Archive for October, 2007

Zotero 1.0 Released

We are pleased to announce that the 1.0 release of Zotero is now available. Our dedicated developers have refined and streamlined the Zotero experience, and Zotero is now officially out of its beta testing phase. If you were waiting for that seal of approval, you should now download Zotero immediately!

Those upgrading to Zotero 1.0 from earlier betas will notice significant improvements in functionality and stability, and our even more ambitious next phase of major development is already underway as our team focuses on Zotero’s upcoming collaborative features.

We would like to thank the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Institute for Museum and Library Services, and our users who have contributed code, documentation, feature suggestions, and bug reports to our project. Thanks to your support, we are well on our way to establishing a new standard for research software.

The Zotero team would like to dedicate its 1.0 release to Roy Rosenzweig, whose guidance and vision has made all of our work possible.

Flocking to Zotero

Zotero in Flock

One of the exciting new features in our most recent release is compatibility with the Flock browser. We previously blogged about Zotero and Netscape, but Flock integration brings a distinct flavor to the Zotero experience.

Watch this brief screencast to see the synergistic way Flock connects your Zotero collection with its media tool-bar and web clipboard to seamlessly add bibliographic content to blogs, forums, and web documents.

Zotero’s Final 1.0 Release Candidate Launches

We are excited to announce the launch of Zotero’s final release candidate, Zotero 1.0.0rc4. Zotero is now feature frozen as we fine-tune the upcoming final 1.0 release. RC4 introduces several enhancements to the MS Word Plug-in, compatibility with the Flock browser, a much easier way to find your Zotero database, language localizations in Arabic, Catalan, Hebrew (partial), Hungarian, Romanian and Russian, as well as a long list of other refinements, tweaks and changes.

RC4 improves 17 existing translators, refining support for many of the most popular sites we support. This release also adds support for three additional research databases:

The American Society of Civil Engineers Research Library

Early English Books Online

Ecological Society of America’s Online Journals

Stay tuned for documentation of these new features in the next few weeks.

OpenOffice and Zotero at Linux.com

Dmitri Popov has posted an excellent guide on using Zotero to manage OpenOffice.org bibliographies at Linux.com. OpenOffice users looking for further information may also find Daniel de Byl’s screencast to be a helpful guide for using the Zotero OpenOffice Plug-in. We are very excited to see so many people in the OpenOffice community taking an interest in Zotero and would like to thank the many OpenOffice users contributing to the project.

Happy Birthday Zotero

Today marks the one year anniversary of Zotero’s public release, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank the vibrant community of Zotero users and developers. If you searched for Zotero on the web a year ago you would have found only one hit; now Zotero has been mentioned over 1,200,000 times on the web. Our active forums now offer over 5,500 comments in over 1,300 individual threads. Bloggers have posted almost 5,000 posts, reviewing and promoting Zotero and helping us rapidly expand our audience.

All of Zotero’s successes this year have been facilitated by our passionate users. In February, Zotero was recognized by PC magazine as one of the best free software applications. Its steady growth has now been augmented by a flood of new users through the Firefox Campus Edition, and our recent award for best instructional technology software from the American Political Science Association further validates the project’s progress.

We are excited to see Zotero fulfilling its goal of becoming “the next-generation research tool.” An array of libraries now recommend Zotero on their websites, and many have developed their own documentation and are offering Zotero instruction for students and faculty. Zotero has been featured on Inside Higher Education, in the Medical Library Association’s Newsletter, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Journal of Web Librarianship and many other press outlets.

This has certainly been a great first year for the Zotero project, but the years to come promise to be even more exciting.