full text. Too many of the words in the full text are not relevant, resulting is searches finding too many irrelevant hits. We recommend that the users search within the document after finding it and use only a controlled vocabulary on the metadata.) (custom tailoring required)
  • Refresh JavaScript/CSS Cache Most browsers are configured to save the content of your searches on your computer or mobile device so they can be quickly displayed next time. This causes problems when the software has been modified. The user continues to see the old. Version 8.1 will refresh the cache if it is more than a day old to resolve this problem. (automatic)
  • Navigating an Active List – When you are editing a batch of records with a single-entry web form you can go forward and back through an active list of their keys. This process has been improved so you now get a dropdown count list of the items so you may go directly to the item you want. (automatic)
  • Historical Timeline – Several enhancements have been made to this module. It is now easy to publish a number of different timelines. They may be for different departments/branches/divisions of an organization or for any number of collections/fonds/record groups in a formal archives database. Another feature is an index for time periods (decades). Also, viewing is faster because of “lazy loading” of the images. (additional module)

New home for the Eloquent Cloud

The release of WebGENCAT v8.1 was timed to coincide with a move of all Eloquent Cloud customers to new hardware. The new hardware combined with some enhancements to the software result in response times that are 3 times as fast. Some batch processes are as much as 7 times faster. The new server and firewall were then moved to a datacenter in downtown Vancouver. It is still electronically backed up to a server in Toronto. Both facilities rank with the very top in North America for security and dependability. The backup server is “hot” so if the primary server is not available the customers can quickly be redirected to the backup.

Links to more Information

Learn more about the Eloquent WebSuite applications and the WebGENCAT™ Platform on Eloquent’s Website and gain access to several client databases, most using Version 8.1. You will also find a wealth of Training Material on the website. Please register for a webinar or private demo while on the website.

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