If you are a researcher then you probably annotate PDFs of papers and other stuff. If, like me, you work in the Apple/OSX environment you may be using Skim to read and annotate. Skim allows you to save the annotations in their own ‘sidecar’ file format and to copy/paste the text of the annotations.
But you may want to save the annotations as a more useful record of your research e.g. in DevonThink or EagleFiler or — where I now prefer to keep my text records — in nvAlt. In any of these programs you can easily search in serendipitous ways through your annotations, making and re-discovering connections as well as finding that elusive quote.
It helps a lot, too, if the annotations include a link back to the page of the PDF file where you first made them (assuming that page/file is still where it was when you made the annotation).
This really simple script — derived shamelessly on the work of others — is a way to do that. Minimal instructions for the set-up are included. Just open the link below, select and copy the text to the AppleScript editor (in ~/Applications/Utilities).
You’ll find there are three items: a main script; plus a “helper” script that you will need to save separately as a small AppleScript application; plus an insert for the “info.plist” file that AppleScript makes, automatically, for the application.
Last year, I completed the manuscript of a centennial history of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). It’s a long work: 400 pages, more or less. It will be only the second history of this remarkable institution. The first was published in 1938. ICC commissioned the history in 2013, but has recently decided to wait until […]
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Do you use Scrivener? If so, and you’d like to edit your Scrivener files on another platform such as your iPad, I may have something that will help. I’ve made some ‘bundles’ and themes for the TextMate editor and the Textastic editor on the iPad that display inline annotations, comments and block-quotes in the text. […]