Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Image download problem fixed

Lately, many Botanicus users have been experiencing difficulty in downloading individual images from the site. This has been happening particularly when users have attempted to download the high quality versions of the images.

We wanted to inform you the users that the problem has now been fixed, and you should not have any further trouble in saving images from Botanicus. However, if you do still come across this problem while using the site, please let us know.

We apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused anyone, and we greatly appreciate your patience while we resolved the issue.

Mike Blomberg
Imaging Lab Coordinator
Missouri Botanical Garden


At 6:38 PM, Anonymous Klaas van Manen (Groningen, The Netherlands) said...

Thank you for taking notice. I tried to download some pages that would not download recently. It still is not possible to download text pages of 'Description des plantes rares cultivées à Malmaison et à Navarre', of Aimé Bonpland. Could you fix that problem too?

At 7:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still unable to download images from Carolus Clusius 'Rariorum Plantarum Historia'. Thanks for your rapid attention to this problem, and best of luck with what I hope is an easy fix.

Thanks so much!

At 3:32 PM, Blogger Mike Blomberg said...


Quite a few of our titles were imported from our former book hosting site Illustrated Garden. The files from that site were presented in a much lower resolution, thus when they were absorbed into Botanicus, they were still subject to these limitations. This explains why users such as yourself are unable to download high quality versions of the pages for those particular volumes.

We are in the process of referring back to our archived high resolution scans from these books and from time to time will be uploading these titles again to utilize our current standards of providing downloadable high resolution JP2 files of these pages. We are doing this as time permits in our busy production schedule, so we ask that you be patient with us as we are doing so.

At 9:49 AM, Blogger vatsavaya raju said...

Last three months, I have been trying to download the publication of Roth, Albrecht Wilhelm,(1757-1834), Novae plantarum species and de Candolle's Prodromus (some pars. I could download them but to no use. Every time there appears a message indicating that there was an error in opening the document. It is gone. It is frustating. Please do something to remove this problem. Othewise, it is all working and wonderful. Thanks.
Prof Vatsavaya S Raju, India

At 3:07 PM, Anonymous Johannes Schmidt said...

First, thank you very much for your immense work. I'am really happy for that. Concerning download problems, I have them with Tabernaemontanus, both editions you have online. And for Linné, Species plantarum (1797-1824) vol 1, part 1 is o.k., but for the rest (v1 p2 to v6 p1-2) it doesn't show the download option.
Thank you very much

At 3:14 PM, Blogger Mike Blomberg said...

Continued thanks to everyone's efforts to notify us of missing download options! Once again, we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause the users of Botanicus.

In good news, we have now developed programming to detect these missing download options as well as incomplete PDF's, and we are working our way through processing the backlog of these errors. There is a considerable number of these errors, so please be patient with us as we process these through our system.

At 5:48 AM, Anonymous Daniel Schweich ("lobivia") said...

Hello (from France)!
I suddenly discover the news about the download problem (dated january 2009).
Thanks to the whole team, Mike, Chris… and the TECHNICIANS! Chris, do you remember when I told you that there was a problem ;-)?
Like Klaas I will now work the "Malmaison" pictures of cacti.
You are the best! Please continue: the "crisis" is not the problem of "knowledge propagation"…

At 3:21 AM, Blogger carrotmuseum said...

Still not downloading - http://www.botanicus.org/title/b12075565#

Any idea when it will be fixed?

At 9:52 AM, Blogger Beth said...

I am trying to print selected pages from John Gerard's Herball from the site but cannot get it to print despite many efforts in many formats. The page prints blank except for a "pafe 1 of 1" in the top right corner and the web url address in the bottom left corner. Any thoughts on how to get a page to print? It is almost as if there is code preventing prints.

At 12:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This Morning (2/07/2010) I can't dowload images from "Novon" even low quality

At 4:17 PM, Blogger Mike Blomberg said...

Downloads for Novon seem to be working fine for me right now. Perhaps when you were trying there was a temporary glitch with the website. If you are still having trouble downloading the pages from Novon, please let me know and I'll be glad to assist you.

Mike Blomberg
Imaging Lab Coordinator
Missouri Botanical Garden

At 6:46 PM, Blogger Ian said...

Hello. I cant download an image from http://www.botanicus.org/title/b11968205 (plate LVII); it saves as a blank: please advise.... Ian St George, Wellington, New Zealand

At 1:40 PM, Blogger Mike Blomberg said...


Sorry for your frustration in downloading that image. I just tried downloading it, and I had no issues with the image being blank. I'm not exactly sure what may have gone wrong at the time you were attempting to save the image, so I would suggest you try saving it again to see if it works for you now. If you're still having issues, feel free to email me and we can further troubleshoot the problem.

Mike Blomberg
Imaging Lab Coordinator
Missouri Botanical Garden

At 4:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unable to load images for pages 2, 13, 15 and 19 for Journal of the Arnold Arboretum vol. 7 1926

At 10:49 AM, Blogger Mike Blomberg said...

