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February 7, 2013

OIV now compatible with Mac OS 10.8

update_OIVA new version of ARTstor’s Offline Image Viewer (OIV) for Mac OS X 10.7 and OS X 10.8 is now available for download. This version includes all the features of the previous release.

To download the Offline Image Viewer for your Mac:

  1. Log in to your ARTstor account
  2. Click Tools > Download offline presentation tool > and accept the Terms & Conditions of Use
  3. Select OIV 3.1.3 for Mac and click Download

The OIV enables instructors to give reliable classroom presentations using high-resolution images from the ARTstor Digital Library without being connected to the Internet. OIV allows users to download much larger images (up to 3200 pixels on the long side) than individual or PowerPoint downloads, and these can be combined with the users’ own content to create digital slide show presentations that feature side-by-side comparisons, zooming and panning, and the ability to customize text on the slides.

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

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February 5, 2013

Issues with the ARTstor Digital Library and Java

email-4-tipsA number of ARTstor subscribers have contacted us recently to report that their campuses have disabled Java software on their Web browsers due to security concerns, which interferes with downloading individual images from the ARTstor Digital Library. Oracle, the company that created Java, has released a new version of the program that may resolve these issues, and it can be downloaded from their website:

Meanwhile, we are currently working on a new solution that will not use Java. Until then, we urge users who do not want to continue using Java to use our PowerPoint download instead. You can learn how here.

We will announce the details of our new solution in the coming weeks. In the meantime, we apologize for any inconvenience.

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January 29, 2013

New: Free guides to using the ARTstor Digital Library

We’ve made two guides for new users to the ARTstor Digital Library (or for users who want quick refreshers):

Our Quickstart Guide shows you how to jump in and start using the Digital Library, answering basic questions such as “How do I get in?” and “Can I download images?” as well as offering basic trouble-shooting tips.


Our Introduction Guide tackles more advanced topics, including illustrated instructions on how to create image groups and how to use the image viewer tools.

You can download both guides from our Getting Started page. They’re currently available in English and in Russian; more languages are coming soon!

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November 28, 2012

New: Architecture and Design Topics Image Groups

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe | International Art Exhibit, German Pavilion, exterior | 1929 | Barcelona | Image and original data provided by Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archives/ART RESOURCE, N.Y.;
| © 2008 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

We’ve launched four Architecture and Design Topics Image Groups, carefully-curated to include dozens of images of seminal works taught in introductory-level architecture and design courses. Subjects include “Architecture and the Built Environment,” “Architecture to 1900: Plans and Models,” “Design and Decorative Arts,” and “Gardens and Landscape Architecture.” To see the full list, visit the ARTstor Digital Library, and click on Organize > Open Image Groups, then open Global Folders > Featured Groups.

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November 26, 2012

Did you know? Sharing images and image groups

Eadweard Muybridge | Plate Number 188. Dancing (fancy) | 1887 | Corcoran Gallery of Art;

Did you know that you can share images and image groups in the Digital Library with other Artstor users? The URLs can be emailed, embedded in documents or presentations, or added to online syllabi or course websites. Here’s how:

Link to images (for sharing with any other Artstor subscribers)

After you select an image by clicking on it, there are three ways to get a URL:

  1. In the Artstor navigation bar, click Share > Generate image URL
  2. Right click or CTRL+click the thumbnail, then select Generate image URL
  3. Click the thumbnail caption, then select the “File properties” tab.

Then simply copy the link to share the image with other Artstor users.

Link to image groups (for sharing with people at your institution)

Open your image group; in the top navigation, click Share > Generate image group URL; then copy the URL that appears in the dialog box.

The people in your institution with whom you share the URLs will be able to open the links when they are on campus, otherwise they will be prompted to log in.

