Native Files and native-formatted productions

What is a native file?

A native file is one that exists in the exact same state as it was when uploaded. So if a Microsoft Word file was uploaded, a native version included in your production would be an identical Microsoft Word document.

If any of the following processes have been performed on a file, it means that they are not native anymore:

On the off-chance that a file's format is not supported, you will still be able to download it and use the relevant software to open it since it will be the same file that was uploaded.

NOTE: You can learn more about the production process in general from here.

Producing documents as native files

Setting production output to native

During Step 3 of the production process (Production Output), you will be able to choose the file format that you want to export the files in. On this screen, if you select any of the 'Native' options, all files will be produced in their original format. To generate files in their 'Native' format you need to perform one of the following steps:

NOTE: Even if you choose a non-native production format you can still force specific files types (e.g. PDF, .txt files, etc.) to be produced in their native format in the next step (Step 4. Native files options for production)

Select a native option to produce your files in their native formats


Forced natives by tag or file type

In Step 4 of the production process (Native files options for production), you can choose to include a subset of your production's files in their native state.

To do so, check the checkboxes against the listed items. Tags and quick tags (that have been applied to at least 1 file in the case) will always be displayed along with the different file-types that are present in the case. You can filter through this list by typing a tag name, file type, or file extension at the top of the grid.

Choose tags and file types to be produced nateively

Note: If a partial value is entered in the filter field then the list is filtered to retrieve all the entries that have the value entered.

Final Review

In the final step of production (Step 10. Final Review and Submit production) the Production Wizard will give you a list of files that are about to be produced in their native format.

All the files in the case are listed, and the ones that are being produced in their native form are separately listed as well

NOTE: If you click on the magnifying glass icon alongside any of the listed items, You will be taken to the 'Search' view and display all the files that fall under that item as results.

Uploading productions

When you are uploading files, it is preferable that you upload them in a native, or as near-to-native a format as possible.

Find out more about formatting productions you upload here