If you’ve visited Newspapers.com recently, you’ve probably noticed our new and improved viewer when you go to look at papers on our site. The new viewer has the same features you’re familiar with, but it’s now faster and more streamlined.
One of the biggest improvements is that the new viewer, which uses HTML 5, works on all platforms, whether you use a computer, smartphone, or tablet to access Newspapers.com. It also loads much more quickly and has more options for printing and saving. For example, you now have the option to print or save newspaper pages (or portions of pages) as a JPG or PDF. If the terms “JPG” and “PDF” don’t mean anything to you, here’s an easy way to choose which to select: If your main intention is to print out a portion of a newspaper to have as a hard copy, PDF is probably the way to go since it will include the source information and be formatted to fit letter-size paper. If, however, you want an image file without the source information to use digitally—or to print out in high resolution—JPG will likely be your best bet.
You’ll also notice some changes to the way the viewer looks. For instance, the viewer now boasts simplified tool options on the right-hand side, one of which is a button with improved brightness and contrast options. Though the zoom buttons are the most prominently displayed tools, selecting the arrow beneath the zoom buttons will expand the tools to display everything else (adjust brightness/contrast, rotate image, view full screen).
The filmstrip at the bottom of the screen has also been improved. Not only is the separation between different days’ papers more clearly delineated, but moving from issue to issue in the filmstrip is much smoother, as it now allows scrolling. If using a computer, you just need to mouse over the arrows and it will auto-scroll the filmstrip until you move your mouse. To pin the Filmstrip open in the new viewer, simply select the pushpin icon that’s to the left of the word “Filmstrip” while the filmstrip is open.
And although the “People Interested in This Paper” feature may look like it has disappeared, it’s still easily accessible if you select the red double-arrow tab on the far right side of the viewer.
We’re pretty proud of our new viewer. If you haven’t tried it out yet, take a look and let us know what you think!