Using the Image Viewer

System and Browser Requirements

System Requirements

Any modern IBM compatible PC or Apple Macintosh computer should have no trouble running the image viewer. However you will find that the viewer is easier to use if you are able to view it using a fairly large display of at least 19" in size (i.e. running at a resolution of 1280 x 1024 or greater). Use on smaller displays or laptop computers is quite possible however.

For best results we recommend using the viewer on a computer which meets or exceeds the following minimum specifications:

Windows PC:

Apple Mac:

Note that if you choose to manipulate the full resolution images in digital imaging software such as Adobe Photoshop you will need a more powerful computer with plenty of available RAM. Requirements will vary from program to program; no support is provided here for users who wish to use third party programs.

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Running the Image Viewer without the DVD

It is possible to copy the contents of the Image Viewer DVD to your computer's hard disk drive. This will allow you to use the Image Viewer without the DVD inserted in your computer's DVD-Rom drive. This is strongly recommended since the Image Viewer will run noticably faster if run from a hard disk drive, and you can put the DVD away in a safe place and it will not be at risk of getting scratched.

Copying the DVD material to your hard disk requires that you have 5Gb free hard disk space available.

The instructions below assume a moderate level of familiarity with your computer: if you do not understand them of feel confident to carry them out, ask someone more familiar with computers to help you.

To copy the image viewer to your hard drive:

Windows PC running Windows XP or Windows Vista:

  1. Decide where you would like to store the contents of the DVD on your computer's hard disk. Recommended locations would be in your 'My Documents' folder, on the Desktop, or in the root directory of your C: drive.
  2. Create a new folder for the DVD contents and give it a name (for example, 'dlv-dvd', 'Durham Liuver Vitae Images', etc)
  3. Insert the DVD and double click 'My Computer' on the desktop (Windows XP) or 'Computer' in the Start Menu (Windows Vista)
  4. Find the drive letter corresponding to your DVD drive (this will normally be D: or E:)
  5. Double click the DVD drive icon to view the contents of the DVD.
  6. Select the contents of the DVD and copy them to the new folder you created in step 2. This wil take a few minutes.
  7. You will now be able to view the images without using the DVD by opening the folder you created and double-clicking 'index' to begin.

Apple Mac:

  1. Decide where you would like to store the contents of the DVD on your computer's hard disk. Recommended locations would be in your 'Documents' folder (inside your 'Home' folder), on the Desktop, or in the root directory of your hard drive.
  2. Create a new folder for the DVD contents and give it a name (for example, 'dlv-dvd', 'Durham Liuver Vitae Images', etc)
  3. Insert the DVD into your Mac, and wait for the icon to appear on the desktop.
  4. Double click the DVD drive icon on the desktop to view the contents of the DVD.
  5. Select the contents of the DVD and copy them to the new folder you created in step 2. This wil take a few minutes.
  6. You will now be able to view the images without using the DVD by opening the folder you created and double-clicking 'index' to begin.
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Browsers

Windows:

Apple Mac:

Linux:

The following browsers are not recommended, either because they are incapable of running the image viewer or do not provide the best experience:

Plugins

The Image Viewer requires that you have the Flash Player plugin installed (version 7 or above, but version 9 is recommended). The Flash plugin can be downloaded from http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/

Note for users of tabbed browsers

If you use a browser with support for tabs (for example Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, or Microsoft Internet Explorer version 7) then note that some functions of the image viewer designed to open in a new window when clicked may appear in a new tab in your main browser window instead. If you are not familiar with this behaviour then you may want to read the 'Help' documentation provided with your preferred browser for information on this feature and instructions on how to alter or turn off this behaviour if you find it distracting.

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Image Viewer

Introduction

The image viewer is designed to allow you to explore high resolution images of the Durham Liber Vitae in a variety of different ways. It provides the following features:

This documentation will help to familiarise you with the viewer interface quickly.

When you first open the image viewer you will see a display which looks like the following screenshot (note however that the manuscript image may be different).

Figure 1

  1. Title of currently visible folio
  2. Main Image display area
  3. Control to allow the image tools (the right hand column) to be collapsed or expanded. You can show or hide the tools as you require; hiding the tools will make more space available for the Main Image display. You may find this useful if you are using the viewer on a smaller sized display.
  4. Navigation pane. This area of the screen allows you to browse the images (moving from page to page); jump to a specific folio; or view the edition text for a specific folio.
  5. The Stint Options pane allows you to either show or hide the stint overlay, or select individual stint images to view at full resolution using the zoom and pan tool. Note that the Stint Options pane is closed by default: you must click the title to open it.
  6. The General Image Options pane gives access to all the options for viewing the image of the currently selected folio. Each folio is viewable either at medium resolution, or using the zoom and pan tool. Additionally each image can be downloaded in JPG (JPEG) format for use in a third party image program. Some images may have alternative images available, for example Ultra-Violet photographs or different angles; these options will be listed here where they exist. Note that the General Image Options pane is closed by default: you must click the title to open it.
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The Navigation pane presents options which allow you to browse the images (moving from page to page); jump to a specific folio; or launch the edition text for a specific folio in a seperate window for comparison. The display shows you a bifolio display designed to give a sense of what the actual MS looks like when it is open at the folio you are viewing.