Thanks for notifying us of the problem with vol. 7 of the Journal of the Arnold Arboretum. The images have been fixed and are now viewable.

Mike Blomberg
Imaging Lab Coordinator
Missouri Botanical Garden

At 4:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

About the volume 60 of Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden :
Pages are lacking.
in Botanicus pages browser the last page is 542, thus the volume 60 contains 977 pages

At 3:20 PM, Blogger Mike Blomberg said...

Thank you for notifying us regarding the issue of the missing pages in Vol. 60 of the Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden. The images have been added and are viewable online now. Thanks for your patience with this and sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Mike Blomberg
Imaging Lab Coordinator
Missouri Botanical Garden

At 3:47 PM, Blogger Invisible Twinning said...

Dear Mike,

I hope you can help us!

We are doing an artist book for HKW concerning horticulture in berlin.
So we were looking for some old and very common plates (i.e.Solanum tuberosum, Cucurbita, Brassicaceae, Solanaceae, Solanum lycopersicum...) that we would like to mix with other materials inside our publication, such as foreing recipes, interviews...

However we could not find a way to surf among images. I mean, when I look for Solanum lycopersicum I see texts and plates together...

There is a way to search just the images and not the texts?

Thank you for you help!!!




At 11:18 PM, Blogger vintagegrrl said...

Mike, could you help?

Trying to download Specimens of the Flora of South Africa by a Lady," listed under Pictorial works but the pdf file is not the same file as the one shown. Url is http://botanicus.org/title/b11875239

Can you help please?

At 4:29 AM, Blogger www.colorbakery.com said...

Mike do you read this blog anymore?

At 1:05 PM, Blogger Mari Souza said...

I'm having problem downloading too, which is very sad I can have it printed to add to my collection :(

At 9:11 AM, Blogger Julie said...

There is a problem with a page in Botanical Register: vol 6, 1820, first text page of description of Griffinia parviflora, pl 511.
I can't see it, and can't download it.
Thank you!

At 1:50 AM, Blogger SV said...

I really appreciate that you have put the Harvard Botanical Museum Leaflets online. However, I haven't been able to download any of them. I click on the download link, enter the captcha code in the new window, click submit, then... nothing. The bottom of the window says "Waiting for botanicus.org..." but I've tried waiting for quite a while and nothing happens.

Chris McLean

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At 12:29 PM, Blogger rkramadh said...

You have a fantastic site. I LOVE flowers and any botanical illustrations. Your site is truly a treasure trove! Thanks for the phenomenal job you have done in sharing these.

At 1:12 PM, Blogger Mike said...

Great conversation. Great work! I've been looking at your scans from time to time, sometimes needed a reference, sometimes copied pictures to WikiCommons. Thanks!
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At 11:27 AM, Blogger Diana Marcela Ladino said...


At 3:28 PM, Blogger Marie said...

I can download entire publications, and tehn choose the image I need in P'shop, but how does one download just one page? Sorry if this is really stupid, but I've spent over an hour exploring and can't figure it out.

This is a FANTASTIC resource. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

At 4:45 PM, Blogger Mike Blomberg said...

Thanks for your interest in Botanicus, Marie! To download just a single page, click the "Download & Save" icon in the control panel of the viewer (the box that allows you to zoom in, zoom out, rotate, etc.). The Download & Save icon is the downward facing arrow next to the Rotate Right icon.

I hope this helps, and please feel free to ask for further help if you have any additional questions about Botanicus.

Mike Blomberg
Imaging Lab Coordinator
Missouri Botanical Garden

At 11:52 PM, Blogger Anne said...


first of all thank you so much for giving us access to all of these files.

I have trouble reading and downloading this document "Bulletin de l'académie malgache", Vol.1-2, 1902-1903. (http://www.botanicus.org/page/1227187)

The pages I am interested in are green ant not readable. Can you fix the problem please ?

Thanks a lot.

At 11:46 AM, Blogger Hasso said...

Dear Mr. Blomberg,
since several month it is not possible to download most of the recent additions, especially the Engelmann files. If there are some people in the Botanicus communicty, who will try to make a clean copy of the handwritings or try to translate from German to English, this is very difficult without pdf-files. May be you can open these files in the near future. Thank you very much in advance.

Joachim Hassfurther

At 5:25 PM, Blogger Mike Blomberg said...


So sorry for the inconvenience of not being able to download the Engelmann materials! There seems to currently be an issue with local PDF creation on our end, and we are working to fix the problem at this time. Hopefully we are able to resolve this problem soon.

In the meantime, PDF files of these materials up through Notebook 35 are available for download at our partner website Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) at https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/

Thank you for your patience while we address this issue, and thank you for your patronage!

Mike Blomberg
Imaging Lab Coordinator
Missouri Botanical Garden

At 6:09 PM, Blogger Ashley Suiter said...

Captcha api preventing download access. Please advise.


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