Thanks to all of you who have provided feedback on the new Advanced Image Viewer on the blog, via the message boards, through the survey, and directly via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). We appreciate the input – both positive and negative – and have used it to further improve the viewer.
If you aren’t already using the new viewer, you can get to by clicking the Options button in the green toolbar above the image. You can switch back to a different viewer the same way.
The updated viewer includes
- Print the Current View
- Better keyboard support for zoom and panning
- Better support for Newspapers and similar collections
- Improved performance
Print the Current View
You can now print the current view of the image. This is the most-often requested print feature that we had in the previous Advanced Image Viewer. Position the image in the viewer (zoom in or out, move the image where you want it), click the Print button, and then select the Print the current view option. A preview window will appear and the Print dialog should open. (We generally recommend printing in Landscape; you can select that in the printer properties).
Better keyboard support for zoom and panning
The previous version did not have full keyboard support for zooming and panning on all of the browsers. We believe this is corrected. The + and – keys on both the keyboard and keypad now work for zooming in or out. Arrow keys, as well as Page Up and Page Down keys, are supported for panning. Home will take you to the left side of the image; End will take you to the right side of the image.
Better support for newspapers and similar collections
We have improved our support for newspapers and similar collections (those that are processed with Optical Character Recognition, or OCR, technology). The viewer will now highlight the search terms and center the current hit within the viewer. Additionally, the Next Hit button should work.
We continue to work on performance issues to make the new viewer (and the underlying services which support it) faster and more responsive. There are still steps to take, but we hope you find that the experience continues to improve over time.
Other miscellaneous improvements
There are other improvements you may notice as you work with the new viewer. Images should now load to the “Fit Width” zoom level by default. The viewer now remembers your zoom settings as you move between images in a collection so you don’t have to reset it as you browse between images during the current session. And we prevent the new viewer from showing up on iOS devices (such as the iPad).
The Standard Viewer Remains Available
The Standard Viewer remains available. The Standard Viewer doesn’t have all of the same advanced features, but it does work on all browsers and operating systems (including iPads).
[Updated on 8 August 2012]
About Jim Mosher
Jim Mosher is a Sr. Product Manager at Ancestry.com, focusing on the platform and service layers, with occasional forays into the user experience. Previously, Jim has worked for Microsoft, FAST, NextPage, MSTAR, and Folio in various product management, development, and technical writing roles. When not herding cats at Ancestry.com, he enjoys outdoor activities, wood working, and spending time with his family. Jim is distantly related to John Batterson Stetson, maker of the Stetson Hat, but has yet to receive any royalty payments.