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Add compound objects

Compound objects are two or more files bound together with an XML structure. When you add or create compound objects in Project Client or CONTENTdm Administration, choose from four compound objects types: 

  1. Documents:Create multiple pages of a report, journal, photo album, or related image sets. There are no chapters or other sections in a document.
  2. Monographs: Retain the hierarchical structure of documents, including sections, chapters, and pages.
  3. Picture cubes: Select up to six images linked together for a three-dimensional object.
  4. Postcards: Create the front and back images of two-sided items, such as tickets, flyers, and baseball cards.

Even though you can still create compound objects of the above types, with the release of the CONTENTdm Website (version 6+), there are no longer specific viewers for the Picture cubes and Postcards. The postcards are displayed as two-page objects and picture cubes as six-page objects. They show no distinction from other regular compound objects in the end-user interface.

The CONTENTdm Responsive Website offers specific viewing support for monographs, which displays it's hierarchical structure.

Additionally, CONTENTdm provides the capability to create PDF compound objects from multiple-page PDF files. To create PDF compound objects, you do not use the Compound Object wizard. For more information, see Work with PDF files.

The Add Compound Objects wizard allows you to:

  • Use a tab-delimited text file to enter compound object-level and page-level metadata or enter information using the project spreadsheet.
  • Use high resolution files, with options to create a display image or use an already-created display image.
  • Add transcript files.
  • Use OCR to create transcript files (requires OCR Extension).
  • Determine how pages are numbered.

Add a compound object

Add Compound Objects wizard steps you through the decisions necessary to create a compound object. See Add a compound Objects for specific instructions.

See Web based compound object creation for information on adding a compound object using a web interface.


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