Art Authority for iPad, the classic art application from Open Door Networks Inc. and Project A, now offers "Smart Resolution" (Smart-res) technology for quickly displaying high-resolution works of art.
Developer: Open Door Networks, Inc.
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"Users have been asking us for both higher-res images and faster access to those images. These two requests are no longer contradictory," said Alan Oppenheimer, president of Open Door Networks. "Now users can, for instance, view Van Gogh's 'Starry Night' quickly and still zoom in on its individual brush strokes as desired."
Normally displaying hi-res works requires the images to be either built into the app for quick display (impractical for an app with access to 55,000 works), or downloaded as needed (potentially slow and bandwidth-intensive). Smart-res works are originally downloaded only at the resolution needed for initial display, with higher-res versions then downloaded if the user wants to "zoom in" on a particular aspect of the work.
Art Authority's Smart-res implementation manages the transition from lower-res to higher-res image by first zooming-in on the already-available lower-res version of the work, while in parallel downloading the higher-res one. It then fades in the high-res version over the low-res one, providing an additional "sharpening" effect. The implementation also remembers (caches) higher-res works after they have been downloaded so that they are instantly available in the future (for instance as user "favorites") and even while offline. High-res version of key works are built into the app (pre-cached) for immediate access.
Art Authority for iPad
Art Authority 4.4 also includes a number of other new features, such as additional artists and subjects, and an enhanced thumbnail display mode with tap-and-hold summaries and running image counts.
Art Authority for iPad, the #3 top-grossing and #7 top-selling reference app in 2010, was specifically designed for Apple's ground-breaking tablet. Hailed as "an experience like no other" and "visually dazzling," the app stunningly displays paintings and sculptures by major western artists from ancient times through current-day. In addition to being popular at home, the app is in use by Seton Hill University in multiple art classes, and under evaluation by many other educational institutions. Art Authority is also available for the iPhone and Mac.