ImageViewer and MediaViewer in MDID

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.

  1. Live ImageViewer on classroom computers:  rooms 003, 004, 006, and 317 in the Art Building have Windows computers installed in the podium. Each of these computers has the live version of ImageViewer installed, and I believe there is a desktop shortcut for it. It also may be installed on the computers of other classrooms (e.g., Kane Hall) if faculty request that prior to the start of the quarter.
  2. Packaged ImageViewer on classroom computers: on these same Windows computers, it is possible to log into your soaMDID account in Internet Explorer and package for offline use. This will take a little time, and it does require extracting (uncompressing) the files.
  3. Live MediaViewer on any computer: MediaViewer is the presentation tool that MDID developers created to replace ImageViewer. It can be used on Apple or Windows computers in any browser (e.g., Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer). To access it, log into  your soaMDID account and go to My Slideshows. You will see a MediaViewer link for each slideshow. MediaViewer functions similarly to ImageViewer, but there are some differences. A PDF document provides information on how to use MediaViewer. I suggest saving the document on your own computer for future reference.
  4. Package images for export and use PowerPoint: follow the link at the top of the post to learn how to do this.

Any questions about these options can be directed to Jeanette Mills via email or by calling 543-0649.


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