Batch editing PDF metadata

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taja
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Batch editing PDF metadata

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Is this something that others would benefit from, and that could easily be implemented in Bookends? I find having at least the author field in the metadata for PDFs filled extremely helpful for narrowing down text content searches in apps such as Devonthink and Foxtrot. But I have only entered this data for a few PDFs because it's so time-consuming - even when using a paid app with batch PDF metadata editing. Given that Bookends has the relevant data (author especially) I think it would be brilliant to have a Bookends field > PDF metadata field function, if that were possible. But perhaps it's not easy to implement.

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Re: Batch editing PDF metadata

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I don't know how hard that would be to do, but it strikes me as a laser-focused feature (meaning very narrow in scope and probably of interest to few) that also requires adding another menu item to the UI, which is already pretty dense, no? I think this is something that might better addressed with an AppleScript. Furthermore, this actually strikes me as something DEVONthink should (might) do, because it's a document manager. They can access the author metadata for the reference, either by importing it or getting it ad hoc via an AppleScript, and modify the PDF accordingly.

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Re: Batch editing PDF metadata

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You're right, I doubt it would be of interest to many, and an Applescript would be an ideal solution. I have no skills in that direction, but I can see that's not a reason to include it in the UI. FWIW I do use Bookends as a document manager (for PDFs and epubs at least).

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Re: Batch editing PDF metadata

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We have an AppleScript forum and there are a number of very knowledgeable people who post there who might be able to help.

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joao
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Re: Batch editing PDF metadata

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I actually have an AppleScript that changes the author and title metadata on the pdf according to bookends references. I use it for my ereader.
I would recommend just changing file rename format instead though.

I'll see if I can post the script later this week (busy right now).

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Re: Batch editing PDF metadata

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Jon wrote:
Fri Jan 14, 2022 7:28 am
Furthermore, this actually strikes me as something DEVONthink should (might) do, because it's a document manager.
Actually, my script is based on one posted on the devonthink forums.

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