Figure 2

  1. Shows the title of the folio currently being displayed in the main image display area.
  2. Clicking the View Edition link launches a full text version of the Edition in a new window. Note: if you are using a tabbed browser the edition may appear in a new tab instead. For further information see this note.
  3. The 'Jump to' select box allows you to select a specific folio to view in the main image display area.
  4. The left arrow button allows you move back to the next folio back in the sequence. Note that if you are looking at a recto, clicking this arrow will put the focus on the verso folio; the image in the main image display area will update accordingly, but the bifolio display will remain unchanged.
  5. The right arrow button allows you to proceed to the next folio in the sequence. Note that if you are looking at a verso, clicking this arrow will put the focus on the recto folio; the image in the main image display area will update accordingly, but the bifolio display will remain unchanged.
  6. The titles of the folios are displayed here. The folio currently on display in the main image display area is shown in red.
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Stint Options

The Stint Options pane allows you to either show (see figure 4) or hide the stint overlay, or select individual stint images to view at full resolution using the zoom and pan tool. Note that the Stint Options pane is closed by default: you must click the title to open it.

Figure 3

  1. Clicking Highlight Stints replaces the image in the main image display area with a version with the stint outlines clearly indicated (asee Figure 4). Clicking an individual stint in the main image display area allows you to zoom and pan a full resolution image of that stint.
  2. Clicking Hide Stints restores the original plain image.
  3. The 'Zoom and pan individual stints at full resolution' select box allows you to jump directly to a zoomable version of any of the stints on the current folio.

Figure 4

  1. The individual stints are shown numbered and outlined in white.
  2. As you move your mouse over the stints, the display reacts by highlighting the stint beneath the mouse pointer. If you click the mouse, the currently highlighted stint will be shown at full resolution in the zoom and pan tool.
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General Image Options

The General Image Options pane gives access to all the options for viewing the image of the currently selected folio. Each folio is viewable either at medium resolution, or using the zoom and pan tool. Additionally each image can be downloaded in JPG (JPEG) format for use in a third party image program. Some images may have alternative images available, for example Ultra-Violet photographs or different angles; these options will be listed here where they exist. Note that the General Image Options pane is closed by default: you must click the title to open it.

Figure 5

  1. Clicking View UV Image (or 'View Alternate Image', depending on context) will show the alternate image in the main image display area. Note: not all folios have alternative images (such as UV versions); some have more than one.
  2. View entire image at medium resolution shows a mid-sized version of the currently selected folio in the main image display area. This is in fact the image which is displayed by default.
  3. Zoom and pan entire folio at full resolution opens the zoom and pan tool in the main image display area. This tool gives access to a very high resolution image of the currently selected folio (identical in resolution to the original photograph) and allows you to zoom in and out of the image or pan it around so that you can study specific parts of the image in lesser or greater detail as required. Specific instructions on using the zoom and pan tool can be found below.
  4. The Download full resolution image link, when clicked, will give you access to a JPEG version of the original manuscript photograph. This allows you to view and manipulate the high resolution versions of the folio images in a third party program (such as Adobe Photoshop) independantly of the image viewer. Note that if you wish to do this you will need to have access to, or purchase, a suitable program: none is supplied here, and no documentation is provided owing to the huge number of programs that are available.
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Zooming and Panning

The folio images and the individual stints can both be viewed at full resolution using the zoom and pan tool. The tool will launch automatically in certain situations. Below you can see a screenshot showing what the tool looks like displaying an individual stint.

There are two ways to control the zoom and pan display. You can either use the controls at the bottom of the screen, or alternatively using your mouse you can single click, hold and drag the image to pan it around, and double click to zoom in on any part of the image. For more fine-grained control you will need to use the controls shown in figure 7; their function is described below.

Figure 6

  1. The controls at the bottom of the screen allow you to zoom in and out of the image, and move (pan) the image around. Panning allows you to slide the image around when you are viewing it at a high level of zoom.
  2. The preview area in the top left hand corner of the screen gives you an indication of which part of the image you are looking at. This is helpful when you have zoomed in to the image to the extent that its edges are not visible.

Figure 7

  1. Clicking the Plus icon zooms in on the image.
  2. Clicking the Minus icon zooms out of the image.
  3. The triangle shaped icon is a slider. Clicking and dragging this slider horizontally to the left decreases the level of zoom; clicking and dragging it to the right increases the level of zoom.
  4. Clicking this icon resets the zoom and pan tool to its default state.
  5. The four arrows allow you to move (pan) the image around. Alternatively you may find it quicker and easier to click within the image instead: clicking, holding the mouse button down and dragging allows you to pan the image around with greater freedom.
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Electronic Edition

Introduction

The electronic edition duplicates the edition text in the companion print volume and is made available from within the viewer to allow easy comparison and analysis of the manuscript images. The image viewer and electronic edition are comprehensively interlinked, which means that it is always possible for you to jump from the image to the edition and back again at any time.

You may find that the edition and the image viewer work best when displayed in separate browser windows; however if you use a newer browse with support for tabbed browsing you may find it difficult to enable this mode of display. For additional information, see the included note on tabbed browsers.

Figure 8

  1. Clicking Start returns you to the DVD opening / entry page.
  2. The List of Folios shows you a full list of the available folios and their constituent stints. Clicking a folio or stint within this list will take you to the appropriate page of the electronic edition.
  3. The Introduction reproduces the textual introduction from the companion print volume for reference.
  4. Help brings you to this page.
  5. Jumpt to an Image allows you to select a specific folio to view in the image viewer. This will either display in a new window, or in a new tab, depending on how your browser is configured. For further information, see the note about tabbed browsers.
  6. Click 'Previous' to see the previous page of the electronic edition.
  7. Click Next' to see the next page of the electronic edition.
  8. The edition page currently being displayed is indicated here.
  9. The edition page currently being displayed is indicated here. Clicking 'View Image...' will open the image viewer which will show the corresponding folio image. This will either display in a new window, or in a new tab, depending on how your browser is configured. For further information, see the note about tabbed browsers.
  10. The electronic edition features footnotes; you can access these by clicking the footnote numbers. Footnotes arrangement and numbering is consistent with the companion print volume.
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