Eadweard Muybridge | Plate Number 188. Dancing (fancy) | 1887 | Corcoran Gallery of Art;

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November 21, 2012

ARTstor Mobile for Android now available free at Google Play

For your convenience, ARTstor Mobile for Android is now available as a free download at Google Play! All 1.4+ million images from the ARTstor Digital Library are now accessible through Android-powered devices to registered ARTstor users. ARTstor Mobile for Android provides read-only features such as searching, browsing, zooming, and viewing saved image groups. Also try the Flashcard View, which allows you to test your knowledge by viewing the image without textual information, and then flipping the image to reveal the image record.

ARTstor Mobile is also available for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch through the Safari browser. There’s no need to download special software, just go from your mobile device.

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September 11, 2012

Four Easy Tricks to Help You Search the Artstor Digital Library

René Magritte | The Eye, c. 1932/35 | The Art Institute of Chicago Collection | © 2009 C. Herscovici, London / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

There are many ways to find the images you’re looking for in the Artstor Digital Library; a simple keyword search will often lead you to what you’re looking for, and an advanced search will help narrow the results. Wildcards can help when you don’t remember a precise name or title, or, conversely, when you are looking for something very specific. There are only four to remember:

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August 29, 2012

Did you know? Accessing the Digital Library anywhere

Did you know that you can access ARTstor away from your library or institution? Once you’ve registered for an individual user account at your institution, you can go to from any location and click ENTER HERE to access the site with your ARTstor login and password. You can continue logging into the database remotely for the next 120 days.

For detailed instructions, see ARTstor’s Help Wiki.

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August 21, 2012

New features in the Digital Library

We have added new features to the ARTstor Digital Library:

  1. All password-protected folders that you’ve unlocked will now be easily found in their own upper-level category, Unlocked Folders.
  2. You’ll notice another new upper-level category:Global Folders, which currently contains Featured Groups, including Art History Topics, Interdisciplinary Topics, and Travel Awards.
  3. The number of search results has been doubled to 2,000.
  4. The Help button has been moved to the main navigation bar.

After this update, some users may find that they cannot see their folders or image groups; clearing the browser cache should resolve the issue. You can find detailed instructions on how to do this on our help wiki. And as always, you can contact User Services for more help at

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July 30, 2012

Did you know? The secrets of the Image Viewer tools

Did you know that you can zoom-in on images, view them full-screen, rotate, pan on details, save, print, and much more, all from the convenience of the Image Viewer?

Vincent van Gogh | Wheat Field with Cypresses, 1889 | The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art

On the Image Viewer toolbar you can:

• Click the show data icon to display more information.
• Click the maximize window icon to expand the window to full-screen size.
• Click the minimize window icon to resize the window back to half-screen size.
• Click the list image titles icon to open a list, by title, of all the images in the collection category, Image Group, or search results currently displayed. Click on a title to open that image in the Image Viewer.
• Use the navigational arrows  on the lower right to scroll through images in the set.

• Click the hide captions option to hide the caption for presentations or testing.

• Click the report an error option to notify us if you find any errors in the image you’re viewing.

• Select the zoom mode to zoom-in by clicking anywhere in the image. Zoom-in by clicking on the appropriate icon and then clicking the image. Zoom back out by clicking on the zoom-out icon, or click the reset icon  to go back to the image’s original state. The number beneath the image in the thumbnail map indicates what percentage of the image’s actual size you are currently viewing. When the number reads “100.0%,” it means that you are viewing the image in its actual size and you cannot zoom-in any further.

• Select the pan mode to move through the zoomed-in image; click anywhere on the image and drag your mouse in any direction to move it.

• Select the rotate mode  to rotate the image up to 360 degrees by clicking into the image and dragging your mouse to the right. Reset the image to its original orientation by clicking the reset icon .

• Click the print icon to print the image, its descriptive data, and a brief copyright statement. If you would like to print a detail, zoom and pan within the image to the desired view before clicking the print icon.

• Click the save icon to download a copy of the image as a JPEG. After clicking on the icon, you will first be asked to click through ARTstor’s Terms and Conditions of Use.

• Click the save to Image Group icon to save an image to your Image Group. This will save the image in whatever zoomed and/or rotated position you are viewing it at the moment.

Find out more details (including keyboard shortcuts) on the ARTstor Help Wiki.

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