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SirsiDynix Horizon 7.5 and Horizon Information Portal 3.20 Released

SirsiDynix (, a provider of library automation technology, announced the release of SirsiDynix Horizon 7.5 and Horizon Information Portal (HIP) 3.20. The Horizon integrated library system (ILS) continues to be used by thousands of libraries across the world. This software release supports crucial database upgrades and infrastructure improvements to both Horizon and HIP.

Horizon 7.5 provides support for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and Sybase ASE 15, giving an upgrade path for Horizon customers running older versions of Microsoft SQL Server and Sybase ASE. HIP has been enhanced to support the latest development environments including Java SE 6, JBoss 4.2.3, and Jetty 6.1.12. These new versions of JBoss and Java also make it possible to take advantage of 64-bit systems, including Microsoft Windows 2008 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.0.

Although a major emphasis has been placed on infrastructure improvements for Horizon and HIP, the release also delivers the following enhancements:

*Horizon SIP2 Responder-This product replaces previous versions of the SIP server, and provides faster and more reliable interaction with SIP-based products.

*HIP Search Limit capability-Search limiting has been improved to clearly display search limits or filters which have been applied and allow easy removal of them to broaden search results.

*Horizon Floating Collection functionality for consortia-For those library consortia that have some locations that want to participate in using Floating Collections and some that do not, Floating Collections can now be restricted to specific item loan types and locations, in addition to collection settings.

*Tighter integration of Debt Collect administrative tools-Debt Collect administration has been integrated with the Horizon launcher, taking full advantage of the Horizon staff user interface and security features.

*More than 50 additional software improvements-Details of these improvements are included in the Horizon 7.5 release notes.

Source: SirsiDynix

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