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March 26, 2013

Artstor Digital Library drops Java

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

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December 1, 2011

Artstor releases the Offline Image Viewer for OS X 10.7 Lion

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 or 212-500-2400.

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July 7, 2011

ARTstor collaborates with discovery services

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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November 12, 2009

OIV now compatible with Mac OS 10.6

A new version of the Offline Image Viewer (OIV) for Macs is now available for download in the Artstor Digital Library. This version has all of the features of the previous release, in addition to being compatible with Mac OS X 10.6, Snow Leopard. To download the Offline Image Viewer for your Mac:

1. Log in to your Artstor account
2. Click Tools > Download offline presentation tool > and click to ‘accept’ the Terms & Conditions of Use
3. Select ‘OIV for Mac’ and click ‘Download’

For more information about installing and using the OIV software, please see our Online Help.

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February 5, 2009

New feature: Associated Image clusters

You will now find two new icons in ARTstor’s online environment that are intended to enhance discovery and use of images in our collections. Icons used on the search results screen help you identify and act on special features related to an image. The two new icons are:

  • i-cluster Duplicates & Details: Explore ARTstor “clusters” – groups comprised of duplicates and details centered around lead images that are chosen for their high quality.
  • i-collab-filter Associated Images: Discover the collective preferences of ARTstor users by exploring which images are most frequently used and associated with others in ARTstor image groups.

While we have been signaling ARTstor clusters for some time, the icon itself for Duplicates & Details has been updated. The second icon – for finding Associated Images – is an entirely new feature. Just as Amazon “recommends” other books that are often purchased by the same people who purchased the book you are buying, ARTstor will now be able to inform you (in ranked order) of the other images people are using in image groups with the image you have found (while maintaining users’ privacy by not indicating who is using those images). In this way ARTstor users will be collaboratively sharing their knowledge, making it easier for the newcomer to an image to follow paths that are built off of our collective arguments. Implementing this feature is one effort in our ongoing focus on getting you not simply a large number of results, but rather getting you to the results you actually need and find useful.

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February 21, 2008

More image clusters added to ARTstor

There are now 3,472 clustered images in Artstor. These clusters comprise duplicates and details centered around lead images that are chosen for their high quality. For example, a search of Hieronymus Bosch’s “Garden of Earthly Delights” will preference a high quality lead image digitized from a large-format color transparency and on-click reveals a cluster of images including six duplicate images of the full triptych and 96 details. In general, Artstor clusters are limited to paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts. Included among the over 2,000 new clusters uploaded recently are the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Images for Academic Publishing (IAP) images, and a selection of images from the Scala Archives, the Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Art Archives, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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January 9, 2006

Enhancements to the Digital Library

In response to user feedback, we have made enhancements to the interface of the Digital Library. These improvements should make ARTstor even easier to use, while preserving all of the existing functionality that you have come to depend on for teaching, sharing, study or research. The enhancements are concentrated in three areas: the Image Viewer, the Thumbnail and Collection Browsing pages, and the Toolbar menu. In addition, we increased the Remote Access Grace period from 14 and 90 days to 120 days for all users.

Image Viewer

  • Images can now be rotated 360 degrees within the viewer.
  • For presentation or testing purposes, users can now hide the entire caption, removing the title and creator from the Image Viewer and any descriptive information from the banner.
  • Users can now see exactly what percentage of the actual image file size they are viewing and will not be able to zoom-in past the actual size of the image.

Thumbnail and Collection Browsing Pages

  • In the Thumbnail page, images of key works of art will increasingly be “clustered” so that users have a choice whether to see multiple versions of the same image.
  • In the Thumbnail page, users can now toggle between the familiar Thumbnail mode and a new List Mode, which displays a scrollable list of all the images in an Image Group or result set with their accompanying data.
  • Registered users can now save their preferred display mode to their User Preferences.
  • While in the Collection Browsing pages, users can now expand a category to view all sub-categories by clicking on the plus sign to the left of each category.
  • The number of images within each category and sub-category is now listed in parentheses to the right of each category title.


  • We created separate Back and History menu buttons so that you can navigate through ARTstor in the same way that you navigate the Internet. The Back button permits users to step backwards through their recently visited pages, while the History button shows a list of the places visited during the current session.
  • We altered the wording of existing menu options in the Image Groups, View and Tools menus to make it easier for users to locate desired menu items. Please be assured that we did not remove or change the function of any menu items, just renamed them in more intuitive ways.
  • We collapsed the Collections and Browse Collection buttons into one button to provide consistency when navigating across collections.
  • We’d like to thank you all for an exciting and productive year. We appreciate hearing your suggestions, questions and concerns about ARTstor. Many of these enhancements are a direct result of user feedback; please continue to contact us so we can improve ARTstor in 2006 and beyond.

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