If you’ve ever wanted to view and share some of the most rare and beautiful items in the Library’s collection, the PictureIt Rare Book Reader is your tool. The PictureIt site allows you to “turn the pages” of digitized rare materials on the web. Check out the PictureIt tool.
The PictureIt project is available in two forms: as a configurable self-contained tool, and as a Flex project with full source code. The configurable tool allows you to add your own pages, customize the interface, and even add your own acknowledgements under a Creative Commons License. This version is easy to use and a great way to get started with the PictureIt tool. The tool can be downloaded from: http://www.lib.umich.edu/pictureit/distro/PictureIt_v1.0_bin.zip.
If you find yourself needing more functionality than what is currently exposed through the configuration files, the full source code is available under the Apache License at the link below. The associated Flex project is provided along with sample pages to experiment with. The code may be downloaded from: http://www.lib.umich.edu/pictureit/distro/PictureIt_v1.0_src.zip.