With two weeks to go until the release of Trove 7 we thought we would take a trip down memory lane to show you just how far the newspaper interface has come since the initial design.
Australian Newspapers Beta went live in late 2008 after a long consultation period with State, Territory and local libraries as well as within the National Library. The blue background was eventually dropped in favour of Trove green and the user login moved up the page.
After an extended period of testing the newspaper zone was merged into Trove, the new zone and the old Beta site existed next to each other for a little while until the Beta site was switched off. The prevailing design concept at the time was to enhance interoperability, so tabs to the rest of Trove’s resources were very important. The search, title, state and date widgets are still the same today.
As Trove users became more accustomed to the site some features faded into the background. The tabs linking to other zones were removed and it was decided that the explanation of the zone as “Historic Australian Newspapers, 1803 to 1954” was unnecessary, particularly as newspapers outside of the copyright free period became available.
The inevitable darker, edgier sequel to Trove Classic utilised a simpler colour scheme designed to highlight the active features of the site. Trove green was phased out, while correctors, comments and tags feed slid into the footer. This is Trove as it appears today.
The focus of Trove 7 is a redesign of the newspapers zone. We wanted to keep the elements that worked so well in previous Trove environments and improve on them. Article search is still the focus of the page, with advanced search available via the drop down option on the side of the search box. A new browse overlay has been incorporated into the user interface which incorporates titles, dates, locations as well as new article categories and tags. A major update to the article viewer on the home page and in article view is the simpler zoom function, you can click the + or – buttons to zoom, or you can use the wheel on your mouse. We have also placed more relevant help options in the page footer as well as moving the top corrector, recent tags and recent comments lists into a side scrolling box to make viewing helpful annotations easier. Here's a sneaky preview.