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MDID Tutorial

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Due to copyright restrictions, the Art History image database is available only to FSU faculty and staff teaching Art History and related courses.  Contact the curator for account setup and training.


Log in to MDID. Enter your username and password and press Return or click the Login button (Do NOT click Guest Login).

In the left column, click “Search”
On the next window, be sure a collection is selected (Main Collection is the largest).   We recommend using the “Keywords” field for most searches because it combines Creator, Title and Notes and is not picky about word order.  It is, however, picky about accent marks, apostrophes and two-letter words.   If a word has an accent mark, we usually put a plain-text version in Notes so Keywords picks it up.

If you are looking for Vélazquez, for instance, type “Velazquez” in Keywords and it will find him.  We also include common alternate spellings in Notes, so you can type “Velasquez” as long as you type it in the Keywords field. Avoid two-letter words and abbreviations in searches.  For example, search for “leonardo,” not “da vinci.”  St. Peter’s can be found by entering “rome peter” in Keywords and (to refine the search) “Architecture” in the Media Category field.

Viewing search results
To see a quick, medium-sized image, click on the thumbnail image. Thumbnail and medium images are purely for your own reference, not what the students will see in class.  To see the class-display version (or to download it for use in PowerPoint), click the small disk icon underneath the thumbnail.  It should download to your computer and automatically open in a separate window at screen-fit size.  The actual image is larger, and in an MDID slideshow, you will be able to zoom in on it.

Setting up and adding images to slideshows
To use an image in an MDID slideshow once you find it, click the checkbox next to “Selected.”   Selections will be saved as long as your current MDID session remains active.  Once you’ve selected all the images you want, click on “Add selected images to slideshow,” a tiny link at the top of the page.  Choose the slideshow you want to add to or create a new one.  The Slideshow Properties page will come up and you can go to the Light Table from here.  New images added to an existing slideshow will go into the drop box on the left, rather than onto the light table, and you need to move them where you want them in the slideshow.

We recommend not archiving new slideshows; archiving doesn’t do anything but make them slower to open.

To view a list of your slideshows, click My Slideshows on the left.  (The link that just says “Slideshows” displays a list of slideshows other users have shared with you.) On your slideshows page, click Manage Folders to create class folders to organize your slideshows.

Annotating images
There are two ways to annotate images with your own comments: Image Notes and Slide Annotations. In both cases, these notes are only for you (and your students, if you create flashcards for them); other users do not see them.

Image Notes appear any time you view or use a particular slide. When you are looking at the list of found thumbnail images, click on the cartoon balloon icon underneath an image to add information to the Image Notes field. You can also get to the Image Notes field from the Light Table.  Click on the slide you want to annotate and click the “Image Notes” tab at the bottom of the light table.

Slide Annotations can also be added through a tab at the bottom of the Light Table.  These notes only appear on the selected image when you are in that particular slideshow (not every time you look at that image).

Adding your own images
Click on “My Images” on the left, put a title under “Create new image,” click “Create,”  fill in the other fields you want to use (keep it simple), scroll to the bottom, click “Choose File,”  browse to the image you want to add and choose it and click “Save Changes” (also at the bottom).  Click “Back” to see the new thumbnail and “View Your Images” to see everything you have added.

When you go to Search and select “Personal Images,” the database will search your images and any other users’ images IF they are shared.  When you look at the list of your personal images, you have the option to share them with other users by clicking the box next to “Shared” underneath each one.

Creating flashcards from a slideshow
Go to the list of your slideshows (“My Slideshows” at the top left, not “Slideshows” below it).  The Flashcards link should be available in the slideshow list view and also in the Properties view of each individual slideshow.  In either place, click on “Flashcards.” Right-click or Option-click to download the flashcards to your hard drive as a PDF file.

Change the name, but be sure to leave “.pdf” on the end, and upload the file to Blackboard. Most people like to create separate slideshows for the flashcards, cutting out some of the images shown in class.  The easiest way to do this is to “Duplicate” the slideshow (it’s a link in the slideshow Properties page), then eliminate the unnecessary slides in the copy.  Be sure to give the copy a name that avoids confusion, such as “Lecture 1 study images.”  We also recommend creating a separate folder to store the study image slideshows.


IN CLASS (and for presentation practice at home)
Click the My Slideshows on the top left to see your slideshows in a list. To the right of each slideshow is a series of links to view them in various ways.  (The Slideshow Viewer is really not the best way to view because it doesn’t allow zooming and panning.)

The presentation tool is MediaViewer, the second link.  When you click it, the slideshow will begin. There’s a button on the top right to put the slideshow in full-screen mode. In full-screen mode, you can use the keyboard commands listed on the Help file, attached at the bottom of this message.

The easiest way to navigate in MediaViewer is with the keyboard’s arrow keys: Right and Left to advance or go backward in the slideshow, Up and Down to zoom in or out on an image.  You can split the screen (or un-split it) using the buttons at the bottom right corner of the slideshow.

When the screen is split, the keyboard arrow keys will control the left side, but you can toggle which side is controlled by hitting the space bar.

During testing you can keep the slideshow from displaying catalog information: Put the slideshow in Full Screen mode. Click the thumbtack icon at top right to “un-pin” the information bar from the screen. As long as you control the slideshow via the keyboard (not the mouse), data will not be displayed.

To close a slideshow, first hit the ESC key (top left on the keyboard), then just use the Back button on the browser (top left on the window).  You’ll be back in your MDID account and able to choose a different slideshow, if you want to, or just close down.

The Help file below has more information on controlling slideshows in MediaViewer:

Media Viewer Guide


Slideshows for Survey Instructors

For instructors teaching the Art History survey courses, we have a set of slideshows matched to the Stokstad textbook and arranged by chapters.  They include the highest-quality images as closely matched as possible to the images in the textbook. Instructors can copy these slideshows and then customize them for their own purposes by adding or removing images as needed.  For access to the survey slideshows, contact the curator, then follow the steps below to find and copy the slideshows.

  • Log in to MDID and click Slideshows in the left column (not My Slideshows).
  • In the Slideshow Author pop-up list, select TA, Survey.
  • In the Folder pop-up list, select Volume 1 or 2 depending on which half of the survey you are teaching.
  • Slideshows are numbered by Stokstad chapter.  To the right of each one, click Copy Slideshow.
  • As you copy each slideshow, you can rename and choose a folder for it.  Once the new slideshows are in your own folder you can edit them as needed to suit your lectures.