We hope Spring is treating you all well so far- it’s nice to finally have a bit of warm weather here in Oakland. In this newsletter, we thought we’d provide you with a bit of insight as to how CatalogIt handles the image and PDF files you upload and attach to your entries, and update you on some of what we’ve been working on lately.
CatalogIt currently allows you to attach images and PDF files to an entry - in the future, you will be able to attach video, audio, Excel, Word, and other file types. You can attach images in a variety of formats, including JPG, PNG, GIF and soon TIFF formats. When you attach an image, there’s a lot of work that happens in the background. CatalogIt automatically makes and stores several copies of the image in a variety of file sizes. This allows the app to deliver the appropriate size image to your device as you are viewing your entries. For example, CatalogIt sends small, low-res thumbnail images while you are scrolling through the entries, allowing the images to appear quickly, and larger, higher-res images when you view an entry. Furthermore, CatalogIt detects the resolution capability of your device and sends the image optimized for a high-res retina type display if that’s what you are using.
When you select an image (click on it while in view mode), CatalogIt displays a high-resolution version of the image which you can zoom in on and pan around if you wish. You can also download the original file (by clicking on the download icon in the upper left corner). CatalogIt will download to your device the original file that you uploaded.
For PDF files, CatalogIt creates an image of the first page of the PDF file for browsing and viewing purposes, but when you select that image (click on it while in view mode), and download it, the full original PDF is downloaded to your device. In the future, we’ll provide the ability to view the entire PDF from within the app.
We’ve been working recently on enhancements to Classifications along with bug fixes and other general features in our march toward the first release. All account types now have a much more detailed set of fields under Conservation, allowing for documentation of the treatment a piece may have undergone. Additionally, those of you that are on the Organization or Museum plans now have a new field, Exhibition, with the ability to create multiple rich profiles to document exhibits. We’ll be making a number of additional enhancements to Classifications over the next few months.
June 21 through June 23, the Conference of California Historical Societies (“CCHS”) will be holding its 64th Annual Meeting in Chatsworth, CA, and CatalogIt is proudly sponsoring the Keynote Luncheon Session! Information about CCHS, including links to the Annual Meeting, can be found here: http://www.californiahistorian.com. Please consider joining CCHS! Dan Rael will be at the Annual Meeting representing CatalogIt- please look for him there and say hello.
The CatalogIt Team