Archive for the ‘soaMDID’ Category

Combining PowerPoint Slideshows

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

A new workflow feature in OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) is the ability to combine PowerPoint slideshows. This should be very helpful for people who want to combine slideshows created from soaMDID images or personal images with slideshows generated from ARTstor. I have created an app saved from a workflow; the link is below.

PP 2008 OS 10.6 slideshow

As I said in my previous post, once the zipped file is downloaded, double-click to un-zip the app and save it to your desktop or elsewhere for future use. Once you start the app, use the command key and mouse clicks to select more than one slideshow then click on the choose button.  Be patient as it combines the slideshows.

NOTE: This can be used to combine ppt OR pptx files, but it will crash if you try to combine ppt AND pptx files.

Self-portraits added to soaMDID

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

We just added 250 self-portraits to soaMDID, bringing our total up to around 700. The majority of these are paintings. To search for self-portraits, type “self portrait~” in the keyword field without the quotes.  Using the tilde (~) tells the database to search for both “portrait” and “portraits” at the same time. You can add other terms to limit the search such as “drawings” (be sure it’s plural), a century (e.g., “20c” for 20th century), and/or a culture (e.g., “French” or “Chinese”). Add the terms without the quote marks. More information about using search terms is available in a document you can either download from the Announcements page when you log into soaMDID or here.

Packaging soaMDID slideshows for PowerPoint

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Many people with soaMDID accounts prefer to use PowerPoint as their presentation tool. There is a relatively simple way to export groups of images from soaMDID; it’s called Package. I have a document that explains how to Package. After you have the resulting folder of images, you can then go to this earlier posting to learn how to load all the images into PowerPoint at one time.

Presentation remote control

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

If you prefer to not be tied to your computer keyboard while giving an MDID or PowerPoint presentation, then it may be worth buying a presentation remote. There are a wide variety of remotes out there, but my favorite is made by Kensington. It is available on Amazon for under $35. It has buttons for forward, reverse, and blanking the screen, plus it has a laser pointer. A newer version also has 2gb of memory on the receiver so that it can double as a USB drive. It costs around $50.

Kensington Remote 33374

MDID error messages 3

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

In soaMDID, when you see the message below in place of a thumbnail image, it means that for some reason the record and the image have not connected. Please email to let us know. It is most helpful to tell us the accession number for the missing image. That is usually the last field in the record.

File not found

Note: we are only able to fix this problem for images in School of Art collections. If the record is from a non-SoA collection, we can pass it along to the appropriate person.

MDID error messages 2

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Occasionally, after packaging a slideshow for an offline presentation and launching the slideshow, a person will get an error message like the one shown here.


If you get this error message, immediately email so that we can fix the problem. It does sometimes take a couple hours after we receive the email to do this, so it is always best to test your packaged slideshows in advance.

NOTE: this error does not affect the live version of the slideshow, so, if you discover this problem at the last minute, and if you have ImageViewer already downloaded (it’s on the computers in Art 003, 004, 006, and 317), you can use the live version of the slideshow instead.

New collections in soaMDID

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

We have added a number of remote collections to soaMDID. These are collections created and shared by other institutions that use MDID. To see the list of all the collections and their descriptions, log into your soaMDID account and click on the Collection Overview link that is in the middle of the menu bar on the left.

MDID error messages

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

If you have a slideshow you created a while ago and you see a thumbnail message that says either “Collection not available” or “Object reference not set to an instance”, it means that an image you had in that slideshow was moved to another collection or deleted. Unfortunately, unless you kept a packaged version of the slideshow or a printout such as flashcards or print view, there is no way to know what image was there. If it is an eRes slideshow, we probably have the flashcards archived on our server. Since an upgrade to soaMDID in 2008, we have been able to tell if an image is used in a slideshow, so we do not move or delete images until we have replaced them in slideshows. We apologize if this creates problems with earlier slideshows.

Painting & Drawing Additions to soaMDID

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

During the last few quarters, SoAIL staff have been working to add digital images to soaMDID that would be of interest to Painting and Drawing faculty, graduate students, and instructors. We have used the slides checked out by Painting and Drawing faculty as a guide. Some of the artists added so far include: Balthus, Cezanne, Corot, Durer, Giacometti, Lopez Garcia, Matisse, Morandi, Nerdrum, Nicholson, Poussin, and Velazquez. If other artists are of interest, faculty and graduate students should discuss them with Jeanette and/or Deb in the Image Library.

soaMDID and ARTstor training handouts

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

For the soaMDID and ARTstor training sessions, I prepared two handouts that may be of use to many of you:

soaMDID Intro

ARTstor Intro

The UW Libraries has an excellent guide to Image Databases & Resources. Be sure to check it out and bookmark it.