Monday, May 28, 2012 2:10 PM
St. Andrew’s College in Aurora, Ontario recently asked Andornot to help upgrade the presentation of its online archival collections. The collection includes digitized photographs, school yearbooks and alumni magazines dating back to the school’s first years in the 1900s. The upgraded site provides alumni and others with a fascinating journey through the school’s history. Alumni may now browse and search very easily for memories of their time at SAC.
Andornot upgraded the SAC archives’ DB/TextWorks database to the latest version of our Archives Starter Kit, upgrading the desktop forms and query screens as well as the web application. Some highlights of the new website include:
- Social bookmarking and permalinks allow users to share records with friends via email, Facebook, Twitter and other online services.
- Results may be viewed in a gallery-style grid layout or in a more traditional list, as well as sorted by relevance, title and date.
- The website features the front cover image of yearbooks and alumni magazines; however, the full contents have been digitized and are hosted by the Internet Archive. Search results provide links to view content in various formats, including PDF and as an online flipbook. See, for example, this record: http://archives.sac.on.ca/permalink/925 and its View Online Flipbook link.
- The photo commenting feature allows users to identify students and others in photographs. Users can circle individual people or faces in a photograph and provide the name or other comments for that person. Comments are emailed to the school archivist for review and to update records.
- Thumbnails and enlarged images are generated dynamically from a single master image.
- The selection list allows users to save or print the list, as well as to mark records of interest to email to themselves or to friends. In the future, users may be able to order reprints of photographs online.
- The new website layout complements the school website for a seamless transition from one web application to another.
Andornot created many of the archival records from a data conversion: SAC had digitized thousands of photographs, all saved to DVD. Andornot took those image files, extracted identifying information such as name and dates, and used that information to create initial records. This saved considerable time compared with manual database entry for each record. The College archivist will enhance the records further with names and other identifying information, in part from comments received through the photo commenting feature.
Search the archives here.
Contact Andornot to learn about upgrading your school’s online archives or photograph collection to a similar level.
Thursday, May 24, 2012 12:11 PM
I've got a MacBook Air that I am regularly plugging an external display in and out of. If you plug in a display when your MacBook is sleeping or turned off there are (typically) no problems. However, if your MacBook is on when you attempt to plug in an external display, it never automatically registers that a new display has been connected and therefore never turns it on accordingly. Insert expletive here. Yes Virginia, Mac OS X does have its baffling quirks and bugs.
In order to fix you have to manually go to System Preferences each time an external display is connected, go into the Displays preference pane, and then manually click on the "Detect Displays" button. Even worse, if you have an external display set as the main display and you unplug said external display you're left fumbling around in the dark bringing up the system preferences with keyboard shortcuts; Alfred's "Displays" shortcut helps get a little further along but still… Ack!
Instead of ranting further, I present my solution: "Alfred! Fix my displays!"
- What?! You don't use Alfred yet? Download Alfred here
- What?! You're not using the Alfred PowerPack yet? It's not necessary for this script, but just get it anyways: Download the Alfred Powerpack here
- Download the "Detect Displays" Alfred extension via the link below
Now, whenever you need to give your MacBook/MacBook Air/what-have-you a kick in the virtual desktop pants, just use Alfred to run the "fix display" keyword and you'll no longer be "plugging it in wrong" ;-)
Full credit goes to Ravi K. Udeshi for the original applescript that can be found at http://raviudeshi.com/2011/03/automatically-detect-displays
Detect Display.alfredextension (5.50 kb)