VuFind is developed and maintained by Villanova University's Falvey Memorial Library.
The first release candidate of VuFind 2.0 has just been released. This release provides a preview of the functionality and architecture that will be seen in the full 2.0 release, due later this summer.
The new release includes several significant enhancements: Significant security improvements, including more secure password storage and protection against spammer abuse; A “MultiBackend” driver which allows VuFind to interact with multiple integrated library systems at once; A new and flexible search system with more modular, reusable code; 2.0 versions of all new features introduced in the 1.4 release, including support for hierarchical records and the Clickatell SMS service; and several bug fixes and minor improvements.
The new release can be downloaded at http://vufind.org .
The final major release in the VuFind 1.x line is now available. VuFind 1.4 includes several significant enhancements: support for hierarchical collections of records, allowing better integration of archival materials and digital repositories; built-in support for running without an Integrated Library System, making VuFind more convenient for non-library uses and offering smarter behavior during temporary ILS outages; the ability to provide custom recommendations to the user when no search results are found; an improved and expanded mobile interface; new index fields allowing VuFind to be used as an article index; optional Clickatell support for text messaging; and several new interface translations: Basque, Catalan, Czech and Russian. Additionally, several bug fixes and minor improvements have been incorporated. The new release can be downloaded at http://vufind.org .
A new preview version of VuFind 2.0 is now available. 2.0beta features all of the same functionality as 2.0alpha, but it has been upgraded to use the newly released Zend Framework 2.0. Additionally, the installation process and configuration options have been made more powerful and flexible, and online documentation has been significantly expanded.
2.0beta is still NOT INTENDED FOR PRODUCTION, and some architectural details will change prior to the full 2.0 release in 2013. However, the code is maturing, and this release should be suitable for use by early adopters willing to follow development closely over the coming months.
To download the preview release and learn more about VuFind 2.0, visit http://vufind.org/downloads.php .