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January 29, 2018

Building a new Artstor: 2017 in review

Matthias Buchinger, Calligraphic Trompe-l’oeil Calendar, 1709, image and original data provided by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

2017 was a big year for Artstor. Not only did we add over 350,000 new images, but we also completely overhauled the Artstor platform, creating a new interface and tools while improving the back-end systems that power the site to increase search speed and reliability. Here’s what changed:

  • Artstor got a facelift with a new, streamlined interface design.
  • Images open on a new page rather than as pop-ups. Pop-ups are difficult to navigate when you aren’t able to adjust your browser settings, as is often the case on computers managed by an IT department. This change also allows you to link directly to an image and its data without opening a pop-up, which is confusing to recipients (especially those who have pop-ups blocked and find a link leads to nowhere).
  • Images are now on a IIIF viewer with fullscreen capabilities and side-by-side comparison mode. Read more about IIIF’s incredible work on their site.
  • We simplified image-group sharing: all registered users can share image groups with other users at your institution, not just faculty. Now, students can collaborate on image groups and faculty can more easily work with students and TA’s to curate groups.
  • Artstor now includes a flashcard mode in the fullscreen image view to study for exams. Read more about this feature on our support site.
  • We increased Artstor’s web accessibility for users with disabilities.
  • Our URLs are now shorter for easier linking in LibGuides, course websites, emails, and more.
  • The entire site is mobile friendly. Direct your smartphone’s browser to library.artstor.org, sign in, and enjoy Artstor’s full set of features. Remember to turn your phone sideways for full-screen views!
  • Image citations are now available in many formats, including APA, Chicago, and MLA style.

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May 23, 2017

Coming soon: an improved Artstor

We’re thrilled to announce that we will be releasing an updated Digital Library this summer. This is a first step in improving our support of digital image-based teaching and scholarship, and toward the longer-term goal of creating an integrated platform experience for users of both the Artstor Digital Library and JSTOR – now both allied services under the ITHAKA umbrella.

Enhancements will include:

  • A new full screen IIIF image viewer with side-by-side comparison mode (no pop-ups or Flash required)
  • Simplified image group sharing: all registered users (previously limited to faculty) will be able to share image groups with other users at your institution
  • Increased web accessibility for users with disabilities
  • Shorter URLs for easier linking in LibGuides, course websites, emails, and more
  • Mobile friendly

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August 17, 2016

New version of the Offline Image Viewer (OIV) available

OIV 4.1, the latest version of Artstor’s Offline Image Viewer, is now available for download here.

Major features:

  • Launch image viewer icon is fixed, so you can launch the Artstor Digital Library viewer directly from slide or image palette presentations
  • Non-administrative users can now launch OIV without admin permission
  • Slide presentations no longer display slide numbers
  • Additional images on zoomable slides remain clear when zooming into one image on the slide (Java version 1.6 is no longer needed)

Release notes are available on our support site. Need help? Contact us at userservices@artstor.org with any questions.

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October 24, 2014

New version of the Offline Image Viewer (OIV) available

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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February 26, 2014

Artstor secrets: clustered images

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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January 22, 2014

Technology recap 2013

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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April 16, 2013

Artstor Digital Library image downloads via zip files

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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