Announcing the release of EMu Version 8.0!

This month we are thrilled to release the newest version of EMu!

EMu Version 8.0 marks a major advancement of the platform and provides several new features that have been developed in response to customer requests. Most notably, this will be EMu server’s first 64-bit release, an upgrade from all previous versions of EMu servers which were 32-bit.

What this means: with 64-bit processing in place, EMu 8.0 can handle files larger than 2G without partitioning them. 32-bit libraries no longer need to be installed on the EMu server and more memory can be allocated to the rebuild process to improve performance.

How to access the new 64-bit EMu version:

EMu 8.0 requires Texpress 10 which is the first release of a 64-bit version of Texpress that enables the use of Solr as the indexing mechanism for EMu. To get all the benefits of EMu 8.0, the EMu server must be upgraded to 64-bit. To give our community time to adapt, 32-bit EMu server releases will be available until the 1st of July and by request after that.

Check out our upgrade guide

Additional platform enhancements:

OpenID Connect authorisation support extended

OpenID Connect is now available for all client installations.

Toggle for Field prompt and Column name

Certain dialogue boxes, including the Sort Properties and Field Properties dialogue boxes, did not support toggling between Field prompts (labels in the user interface) and the associated Column names. This ability has now been added to all dialogue boxes:

Resizable dialogue boxes

Previously certain dialogue boxes, including the Reports, Export and Sort dialogue boxes, could not be resized, making field selection difficult. These dialogue boxes can now be resized and respect the Option setting for saving size and window position:

Set Group permissions through the Group Properties dialogue box

It is now also possible to specify Edit and Delete security permissions in a group’s Group Properties box:

Solr Indexing

We’ve added support for the use of Solr as the indexing mechanism for EMu. The benefits of moving to Solr indexing are:


– Improved query performance on simple and complex queries.

– Reduced disc space overhead.

– Ability to scale when the system is slow to improve performance. This is possible either by a) scaling vertically by dedicating more resources on the same machine (disc space, memory, etc), or b) scaling horizontally by adding more machines and splitting the load across machines.


GUID Document View

A new document view button has been added to the GUID grid to show GUID values which are URLs.

The EMu client now launches the associated viewer so the document can be viewed.


Uniting our community towards additional EMu enhancements

Alongside these critical platform updates, Axiell has been working in partnership with our community to revamp several EMu modules including bibliography, parties, and multimedia and to introduce a new standards module. Each module redesign is driven by an advisory group of EMu users. This group makes suggestions to enhance each module directly in partnership with our product manager.


Opportunities like this to collaborate directly on the development of EMu are announced at our monthly EMu/Natural History Special Interest Group meetings. We highly encourage EMu users to attend these meetings to connect with similar institutions, interface directly with Axiell product management, and provide feedback on platform enhancement plans.


For more information about our special interest group meetings, visit the microsite. Password is SIG.


Bibliography module enhancements

The first of the enhanced modules, Bibliography, is included in the EMu 8.0 release. The module allows customers to retain the existing bibliography model or to move to one of two new, simpler models, a flattened model, or a simplified hierarchical model. Both models contain almost the same data fields with the hierarchical model containing a link to a container rather than recording it.


Flattened View

Hierarchical View

If either of the new models are adopted, users can query BHL to extract the bibliographic information they require. Information sourced from BHL is read only within EMu and updated if changes are made to it at BHL.


What’s next?

Beyond EMu 8.0 and the module redesign work in our advisory groups, we are working to launch the following improvements in EMu versions 8.1 and 8.2.


– Server memory improvements

– JSON import and export

– In addition to integrations with CultureConnect and Axiell DAMS – Powered by Piction, more integrations may be built at the direction of the advisory groups.


For more information about EMu 8.0 speak to your account manager or contact us!

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