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:
- Bates or Tag stamping
- Conversion into the PDF format (as one page per PDF, one document per PDF, or as a single PDF file)
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.
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.
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)
Forced natives by tag, file type, extension, or mime 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. Use the "Type to filter" area to quickly through listed items. Tags and quick tags (that have been applied to at least 1 file in the case) will always be displayed, and you can also select different parameters to display and filter by by selecting their respective option:
- File type
- File extension
- Mime types
In the final step of production (Step 8. 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.
- Files are listed under the "User-selected Natives" because of the production format output you selected in Step 3
- The reason why files are listed under "Forced Natives" is mentioned at the bottom of the "Forced Natives" box.
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.
When you are uploading files, it is preferable that you upload them in a native, or as near-to-native a format as possible.