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MDID Tutorial

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Information for survey instructors


(Note: Your own Annotations will still show up.)


Log in to MDID with the username and password provided by the curator. Click Search in the Toolbar and enter simple search terms, like “durer turf” for Albrecht Dürer’s Great Piece of Turf.  The search includes Creator, Title, Notes, and Current Location (museums/collections). Leave out little words like “of” and “the.” You should also be able to leave out accent marks, as we include spelling variations when we enter data. When in doubt, wild cards also work here; for example,  Impression*  finds Impression, Impressionist, and Impressionism.


If a search results in a very large number of images, you can filter down to more specific choices using the menus on the right side of the page. To remove a filter, click the X on the top right of its header. You can also change the way the results are displayed and sorted under the Display menu.


In the search results, click directly on a thumbnail image to see a larger version, or hover your cursor over the “iwithout clicking to see the Full Record – all data about that object. Be aware that the thumbnail and medium-sized views of images are much smaller and lower resolution than the full sized image you can download (in the next step) or view in an MDID presentation (later steps). mdid thumbnail options


To quickly download a single image, hover over the “i” without clicking, then click Download Image at the bottom of the yellow info panel. To save multiple images at once in a folder or a Powerpoint file, just select the image (next step) and see Actions below.


Click the tiny checkbox on the top right corner of a thumbnail to select that image and add it to your basket. Selections remain in the basket until you use them in a slideshow (or log out). You can keep finding and choosing more, and you can see everything in the basket as a ribbon of tiny thumbnails at the top left. Hide or show this ribbon by hovering the cursor over the basket and clicking Hide or Show.

If you want to flag an image as a favorite for later use, but not use it now, go to its Full Record and in the right column, under Your Tags, type “favorite.” You can see all images you’ve tagged this way under Organize > Your Favorites.



To add the images in your basket to an existing presentation, click Organize and select Your Presentations – or go straight to the presentation you last worked on by clicking the top link under Organize.

To make a new presentation using everything in your basket, choose Create Presentation (and skip the next step). Items in the basket will be automatically added.



On the Manage Presentations page, hover over the presentation you want to edit and choose an option on the right: Edit to go to the light table, or Add selected items to move all the images from your basket into that presentation. (You can also go straight to View and other Actions from this menu; see below.)


When you create a new presentation, you will first give it a title and add a Tag – typically, a nickname for the course in which you will use it.

When you edit an existing presentation, you can find Properties at the bottom of the light table. Here you can edit Title, Tags, and Field Set – that is, the text displayed in the Viewer and on flashcards. The default “Flashcard Basics” set includes artist, title, date, medium, and current location. To hide all text (such as for an exam), use the field set “Empty” or just click Hide default data. If you make a change here, remember to click Update below.



In the light table (Edit Presentation), rearrange slides by dragging and dropping. To temporarily hide a slide – such as in a specific presentation, exam, or flashcard set – click once on the slide and click Hide at the top of the light table. Click Show to unhide a hidden image, or Duplicate to make a copy of an image for use elsewhere in the presentation.

When you make changes in the light table, be sure to click Save at the top left before leaving.



You may add your own text to an image for presentations and study lists. Click on a slide, and type your text in the Annotation box at top of light table. Click Save.  The text you add will appear in the info panel in the presentation Viewer and in flashcards. 

NOTE: Your text will not show up in anyone else’s view of the same slide, nor in other slideshows you create. If you are editing an image because the information in MDID is wrong, please send corrections to the curator so we can fix it for everyone.


To make a partial copy of a presentation, select one or more images in the light table and click Add to Basket, then follow the steps above to create the new presentation. You can select multiple images if they are contiguous by holding the Shift key and selecting the first and last.

To make a copy of a presentation and give it to another user, go to the light table (Edit Presentation), enter the user’s login name on the bottom right corner, and click the Give a Copy button. To make a copy for yourself, just click Duplicate Presentation (also on bottom right).


Use the Action menu on the lower right in light table to launch a presentation in class (View), download image files (Package), or view/download PDF slide study lists (Flashcards or Print View). Click PowerPoint to convert a presentation directly into a new Powerpoint slideshow. The default template, 00fsu, has a black background and off-white text, with object titles on the slides and other basic info on the notes.

Because it requires the Flash plugin, we do not recommend using View (classic) unless you have problems using the Viewer.


Click View to display your presentation in the MediaViewer, then click Full Screen on top right. There are several ways to advance, pan, zoom, and split the screen in the Viewer –See Controlling the Viewer below.

Buttons and menus will disappear in a couple of seconds if you don’t touch the mouse. To display image titles, more catalog info, and/or your own annotations, see next step.


To view an object title over each image, click Title in the top menu. (Click Title again to hide it.)

To view catalog info in a text panel next to each image, click the small i in a circle on the lower left. Fields displayed here depend on what Field Set you chose for the presentation (See Options above).  Any custom annotations you added will also appear here. To enlarge or reduce this panel, click Font in the top menu.


There are several ways to advance, pan, zoom, and split the screen in the Viewer – by using the cursor, keyboard shortcuts, or keyboard arrows & spacebar. Check out the MediaViewer Guide to see all the options.  Here’s the process we usually recommend:

Use right & left arrow keys on keyboard to advance or go back through slides.
Use up & down arrow keys to zoom in/out.
Click Change Layout in top menu bar to split the screen (show two different images).
Use spacebar to determine which side the arrow keys control (if screen is split).
To advance both sides at same time (if screen is split), click Sync in top menu and use arrow keys.


If you don’t want to display the catalog information in the Viewer, but do want to display your own annotations: In the Light Table, click the checkbox next to “Hide default data” at bottom of page. When you click i on the bottom left in the Viewer, only your annotations will be displayed in the info box.


If you need to edit the appearance of an image during a presentation, click the small image manipulation icon on upper left. It looks like a series of sliding controls. Several icons will appear; hover the cursor over them to see what they do. You can adjust rotation, brightness, contrast, and saturation, toggle color off or on, and mirror the image. The last icon resets the image to its original appearance. These changes are temporary. If any images need permanent corrections, don’t forget to email us after class.


Slideshows for Survey Instructors
Instructors teaching the Art History survey courses are each provided a set of presentations matched to the Stokstad textbook and arranged by chapters. These slideshows include the highest-quality images available, matched to those in the textbook. Instructors can customize these slideshows for their own purposes by adding or removing images, download the images individually or as complete sets (by Stokstad chapter), generate slide study lists/flashcards with one click, download the slideshows as Powerpoint presentations, or use the built-in MDID presentation tool in class.

For access to this survey set, contact the curator. Each slideshow in the set will be given to you as a copy, so you can customize your copy however you like.

Shared Presentations
If another user gives you access to view their slideshows, here’s a quick way to copy a slideshow for your own use:
Click on the Explore menu (at top) and choose Browse Presentations.
On the far right, under Presenters, click More… then find and click the name of the user who shared slideshows with you.
Open a slideshow, click the first image, hold the Shift key & click the last image.
Click Add to Basket (in the menu directly above the slides).
Go to Organize and choose Create Presentation.
Give the new presentation a title, such as Survey Chapter 1, and click the Create button at bottom.