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…)
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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…)
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.