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Display Issues

There may be display issues with bavarikon.de when using older browser versions, especially older releases of Microsoft's Internet Explorer.

We kindly ask you to always use the latest release of your web browser or to use alternative web browsers when experiencing such issues.


Navigation in Search Result Lists

Please use your web browser's "Forward" and "Back" buttons to navigate in bavarikon's search result lists.


Overall Search

To start a portal-wide search on bavarikon.de, please use the search box on the starting page or activate the "Magnifier" symbol displayed on all other pages. Cf. the highlighted section of the following screenshot.


Expert Search

bavarikon.de offers separate expert searches for objects, locations and persons.



The object search allows the specific search for an object's originator, title and place of origin. By using the search box "Refine search", search results can be further improved. Also, all search results can be filtered by using the check boxes on the left of the screen.



The search for locations is explained separately in bavarikon's location database . Not only official places and municipalities can be searched for, but also administrative districts and geographic areas in Bavaria.



bavarikon's person search facility allows to search specifically for entries in a variety of biographical resources. It is possible to search for surnames, first names and occupations, the latter currently only allowing German-language entries.

Special case : when searching for sovereigns, princes and people from the time before the introduction of fixed surnames, the "first name" has to be filled into the first search box.

Using the search box "Refine search", search results can be further improved. Also, all search results can be filtered by using the check boxes on the left of the screen.


Similarity Based Image Search

The help file for bavarikon's similarity based image search can be accessed here .



To access further information on the object displayed in the viewer, please use the "Details"-button in the upper right corner. In the lower right corner are the display settings - number of pages shown, magnify/demagnify view, browsing. To the left of that there's the quick navigation for instant access of an object's key points.

Each dart on the ticker line represents an (digital) entry on the object's contents. By moving the mouse over it, the appropiate pages will open in the viewer.




Three buttons in the upper left corner allow magnifying and demagnifying as well as to switch back into the starting position and size of the displayed object.

The navigation window in the upper right corner displays by red markings the section of the complete digitised picture shown in the main window. This marked section can be moved with a connected mouse.



To access further information on the object displayed in the viewer, please use the "details"-button in the upper right corner. The buttons to the left allow to magnify and demagnify the digitised map displayed. The map itself can also be moved by the connected mouse.

All maps have been georeferenced and are thus displayed with North justified upwards.



a) System Requirements

All 3D models on bavarikon.de are displayed using the WebGL API, itself being part of most modern web browsers. Thus to view our 3D models, update versions of your web browser as well as an adaequate video card are required. It may be necessary to activate the usage of WebGL in your browser, too.

Without WebGL, the 3D models are displayed as a rotating image.

b) WebGL-supported web browsers

  • Chrome (version 9.0 or higher)
    WebGL is activated in Chrome on all platforms from version 9.0 onwards.
  • Firefox (version 4.0 or higher)
    1. To activate WebGL, open a new tab window in your browser, type "about:config" in the adress bar and approve the warning message shown by Firefox.
    2. Search for " webgl".
    3. By doubleclicking on the line, set " webgl.disabled" on " true". It may be necessary to restart your browser to activate the new settings.

  • Safari (version 6.0.3 or higher)
    1. Open your Safari browser and choose " Preferences" in the " Safari" menu.
    2. Choose the " Advanced" tab and activate the checkbox for the " Show Develop menu in menu bar" menu.
    3. Open the now visible " Develop" menu and choose " Enable WebGL".

  • Internet Explorer (WebGL only with additional Plug-ins)
    The Internet Explorer web browser does not support WebGL. To enable WebGL on the IE, please install plug-ins such as the add-on " Google Chrome Frame", which broadens the funcitonalities of the IE from version 6 onwards.
    More information and download options for the " Google Chrome Frame" plug-in can be found here.
  • Opera
    Instructions can be found here.

c) Instructions

By point-and-click with your mouse on the red "menu" button (found on the upper border of the display window) you can activate the object controls (one click) and environment controls (two clicks). Both menus are deactivated by a third click.

The menu "object controls" (rote buttons in the lower left part of the display window) allow the following changes:

  • Resolution: default setting is "low resolution". By klicking on the button with your mouse, you can switch to "high resolution". This may result in longer loading time for each object.
  • The button "disable colour" removes all colouring and shows only the grid surface of the object.
  • With "pan model" the position of the object can be changed while "rotation model" allows for turning the model around.

The menu "environement controls" allows changing lighting and brightness:

  • When "light control" is activated, the position of the virtual illuminant can be changed with your mouse.
  • "Home" restores the original configuration.