Artstor provides a cloud-based platform for the world’s digitized visual culture that includes tools for classroom teaching and research. Sets of images and other media can be saved, accessed, shared, and studied from anywhere, providing teachers and students a flexible environment in which to work with high-quality visual materials.

The Offline Image Viewer (OIV) is one of many of the tools in the Artstor environment that facilitates teaching. OIV has proven valuable to faculty who present and closely examine images in the classroom. First developed in 2005, today there are more dynamic, reliable, and user-friendly ways to support instructors in these tasks.

We know that some Artstor users rely on OIV and we are committed to maintaining and enhancing support for classroom teaching. We have been conducting interviews with the OIV and greater teaching community to ensure that we have the most informed picture of our users varied teaching practices so that we can provide key OIV features using more stable technology as we continue to enhance Artstor.
As our teaching tools evolve, we will be providing training and best practices for converting from OIV to the new tools. We’ll continue working with those who need support with their current version of OIV.

What’s the plan?

We are in the process of releasing new teaching tools that reproduce OIV’s functionality–in fact, some of the changes are already in place!

Current teaching tools:

  • A new version of OIV that allows presentations to be saved as PowerPoint files
  • Full-screen image viewer with zoom, compare, and quiz functionality
  • The ability to save a detail of an image to their groups

Upcoming changes:

  • The ability to enter our full-screen viewer and comparison mode from a group
  • New export option: soon, you’ll be able to export your groups to Google Slides

I use OIV. What should I do moving forward?

If you use OIV to present the image groups you’ve made in Artstor…
You can go to back to your Groups in Artstor and export them as PowerPoint presentations. Exported PowerPoint presentations automatically place one image per slide, with the image data located in the presenter notes field.

Teaching with details
When you open a PowerPoint from Artstor in presentation mode (as you would while teaching), you can click on an image to open it in the Artstor viewer to zoom in on details. Alternatively, you can pre-save detail views of images to your Artstor groups and download them into your presentation.

Teaching with your own images
To add your own images to your Groups, you can upload them as JPEGs to your Artstor Personal Collection through the “Organize” menu before exporting to PowerPoint (or Google Slides when the feature becomes available). This ensures the image is still linked to the image viewer, allowing you to zoom and pan as needed. As a bonus, it also allows you to share a URL to a complete image group with your students–who can then open it in Quiz mode to study as flashcards!

Looking to convert your OIV presentations to other file types? Read more on “Converting and Saving your OIV Presentations.”

Take a look at this video: using Artstor Groups for teaching off or online:

If you use OIV slides (complete with text) to present…
You should convert your existing OIV presentations to PowerPoint files. This will take all images in your presentation–whether they came from Artstor or not–and save them as a new presentation.

The easiest way to convert your OIV presentations to PowerPoint presentations is to download the latest version of OIV and go to Go to File > Save As > Save Presentation to PPTX

→ For more detailed instructions on how to convert your OIV presentations, see Converting And Saving OIV Presentations

Teaching with details
If you previously used zoomable slides to show details in your presentation, download a detail view from Artstor and add it to your new PowerPoint presentation.

If you use the OIV palette to present…
If the images in your palette were sourced from your Groups in Artstor, you can open them on the Artstor platform and use the side-by-side comparison mode to select from all the images and compare and zoom using the online viewer.
If you have images from multiple sources (not just from your Groups in Artstor) in your palette, you will need to create OIV slides with these images. Once you have created slides, you should download them as a PowerPoint file.

Teaching with your own images
If you want to add your own images to your Groups, you can upload them as JPEGs to your Artstor Personal Collection through the “Organize” menu item.

If you project on multiple screens while teaching…

There are PowerPoint add-ons like PowerShow that allow you to present using multiple projectors.
We are currently exploring dual projector support for Artstor. If you are interested in being a beta tester, contact

If you want to share your OIV presentations with your students…

While in the OIV, you can save your presentations as PDFs by going to File > Print. Or, you can save them as PowerPoint files and share those.
If you use Artstor groups, you can generate a link to your group by using the Share menu in Artstor. This has the added benefit of allowing your students to open your groups in Quiz Mode and study them as flashcards!