How to access a document in Perceptive Content (formerly ImageNow)

Graduate School forms submitted by students are electronically stored in Perceptive Content (formerly known as ImageNow).  All member of the graduate faculty and authorized staff may access these forms by opening the Perceptive Content program, and logging in with their Michigan Tech ISO ID and password.  Students do not have access to Perceptive Content.  Dissertation, thesis, or report reviews are available to students through Canvas (for pre-defense documents) or Digital Commons (for post-defense documents).

Faculty can also choose not to utilize Perceptive Content to access the student’s review.  These faculty may ask their student to share the review file with them, or contact the Graduate Program Assistant for access to the file. The email notification lets the faculty member know that the review is available.

Contact the IT staff in your unit if you need the Perceptive Content software installed on your PC.  Mac and Unix users can access Perceptive Content on the web.  PC users who do not want to install the software may also use the web site.  For web use:

  • Make sure you have a campus IP address.  You either need to be on campus, or establish a VPN – contact IT for support.
  • Make sure you allow pop-up windows in your browser.
  • Your browser and Java must be compatible with the web client.  If the screen is blank when you load in a web browser, try a different browser.  Contact IT for support if that does not solve the problem.
  • Ensure your browser is set to open PDF files using Adobe Acrobat or Reader.  Alternative PDF viewers will not open the review files properly.  Contact IT for support or see our web tips.
  • There are a limited number of licenses available. Please disconnect when you have completed your session.

Once logged in, click on the “Documents” icon.  If you have access to more than one set of documents, click on the arrow next to the “Documents” icon and select “Graduate School.”  Note that the name of the software is now Perceptive Content, but most of the windows in the program still list ImageNow in the title bar of the window.

The ImageNow main menu.
The ImageNow main menu.

Using the “Quick Search” tab, enter the student’s M-number in the circled box and click “Go.”

The ImageNow Explorer.
The Perceptive Content Explorer.

A listing of files for the student will appear.  Double click on a file to open it. To access a review of a thesis or dissertation find the file title “TD-Review – Draft” or “TD-Review – Final” as circled below.

The column “Seq” refers to the degree sequence.  Each degree a student earns at Michigan Tech has a unique degree sequence number.  A student may earn multiple degrees, and have multiple degree sequences.  The column “Document Type” describes the file, and “Pages” lists the number of pages associated with that file.

The ImageNow Explorer window showing the list of files available.
The Perceptive Content Explorer window showing the list of files available.

For a dissertation, thesis, or report review (shown below), each “page” refers to an individual review.  Use the scroll bars on the side of the open file to scroll through a single review.  Use the “Next page” button (circled below) to navigate between individual reviews.

For other types of imaged files, use the “Next page” button to navigate to different pages in the document.

The ImageNow Viewer shows each page of the document.
The Perceptive Content Viewer shows each page of the document.