FileOpen is coming – help me test it!
Posted by gazjjohnson on 28 September, 2010
File Open is the new secure electronic delivery mechanism the British Library have been moving to, to replace the rather less user friendly Adobe Digital Editions (to paraphrase the BL’s words). Over the summer the update plug-in should have rolled out to all campus machines on the CFS network, with the student PCs being the last ones done this month. Off campus people will need to download and install the FO plug-in for themselves, but this should be a relatively painless exercise, at least according to every document supply manager I’ve spoken to who’s already done it.
I’m currently mulling over when would be the best time to make the switch over, as term is kicking off all around me this week and next it doesn’t seem the right time to spring this; but perhaps a 2011 roll out would be more suitable. it would certainly give me more time to do a spot of testing. I wouldn’t want to push something out before I know it’s working for our readers!
In the meantime – if you get the chance to follow this link and try opening the document on a CFS machine (or download the plug in and try on your own machine) I’d be really grateful! If you can tell me your machine type (Mac/PC), operating system and if you’re on CFS or not, that’d be even better!