ViewMate Update

Posted by Sam Eneman
JewishGen is pleased to announce major enhancements that add new social networking features to ViewMate beginning 20 February 2010.

Responding to requests from the ViewMate community, visitors to the ViewMate Image Gallery viewing page will now see the number of responses each item has received.

When visitors view any image, they will see the responses that have been submitted -- just as users see comments posted on blogs and other social media sites. Volunteers will see immediately if they need to add a different translation or another response.

The online response form is available after logging in to JewishGen. Submitters of documents and other images will be able to select which responses to display on a submission's page in both the Image Gallery and the Archive. They will also be able to close a submission to additional responses whenever they choose. These functions will be available in a user's "My ViewMate" after login to JewishGen.

All in all, ViewMate will be a more usable and dynamic site. ViewMate ( is the JewishGen service where participants submit letters, documents and photos for translation
and to identify people, clothing, artifacts, etc.

Sam Eneman
ViewMate Administrator


  1. This is a great improvement, and kudos to Sam Eneman. I see just one shortcoming, however. It states that one must be signed in to make a comment, but there is no indication of how to sign in from the page viewed. Could that be added to the page?

    Martha Lev-Zion

  2. Martha,

    Thanks for your comment. We're in the process of updating the ViewMate pages to reflect the new JewishGen look and feel and will include the JewishGen Login link on every page.

    Meanwhile, you can log in using the "JewishGen Login" link at the top of the Image Gallery Viewing page, above the current submissions and from the main ViewMate Page as well.

    Sam Eneman
    ViewMate Administrator

  3. Hi Sam:

    Wonderful Improvements on ViewMate.

    Could you also ask Posters the SOURCE of the Documents uploaded for Translation? If the Documents were obtained from an Archive, that would be very useful information for other Researchers.

    Anna Reuter
    Palo Alto, California


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