The interface is similar to the previous viewer, with some new and improved features:
- Faster image loading.
- Works on more platforms and with more browsers than the previous image viewer, including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari. Web browser issues were preventing a large portion of Ancestry.com members from using the previous image viewer.
- New tools, including rotating an image (handy for census returns with the address written along the side of the page), mirror (flips your record over so you’re reading it backward, which I’ve heard can help with hard-to-read records), and new zoom controls.
- Easy installation. Most people won’t have to install anything (I didn’t), though you might need to install a more recent version of the free Adobe Flash Player.
To try out the new viewer, click on the options button at the top of the current image viewer:
and then select “Use the Advanced Viewer (Beta)”