Carlyle has introduced a new product called ImageOPAC as part of its new Voyager Series of library automation system. The system features image and scanning technology, and provides quick access to digital images associated with bibliographic records. At the click of a button, linked images display on the screen of an online catalog terminal or workstation.
ImageOPAC uses true color scanning to allow photographs, maps, or other visual materials to be scanned online in a few seconds. The ImageOPAC scanning technology can also be used to scan other documents such as full text, abstracts, catalog cards, or spreadsheets.
Searching for images utilizes Voyager's graphical user interface (GUI). It incorporates multiple windows, pull-down menus, and powerful data base searching, including complex Boolean searches. After retrieving a set of records with the Voyager's interface, the user can display any record as well as the associated image. An ICON appears next to each record that has an image associated with it. If the user clicks on the ICON with the mouse button, the system displays the image. If there is more than one image associated with a particular record, a window containing small snapshot images is displayed. The user may then scroll through the snapshot images and select one or more for full-size display by clicking on the snapshot version of each image.
ImageOPAC allows staff members with the required authorization to edit the full-sized images. the system supports zooming and panning, reductions, enlargements, and image cropping. Edited images can be saved to a Postscript file for printing.
The ImageOPAC data base is created by scanning images and linking them to descriptive records. A data base editor is supplied with the system to permit creation of new records and editing of existing ones. A record may describe the image directly, or link an image to a related bibliographic record.
[Contact: Carlyle Systems, Inc., 2000 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo, CA 94403; (415) 345-2500; Fax (415) 349- 3874.]