VITA 6.3 is live!

As of April 25, 2022, you and your users have lots of new options for managing and exploring your collections.
VITA 6.3
featuring new tools for improved collection management and user engagement

What's New with 6.3

Improved & Engaging Public Site options
New tools for Collection Review & Management
Audience Options
  • OAI-PMH feature for extending discovery in other spaces
  • IP limited sites for hosted newspaper collections with access restrictions (talk to us about this option)
Banished Bugs
  • JP2 view in Data Management screens restored
  • Parent/Child record compilation titles reformatted
  • Overwritten header code on Update corrected
  • Users with same name crossover resolved
All Zoomify files have been purged and replaced with JPG2000 files.

What You Need to Know

See something unexpected? Clear your cache
Sometimes browsers will cache old styling so do a hard refresh (Ctrl+Shift+R) or clear your browser cache in the history settings.

Check your Contribute module links

If you have a contribute link somewhere outside of your VITA site, you should adjust it to exclude the /contribute/upload extension (or see the Contribute screen in DM and copy the new URL to paste wherever you have links).

Keep original Contributed Image files?
The default setting for this option is Yes. If you do not wish to store the original uploaded file from a Contribution, go to Agency Management>Image Options>Contributed images and change the setting to "No" - this option only applies to image files, others are automatically kept to be served back to the public.

Want to add indexing to Non-Newspaper Volumes?
If you're working with non-Newspaper items like cemetery registers or church records full of vital statistics, you can change the volume record to Media Type "Publication" and add it to your Publication/Volume checklist (Agency Management>Checklists) for the Add BMD screen.

Jigsaw Puzzle option
The interactive jigsaw puzzle option will display as a link in the right panel for any item with a full JPG - not JPG2000 - image associated. Users can choose difficulty levels and other settings to recreate the image with jigsaw pieces. Choose to turn this on or off in Site Management>Details>Right side panel.

Turn on/off OAI-PMH
To enable metadata harvesting of your collection, turn the OAI-PMH option on or off and set up your profile in Agency Management>Export Options. You will need a short collection description to enable this option. For more details, contact us at help@vitatoolkit.ca.

Custom CSS
If you have a custom CSS applied to your site, walk through the public site to ensure everything is displaying as it should. If not, 1) clear your cache - sometimes browsers will cache old styling so do a hard refresh (Ctrl+Shift+R) or clear your browser cache in the history settings. If that does not change the screen then: 2) please email us with the page URL and a description of what you *expect* to see.
Check the VITA Toolkit Help site
for upgraded 6.3 manuals - any manual with 6.3 in the title has been upgraded with the new feature instructions.

See all our support materials at help.vitatoolkit.ca

Contact help@vitatoolkit.ca with your questions

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