Go from attachment to Bookends entry?

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alanterra
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Go from attachment to Bookends entry?

Post by alanterra » Thu Sep 12, 2019 11:32 am

I don't know if others agree with me, but wouldn't it be great if there was a way to go from an attachment (like a pdf) to the Bookends entry for that paper?

Right now, the only way I can do it easily is copy the file name, paste it into the bookends search (All Fields), and then backspace to get rid of the file extension, and perhaps the unique number that Bookends assigns in the case of multiple attachments. And that only works if I let Bookends name the attachment and I use a naming scheme that is compatible with a search. (E.g., naming the attachment "Smith 2010 A study of error" works, but naming it "Smith AB 2010 A study of error" doesn't work because "AB" isn't an indexed word for the entry in Bookends.)

This isn't too difficult, if you use the right attachment naming scheme, but I was thinking that if there was an "Open with... Bookends" option in the Finder, and it would go to that file's entry in the top Bookends' database if it exists (and put up a not-found error if it doesn't exist), it would add another way to easily manage your references.

Imagine doing a search in Finder (or, better, in a dedicated app like Houdah Search) in your attachments folder, finding the document you want, and then being to directly edit the entry in Bookends for that paper.

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Re: Go from attachment to Bookends entry?

Post by Jon » Thu Sep 12, 2019 12:14 pm

Bookends only stores the attachment name, there is no magic link. The Live Search field doesn't have an option for searching attachments, but that's not a bad idea. I'll look into adding that.

As for "open with Bookends", that wouldn't work because that would tell Bookends to attach the PDF (that's how "Print To Bookends" works).

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Re: Go from attachment to Bookends entry?

Post by alanterra » Thu Sep 12, 2019 6:40 pm

Thx

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