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Originated:
January 31, 2001
Last updated:
March 9, 2003

 

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Required Software
DjVu Plugin 3.x
Windows, Mac, Solaris, MacX, Linux

Here you will find images of historical land survey plats and deed records that pertain to Bedford, Pennsylvania and the surrounding geographical area.

Once you have installed the DjVu (pronounced DejaVu) plug-in for your browser, you can easily view high resolution images of the historic land survey plats and deeds by selecting the "Bedford Images" button.

If you do not wish to install the DjVu plug-in you can still view the Bedford Images Table.  This table will allow you to view textual information that has been extracted from the land survey plats and deeds.  The data fields are complete for those land survey plats and deeds that have been scanned. 


New Information

  • Visit the Bedford Images Page

    • Acquired New Tabloid-size Scanner.
    • Renumbered Deeds.
    • Added Images for Deed 1 to Deed 6.
    • Added Link to County Maps from 1895 Pennsylvania Atlas.
    • Added Link to a Brief History on "The Cumberland Road."
    • Added Images for Deed 7 to Deed 10.
    • Added Images for Deed 11 to Deed 22.
    • DjVu Magnifying Glass Function: While viewing your document using the DjVu plug-in, try the Magnifying Glass function.  It is as simple as pressing the CTRL key.


All of the land survey and deed images are in the DjVu format

  • The DjVu format is used due to the compact size of the files and the very high resolution of the images.  The DjVu Solo software is not currently available from Lizardtech.  However, they are still supporting the plug-ins.

  • Currently, the DjVu image files work with plug-ins that are available for Windows, Mac, Solaris, MacX, and Linux.  The DjVu plug-in has been tested on Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 and later browsers.  There is a known problem with Netscape Communicator 4.7 and the Internet Service Provider that is serving The Bedford Files images.

  • Using Internet Explorer 5.0+, the DjVu plug-in works interactively with The Bedford Files.  You can open, zoom, and print the files with no extra steps.  See DjVu Plug-in Tips

  • You can autoinstall the DjVu browser plug-in directly from Lizardtech.  Please select any of the DjVu hyperlinks or visit the Graphic Links page for a link to the Lizardtech homepage


Be Patient

  • The main Bedford Image Table is very large and takes about 40 seconds to download using a 56k modem

  • The main Bedford Image Table will be restructured into logical alphabetical groups once all of the images have been scanned and transferred to the main website.  Until then, it is easier for Mr. Arty Fact to upload the entire formatted and sorted table with hyperlinks as new images are scanned and added to the table

  • Being able to see the entire Bedford Image Table gives the user the ability to see images which have been indexed and scanned, and also shows the user documents which have been indexed, but which have not yet been scanned

  • The images of survey plats range in size from 100k to 200k

  • Hyperlinks to new images are added as time allows.  Lately there has not been much time.


Some DjVu Plug-in Tips

 Once you have installed the DjVu plug-in you can try the following:

  • For increased viewing quality, your monitor should be set  to High Color (16-bit) or True Color (24-bit)

  • Use the DjVu menu to show the thumbnail images

  • Most documents have two or more linked images

  • DjVu uses a multiresolution technique that allows the viewer to see a low resolution image that gets better as more data is downloaded

  • If you receive any DjVu error messages, use your browser's refresh button to clear the message and see the image

  • There are several methods for saving a DjVu image to a file on your computer.

    • For example, if you would like to save a single image from the Bedford Images page, you can use one of the following methods:

    1. Use the left button of your mouse to select the hyperlinked image.  After the image is on your screen, use the right button of your mouse anywhere on the image to show the pop-up menu.  Select "Save Page As" in order to save the image in the DjVu format.  If you select "Export File," the image will be saved as a Windows BMP file.  There is a significant difference in file size between the two formats

    2. Use the right button of your mouse to select the hyperlink title.  For example, use the right button of your mouse to select the title "Survey-03".  Then select the "Save Target As" option from the pop-up menu.  This will save the image in the DjVu format without loading the image to your screen

    • Or, if you would like to save a multiple file image from the Bedford Images page you can use the following method:

    1. Use the left button of your mouse to select a hyperlinked land survey or deed image.  After the image is on your screen, use the right button of your mouse anywhere on the image to show the pop-up menu.  Select "Save Document As" in order to save the image in the DjVu format.  You should then choose to save the documents in either the DjVu bundled format (single file) or the DjVu indirect format (multiple files)


The Bedford Files Contact

Contact Mr. Arty Fact if you any questions or feedback
Assistance given by Thomas Carroll, Century Junior High School, Age 13

 
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