flapbook script


As before, I'll post this as a project update on the flapbook site, but before I bother with writing about it, I wanted it on a server instead of just local. I turned down the JPEG quality, but it's still 300K (it's being scaled to fit in this blog. Scalable outside it.)

The update here is that I have the code fairly correct for turning the pages with the Kindle-esque page controls. It gets a bit wonky if you only go halfway then come back. The flaps all now flap, too, but once you get through the book, only the flaps on pages on the left will work. As proof-of-concept, though, and with the assets I had, I believe I'm very close.


It's like a magic book!

This is really coming along nicely! Do you think this form has longer term potential for researchers to be able to study these texts? I am wondering if there is a way to have zooming feature or if that is even needed? Nice work, Dave!

The library is interested in different ways of presenting data to researchers, and they're considering this sort of application. I think there's more potential for research beyond the engagement/manipulation aspects- one of my initial experiments involved animating high resolution scans that could withstand zooming and offer clearer detail on enlargement. I figured that if this was the way libraries presented the asset, it would be wise to consider font researchers, for instance; or those interested in printing techniques. These research topics would require a closer inspection. I went on to use lower res images because of size and web delivery problems.

As another quick note, at the recent meeting, I mentioned the ease with which repairs could be made to torn and disfigured pages and the dilemma of deciding how much is ethical. Sandra Stelts, Curator of the Libraries magnificent Rare Books and Manuscripts Collection, suggested two versions. One could be created to facilitate manipulation, the other (possibly non-flipping?) version could be higher res assets with no "corrections". Once the asset is skillfully digitized, different types of presentation would be short work.

I think. Don't quote me.

Very interesting! (BTW I am the person who left the second comment -- didn't capture my identity). I wonder how we should proceed with this type of project. I want to support the faculty and I'd really like to find a way to make this a real showcase of the new potential these tools have to support research questions. Again, great work.

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