What is DjVu?

Introduction to DjVu

DjVu is a an image format that can efficiently display images and textual materials that have been scanned into digital form. It is viewable through a browser plug-in in the same fashion as PDF files are with the Adobe Acrobat browser plug-in, see the next section for further information on getting the plug-in for your computer. If you are interested in more information about DjVu visit the DjVu Zone. In particular visit the introduction entitled What is DjVu? to gain a basic understanding of DjVu technology.

Downloading the Browser Plug-in

The DjVu browser plug-in is available for free for all the major computing platforms.

Click on one of the following Icons to begin downloading the plug-in for your machine:

download DjVu plug-in for windows or mac For Windows or the Macintosh

download DjVu plug-in for Linux/Unix For Unix/Linux

Installing the Plug-in

Note: The information in this section is for Windows and Macintosh users only.

Download Speed: The size of the installation files for the DjVu plug-in is quite small, much smaller than the comparable Adobe Acrobat Plug-in for PDF files, so you shouldn't have to wait to long for download. The plug-in is provided freely by the Lizard Tech Company.

Windows Users

Windows users can generally be divided into two camps: (1) those that use Internet Explorer exclusively and (2) those that use, at least for part of the time, a browser other than Internet Explorer. Once you've clicked on the Windows download link on the the LizardTech download page that you will be taken to after clicking on the Windows/Mac download icon above, you will have two installation choices presented to you:

  1. Autoinstall
  2. Manual install

If you fall into the Internet Explorer camp you should choose the first option, Auto-Install. This is the fastest installation option. Once you accept the license the plug-in will automatically be downloaded, installed, and integrated with Internet Explorer.

If you use a browser on Windows other than Internet Explorer you should choose the second option, manual install. This option will allow you to choose which browsers, including Internet Explorer, the DjVu plug-in will be configured to work with.

Macintosh Users

Choose the appropriate download link for your Mac OS and follow the standard installation procedure for installing applications that come bundled in .hqx file for your Macintosh platform.

Using the DjVu Plug-in

Once you've installed the DjVu plug-in any link that points to a DjVu file should launch the plug-in and show you the document within your browser.

Instructions Windows Users

The DjVu plug-in has a large number of useful features that can enhance your browsing experience. For example, you can set your preferences for viewing with the DjVu plug-in by right-clicking anywhere on the document that is currently being displayed. The following menu should appear.

Windows Preferences View

Select the preferences option as highlighted in the picture above and the following window will appear:

Windows Preferences Options

You can change the default zoom of your documents or how light or dark they appear using the above menu. To go over the full options available to you should read the official help files for the plug-in. To view these right click on the displayed DjVu document and select the help option at the bottom of the page.

The DjVu Toolbar

The toolbar that appears at the top of the plug-in allows you to manipulate the display of the DjVu document, save it to your local machine, move from page to page within the document, and search for text within the document. The toolbar is displayed below and the function of each icon on the toolbar is listed.

Windows Toolbar for DjVu Plug-in

A particularly useful feature is the find text feature. To activate this click on the binoculars icon on the toolbar. When you do this the following window should appear:

Windows Find Box

Type the word or phrase you wish to look for in the above box and if it is present you will be taken to the point in the document where it appears.

Having Trouble with DjVu?

If you are having trouble with viewing the DjVu documents of the New Jersey Digital Legal Library or if you are having trouble installing the plug-in on your personal computer send email detailing the problem to njlegallib. If you are a public patron in the Rutgers-Newark Law Library please let the attendants at the circulation desk know of your difficulties with DjVu and they will contact computing services which will install the proper software to view the documents.