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How to Create Your First Compozition with Compozr – Step-by-Step

Here is a quick walk through showing how to create a simple Compozition.

To start let’s imagine that you have a project of some kind to prepare.

Your project needs to be handed in via email or an emailed link.

Requirements:

  • Duplicate the report’s simple structure with:
  • your report at the top level
  • with your supporting documents in folders below
  • Add a cover page of your own design
  • Automatically create a Table of Contents with links to the documents

Putting It All Together

We now can use compoZr to stitch the whole structure into a single PDF that will fulfil the requirements above.

STEP 1: ZIP the folder structure

Here’s what the structure looks like:

Folder structure convert to PDF

All you need to do is to right click on the top folder to send the contents to a compressed ZIP file.

Like this:

How to ZIP a folder and its contents

Create your ZIP: Highlight the folder, hover over Send to and select Compressed (zipped) folder.

STEP 2: Upload Your ZIP to Compozr

Next, open a browser window in Chrome, Firefox, IE etc. and navigate to https://app.compozr.net/

If you don’t yet have a Compozr account, create one quickly by click on Create an account in the lower part of the Compozr login screen. Once you have clicked Create you will be presented with the User Account Registration screen to complete, after which you will be able to login.

To get started give your Compozition a name and then click on Select file(s) and browse for the ZIP file you created in STEP 1. (Or you can drag and drop the file from a File Explorer window)

STEP 3 – Uploading a ZIP or Individual Files to Compozr

To get started give your Compozition a name and then click on Select file(s) and browse for the ZIP file you created in STEP 1. (Or you can drag and drop the file from a File Explorer window)

compoZr New compoZition Screen

NB: This step needs a pre-prepared ZIP file to be ready to be uploaded.  As explained in STEP 1.

Once your ZIP archive is uploaded, Compozr will display the uploaded file, with its file size.

You need to click the upload button to transmit and process the file. Once your ZIP has been successfully processed, Compozr will show it as shown in the image below.

The uploaded file is highlighted in red.:

Source File Loading

Note: Individual Files

Compozr is perfectly comfortable with individually selected and uploaded files.

When you upload individual files (and you can upload as many as you like), Compozr cannot create a structure for your files. Thus, the files you upload will be presented in a linear list and will have a single level table of contents.

Also, you can add individual files as well as a ZIP archive

STEP 4 – Create Your Cover Page

No self-respecting report would be complete without a cover!

So, Compozr has two ways of creating a report cover page.  One, is by using a background image, with your supplied text for Title, Sub-Title and Author. Or else you can upload a fully formed PDF design cover page.

Either method is quick to use.

STEP 5 – Table of Contents

Automatic Table of Contents by compoZr

The system will generate a fully linked table of contents for you, based on the contents of your report. In the next version of Compozr, the table of contents will be editable.

STEP 6 – Build

Once you have completed steps 1 to 3, you can click the Build button and Compozr will create your report as a ready-to-download PDF.

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