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NewArtstor has released the latest version of its Offline Image Viewer (OIV).

OIV enables instructors to give classroom presentations using larger images from the Artstor Digital Library (up to 3200 pixels wide) along with local content without being connected to the Internet. You can create digital slide show presentations that feature side-by-side comparisons, zooming and panning, and the ability to customize text on the slides.

OIV 4.0 includes the following new features:

  • Compatible with Mac OS X 10.10 and Windows 8.
  • Link to image viewer – clicking the link to image viewer icon on an image will open that image in the image viewer within the Digital Library.
  • Embedded hyperlinks – you can now embed hyperlinks in your OIV slides.
  • Saving to legacy format—this version of OIV allows presentations to be saved in OIV 2.6 format so that they can be opened by OIV version 2.6 and above (without image viewer linking functionality). This version can also open OIV 3.X files.

A bug that was affecting dual-screen presentations has also been fixed.

To install OIV 4.0, first uninstall any previous version, log into your account, and follow the directions on our Help site.

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Sassetta |Madonna of the Snow Altarpiece | 1430-1432 | Galleria degli Uffizi | Image and original data provided by SCALA, Florence/ART RESOURCE, N.Y.; artres.com; scalarchives.com | (c) 2006, SCALA, Florence / ART RESOURCE, N.Y. RIGHT: Foto Reali Archive (National Gallery of Art, Department of Image Collections)

Sassetta | Madonna of the Snow Altarpiece | 1430-1432 | Galleria degli Uffizi | Image and original data provided by SCALA, Florence/ART RESOURCE, N.Y.; artres.com; scalarchives.com | (c) 2006, SCALA, Florence / ART RESOURCE, N.Y. RIGHT: Foto Reali Archive (National Gallery of Art, Department of Image Collections)

Long-time users of Artstor may have noticed that the Digital Library holds a number of redundant images. Some come directly from the source collections or are the result of different collections that document the same works of art, while others are details. We often cluster these images, which can be revealed by clicking on the clustered images icon (i-cluster) below the thumbnails. Why not simply delete them? We’re glad you asked.

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Cathedral Saint-Etienne de Bourges; Interior, Ambulatory window 10, Prodigal Son window, detail | building, 13th century | Bourges, France | Image and original data provided by Madeline Caviness

Cathedral Saint-Etienne de Bourges; Interior, Ambulatory window 10, Prodigal Son window, detail | building, 13th century | Bourges, France | Image and original data provided by Madeline Caviness

Happy New Year and welcome to the start of the spring 2014 semester! As students and faculty are returning to campus we’d like to remind you of some of the improvements we made to the Artstor Digital Library in 2013:

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zip files

As of today, users who download single image files from the Artstor Digital Library will receive a zip file that contains a JPEG image and an HTML file with the associated metadata (find out why here).

Many versions of Windows come equipped with a built in zip program, but if you need to install a program on your PC, ARTstor recommends 7-Zip, available free at 7-zip.org. Mac users will not need to install software to handle zip files as it is already built into OS X.

We recommend that you clear the cache and restart your Web browser before first downloading images today.

You can find instructions on how to download images and open files on the ARTstor Help Wiki, and you can also download our guide for using zip (PDF, 621 KB).

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact User Services at userservices@artstor.org.

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zip filesWe are happy to announce an update that will eliminate the need for Java in the Artstor Digital Library. In the near future, single image downloads will be delivered in zip files.

Artstor has been using Java for downloads of individual images, but recently the U.S. Department of Homeland Security began recommending that Java be disabled due to security concerns. After our update, users who download single image files will receive a zip file that contains a JPEG image and an HTML file with the associated metadata. In addition to removing the need for Java, using zip will allow Artstor to pursue other feature enhancements, such as additional options for image group downloads.

For some users, mainly those on PCs, it will be necessary to install software such as 7Zip to unzip their downloads.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact User Services at userservices@artstor.org.

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Artstor has released the Offline Image Viewer (OIV) for OS X 10.7 Lion. OIV allows users to create digital slideshow presentations using both high-resolution Artstor images and local content, make side-by-side comparisons, zoom and pan, and customize text on the slides, all without being connected to the Internet.

To download the most recent version of OIV, log in to your Artstor account and find it in the Digital Library under the “Tools” menu. For basic instruction on the OIV, please see our support site. For questions or concerns, contact Artstor User Services at userservices@artstor.org or 212-500-2400.

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ARTstor is collaborating with three discovery services to allow subscribers to search the Digital Library at libraries using EBSCO Discovery Service™, Paratext’s 19th Century Masterfile database, and Serials Solutions®’ Summon™ service. Users will now be able to find content from the Digital Library alongside their institution’s other collections through a single search. Agreements with more discovery services are on the way.

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