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May 31, 2007

ARTstor browser compatibility

ARTstor is compatible with most commonly used browsers on both the PC and Mac platforms. Following is an updated list on browser compatibility and setting recommendations. You may also want to view our updated technical specifications on the ARTstor wesbite.

PC Platform

  • Microsoft IE 6.0
  • Microsoft IE 7.0
    • Add “ as a trusted site.
  • Firefox 1.0+
  • PWB 2.05+

Mac Platform

  • Safari 1.2+
    • Safari is the recommended browser for ARTstor users on a Mac.
  • FireFox 1.0+
    • On machines running OS 10.2, FireFox version 1.0 is the only browser that is compatible with the ARTstor Digital Library. We recommend that you either install this older version of FireFox or use Safari.
  • Netscapte 6.0+

Please contact with any questions.

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May 31, 2007

ARTstor Expands Accessibility to Images for Academic Publishing

In March 2007, ARTstor and The Metropolitan Museum of Art began a new collaboration, Images for Academic Publishing (IAP) that allowed scholars at ARTstor participating institutions to download and use, free of charge, high-resolution digital images for academic publications. Initially, nearly 1,700 images representative of the renowned Metropolitan Museum’s encyclopedic collection became available through the ARTstor interface to users at all ARTstor participating institutions.

Access to IAP is now being extended to unaffiliated scholars, including those at institutions which do not license ARTstor. Scholars at participating ARTstor institutions are able to access these images through the ARTstor Digital Library ( All other scholars can contact ARTstor ( or The Metropolitan Museum ( to be registered for free access to IAP.

Additional images will be added to IAP by The Metropolitan Museum of Art later this year and ARTstor is working with other museums and organizations to expand the content available through IAP.

ARTstor, a digital image library, was created in 2001 as a non-profit initiative of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. It is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to serving education and scholarship in the arts and humanities. The more than 750 non-profit institutions currently participating in ARTstor are located in North America, Australia/New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and continental Europe.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art – founded in 1870 with a mission to collect, preserve, and display works of art spanning 5,000 years of world culture from every part of the globe, and to educate the public about art – is the most comprehensive art museum in the Western Hemisphere with a collection now including more than two million works of art.

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May 3, 2007

Sharing ARTstor Images and Image Groups through URL Links

Did you know that you can share ARTstor images or image groups with students or colleagues from your course website or presentations? Each image in ARTstor has a stable URL associated with it. In addition, the image groups you create have stable URLs. The URLs can be emailed, embedded in Word or PowerPoint documents, or added as a link to online syllabi or to a list of resources on a course website.

When users click on the image URL that you provide, the ARTstor Image Viewer will open to display that particular image. Users can then zoom into the image, print it, analyze the data, or save it just as they would if they were using the Image Viewer while inside the ARTstor Digital Library. Because the URL will actually connect the user to ARTstor, users need to access ARTstor through a valid IP address (on-campus or through a proxy server/VPN), or by logging in to an ARTstor account.

For more information and step-by-step instruction, please see our online “Courseware Guide:”

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April 5, 2007

JSTOR/ARTstor Searching

By creating and maintaining a trusted archive of important scholarly journals, JSTOR, like ARTstor, serves the scholarly community. In an effort to enhance the benefits of these two resources and to enable researchers to discover useful content across all formats, JSTOR has developed a way to search both JSTOR and ARTstor content simultaneously.

Specifically, users have the opportunity to keyword search JSTOR article content, JSTOR image captions, and ARTstor image metadata. The combined search result page is separated into three tabs – Articles, Images from Articles, and ARTstor Images — so that users can easily view and choose among their results. If your institution participates in ARTstor and JSTOR, you will see ARTstor image thumbnails as well as the title, creator and date information in your search results. You can click to view the full-sized image and complete metadata through the ARTstor website.

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April 5, 2007

New Interdisciplinary Handouts for Librarians and Faculty

This series of handouts highlights the relevance and value of the ARTstor Digital Library to educators, scholars and students in this wide range of disciplines. Not only historians of art and architecture and others engaged with the visual arts, but also individuals in fields as diverse as American Studies, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Literary Studies, Music, and Religious Studies are finding the 500,000+ digital images ARTstor offers to be relevant to their teaching and research.

We hope these handouts will be helpful to you fostering the use of images in teaching, learning and scholarship across the arts and humanities and beyond. We currently offer handouts for the following disciplines:

We currently offer handouts for the following disciplines:

  • African-American Studies
  • American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Architecture & Architectural History
  • Asian Studies
  • Classical Studies
  • Design & Decorative Studies
  • History
  • Language & Literature
  • Literary Studies
  • Medieval Studies
  • Music History
  • Photography
  • Religious Studies
  • Renaissance Studies
  • Theater and Dance

If you are interested in seeing a handout for a discipline not listed, please contact User Services. To download, go to the ARTstor website.

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April 5, 2007

Accessing Usage Statistics for your Institution

ARTstor makes available Usage Reports for each participating institution. The Usage Reports are password-protected and restricted to the ARTstor administrators at each institution.

We offer five different statistical views, each reporting on your ARTstor events (meaningful requests from your users). Reports include:

  • Total number of events
  • Individual events by month/day
  • Events by hour
  • Events as compared to other ARTstor participants in your institutional classification
  • New user registrations by month/day

If you would like to see additional reports included in this list, please contact User Services.

If you are interested in viewing your institution’s ARTstor usage statistics, go to You will be prompted to login as an ARTstor administrator. For more information or assistance using ARTstor administrative function, please contact User Services.

