We launched the Web Opac app in 2012 to make public library systems easily usable on mobile phones. As a pioneer in this area, we have set new standards for the entire industry and are proud of how many lifes we were able to make easier with our app.
A lot has happened since then. The world of libraries has changed significantly and modernised to some extent, smartphone ecosystems have evolved and we as a company have experienced strong growth in another business area and have our hands full. The Web Opac app is therefore technically quite outdated and we have not been able to implement new features in quite a while.
We have been cooperating with subkom GmbH, which previously offered library apps for the iOS and web platforms, since 2013. Over the past year, subkom GmbH has developed a new generation of the mobilOPAC app, which runs on all platforms (Android, iOS and web app) on the basis of a single software technology and thus provides the opportunity for new, innovative features. This new app is already available in both the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.
All Plus Edition customers with their own app already have a direct contract with subkom GmbH. Nothing will therefore change on the contractual side. Your app will be converted to the new technical platform in the course of 2024; subkom GmbH will contact you for this purpose. Your current Android app will continue to receive bug fixes in the meantime if necessary.
For all customers of the basic edition/support contract who have ordered the support contract via rami.io GmbH, a change is necessary. The support contract for the Web Opac app will be cancelled by us at the end of its current term. At the same time, we will send you a contract offer from subkom GmbH to convert this into a support contract for the mobilOPAC app (see above). This will allow libraries to continue to offer this important digital service to their patrons without interruption.
The Android app Web Opac App currently in use will be discontinued by us on 30 June 2024. From this date, there will no longer be any updates, bug fixes or similar for the app. The app will no longer be available for new installations in the Play Store. Existing installations can continue to be used indefinitely until they no longer work due to changes to the library servers or the technical progress of the Android platform.
The Community Edition will be discontinued by us on 30.06.2024. From this date, there will no longer be any updates, bug fixes or similar for the app. The app will no longer be available for new installations in the Play Store. Existing installations can continue to be used indefinitely until they no longer work due to changes to the library servers or the technical progress of the Android platform. The GitHub repository will no longer be maintained.
We would like to thank all of the supporters of our app. More than eleven years is a decent age for an app, and it was possible thanks to hundreds of motivated librarians, dozens of open source contributors and tens of thousands of app users. We would like to express our gratitude for all the support and positive feedback!