The University of Michigan Libraries has some the rarest and well preserved books in the world. Many of these books are unavailable for the general public to peruse at their own leisure. The “PictureIt” project aimed to create a more natural interface for interacting with digital books online.
Initially using a series of freely available programming libraries and Adobe Flex, a generalized framework was created that automatically sizes itself to the pages/images given to it. One can then click-n-drag on the page corners to interactively turn the pages of the book. One can also explore deeper by entering “detail view” which provides an interface for zooming and panning high resolution scans of the current page so the finer details can be appreciated as well.
An iOS version was recently developed for the University of Michigan as well based off of the Unity3D engine.
Journals, Publications, Presentations
(Overview of the PictureIt: Epistles of Paul App)
The iOS version is now released and available through iTunes. The app is NOT optimized for iPhone 5 yet. The original Flash version freely available under Creative Commons license.
From AnnArbor.com: You can now hold one of University of Michigan‘s most valuable possessions in your hands. Well, sort of. Thirty of the rarest, earliest leaves of the Epistles of St. Paul, dating from 180 to 220 AD, have been digitized and turned into an interactive app usable on iPhones and iPads. “What’s especially important is …
From the Record Update: The U-M Library’s most famous papyrus, known to scholars as Papyrus 46 or P46, now is widely available in the form of an app for iPhone and iPad. Users of “PictureIt: EP” can flip through high-resolution images of the third-century codex — the oldest known copy of the Letters of St. …
Welcome to the world of second century C.E. Egypt. This app will allow you to leaf through pages of the world’s oldest existing manuscript of the letters of St. Paul (P.Mich.inv.6238, also known in NT scholarship as P46). Thirty leaves of this manuscript, written in about 200 C.E., were found in Egypt and purchased by …