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March 21, 2007

ARTstor Compatibility with Internet Explorer 7.0

ARTstor User Services has received inquiries from our users about the compatibility of ARTstor with IE 7, the newest version of Internet Explorer. ARTstor is compatible with IE 7, however users may notice display problems which cause the ARTstor interface to be cut-off in some areas. The following two suggestions will help users avoid this problem.

Add ARTstor as a “Trusted Site.”
When opening the Image Viewer window, the bottom row of icons may be covered by the Windows taskbar. Other pages within the ARTstor interface may also be obscured in IE 7. To fix this, simply add to the list of “Trusted Sites.” For step-by-step instructions, please see our online help.

Open ARTstor in a new window instead of a tab.
A new feature of IE 7 is tabbed browsing. Since the ARTstor application launches in a separate window, users may be prompted with a warning when entering the ARTstor Digital Library. The warning will ask if you want to close the current window. We recommend answering “yes” to this question which will prompt ARTstor to fully open in a new window.

If you encounter any trouble using IE 7 with ARTstor, we also recommend that you clear both your Java and browser caches. You will find detailed information posted in ARTstor’s online help describing how to clear the caches for a variety of browsers and Java versions. Please feel free to consult the following links for instructions and screen grabs:

If after clearing your caches, you still experience ARTstor performance problems, please email ARTstor User Services ( and we will work with you to troubleshoot the problem.

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March 2, 2007

New! Export ARTstor Citations to Refworks

ARTstor users can now export citations directly to RefWorks. Users may save images and/or image groups into a citation list. Citation lists may then be directly exported into EndNote, ProCite, RefWorks or Reference Manager, emailed printed, or saved as a tab-delimited file. Each citation includes the creator, title, date, repository, ARTstor image ID number, and stable URL for each image.

To create and export a citation list, follow these four steps:

  1. Select images: select one or multiple images by clicking on them once while in the thumbnail page,
  2. Create a citation list: go to the Image Groups menu located in the toolbar and choose “save selected images as citations,”
  3. Open citation list: click on “View saved citations” from Image Groups Menu,
  4. Export or download citation list from the citation list window.

For detailed instructions on creating citation lists and exporting them, please visit the following page in our online help:

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March 2, 2007

Personal Collections

The ARTstor Digital Library contains images image collections from across many time periods and cultures that have the depth, breadth, and coherence to support a wide range of educational and scholarly activities. ARTstor contains 500,000 images and is constantly growing. However, due to the uniqueness of each individual’s image needs, the Digital Library will never have every image an educator or scholar needs to do their work. Because of this need for unique content, faculty should have the ability to create lectures that utilize both ARTstor images and images from individual personal image collections or local collections.

To support this type of activity, we have developed Personal Collections. Personal Collections allow instructor-level users to integrate their own personal images with those in the ARTstor Digital Library. Instructors may create their own Personal Collection in ARTstor by uploading images onto ARTstor’s image servers. In this way, instructors can use their own images alongside ARTstor images – viewing, searching, saving them into groups, and sharing them with students and colleagues.

Personal Collections are enabled at each institution by a local ARTstor administrator through a simple online tool. Local administrators may enable Personal Collections in three ways: for all users with instructor-level privileges, for only selected instructors, or they may disable the feature entirely. We understand that every institution is unique and requires the flexibility to utilize this feature in accordance with its own policies. Personal Collections create an opportunity for ARTstor administrators and faculty to discuss intellectual property rights and share institutional standards for uploading images to web-based environments. Recently, we improved Personal Collections features and created additional online tools to enhance faculty use of Personal Collections:

  • File storage limit is increased from 500 MB to 1 GB for every instructor level user.
  • MP3 files are now supported in Personal Collections and we are actively working on supporting other media.
  • Metadata upload feature is now available which allows users to upload XML formatted cataloging information for each image in their Personal Collection.

We encourage all ARTstor participating institutions to examine the features and tools provided through ARTstor Personal Collections We hope Personal Collections provide a useful online environment for instructors to manage their personal digital images together with images selected from the ARTstor Digital Library.

ARTstor User Services is available to answer any questions or discuss concerns you may have about implementing this feature at your institution,

ARTstor User Services
Phone: 888.278.0079 or 212.500.2400

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January 29, 2007

Updated Version: OIV 2.6.1 Available

An updated version of the Offline Image Viewer is now available for download. After the initial release of OIV 2.6 in July 2006, users sent us feedback including enhancement requests and reported bugs. These enhancements and bugs have been addressed in a newly released version of the OIV. OIV version 2.6.1 includes the following enhancements and big-fixes:

  • Image compatibility with Progressive JPEGs and images imported as PowerPoint slide backgrounds.
  • Ability to add ARTstor Personal Notes, Instructor Commentary, and complete Personal Collection metadata to text boxes on presentation slides.
  • Resolution of reported intermittent problems with text and image save functions.
  • Updates to the Mac version that address problems with OIV incorrectly detecting multiple monitors, OIV quitting unexpectedly during presentations, and certain Mac keyboard shortcuts not functioning.

If you have experienced any of these bugs, or simply wish to avoid encountering them, we recommend that you install this updated version. OIV 2.6.1 is available for download in the ARTstor Digital Library and can be found in the “Tools” toolbar menu. Please note that for PC users, the installation of the Windows version of OIV 2.6.1 will require that you de-install all previous versions of OIV 2.5 or 2.6 on your computer.

For additional information, or help with installing OIV 2.6.1, please contact ARTstor User Services (; 888.278.0079). As always, OIV users may attend regularly scheduled OIV training sessions at

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