Purpose of the software
Allowing Aleph users to direct print labels of any size with any printer, without the need for file export or format conversions.
The software, called ETIC, interfaces directly with Aleph, by reading the signature ( ie location, isle 1 shelf 3 ect ) which is required as a label, printing and formatting it as required.
The label is produced on a roll by transfer thermal printers. ETIC is able to print in either automatic or manual mode:
- Automatic mode "immediate" is useful for intermittent or intense workflows, involving the release of one or a few labels at a time. In this case, when printing is requested from the software of Aleph, ETIC, working in the background, provides the immediate release of the single label on a roll.
- Manual mode "to build" is useful for workflows involving the intense accumulation of medium or large quantities of labels to be printed at once. ETIC is active in the background and places the shelf label in temporary storage. At any time, calling ETIC, you can request printing of all labels accumulated, temporary store is emptied and ETIC is ready to collect new signatures. It is possible to view at this stage a print preview.
Formatting the signature on the label
ETIC is written in Microsoft Access Basic and is totally independent and detached from the configuration files of Aleph. This means complete freedom in label formatting: font type and size, horizontal, vertical, head of spaces or periods (or other special characters), a carriage return after character sequences, differentiation of printing per room / collection, and so on.
How to customize the software
Experience teaches that every library, while trying to adhere to international standards as much as possible concerning signatures, has its individual needs. For example, the management of the "head" is usually the most critical; also in many institutions there are more ways to format, as a result of historical collections, special collections and other collections that require separate management.
This means that the customization is coded, and not directly accessible from the program guide. The software is then customized by the programmer according to the needs of the library. However, the program code is not protected.
The institute has the right to access it to make corrections and changes in full autonomy. Having sufficient basic knowledge of the basic language is enough to be able to change fonts, line, and so on. The code is adequately commented.
Hardware and Software Requirements
The only software requirement is the presence of Microsoft Access, version 2000 or later.
As operating system, all versions of Windows from XP onwards are adequate.
There are no special hardware requirements; any IBM compatible PC able to run Windows XP and Microsoft Access would be suitable.
We recommend at least 512 MB of RAM.
The look and feel can be customized in detail
The software of ETIC, in its various versions and customized forms, is currently installed and used in various institutions, including:
- Università Cattolica, Milano
- Università Roma 3
- Library of the Chamber of Deputies, Rome
- University of Florence, various libraries of the Faculty
- University of Pisa, Library of Mathematics
- National Institute of Studies on Renaissance Palazzo Strozzi, Florence
- Casa Buonarroti, Florence