Why can't I view my file on Permanent?
If you click on a file to view it in Permanent and it does not open, it could be because of one of the following:
The file type is not compatible with our viewer
Permanent.org accepts any file type for preservation, but some files are not available to view directly in Permanent. Supported file types
that can be migrated to "preservation" formats are compatible for viewing in Permanent.
The file is too large to preview
Some files are too large to preview directly in Permanent, even if they are supported file types. This includes PDFs larger than 20MB and some video files.
Don't worry if you can't view a file. The file is still preserved, even if it is not viewable in Permanent. You are always able to download your original file to your device.
The file is still processing
When large files or a large number of file are uploaded, it may take additional time for them to process in our system before they are available to view in Permanent. Learn more in this help article.
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File Types That We Accept and Support
Permanent.org will accept and store all file formats uploaded to our system by our members. We like to say "if it's made of bits, we'll take it." However, we do have a set of "supported" file formats for each category of file (photo, video, documents ...
There are two different views for records in your Public archive on Permanent: a grid view and a timeline view. The timeline view creates a timeline of your files based on their date. To create a timeline, log into your Permanent account. Navigate to ...
Upload Your First File
Congratulations on taking the first steps towards preserving your digital memories and legacy. Now that you've created an account, the next step is to upload your first file. Your first archive When you log in to your Permanent account for the first ...
Why is my file downloading automatically?
Some larger files are not able to be viewed directly in Permanent and instead will download to your device for you to open outside of your browser. One way to minimize the impact on your own experience is to turn off automatic downloads in your ...