Monday, February 14, 2005

DjVu plugin (2nd try)

DjVu is a highly efficient graphic compression algorithm that is in use by a number of libraries (notably our own Jewish National and University Library) for serving digitized content. A Mac OS X compatible browser plugin exists: it works fine with Safari. A bundled "DjVu plugin host" application allows opening DjVu documents outside browser environments: The developer version of Firefox I am using apparently cannot handle it, so I configured the "plugin host" to be Firefox's helper for DjVu documents.

Some examples on the web are here. A good one to play with is this illuminated 14th century Hebrew manuscript. And don't forget to have a look at the DjVu digital library.

People wishing to experiment with creating DjVu content should have a look at any2DjVu. Academics and other scholars wishing to see their own collections digitized in DjVu may be interested in