Archive for the ‘soaMDID’ Category

Creating Text Slides for MDID

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

People who use MDID as their presentation tool sometime want text slides as part of their slideshows. It is not possible to create these in MDID, but they can be created in PowerPoint, exported in a specific way, and added to MDID. (more…)

ImageViewer and MediaViewer in MDID

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Many people simply download images from soaMDID via packaging to use in PowerPoint, which allows them to combine soaMDID images with images from ARTstor and other sources. However, some soaMDID users only use MDID slideshows and are in the habit of packaging their slideshows for offline presentations using ImageViewer. Changes in Apple software will affect people’s ability to do this. Live or packaged ImageViewer slideshows will not work on Apple computers running OS X Lion (10.7) or later. ImageViewer uses software technology that will not be updated to work with these operating systems, so Apple computer users will have to use one of several options (below). This does not currently affect Windows computer users through version 7, but there are no guarantees that this will not change with future Windows updates. (more…)

Change in soaMDID search results

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Many soaMDID users have been frustrated by this response to a search: “Too many images match the specified criteria.” This happened if the results included 1,000 or more images. We have just raised that limit to 10,000, so you should no longer see that message. That will make it easier to browse all available images if you choose the “Show no information” option for viewing search results. The image below shows where this selection can be made.

Fiona Banner and Ai Wei Wei

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Fiona Banner, "Harrier and Jaguar" at Tate Britain; photo by Jeanette Mills, Oct 2010 Ai Wei Wei, "Sunflower Seeds" at Tate Modern; photo by Jeanette Mills, Oct 2010In October 2010, I was able to see and photograph two very interesting installations in London. One was Fiona Banner’s Harrier and Jaguar at the Tate Britain, and the other was Ai Wei Wei’s Sunflower Seeds at the Tate Modern. I have added selected images of each installation to soaMDID so that faculty and graduate students in the School of Art can use them for teaching. Search on “mills tate” (without the quotes), and you should see a total of fourteen images.

Winter 2011 Additions to soaMDID

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

During Winter Quarter 2011, Image Library staff and volunteers cataloged over 3,000 images. The majority of those images have been processed and added into soaMDID. Here are some of the highlights of these additions:

  • Figure drawing from Rubens, Leonardo, and a variety of other artists from different time periods.
  • Paintings and “new forms” by a number of 20th century artists
  • Medieval sculpture
  • MFA images from 1981 and 1982 (everything later is already in soaMDID)
  • Paintings by Delacroix, Gerome, and other 19th century artists whose theme was Orientalism
  • Architecture from Karnak and Luxor

Light Reign Skyspace

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

The School of Art installation of MDID shares some images with two other UW installations of MDID—Bothell and College of Built Environments (CBE)—and vice versa. A recent addition to the CBE collection is worth noting: thirty-three images of Light Reign Skyspace by James Turrell at the Henry Art Gallery. Some of the photos were provided by the gallery and some were shot by Morgan Bell, a recent Art History MA graduate and currently an MLIS student working at the CBE Visual Resources Collection. Thanks to the head of that collection, Joshua Polansky, for alerting me to these new images.

To access the images, log into your soaMDID account and search on the words “Turrell Skyspace Henry”.  Don’t use quotation marks; capitalization and word order should not matter.  Enjoy!

Autumn 2010 Additions to soaMDID

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Since late September, Visual Services staff have added nearly 1700 images to soaMDID. Among these images are:

  • over 180 images of paintings and drawings by Diebenkorn, Freud, and Kitaj
  • more than 110 images of paintings by Hudson River School artists, Rackstraw Downes, and Giambattista Piazzetta
  • 290 images of figure drawings by a variety of artists: Balthus, Durer, Kollwitz, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Rodin, and Rubens
  • more than 300 images of American architecture
  • over 110 images of spirit photography
  • 83 art historical maps

Stop by the Image Library (room 120) if you need help finding these images in soaMDID, or email

Photography by Native Americans

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Morgan Bell is a graduate student who has worked with us in SoAIL. She chose the non-thesis MA in Art History and a practicum project related to her primary interests: Native American artists and photography. Her goal was to increase the representation of Native American photographers in soaMDID so that their work could be incorporated into the Art and Art History curriculum. Having just completed and defended the project, it is time to report on her results.

Over 350 images of work by 39 photographers were added to the collection. Twenty of these photographers had not been represented in soaMDID previously. The earliest works date to circa 1900 and the most recent date to the last few years. The styles and intentions of the artists vary widely. Bell’s work on this project was partly supported by funding from the Bill Holm Center for the Study of Northwest Coast Art even though not all the artists are from this region. A few of the photographers are from New Zealand, chosen because of the contemporary links that exist between Native American and Maori artists.

To see these images, you must have a soaMDID account or access through either the UW Bothell or College of Built Environments MDID installations. Do a keyword search using “Bell practicum” (without the quotes). Enjoy!

soaMDID video tutorials

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Ross Fuqua, Graduate Staff Assistant in SoAIRR during 2009-2010, created three tutorial videos about soaMDID. I have finally posted those videos on Vimeo. Below are the links.

Introduction to soaMDID

Searching in soaMDID

Creating slideshows in soaMDID

Summer 2010 Additions to soaMDID

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

The Visual Services staff in the School of Art have been hard at work this summer adding images to soaMDID. Here is a brief summary showing just some of what is new:

  • Nearly 500 images of contemporary glass art
  • Around 450 images of portrait, landscape, and still life paintings
  • More than 200 images of Picasso’s work
  • Nearly 100 images of contemporary photography
  • Several hundred images of 20c and 21c ceramics (some are in a restricted collection because they were created from gift slides)
  • All the images from the 2010 MFA graduates have been added as have images from several previous years

If you have questions about these additions, you can email or stop by SoAIL (room 120) and ask.