Moravian Library and the OldMapsOnline.org project are proud to
announce the release of a new version of the open-source IIPImage
server software (http://help.oldmapsonline.org/jpeg2000/).
The freely available IIPImage software can be used for stunning online
presentations of scanned documents, paintings, maps, books,
newspapers, photographs or other high-resolution images on the web
directly from JPEG2000 or TIFF files.
The new version allows direct publishing from JPEG2000 images to a
wide variety of different client technologies based on AJAX, Adobe
Flash or Silverlight. These include popular pan&zoom viewers based on
Zoomify or Seadragon technology (including the Seadragon AJAX viewer
and the Seadragon iPhone application) as well as it's own AJAX enabled
IIPMooViewer. The documents provided by IIPImage can be displayed in
any web browser and on a number of platforms - Windows, Mac, Linux or
The software is primarily targeted at institutions who operate their
own server connected to the Internet and who want to publish large
collections of digital images directly from JPEG2000 or
TIFF files. Institutions who does not have the necessary
infrastructure can follow our alternative tutorial at
http://help.oldmapsonline.org/publish/ on how to achieve the same
using standard web hosting and free software.
IIPImage is a light-weight client-server system for fast and efficient
online viewing and zooming of ultra high-resolution images. It is
designed to be bandwidth and memory efficient and usable over a slow
Internet connection even on gigapixel sized images.
It is available for free, under an open source license (GNU GPL). We
the software on a Linux (or other UNIX) server. We have prepared an
easy to install binary package for Debian and Ubuntu with step-by-step
instructions for installation.
JPEG2000 support has been implemented using the Kakadu library, which
provides one of the fastest implementations of the JPEG2000 ISO
standard and is redistributable for non-commercial use.
The enhancement of IIPImage was developed by the Moravian Library and
the OldMapsOnline.org project with the support of grants from the
Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic.
The Moravian Library (http://www.mzk.cz/), based in Brno, Czech
Republic, is a research institution and a legal deposit library.
Project OldMapsOnline.org (http://www.oldmapsonline.org/) is a
research project of the Moravian Library that aims to develop software
to assist in the management, manipulation and visualisation of
historical map collections on the web. The project team is designing
online tools for publishing, collaborative georeferencing, annotation,
3D visualisation, accuracy analysis and geometadata specification for
For more information and for the IIPImage JPEG2000 software, see
Klokan Petr Pridal