Enhancements coming to Fold3 database

July 25, 2012 by  
Filed under Blogs, Genealogy Blog

We are pleased to announce that in the next few days, some important enhancements will become part of yourFold3 search experience:

Filtering

The most significant change to the Fold3 user interface involves the ability to filter on the key facets that customers have requested:  Documents Categories and Titles in the left column; Dates, States, and Added in the Past (how recently the document was added to the collection) in the center column. It will also be much easier to decide to include or exclude documents that have no specific date or state associated with them.

Viewing           

During the beta test for these enhancements, respondents overwhelmingly chose to group pages from a single document into one result, rather than showing them as individual hits. This enhancement will allow for quicker visual scanning of results to find the most relevant documents.

Mini-viewer

An addition to the current Fold3 viewer (which has not changed) will be a mini-viewer to make it faster for researchers to decide if a document is worth exploring further. The mini-viewer will let the user view all the pages of the document, rotate the document, and zoom in and out. The «View Larger» button on the mini-viewer will take the user to the full Fold3 viewer with all of its features, including printing and downloading an image. In addition, users will still be able to access the full Fold3 viewer by just clicking on a document thumbnail, without going through the mini-viewer.

Jamie

About Jamie Bayne

Jamie has been working in libraries since her high school days. She holds a double BA, MA and an MLIS. She loves her baby boy, couponing and answering Reference inquires!

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