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Content types

An object is the fundamental unit of content in Capacities. Every object in Capacities has a type (the other way around you could say that an object always is the instance of a certain content type). There are two groups of content types: basic content types and custom content types. Each type needs a singular name, a plural name, and an icon. In addition, each type has its own set of properties. These properties define the structure of the content. They can be rearranged when in page view by dragging items in the property list. Read more about properties here.

Basic content types

Basic content types are types that are built into the app. Each user has access to them. Basic types are designed to be useful to all users and to cover the most basic use-cases first. As the app progresses and becomes more mature we will gradually add more basic types starting with the use-cases with the most demand.

Since basic content types are built into the app, we can give them a tailored design and functionality. We can make them more powerful with custom functionality. That’s their big strength.

You can read about all basic content types here.

❓  What content types would you love to see?

If you have any ideas for new basic content types feel free to post them on our feedback board or discuss them in the # 💡 · tips-and-tricks channel of our Discord community.

Custom content types

Custom content types are types that you can create for yourself. To get started just follow the tutorial on custom content types. If you want to get inspired you can find common custom content types here.

And if you want to share ideas and best practices feel free to use our # 🎓 · showcases channel on Discord.

Adding a content type

The object studio

Object settings

Besides name, icon, and properties, you can further customize your own type. You get to the object settings via the object menu with the three-dots-icon.

Alternatively, you can go to the app settings and select the type you want to adjust to get to the object settings:

Database settings

There you can change title, plural title, and description, as well as the emoji that represents the content type.

Object settings

Below, you can choose how preview images (if an image property is present) should be displayed. You can also toggle the wide mode for all objects of that content type.

Capacities Believer

If you subscribed to Capacities Believer, you can additionally choose from a curated icon set and choose a color for the content type label. You will also have access to additional page layouts.

Object settings

In the future, further customization will be possible. This will include:

  • Which properties are shown on the small card and wide card
  • Hide properties from the list in page view (this is now possible ✅, in the property settings)
  • Hide columns in table view
  • And more…

Type conversions

Every object can quickly be moved to another database. You can pick a type on an object page and specify which properties should be kept and transformed. You can also just ignore some or add multiple properties to one blocks property.

Type change modal

This feature also works for collections. On a collection page, use the dropdown next to the type label.

This allows you to move a collection to another database within a few clicks. It makes reorganizing your knowledge base simpler and faster. You can now conveniently start by just using pages and later organize them into people, meetings, atomic notes, and more once you need a more granular organization. 💡

🤔  Do you find this explanation unclear or feel like something is missing in the docs?

With your help we can make the docs better for everyone. So just let us know, and we’ll improve it ASAP!

📨  Did reading the docs make you think of any product improvements?

Please let us know if you have an idea for a feature, think that something is missing or see a conceptual inconsistency that could be fixed. Just post it on our feedback board and discuss it with us and other users!

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