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Artefacts Canada

PastPerfect Software, Inc., with the assistance of the Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN), has created an interface that allows you to select the catalog records and images you wish to publish on the Artefacts Canada website. PastPerfect’s Artefacts Canada is available for free to all Artefacts Canada participants who are also PastPerfect users.


Features of Artefacts Canada:
  • A check box labeled "Include in Web Export" is added to each catalog screen, giving you the ability to check that box to choose which records to export
  • You can perform a query in PastPerfect and select all the resulting records for export.
  • When records are selected for export either individually or globally by query, all associated images will automatically be selected for export. However each image screen will also have a check box labeled "Include in Web" thus allowing you to export only the images you want.
  • You can use the field list to select which data fields you want to display on the Web. For security, fields with values or museum locations of items will not be available for publication.
  • When you are ready to export the data, simply run the export wizard. The wizard will create a Microtext data file and process the selected images so that everything is ready to upload to Artefacts Canada via FTP.
  • A new thumbnail and a full-size image file will be created for each image that is exported. All export image files will be converted to JPG format and resized for optimal Web usage.
  • A text watermark may be added to the full size image files when they are created.

Please Note: If you’d like to include images with your Web export files, you will need to purchase the MultiMedia Upgrade.


Unlocking the feature in PastPerfect 5.0

  1. Right-click on the link and select "Save link as" or "Save target as" to download the AFcanKey.LOC file. Be sure to save it to the root of your local hard drive (usually C:\).
  2. Once downloaded, open PastPerfect, click Setup, click System Parameters, then click Unlock Upgrade Options.
  3. Click on Start Unlock Procedure, then click Continue.

If you have difficulty, first make sure the AFcanKey is located on the root of your C:\ drive, then call our technical support office.

Once installed, the Export tool can be accessed by going to Utilities, then clicking on Export.


Unlocking the feature in PastPerfect 4.0

  1. Click on this link to download the file ArtefactsCanada.exe. Save the file on your hardrive.
  2. Be sure that PastPerfect is closed, then double click on the file name to start the installation.
  3. Reopen PastPerfect.

Once installed, the Export tool can be accessed by going to Utilities, then clicking on Export.

Note: You must be using PastPerfect version 4.0C5 or higher. If you have an older version of 4.0 you can download a free update from our Software Updates page.

Product Price AASLH*
Artefacts Canada Feature Free Free
*Institutional Members of the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) receive a 20% discount on the majority of PastPerfect products and services.
For more information about Artefacts Canada, visit the Canadian Heritage Information Network website.

User Guide Links

Version 5.0
Export to Artefacts Canada

Version 4.0
Export to Artefacts Canada