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Artstor has named the 30 community members of the new Artstor Digital Library User Advisory Board. The members represent a variety of areas of our user community and will gather online three times a year to identify critical issues regarding new tools, features, and functionality of the Digital Library and provide recommendations for improvement.

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Artstor is now making all media collections from open-access library Shared Shelf Commons accessible alongside the Artstor Digital Library. More than 200,000 image, video, document, and audio files from Shared Shelf subscribers in the ever-growing resource can now be searched alongside the 1.9 million images in the Artstor Digital Library.

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new-featuresArtstor has implemented several initiatives to keep you abreast of updates, improvements, and issues with the Artstor Digital Library.

  • There are now Site Status sections on the homepage of the Artstor Help site and on the Artstor Blog.
  • We’ve created an Artstor Digital Library Release History page on our Help site listing known issues and bugs. Known issues will be listed with a status, any work-arounds that are available, and an expected fix date when possible. New issues that arise between releases will be classified under the most recent release so that they are easy to find at the top of the page.
  • We’ve revived the Artstor Discuss list, which users can join by sending a blank email to subscribe-artstor-discuss@lyris.artstor.org. Subscribers will be the first to hear about new features, site maintenance, and bugs/bug fixes. The list will also serve as a forum for users to discuss their experiences with Artstor.
  • When necessary, we’ll be posting a maintenance alert box on the Artstor Digital Library home page to notify users of upcoming site maintenance downtime or major known issues.

We are also working on release histories for the OIV, expect those in the coming weeks.

Questions? Email the User Services team at userservices@artstor.org.

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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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Artstor Labs

Artstor Labs

Artstor is always working on improving its services. While you may notice some changes immediately, others might prove more subtle. In the case of Shared Shelf, our digital media management solution, the developments are sometimes dramatic as we work in close collaboration with users.

What is the thinking behind these changes? We’re pulling back the curtain in Artstor Labs (labs.artstor.org), a cross section of ideas, inspirations, and experiments that inform the ongoing digital design of Shared Shelf, the Digital Library, and other initiatives.

Focusing on topics related to visual culture, graphic design, and user experience, Artstor Labs offers a glimpse of our design process in relationship with the broader trends occurring in new media and digital humanities. In keeping with this spirit, entries are arranged hierarchically rather than chronologically to reflect their relationship with previous ideas. As the repository grows, a richly layered listing of nested links will track these ideas over time.

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Byron Company | Ships, Cunard Line, S.S. "Umbria", ca. 1897 | Museum of the City of New York

Byron Company | Ships, Cunard Line, S.S. “Umbria”, ca. 1897 | Museum of the City of New York

Artstor is pleased to announce the release of Shared Shelf 1.0. The most recent version of Artstor’s digital media management software includes three important new features: work record functionality, media batch-replace capability, and the addition of media URLs in Excel exports.

Shared Shelf is an enterprise-wide media management solution that enables institutions to catalog efficiently and consistently, make collections accessible to a targeted audience, and keep files safe. With Shared Shelf 1.0, users can now create work records and automatically copy all their data to multiple files in a manner compliant with VRA Core 4 metadata schema; replace media files in bulk without modifying data records; and generate a shareable URL linking to a media file within a Shared Shelf project by exporting selected data records to Excel.

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ShSh_logo2Artstor has released new tools for its Shared Shelf media management service that provide administrators with more control over their collection management. Shared Shelf enables institutions to upload, catalog, manage, preserve, and share digital media collections with targeted audiences; the new tools allow administrators to create new projects, allot different levels of access to catalogers, and direct content to publishing targets.

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