Tiled images now supported in Scalar
Scalar now supports the use of DZI files (.dzi), or Deep Zoom image files. The Deep Zoom file format functions in a manner similar to Google Maps images whereby large, high-resolution images are broken into smaller tiles which are then displayed individually only as needed, that is, only when that region of the overall image is being viewed.
Scalar users will need to create their DZI files using third party conversion tools. A list of reliable converters can be found here, but we recommend using Microsoft’s Deep Zoom Composer (see our step-by-step instructions here). What’s more, because Deep Zoom images, and tiled images in general, require a number of associated files, Scalar users will need to find a place to host those files. Once all the files have been hosted, users can simply import the DZI file (.dzi) into their Scalar project using the internet URL importer.
Scalar & Third Party Platforms
A new section, just added to our User’s Guide, covers third party plugins and platforms which we recommend for use within, or as an supplement to, Scalar projects. Included for recommendation are various text annotators, interactive map plugins and software for building timelines. You’ll also find step-by-step instructions for embedding, via a simple iframe, any third-party platform or plugin into your Scalar project.
Check it out here.
Scalar books are faster and safer than ever
We’re happy to announce that The Alliance for Networking Visual Culture has secured a long-term server environment in the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. The Dornsife Division of Information Technology has designed for us a redundant server cluster with a dedicated high speed port on the USC network. This virtual two-server configuration will seamlessly “failover” from the primary to a secondary server in the rare event that the former fails. Comparable to the state-of-the-art “enterprise” servers worldwide, our new configuration will perform daily back-ups of all Scalar content locally, and in addition, to the Disaster Recovery Center at Arizona State University in Phoenix.
In addition to these multiple failsafes behind the scenes, Scalar authors and readers should now experience faster load-times and an overall increase in performance, especially as we fine-tune and optimize the new configuration.
We’d like to thank everyone for their patience, once again, as we migrated Scalar to the new servers. We’re excited to see it finished and to know that YOUR content is safer than ever.
The ANVC Team