The GTI (Greenstone Translator Interface) is a Greenstone installation providing a web-based facility to translate the various Greenstone interfaces and websites, including the Greenstone2 and Greenstone3 runtime web interfaces, GLI’s interface, the installer interface, and the greenstone.org website. This facility has been moved to a faster and more reliable server. You can access the new interface at http://gti.greenstone.org. The status page showing the translation status of each module, for each language, is now available at http://gti.greenstone.org/etc/status.html.
The TWSO library is a collection of concert programmes from the Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra. This has been moved to a new server, so update your bookmarks if you use this collection. It is now available at http://community.nzdl.org/greenstone3/twso/collection/twso/page/about. Note, the http://nzdl.org/twso shortcut now points to the new site. The new server is much faster and more reliable than the previous one.
We’ve finally released the binaries, source components and source distributions for Greenstone 3.07.
You can grab them from the downloads page.
To familiarise yourself with how things are done in Greenstone3, follow along with the Greenstone 3 tutorials.
For those who need to work from source, the release notes also contain links detailing the steps for compiling the source components and distributions.
Have fun with Greenstone 3.07 and write us if you discover any bugs or have any problems.
Good news for Mac Yosemite users out there (and possibly Mac Maverick users too): the current Greenstone 3.07 release-candidate binaries now include a JRE with the Mac Mountain Lion binary. This allows the Greenstone 3.07-rc2 Mountain Lion installer to now run out of the box on Mac Yosemite machines. You may still need to change the security settings on your Mac to allow you to open dmg binary files not created by Apple, as this is a new security feature on Macs, but otherwise the Greenstone installer and the Greenstone applications once installed should run fine on Yosemite too.
We’ve decided to come out with another intermediate release candidate, because the major change we’ve made are specific to a Mac binary this time. That means there is still time for Greenstone users to find and report on bugs, and for translators to add further translations and send these back in to us for inclusion in the upcoming official 3.07 release. Therefore, please do try out the current 3.07 rc2 release by heading on over to the Snapshots page, and let us know how the binaries fare, so we can improve them for the official release.
The Greenstone website www.greenstone.org has been updated and simplified. The updated version is also now available in the GTI (Greenstone Translation Interface) for translation.
The GS3.07 release candidate 1 (3.07 rc1) was released on 03 Aug 2015 and can be downloaded from the snapshots page. There have been quite a few changes and improvements. These have been documented in the release notes.
The 3.07 rc1 binaries available are for Windows, Linux (32 and 64 bit) and Mac (Snow) Leopard and (Mountain) Lion. The Mountain Lion release can be used with some modification on Mac Maverick and Yosemite machines.
We’re still working on the final, official release of 3.07. It will include a Java Runtime Environment with the Mac Lion release so that this can be run on later releases of the Mac OS that do not include Java like Yosemite, without Greenstone Mac users having to download Java. In all we’d like to make the experience for Mac Maverick and Yosemite users much smoother than it’s been so far.
In the meantime, we would like to continue to encourage Greenstone users to try out the current 3.07 rc1 release and report back their experiences, in particular any bugs or issues they detected.
We’ll keep you posted about the upcoming 3.07 release.
I have tidied up the greenstone project on sourceforge: http://sourceforge.net/projects/greenstone/.
The Greenstone3 project has been merged into the main Greenstone project, and Greenstone3 binaries are now the default downloads. To download Greenstone2 binaries, click “BrowseAll Files” and navigate to the binaries you want.
Note, for now I have left the Greenstone3 project in place, but it will eventually be deleted.
On 6 Nov we released the final binaries of Greenstone 3.06. There are binaries available for the following operating systems:
- Linux 32-bit and 64-bit machines and
- Mac OS Leopard, for Leopards and Snow Leopards
- Mac OS Mountain Lion for Mountain Lion, Maverick (and possibly the older Lion, but untested on there)
For those who want to compile 3.06 up from source, there is the 3.06 “source distribution” package.
Those who have installed the binary and who eventually want to recompile can top up their binary installation with the 3.06 “source component”.
You can get the binary for your operating system from the Greenstone 3 home page’s Download section at
The source component and source distribution zip files are available from the same page as well.
The 3.06 Release Notes are at
These contain instructions on how to install the binaries, or compile with the source distribution or source component for your operating system, as well as information on the basic of use Greenstone and its new features. The release notes may get modified and expanded over time, as questions appear.
For those who want to follow along with the Greenstone 3 tutorials, these are at
Make sure to select the “Greenstone 3″ tab.
An example of the kind of interfaces now possible with Greenstone 3 can be viewed at
If you’re wondering about how to port Greenstone 2 collections from Greenstone 3, then have a look at the page
It explains the use of the new Format Conversion Wizard that’s now part of Greenstone 3.06’s GLI and which automates some of the conversion process, while allowing you to interactively modify its suggested Greenstone 3 format statements. Therefore, copy a Greenstone 2 collection into your Greenstone 3.06 installation’s web/sites/localsite/collect/ folder, open it in 3.06 GLI and try out the Format Conversion Wizard.
If you discover bugs or encounter any issues, join the mailing list at greenstone-users @ list.waikato.ac.nz and drop us a message, and we’ll try to get it fixed.
It’s been a very long period since we blogged our progress. Rest assured we’ve been working hard to improve Greenstone 2 and 3, and it’s only the blogging about it that fell by the wayside. Here’s some of the things that I’ve been working on in the last few months:
- Securing Greenstone 2 pages: this involved significant changes to both the code and the macros files
- Updating the GTI Greenstone installation. Owing to the security changes for Greenstone 2, the Greenstone Translation Interface on nzdl needed to have the latest Greenstone2 to work again
- Fixing up a Remote Greenstone 3 authentication issue
- The FormatConversion wizard dialog. This completes the process of opening a Greenstone 2 collection in Greenstone 3. The format conversion dialog automatically generates Greenstone 3 equivalents for Greenstone 2 format statements behind-the-scenes, before presenting these to you. You can then interact with the wizard to improve any of the Greenstone 3 format statements that have been generated.
This week we’ve been hard at work testing Greenstone 3. We’ve managed to discover a few bugs and have fixed several of them already. While we’re at it we’ve also added horizontal classifiers into Greenstone 3 (frequent Greenstone 2 users may find this a very welcome addition). A horizontal classifier has the top level of the classifier (e.g. ‘A’ ‘B-C’ ‘D-F’ etc.) displayed in a row along the top of the browsing area instead of vertically down the page.
There’s not much more to report about my week as it has mostly involved testing and bug fixing, which is not particularly interesting to write about.