What follows is a non-exhaustive list of public web sites using DjVu for
publishing scanned books, catalogs, historical documents, research papers,
manuals, etc. There are thousands of such sites: run a Google search for DjVu
and see by yourself! We picked some of the ones we thought were most
interesting or representative. We probably missed many though. If you have any
suggestions, please send us email and we will be glad to add them to this list.
These websites require the DjVu
Washington State Digital Archives
Digital Archives uses Document Express with DjVu to make Washington state
and county government public-access records and electronic documents easily
available to anyone with access to a computer. The archive allow users to look
up county birth, death and marriage records, military and immigration
documents, and other historic records dating to the state's territorial
The State of North Dakota
The State of North Dakota uses DjVu extensively to make complex
public documents easily viewed by the states citizens. Follow this
link and view North Dakota State Governments House and Senate Bills and
Dictionary, you will find more than 10,000 dictionary pages, totalling over
500,000 definitions, all in DjVu of course! This constitutes the largest freely
available dictionary on the web. It is also an excellent demonstration of how
large DjVu document collections can be easily and seamlessly searched over the
The Cobb County Superior Court
The Cobb County
Superior Court in Georgia uses DjVu for real estate records, legal
documents, and floor plans.
in the U.K., uses DjVu for scanned corporate reports, thereby keeping quality
high and file size at a bare minimum. Try to do the same with PDF!
Interested in illustrated E-books of the World's Greatest Classics? Visit the
Editions. One of our favorites is the 714 pages Illustrated Shakespeare, edited by G.C. Verplanck and
published by Harper & Brothers, New York, in 1847.
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
The International Civil Aviation
Organization (ICAO) publishes its ICAO Journal on line in DjVu format. For
example, the January 2003 issue is available here.
The Internet Archive is a
public nonprofit organization that was founded to build an 'Internet library,'
with the purpose of offering permanent access for researchers, historians, and
scholars to historical collections that exist in digital format. DjVu is the
format used by The Internet Archive to publish their large collection of
scanned public domain and open source books, have a look at a nice color sample
here. You can try yourself the different navigation experience that you will
have using DjVu vs the PDF. Unless you have a lot of patience, do not attempt
to download the 435MB TIFF file.
Japan Center for Asian Historical Records
Center for Asian Historical Records, National Archive of Japan (English
site available here) was founded in 1994 as the centerpiece of the "Plan for
peace and friendship exchanges" and in commemoration of fifty years from the
end of World War II. It opened in November 2001. Here is what they say about
DjVu: "The Center can be considered a full-fledged digital archive of
digitalized images of historical records and database of cataloged information
accessible through the Internet. Image data becomes online information upon
processing by the DjVu, the most advanced image compression technology
developed for making large quantities of text contents accessible through the
Internet." Browse the site and see for yourself!
Komatsu Group, a large
global manufacturing conglomerate with 174 companies and $9B in annual sales is
using DjVu to distribute its parts manuals to its large customer support
network. This service is also being offered as an ASP (Customer Support System
Network) to any other manufacturing company that wants to benefit from their
DjVu based infrastructure. Click here
for a sample of DjVu usage within the Komatsu group.
one of the world's largest manufacturer with sales over $6B in 2002. At Kobuta,
DjVu is used internally as well as to publish and distribute catalogs and parts
manuals, via the (CSS-Net service of Komatsu. Some samples are available here
as PDF and DjVu. Guess which ones download faster?
Electronic equipment manufacturer LG uses
Document Express with DjVu to make user manuals for hundreds of products
available quickly and easily online.
better known in the West for its Panasonic and National brands, uses DjVu
throughout the organization for online catalogs.
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
Department of Transportation makes many travel and transportation maps
easily accessible with DjVu.
RealView in Australia
has developed a system that allows newspapers to put their contents online in a
very cost performance way by converting those large and unfriendly pre-press
ready PDFs into light and distributable DjVu files. Click here to see the
Wentworth, their flagship customer and a beautiful example of DjVu usage.
Did you like that cool mobile phone that Neo uses in The Matrix? Yes, it came
courtesy of Samsung and you can now find any Samsung product manual on the web
in DjVu form. Visit the Samsung support center at http://www.samsung.com, select a product, then click on the
DjVu version of the manual (of course, you are welcome to select PDF if you
have time on your hands, it will only take you several times longer to view or
Teletrade, an online
auction site for certified coins, baseball cards and other sports memorabilia
uses DjVu purely as an alternative to JPEG: pictures of the items being
auctioned are provided in DjVu format, at a size 3 to 10 times smaller than a
JPEG file of equivalent quality.
Thielsen Architects is a
vibrant design-oriented firm that is committed to creating distinctive built
environments. A quote from their site: "To give you the most benefit from our
web site, Thielsen Architects has encoded the drawing images with LizardTech's
DjVu. This technology will allow you to view, zoom, and pan high resolution
images that will download nearly as quickly as traditional low resolution
static images." So click on their portfolio and enjoy those great designs in
Numerous Japanese travel agencies use DjVu to publish their catalogs. Here are
pointers to a few of them:
Nippon Travel Agency -
The open nature of the DjVu format together with its suitability for Web
publication makes it the format of choice for many universities around the
The Center for
Electronic Text for the Humanities of Rutgers University uses DjVu as their main format for
scanned documents on the Web. A sample from their "Spectator project" is
The University of Georgia
library publishes books and periodicals in DjVu format. Yes, the image on
the right that looks like a Jpeg is in fact an embedded DjVu file. Embedding
was done using the 'static' option, which among others, disables the plug-in
University of New Mexico
General Library. Sample available here.
The Case Western Reserve University uses DjVu for its eDocs Digital Documents
initiative. A sample was available here last time we checked.