Culture Collage

A series of apps that let you select text and use it to search many of the world's largest and richest archives to find images that you can then embed in your document.

Textual information is displayed for each image allowing you to copy and paste for use as captions, descriptions and licence notices.

Each image also provides a link to it's own page online so you can hop over to explore it further.

Your text can be searched as written or with common words eliminated.

Available for trial and purchase from the Microsoft Office Apps Store.

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Paletti

A slideshow that previews the top 100 user-created colour palettes provided by COLOURlovers.com.

Pause and shuffle the colours around, get the values you need to customise your own colour theme, get XML that can be saved as a colour theme file.

Available for free download from the Microsoft Office Apps Store.

Culture Collage

Reproduction rights vary for each image and it is the responsibility of the user to comply with the published licensing terms.

The archive service providers provide their service on a "best effort" basis, there is no guarantee of service availability, speed or image quality.

Whilst every effort will be made to keep these apps updated, there is no guarantee that they will not be affected by changes made by the archive service providers, their contributing partners or by Microsoft.

Culture Collage does not accept responsibility for the content of the data returned by the archive service providers, or accidental or malicious damage that may arise to your local systems, data, software or hardware through accessing this system and its content.

Paletti

COLOURlovers.com provides their API service on a "best effort" basis, there is no guarantee of service availability or speed.

Whilst every effort will be made to keep this app updated, there is no guarantee that it will not be affected by changes made by COLOURlovers.com or by Microsoft.

Zenlan Ltd does not accept responsibility for the content of the data returned by COLOURlovers.com, or accidental or malicious damage that may arise to your local systems, data, software or hardware through accessing this system and its content.

Zenlan apps for Microsoft Office ...

  • are served from a secure server.
  • do not use any custom cookies.
  • do not have access to any of your Microsoft account details such as name, email address etc..
  • do not collect or store any of your document data or metadata.

Culture Collage apps for Microsoft Office ...

  • do use Google Analytics to log search events in order to monitor service and assess possible problems and improvements, but these events are not traceable to any individual or IP address.

Culture Collage

Select some text in your document and click the "search" button. Any previous results will be cleared and the button will display an animation while it fetches the results.

To clear results, click the "search" button with no text selected.

At the bottom of the results there will either be a "load more" button or a message that there are no more results to be fetched.

Clicking "load more" will fetch more images for the same query, i.e. if you unselected or changed your text selection you can still fetch images for the previously selected text. To start a new query, click the "search" button.

When a search is launched, the query string is displayed briefly at the bottom of the task pane. To inspect it, move the cursor over it.

You can choose to send your selected text as a phrase or as a set of terms, e.g. selecting the words "Albert Einstein" in your document:

  • with "exact" checked, the search query will be "Albert Einstein" and will match records that have the exact phrase "Albert Einstein" associated with them
  • with "any" checked, the search query will be Albert OR Einstein and will match records that have either of the words associated with them
  • with "all" checked, the search query will be Albert AND Einstein and will match records that have both of the words associated with them

Checking "all" or "any" will parse the selected text to extract relevant terms, removing many common words that might otherwise render a query difficult, e.g. "Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted. - Albert Einstein" would be reduced to the words Albert, counted, counts, Einstein and everything.

In most cases matches are made on as many fields as possible, not just the title.

Click on an image to see a few details along with the best quality image that was returned by the query and a link to view the entire record online.

Previously, to insert an image in your document you could simply drag it over and drop it at the desired location. Microsoft has now removed this functionality.

To add a caption, copy information from the task pane, right-click the image in your document, select "Insert caption" and paste.

I appreciate feedback, especially if there are problems I might be able to fix, please contact me.

There is a link to a contact form on this page. If you experience problems with the form feel free to email me: [collage at zenlan dot com]

Culture Collage apps require an internet connection in order to function.

Records that return data but no preview image URL are filtered out by the search function.

All online organisations can experience problems from time to time, should you experience broken images, weird results or search behaviour it can be worth checking the source archive's own website and collections search.


Paletti

Click play to begin a slideshow of colour palettes.

Click, pause, next or previous at any time - the shuffle and inspect buttons will appear.

Shuffle mixes up the colours and redistributes them across the elements.

Inspect pops up a table of the currently distributed colour values that you can copy into the Office colour dialog, also XML that can be used to create a Colour Theme file, see below.

To insert the values in Word, click Design -> Colors > Customize Colors.

In Powerpoint, the colour dialog is found at Design -> Variants. For a guide to customising colour themes in Powerpoint see this video.

Alternatively you can create a theme file yourself using the XML that is output to the inspection window.

Create a new file in the Theme Colors folder, typically "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office 15\root\Document Themes 15\Theme Colors", name the file with an extension ".xml", e.g. "MyColourTheme.xml", copy the XML from the inspection window, paste it into the file and save. Your new theme will appear at the bottom of the list of built-in themes.

I hope that one day it may be possible to have this app generate the theme automatically. In the meantime, I have done my best to present the values in useful formats.

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