What is a native file?

A native file is one that exists in the exact same state as it was when uploaded to GoldFynch. 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:
  • Redaction
  • 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 the file's format is not readable by GoldFynch, 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

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 the 'Native' option, all files will be produced in their original format.

Choose the format for your production


NOTE: Even if you choose a non-native production format ("One page per PDF," "One Document per PDF" or "Single PDF") you will still get a chance in the next step to mark specific files to be produced in the native format. This is very convenient when you have many files that you want to produce as PDFs, and a few exceptions you want to produce in their native format. 


In Step 4 (Per-item options for production) you will be given a list of every file that is about to be included in the production. You can:

  • Select the 'cull' option for a file to omit it from the production
  • Select the 'native' option for a file to produce the file in its native state (this will disregard any tagging and redactions assigned to those files)
  • Click the 'clear' button to reset highlighted ‘native’ or ‘cull’ selections


Mark individual files to be produced as native files


The files marked 'native' in this manner will not be assigned Bates or tag stamps in the later stages of production, so the stamp numbering will be unbroken for the files that are stamped. Similarly, even if a file marked 'native' was assigned redactions from the 'Docs' view using the redaction tool, the redactions will not be included.


NOTE: If you require a custom production operation in the 'native' format that requires a specific load file format, click on the 'Initiate Request' button in the 'Productions' view.


Uploading native files to GoldFynch

When you are uploading files to GoldFynch, it is preferrable that you upload them in a native, or as near-to-native a format as possible. To find out more about preferred file formats for importing to GoldFynch, click here.