Add Compound Objects

Compound objects are two or more files bound together with an XML structure. CONTENTdm supports four compound objects types: documents, monographs, picture cubes, and postcards.

With documents, create multiple pages of a report, journal, photo album, or related image sets. There are no chapters or other sections in a document.

With monographs, retain the hierarchical structure of documents, including sections, chapters, and pages.

With picture cubes, select up to six images to link together, generally to provide views of a three-dimensional object.

With postcards, create the front and back images of two-sided items, such as tickets, flyers, and baseball cards.

Note: With the release of the CONTENTdm Website (version 6+), there are no longer specific viewers for each of the compound object types. While the options to create postcards (now displayed as a two-page object) and picture cubes (now displayed as a six-page object) remain in the Project Client, note there are no distinctions for these objects in the end-user interface.

Additionally, the CONTENTdm Responsive Website does not offer specific viewing support for monographs. Monographs are displayed as standard compound objects with no hierarchy in the Responsive end-user interface.

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 About Working with PDF Files.

By using the Add Compound Objects wizard, you can:

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

See Creating Compound Objects with the Web Editor for information on adding a compound object using a web interface.