Cover Flow Show Options

I frequently name entires in a particular group with the same name. For example “Local Meeting Notes”. I distinguish these entries by the date when they were created. Would it be possible to add to the cover flow screen a display showing the different attributes to an entry other than its title? For example, I could switch to ‘created date’ and then easily scan with cover flow to the meeting notes on Oct 23, 2009. Otherwise, cover flow isn’t very useful to me.

I realize that you have posted a feature request, but here is a tip that may help you with the current implementation. The Cover Flow view supports two fields total, with the document name being the first. The URL, if present, will show and if there is a comment attached, Cover Flow will display as much of the comment as will fit on one line. If there is a URL and a comment, the comment line will display and the URL field will not.

You could add the creation date to the comment field and get what you want. It should be easy enough to script this and attach the script to the group to automate the process.

Here is a script that I put together, modifying Christian’s ‘Creation > Modification Date’ script. I wrote above that the script could perhaps be attached to a group to execute, but as the script requires a selection to act on, I believe the script will have to be run manually on a selection. Also, the script as written will overwrite any existing comments for the document, so keep that in mind if you use the script. I expect that it could be modified to check for existing comments, copy them, and append them after the date but that’s more effort than what I want to spend on this!

-- Write creation date to comments v.1
-- Created by Greg Jones by modifying the original script commented below
-- Creation > Modification Date.
-- Created by Christian Grunenberg on Fri Jul 22 2005.
-- Copyright (c) 2005-2009. All rights reserved.

tell application id "com.devon-technologies.thinkpro2"
		set this_selection to the selection
		if this_selection is {} then error "Please select some contents."
		repeat with this_record in this_selection
			set {month:m, day:d, year:y} to the creation date of this_record
			set this_date to m & " " & d & ", " & y as string
			set the comment of this_record to this_date as string
		end repeat
	on error error_message number error_number
		if the error_number is not -128 then display alert "DEVONthink Pro" message error_message as warning
	end try
end tell

The script outputs the date as the long form, American format and can easily be experimented with to get a different format, a prefix, etc.

Here is what it looks like in Cover Flow: