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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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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 Help Wiki. For questions or concerns, contact ARTstor User Services at userservices@artstor.org or 212-500-2400.

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Colette Apelian

Fine Art faculty, Berkeley City College

As the Islamic art historian in the Art Department of Berkeley City College (BCC), I explain how North African to South Asian art and architecture are relevant to design students less familiar with pre-modern and non-western material cultures. Course logistics add to the challenge. Art 48VR, Introduction to Islamic Art History, is one of the few, if not the only online survey of Islamic art presented to a community college audience. To better address student needs, I organize the class thematically rather than chronologically, and focus upon a carefully chosen combination of fine and utilitarian objects and buildings. Presentations must be compressed so that BCC’s course management system, Moodle, properly stores and displays them. An example of how I use ARTstor in Art 48VR can be viewed in one image group for the lecture “Architectural Solutions to Climate Problems in the Islamic World.”

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In addition to illustrating specific motifs, pictures in the group show technology, materials, and plans that naturally temper hot and dry conditions. There are reed, mud brick, stone, and wooden screens (musharabiyya and jails, among other terms), which are used to mitigate the sun’s glare and heat in North African, Middle Eastern, Central Asian, and Indian contexts. Screens also allow air to flow freely while preserving privacy and demarcating private and religious spaces from public and secular locales. There is an Iranian badgir (wind tower) at Mir Chaqmaq (1436-37 CE) that, without electricity, circulates fresh and cool air through multi-story structures. An example from the United Arab Emirates indicates how the idea spread. The image group additionally has historic to contemporary mud brick architecture from Egypt and Yemen. Mud brick insulates interiors from excessive heat and cold, uses inexpensive local resources, and can been crafted into a multitude of styles, including quasi-Rococo and neo-Classical in some Yemeni examples. Images of the Alhambra in Spain, Bagh-e Fin in Iran, and the Sahrij Madrassa in Morocco display architects’ and engineers’ use of water channels, pools, and fountains to cool and hydrate. Medieval waterwheels and a recent qanat demonstrate more methods to harness natural power and supply water. In Egypt and Morocco, central courtyard planned structures and narrow urban streets flanked by windowless buildings cool private and public spaces while providing light, seclusion, and ventilation.

ARTstor has helped me create digital bridges between students, subject matter, and Moodle in other ways. I have most appreciated the ability to create presentations in OIV 3.1. After organizing and downloading an image group to my laptop, OIV allows me to create a slide show quickly complete with captions and copyright information. The opportunity to choose compression levels means few size problems when uploading to the course website. ARTstor’s varied content has also helped me be more efficient. I can find most of the images I need in one location without additional searches, imports, and scans.

To view the complete image groups that accompany this and other Travel Awards-winning essays, visit the ARTstor Digital Library’s Featured Groups and click on Travel Awards.

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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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You can now find Digital Library and OIV help documentation, as well as training materials and video demos all in one place – the ARTstor Help Wiki . In addition to full how-to documentation of ARTstor features and system requirements, the new ARTstor Help is keyword searchable and includes many new document types such as: FAQs, clickable image-map workflows, quick-start guides, and “ARTstor in 3 Minutes” instructional videos.

ARTstor Help also provides information on ARTstor training options and support documentation such as our instructional handouts, as well as schedules and registration for online training sessions.

You can access ARTstor Help from any page in the ARTstor Digital Library — a persistent link is provided in the upper right of every ARTstor screen. In addition, links to Help within the Digital Library take you directly to context-sensitive help documentation.

You can bookmark the ARTstor Help Wiki or any of its sub-pages. We encourage you to explore the Wiki and update your help bookmarks or links accordingly. Below are some frequently used pages:

Finding ARTstor Legacy functions in the new Digital Library

If you have not been to ARTstor since last semester, welcome to the newly redesigned Digital Library. The new ARTstor includes all the functionality and features of ARTstor Legacy, but many options have been relocated in our new site navigation. For a complete guide to these changes, please see the Navigation Bar Guide.

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Version 3.1 of the Offline Image Viewer (OIV) has just been released to address issues reported by users since the last release in September 2007. This updated version includes the following enhancements:

  • Presentations automatically scale to projector resolution
  • Improvements to text formatting in the Slide Editor
  • Changes to facilitate easier installation in lab and networked settings
  • Auto-generated slides now add descriptive data for you
  • Automatic bug reporting through the Help menu

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The ARTstor Digital Library serves users both within the arts and in disciplines outside of the arts. Whether you are writing academic papers or giving classroom presentations, the ARTstor Digital Library contains material relevant to a broad range of academic disciplines such as Anthropology, History, Theater and Dance, Women’s Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, and many more.

ARTstor images may be used to enhance the visual impact of your scholarship and/or teaching such as illustrating an historical event with a period photograph, or a foreign culture with an anthropological object, To assist users in fields outside of Art and Art History, ARTstor has prepared a series of Interdisciplinary Uses handouts that highlight our collections related to a variety of disciplines:

  • African-American Studies
  • American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Architecture & Architectural History
  • Asian Studies
  • Classical Studies
  • Design & Decorative Arts
  • History
  • Foreign Languages and Literature
  • Literary Studies
  • Maps, Charts & Graphs
  • Medieval Studies
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Music History
  • Native American Studies
  • Photography
  • Religious Studies
  • Renaissance Studies
  • Theater & Dance
  • Women’s Studies

You can find links for these handouts on our website at http://www.artstor.org/using-artstor/u-html/interdisciplinary.shtml. Each PDF document lists ARTstor collections that are pertinent to each field of study, as well as searching and browsing strategies for locating specialized materials within the Digital Library.

Once you’ve found relevant content, you can use ARTstor’s high quality digital images in classroom presentations and for other noncommercial, educational uses in the software environment of your choice. The ARTstor Offline Image Viewer (OIV) presentation tool allows users to download images up to 3200 pixels to create digital slide shows. In addition, users can now download large JPEG images (up to 1024 pixels) for use in word processing programs such as Microsoft Word, or in presentation software such as PowerPoint and Keynote. For more information about downloading ARTstor images, please see our web help page: http://www.artstor.org/webhelp/Download_images_from_ARTstor.htm.

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Did you know you can show your Offline Image Viewer presentations off-campus? There are several options for transporting OIV files and presenting them at other institutions or conferences.First, you will need to save your OIV presentation to a portable storage device, such as a CD or thumb drive. For detailed instructions, please see: “Saving presentations.”

 Next you will need a copy of the OIV program to open this file at the remote location. There are two options for doing so:

  • If you have internet access, Download the OIV installation file from ARTstor online. Use the remote presentation computer to launch ARTstor and log onto your ARTstor account. Then, go to the “Tools” toolbar menu and select the “Download Offline Viewer” option. This will download a copy of the installation file to the remote presentation computer. Then, you can install the software; for detailed instructions, please see “Installing OIV.” 
  • If you do not have internet access, Save the OIV installation file to a portable storage device, whether the same one you used to save the presentation file, or a different one. This way, you will have a copy of the installation file, which you can use to install OIV onto the remote presentation computer. In step #7 of the installation process for PC or Macs, use your computer’s directory to browse to the location for the portable storage device before downloading the installation file.

 Once you have installed OIV at the remote presentation computer you will be able to open your .prs or .shw file from the portable storage device you have stored it on.

  • Start the OIV program
  • Go to the “File” toolbar menu and select the “Open” option.
  • The computer’s directory will open. Use it to browse to the location of the drive for the portable storage device, find your presentation file, and then click the “Open” button.
  • Your original presentation file will open up on the remote presentation computer, just as you initially saved it to the portable storage device.

 Quick Tip:

Reducing the size of your presentation files will make them easier to transport, since you can fit more files onto the same portable storage medium. For more information, please see “Creating smaller files.”

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ARTstor images are available for use in presentations for educational or other noncommercial uses in the software environment of your choice. High quality digital images — large sized JPEG files —can be projected either in the ARTstor online environment or in a variety of offline environments such as OIV, PowerPoint and Keynote. Users can download the full image at 1024 pixels on the long side or pan and zoom to needed details and download the saved detail at 1024 as well.

ARTstor users can also use the Offline Image Viewer (OIV) presentation tool to create digital slide show presentations. OIV enables side–by–side comparisons, zooming and panning on-the-fly, and the ability to customize text on each presentation slide. Users can download images at up to 3200 pixels for offline presentations by using OIV.

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To optimize the performance of Offline Image Viewer (OIV) when using local images, we recommend you increase the program’s local memory. OIV is a memory-intensive program, since it manipulates large image files. Therefore, you can improve OIV’s performance by devoting more computer memory to running the program.

To do this, choose “Edit” in the OIV toolbar. Or on a Mac, choose the “ARTstor OIV” toolbar menu. Select “Preferences,” then the “Memory” or “Memory Usage” tab. The default setting is 256Mb. You may use the scroll bar to increase the memory to as much as 1GB. We recommend that you increase the memory setting to use 50 percent of your installed memory, and caution against increasing the memory to more than 70 percent of installed memory. Click “ok” to close this window. You will then need to restart OIV for the new settings to take effect.

For more information about using OIV please see our Online Help.

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