Tips for Viewing Files on DigitalNC

DigitalNC has a few types of image viewers, depending on the type of file you’re viewing. Below we’ll give you some tips for using each one when you’re on a desktop or laptop. We also have instructions on how to print from the viewers.

Viewer for Most Non-Newspaper Items (With the Exception of City Directories and Other PDFs)

For most non-newspaper items, the viewer will look like this. To zoom into and out of an image use the scroll wheel on your mouse. To move the image around, click on the image with your mouse and drag it back and forth.

Screenshot of the Rhododendron 1982 yearbook in the TIND viewer with different numbered features

[1] For multi-image items you’ll see thumbnails on the left side of the screen. You can use these to navigate. You can also collapse this sidebar if you don’t need it.

[2] At the top are arrows that allow you to page back and forth and a text box that allows you to skip to a particular image. Keep in mind the number you see may not coincide with the printed page number. 

[3] In the upper right you have the option of changing your view to one page up, two pages up, or to view thumbnails of many images at once.

[4] You’ll see a “More Information” bar on the right hand side of your screen. That will currently be blank for most items. All of the information about the item can be found on the main item page beneath the viewer. 

[5] Click this to download the page or pages currently within the viewer.

[6] This share button will give you a URL that will take you directly to the page or pages currently within the viewer.

[7] At the bottom you will see an entry box if you’d like to search for keywords within the item. This can be really useful if the text is printed, but it won’t help you out if it’s handwritten.

[8] We suggest that you expand the view out to full screen using the icon in the lower right, but the following instructions will work whether you choose to do that or not. To shrink the viewer back down press the ESC key or click the shrink icon in the lower right.

Once you do a search, the places where that keyword occurs will show up with little markers along the line at the bottom of the screen. In the screenshot below I’ve searched on the name Robert.

Screenshot of Rhododendron yearbook after searching on Robert

You can click on the markers (shown with red arrows above) to see what was found on that particular page, or page through the results using the link at the bottom that says “Next Result.” This search doesn’t currently support phrases, so if you put multiple words in it will look for any and all words. To perform a new search, click on the link at the bottom that says “Clear.”

Viewer for City Directories and Other PDFs

For most city directories as well as a few PDF items, the viewer will look like this.

Screenshot of a City Directory with features of the viewer marked.

[1] To zoom into and out of an image use the + / – buttons at the top. You can use your mouse wheel or the scroll bar on the right to scroll through a document.

[2] At the top you will see a magnifying glass. Click on this if you’d like to search for keywords within the item. This can be really useful if the text is printed, but it won’t help you out if it’s handwritten.

[3] At the top there’s also a text box that allows you to skip to a particular image. Keep in mind the number you see may not coincide with the printed page number. 

[4] If you’d like to print or download, you’ll see icons at the upper right. Different browsers will act differently after you click the printer icon – some will download the file first while others will appear to go straight to printing. Be aware that this works on the entire item, so if it’s made up of multiple images all of the images will be downloaded and printed. There isn’t a way within the viewer to print image by image at this time.

[5] There’s a menu you can access in the upper right. It includes additional options like making the viewer full screen and rotating images.

[6] For multi-image items you’ll see thumbnails on the left side of the screen. You can use these to navigate. You can also collapse this sidebar if you don’t need it.

Newspaper Viewer

The newspaper viewer looks like this.

Screenshot of a newspaper in the viewer with features marked

[1] To zoom into and out of an image use the + / – / home buttons at the top or the scroll wheel on your mouse. To move the image around, click on the image with your mouse and drag it back and forth. The inset thumbnail in the upper right will show you where you are on the page.

[2] You can expand the view out to full screen using the icon in the upper left. To shrink the viewer back down press the ESC key or click the same icon again.

[3] You have the option of paging within an issue or paging from one issue to the next using the arrows at the top. 

[4] The “Text” link will take you to the newspaper’s full text. Note that this is text that was generated by computer software. It may be incorrect, out of order, or generally look like nonsense.

[5] You can download the entire issue by clicking the “PDF” button. 

[6] You can download the page you’re looking at in the viewer by clicking the “JP2” button. JP2 is a less common file type; you may need to download a free browser to view it.

[7] If you would like an image of only part of a page, zoom in so that part is shown in the viewer and then click the “Clip Image” button. Another web page will open up with that zoomed in image which you can download and save by using the right click menu available through your browser.

Updated February 1, 2019