CHArt 2010 conference – VADS images

11 11 2010

To accompany my presentation Changing light: a plethora of digital tools as slides gasp their last? at the Computers and the History of Art (CHArt) 2010 conference, I have selected a few VADS images.

To view the lightbox of VADS images please click on the hyperlink below (or copy and paste it into the address/location field of your browser):

PowerPoint Photo Album feature

4 11 2010

The PowerPoint Photo Album feature solves one issue i.e. how to convert a group or folder of images quickly into PowerPoint slides and has been available as an add-in since version 2000, and integrated since version 2002.

To create a Photo Album in PowerPoint 2007:

  • From the tabs at the top (Microsoft’s ‘ribbon’) select Insert, and choose Photo Album, ‘New Photo Album’.
  • In the dialogue box that appears, select the insert picture from ‘File/Disk’ button, and then navigate to your folder of images.
  • Hold down the Ctrl key to select individual images, or use the Ctrl +A keyboard shortcut to select everything in the folder. Choose ‘Open’.
  • The images will display as filenames with a small preview when you click on each one.
  • Various options include: select and use the up and down arrow keys to order the images; add a text box (empty) and put it in order e.g. if you want a slide with one image and one text box; rotate the images using the controls under the preview window; or change all the images to black and white.
  • Choose page layout: either fit to the size of the whole slide ‘fit to slide’; or optionally include captions for 1, 2, or 4 images; or optionally a title for 1 or 2 images. The layout is applied to all images in the order in which they appear.
  • Additional, but less useful features include applying picture frames to images, and choosing a colour/style theme for the whole album.
  • Select the ‘Create’ button to finish.

The pros are that this works quickly with a defined group of images that have been prepared and carefully selected.

The cons are that if you then want to move the images around and re-size them or add additional features with PowerPoint 2003 you then face some frustrating issues e.g. when cropping an image you have to select ‘Format Picture’, then the ‘Picture’ tab, then each adjustment is only applied when you select ‘Okay’ and come out of the dialogue box.

However with PowerPoint 2007 you can either make fine adjustments in the ‘Size and Position’ dialogue, watching the adjustments happen as you are in the dialogue box, or you can select the ‘Format’ tab from the ‘ribbon’ and select the ‘Crop’ tool, dragging the crop handles as you would in any other image editor such as Adobe Photoshop.

Still-, moving-, and 3D-images

3 03 2010

Today at the University for the Creative Arts research seminar I was asked if I was going to include moving images. I was also asked, via email, whether I was considering 3D images.

At VADS over the years we have had many discussions about representing real world objects as digital images, and whilst you can have detail views, it is not quite the same as being able to rotate and view an object. I have been reminded of the work done by the 3D Visualisation in the Arts Network, and the excellent Computers in the History of Art conferences.

In answer to the questions, my focus is primarily still images, but I would hope to extend this research to moving and 3D images as part of a future research proposal. I am sure I will also find cross-overs with these areas which will be noted in the final report.