HyperImage 3 Reader (Logo)We are pleased to announce the release of the HyperImage Reader v3.0.beta-1 as a public beta:


We invite you to submit feature requests and bug reports via our Dev Center (after free registration) to help us improve the HyperImage experience.

The HyperImage Reader is used to publish projects compiled with the HyperImage Editor.

Features include:

  • the interactive display of image-based media elements (views, layers, groups and light tables),
  • the meaningful assignment of texts (metadata, annotations and transcriptions),
  • and the provision of interactive functions.

Its main functions consist in retracing project-specific structures set up by the HyperImage author. Cross-references can be followed up by clicking on marked areas in images or on text links.

Particular features of the HyperImage Reader include various navigation aids (back references, logs, bookmarks, etc.), the search function and an editor for light tables. Light tables are collections of images, thumbnails, enlarged details and written annotations, applied for example when providing comments in image comparisons. Such light tables can be exported and then integrated in HyperImage projects with the help of the HyperImage Editor.

This is a complete re-implementation using HTML5 and JavaScript technologies allowing for a modern viewing experience without needing any plug-ins (i.e. Adobe Flash) and enabling the application to directly work on mobile devices.

The data is based on an XML meta-language. The HyperImage Editor exports the structures, metadata and texts in an XML format. This XML file is prepared by a converter for use in the HyperImage Reader. The format works without the need for a database. To publish a project it is therefore sufficient to load the converted HyperImage project as a data package on to a web server or burn it on to a CD-ROM.

For further information about the free Open-Source software HyperImage please visit our Website.

Open source software is an important paradigm to keep ideas open to the public. But there are several dozens of licensing models that might be used. So first of all developers have to know all possible models, interpret and compare them and finally choose one. Software developers who want to publish their code under an open source license are confronted with a task that usually lawyers are in charge of. However, good advice is expensive.

As a result, only a minority of projects are licensed under an open source license according to a study which was conducted earlier this year by the lawyer Aaron Williamson. Williamson analysed GitHub repositories and found out that out of 1,692,135 code repositories 219,326 of them (14.9 %) were under any open source license. GitHub now addresses this problem. Users — when creating a new repository — are asked to choose a license model. To facilitate the choice of an open source license, there is also a website that gives guidence and examples.

HyperImage — a project of the hybrid publishing lab — which facilitates the linking of (audio)-visual objects, texts and mixed-media documents, is licensed under the open source Apache-2-License (earlier versions use SUN’s CDDL open source license).

Read the whole article on wired.com: Open Source License Guide For Coders on GitHub