IE Viewer enhancements
Fist of all I like the looks of the new repository viewer and looking forward to the new IE viewer that Adi showed in the Rosetta 5.3 highlights webinar. There are a couple of things I would like to see in the new IE viewer, though:
The new metadata panel looks great, but should be collapsible to make more room for the viewer panel. The same is true for the content panel.
For some collections in Rosetta, no or hardly any descriptive metadata was available during ingest. The DC record for those IEs is typically empty except for a dc:title and maybe a dcterms:isPartOf if it is part of a Rosetta collection. It should be possible to open the IE viewer for those collections with the metadata panel closed by default. This could for instance be achieved to have some viewer parameters that determine the default hidden state of the metadata and content panels. With an IE delivery rule we would be able to force the state based on the IEs/institution/user.
Currently the representation viewer can only show HTML5 browser supported formats and shows a download icon for other formats. The IE viewer will be able to use the File viewers. When no specific viewer is enabled, the default viewer will also show the HTML5 supported files. Non-HTML5 supported formats will automatically download on the client. A similar download screen as with the representation viewer would be highly appreciated. Our customers have repeatedly complained of the default download behaviour of the viewer.
The requested functionality is now supported in v6.1.
Kris Dekeyser commented
Good to hear that in 5.4 the file viewer can be opened full screen, Adi. That will be much appreciated by our users.
BTW, I have many more ideas, but not enough votes ;)
Thanks Kris for these good ideas, and good to know that someone was listening during the webinar :-)
Just wanted to let you know that your first idea is already implemented for version 5.4 - both metadata and TOC panels can be resized to leave more room to the viewer. We've also added a "full screen" icon, which will open the file viewer in full screen as a lightbox.