iPad and android tablets will find huge application in technical art documentation and examination. They will make conservation, documentation and examination procedures faster. In this blog I report on some applications I found for my iPad to better explain the multispectral imaging features I notice on a painting in a more straightforward way to the collector or museum professional while providing my service.
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Photos app. You can use free apps such as Photos — installed by default — to browsing your multispectral images and compare them with the actual painting while you are examining it.
Photoshop Touch app. If you have few bucks to invest I strongly suggest to install Photoshop Touch. Photoshop for iPad. You can then load your multispectral images into layers and check them overlapped on a stack. Awesome. Though, you can just upload 1024x768 pixel images. This is a big drawback and make the app unpractical for art examination, though, I wish some developer would take care of this issue???
Gigapan.com. Hosting big high-resolution images on iPad could be unpractical if you need to switch between a series of paintings. So an alternative solution is to use a web server such as Gigapan.com which allows you to upload huge images. I mean it. We are talking about giga pixel files. This turns out to be great to share images among colleagues on the internet.
IIPImage. IIPImage is an image server system for web-based streamed viewing and zooming of ultra high-resolution images and furthermore allows fading between registered multispectral images. It works on any browser both on iPad and PC. It is so far the best service I found. you have though to set up a IIPImage service on your server. Yes, you have to own a server and be a bit of a geek.