I have tried to mash together two scripts “Add Prefix” and “Enumerate” with modifications to arrive at something like this “13-001” or just “13001” as a prefix to a folder name (these in fact add the numbers to items contained in the folder, I really want to name the folder only):
Ideally, I’d like to auto generate a tag with that number, so that all folder items have that number associated with them. The reason I want to have a script is I want to make sure that the number isn’t duplicated. I’m using it to track project items.
I have no scripting experience and I’m not having any luck. Does someone have an existing script or could get me heading in the right direction?
Where is the number coming from ?
Is the series consecutive or does it vary from project to project?
Each new project will receive a unique number (my hope is to have DevonThink generate the number). So the series is consecutive, the project #s would move up incrementally 13001, 13002, 13003. Next year, I’ll change the first two numbers to 14. That make sense?
This is doable but I’m wondering if it’s killing a fly with a sledgehammer. You could set up a .templatescriptd Template that could generate the folder but it would actually be as simple as selecting Data > New > Group (or Command-Shift-N) and naming it yourself.
If you have “Exclude Groups from Tagging” unchecked in the database properties then adding files to this Group would get the Year-Number tag applied automatically.
It’s still possible so let me know what you think but I wanted to offer you this info.
I reread your post and I think I still don’t quite understand – I want to auto generate the numbers, I’m not sure how the year number tags would be generated in your scenario? (And you should see the walls in my house!) I have made a folder using the “Enumerate” script, but it only applies the number to the items it contains. My hope is that if I search for a item specifications, or a supplier, or an ink colour, for a specific project I will have quick access to all items associated with that project OR if I’m looking for a particular paper stock I see all projects that used that stock by their job number. The enumerate script adds the number at the end of the folder and numbers incrementally up by one. I wanted to number from 13000 and up. So, to me the shortcomings of just using the enumerate script (in my situation) is that it doesn’t rename its contents and if I was searching for, let’s say, all projects that use a particular type of paper, I would get the results, but not (quickly) know the specific project(s) they belonged to. WIth a tag, the naming of the items wouldn’t be as cluttered in appearance, but more importantly I could search, then click the tag and have all details of a particular project show up. I may have missed what you were trying to tell me, Jim. Sometimes it takes a sledgehammer for me to get it. Thank you!