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Working with Images

The Facsimile Editor provides an interface for working with high resolution images of primary sources. Many university libraries now offer access to such material in a digital format called a IIIF Manifest. If you have the URL of a IIIF Manifest, you can use it to import that resource into FairCopy. It is also possible to add images in .PNG or .JPG format directly from your computer into your FairCopy project.

Index View

This view shows a list of all the images in this facsimile. In FairCopy and in TEI, each image is called a “surface”. The surfaces are listed in order, usually in reading order. You can drag and drop surfaces in the interface to reorder them. You can also add images (.PNG or .JPG) from your local computer using the “Add Images” button. Images added in this way are stored within the FairCopy project file. Clicking on a surface name, or selecting it with the arrow key and pressing enter, will open the Surface View.

Surface View

The Surface View displays a single surface in a deep zoom window. You can annotate the surface by drawing shapes. These shapes are called zones. Each zone has a unique ID and an optional note. These unique IDs can then be referenced by attributes with the tei.datapointer data type, especially the @facs attribute. (See section on “Using the Editor”) When a zone is referenced in this way, if the document and the image window are both open, highlighting the element in the document higlights the corresponding zone in the image.

To edit a zone, simply select the shape you wish to draw from the toolbar (rectangle or polygon) and then draw out the shape. A popup then appears with an automatically generated unique ID for the zone and a place to write a note. Click the save button to confirm the zone. You can edit an existing zone by clicking on it. Use the eraser icon that is in the popup to delete an existing zone.

The unique IDs for zones and surfaces follow the same rules as unique IDs within other resources. See the section on unique IDs for more information.

Image Window

When looking at a facsimile editor, it is possible to take that view and detach a copy of it from the main window. This Image Window is a free floating copy of the main window that you can reposition wherever you wish on the screen. This is handy for viewing the images and the text side-by-side. You can open an image window by clicking on the thumbnails for images found in the text editor.

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