Define your own objects
Creating your own content types is a great way to adapt Capacities to your workflows.
We adapted our way of thinking to computers, we try to organize ideas and content in rigid folder structures. Capacities breaks with these limitations by introducing networked note-taking. To give the elements in your network a structure, everything in Capacities is an object. They color, structure, and enrich your note-taking without you needing to think a lot about it. Let's dive in.
In the left sidebar, you can find all your objects. They are organized in databases for pages, images, or web links. Click on "+ New type" to open the object studio.
Here you can select from basic content types that Capacities provides. These types cannot be customized but come with some additional features. On top, you can create your own custom content types. They can have properties, like a date, a checkbox, and more and can be displayed with different layout options. You can either start with one of the templates provided by the community or create one from scratch. Let's define a "Meeting" from scratch.
Once you created your content type you will also get a database for all your meetings. Check out our tutorial on databases to find out what you can do here.
A first meeting was already created for you, let's open it. With the "Add property" button you can define properties for your meetings, like a date and a list of related pages, a checkbox to mark it as "Done", and a text blocks property to take notes. All of your meetings will have these properties, feel free to customize them to your needs. You can also add and remove properties later. If you want to get an idea of how a meeting could look like, you can also read our use-case article on meetings.
You can now use your meeting like any other type in your space. Create and reuse them everywhere within Capacities. And no matter where you created it, you will always find it in your database. You can also organize them in collections, and link them to other content.
💡 How and when to use content types
Content types give your content a structure. It is not necessary to define all your content types before you start using Capacities. You can always start with just using pages and once you see a pattern or want to systemize your workflow you can quickly use the "turn into" feature to convert them into your new content type.
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