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Hybrid Bookshelf


Basic information about installation, usage and acquisition.

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Hybrid Bookshelf


Basic information about installation, usage and acquisition.

Installation


Installation


We recommend using Windows 10 and 8 devices running the Hybrid Bookshelf. Windows 7 is supported but is a little outdated regarding touch technology.

  1. Start the HybridBookshelf_Setup.exe.
  2. Confirm all Windows security dialogs. On Windows 8 and 10 make sure to click the little "more information" on the left side of the security dialog.
  3. Follow the setup instructions.
  4. Use the created desktop shortcut to start the HBS.
  5. The first time you will be asked to drop or select your provided license file.

Kiosk Mode Activation


Kiosk Mode Activation


The full version allows you to offer the Hybrid Bookshelf in public spaces without attendance.

  1. Open the settings (little gear icon on the bottom right).
  2. Activate Kiosk Mode.
  3. The Hybrid Bookshelf automatically restarts in Kiosk Mode.

To exit Kiosk Mode click or tap three times on the bottom left corner of the HBS.

Full Version as Saas


Full Version as Saas


You can request a 60 day demo version of the Hybrid Bookshelf.

If you want to use the Hybrid Bookshelf professionally, we offer a Software as a Service Saas solution. You pay annually to use the HBS on one or more devices including the following functions and services.

  1. Kiosk Mode to offer the HBS in public spaces without attendance.
  2. Connecting to our web service Histomat to calculate Bookcover colors on the fly offering a more colorful experience.
  3. Hosting your personal responsive website Bibshelf to get books or ebooks on your smartphone using NFC or QR-Codes.
  4. Software Updates including new features and optimizations.
  5. Telephone and email support during ordinary buisness hours.
  6. Customizations (e.g. connecting another database backend) on request.

Open Source


Open Source


We plan to publish an open source version of the Hybrid Bookshelf in the 4th. quarter of 2015. We want enable the community experimenting with their own ideas and hope to start a dialog and getting feedback. We will publish the source code step by step. Making everything open source from the start doesn't work because:

  1. Some special functions like the Kiosk Mode or connecting to NFC readers are using libraries that are not compatible with open source licenses.
  2. Webservices developed by picibird like the Histomat (calculating book cover color histograms) or the bibshelf (responsive mobile website) need hosting power and expense.
  3. Professional features to ensure seemless usage and support like online bug tracking are using cloud services rented by picibird.

We continue developing the Hybrid Bookshelf and use technologies that allow us to use the HBS on Apple iOS and Google Android devices in the future. The infrastructure needed to develop for different platforms includes licensed programming software like Visual Studio Professional, Xamarin Studio and a reliable build server.