Welcome to dmBridge!
After 9 months of development, dmBridge 2.0 is available for download! The changes in this release are 80% below-the-surface, molding the system into a more future-ready shape. It has already been installed at UNLV Libraries and is powering our new Historic Landscape of Nevada collection, in addition to all the rest.
The UNLV Libraries are pleased to announce that the first release candidate of dmBridge 2.0 is available. We will soon be installing this version in production and fixing remaining bugs as we find them.
There are a whole slew of changes in 2.0, the majority of which are below the surface - but there are some cool above-the-surface features, too. (See the CHANGELOG.txt file bundled in the download.) Expect a final 2.0 release in mid-summer.
After a long beta testing period, dmBridge 1.0 was officially released in August. I've received only a small number of bug reports; whether this means that it's stable or that nobody is using it, I'm not sure. At UNLV, we are now using it in about half of our collections.
There will likely be a minor bugfix release, version 1.0.1, sometime in the next couple months, and that may be the end of the line for the 1.x branch. Work is on 2.0 is progressing, and I expect it to be released in 9-12 months. What follows is an overview of most of the key changes.
At the Upper Midwest User Group Meeting, or Users Meeting or whatever it was called, last October, I said that dmBridge would be available in November. Well, I have good news and bad news.
The dmBridge PHP API includes a lot of methods for accessing your social data, and it mates effortlessly with other PHP applications, including Drupal. If you have Drupal's PHP filter module enabled, creating a "recent dmBridge comments" block is easy and does not require any modification of the Drupal files.
- From the main administration menu, click on "Blocks."
- Click "Add block."
- For the block description, enter "Recent dmBridge comments."
- For the block title, enter "Recent object comments" (or whatever you want the public to see).
dmBridge supports Flash media, like any other file format, in a clean way. Although not a complicated process, there are several steps you'll need to go through to get a Flash player working from within your dmBridge templates.
This is the first post on the dmBridge blog. This blog will contain information about customization, development, new releases, using dmBridge features, and other awesome topics. Topic suggestions are welcome. In the meantime, please use the forums for questions.
Have fun using dmBridge!