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PastView Essentials Package

PastView Essentials Package

The perfect out of the box starter package to get your archive online

Trusted to manage, publish and preserve over 10 million digitally archived items, providing access for everyone. To put it simply, PastView allows you to manage your digital collection online, with the ability to assign information and connect to related items. You can then publish your items online to your PastView website, telling the rich story of your collection with just the click of a button.

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All PastView Packages Come With:

Publish Your Collection Online

Open up access to your collection

Easy Collection & Category Management

Just drag-and-drop to organise your collection

Full Support & Maintenance

Providing peace of mind that your archive is always accessible

Access Your Archive From Anywhere

Online access to manage your archive remotely

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The Essentials Package Comes With:

The perfect out the box starter package to get your archive online.


+ Annual Costs

Key Features

  • Upload up to 20k itemsIn this package, your items can include images only e.g Scanned images of books, photographs, records, etc
  • Secure off-site cloud backup
  • High Res Zoom using Page Explorer
  • OCR Items on Upload
  • 3D Page Turning using Book Explorer
  • Protect your Images using Watermarks
  • 3D Virtual Tour of your Spaces
  • Adding Audio and Visual Items
  • Multiple Users & User Management

High Res Zoom using Page Explorer

The Page Explorer interface allows effortless high res zooming to incredibly fine detail simply by hovering the cursor over an area and using a mouse scroll wheel, double click, or pinch-and-zoom on smart phones and tablets. Panning across images is also easy and intuitive – using just a click and drag with a mouse or touch and drag on touchscreen devices.

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OCR Items on Upload

PastView allows you to capture all written content of an image or record using optical character recognition (OCR) as textual metadata, this metadata can be instantly searched using Page Explorer’s integrated search bar.

All identified instances of the search terms on the page or image are then highlighted and the total number of instances found is displayed by the search bar. The option is also provided to allow the user to view the OCR metadata for the image/record as plain text; ideal for researchers who may wish to copy and paste the text content for their own purposes.

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Simple Page Content Management System

Would you like to announce the launch of a new digital collection on your websites news page? Do you sometimes need to change the contact details on your Contact Us page? PastView comes with a simple CMS so that you or authorised users can quickly and easily maintain the pages within your website.

TownsWeb offered a complete end-to-end service, from scanning and transcription, to web design and content management software. Their work was completed quickly and to a high standard, and we are extremely pleased with the results.

The knowledge and expertise of their staff was invaluable. We now have a secure off-site back up of our Photo Library and the collections are accessible to a worldwide audience online.

Janice Miller
Information and Archives Officer ( East Dunbartonshire Photo Library)

Frequently Asked Questions

What is PastView and why should I use it?

PastView is the perfect tool to allow you to manage and publish your digital collection online. With the ability to manage images of all popular file types, in-built OCR allowing you to automatically scan your documents and interactive book explorer functionality!

Is PastView accessible online?

Yes, absolutely! The PastView System allows you to manage your collection anywhere that you have an internet connection. Your collection can also be viewed by the public, via a fully customisable PastView website.

Can you recommend a digitisation strategy for the items we would like to import into PastView?

Our consultants are happy to provide guidance regarding your long term digitisation strategy, including; copyright advice, correct resolutions for capturing images, file formats and tools for long term digital preservation.

Can I store different types of metadata against different collections on PastView?

Yes! For example you can include completely different types of metadata against an image of a painting and a newspaper article. This gives you great flexibility to provide rich information about your unique collections.

How easy would it be to add new digitised material or pages on my website?

PastView has it’s very own, easy to use web content management suite. Any new images, changes to metadata or pages can be shown online immediately, not requiring assistance from the TWA development team..

Will my PastView website appear in Google searches and receive web-traffic?

PastView gives you full control to optimise your content for SEO, giving you the best chance of appearing in Google searches. TWA’s marketing team can also provide your team with marketing training to to help you meet your publishing goals.

Can I watermark content, to prevent users from downloading them?

PastView allows you to watermark images and control the size and resolution of any images that appear on your website, giving you piece of mind and control over your images.

Does PastView have the ability to offer a subscriptions service for visitors wanting access to items in my collection?

PastView allows you to set up different revenue models for each of your different collections. This is a great way to generate income from your most interesting and unique items in your collection.

Can TownsWeb Archiving handle enquiries and orders for photographic prints?

Yes, we can receive orders via your website, process them, print them, despatch them directly to your customer and then pass the revenue on to you. This saves you time, resource and money.


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