Greetings – I am quite new to DT, but here is what I would like to do:
I am not at this point in a DT-only world. In particular, I have a large library of PDF files (in EagleFiler). What I would like to do is to index all of the PDF files so that I can search them within DT.
In EagleFiler, I have metadata for all of these, with the paper’s title and author information. I leave the file-internal metadata (which is often wrong, or gives the journal editor’s name, or whatever) untouched.
When I index these in DT, I seem only to be able to see the filename as the “Name” and any columns I choose to view show me the metadata from the original file. Of course, DT can’t detect my EagleFiler metadata, but what I want to be able to do is at least be able to call the file whatever I want (e.g., Author Year Title) in the DT lists. Changing the filename isn’t an option, because the PDFs are still within EagleFiler’s library and they’d get lost/disassociated if the filename changes. Importing them into the DT database also isn’t really an option because this is nearly 10GB of material.
Ideally, there would be a field that I could choose to display instead of Name (if Name must be filename, which it appears from my forum searching that it does), with only a DT-internal life, so I can use it as a kind of alias name to this file.
Long term, I have the idea that I’d use an Applescript pathway to transfer the EagleFiler metadata into DT—but only if there is someplace I can put it.
I fear that what I’m trying to do is simply not possible, though it doesn’t seem like it would be a difficult or problematic feature (a “name” field in the database that defaults to filename, or PDF metadata title, but can be changed). In fact, it seems that something like this already exists internally, judging by the discussion elsewhere on the forum of a file named “SomeFile” within DT actually pointing to “SomeFile-1” in the filesystem. Couldn’t this just be a simple matter of turning off whatever it is that changes the filename whenever the name is changed?
This matters somewhat less for imported files, but it seems like mine is not the only situation where an indexed document, used by some external application, should remain untouched regardless of what fiddling goes on within DT. I’ll probably get used to it or figure out some other way to deal with it if it really isn’t possible to give a document a DT-internal name that I can see and sort on, but if it is possible and I just haven’t found it yet, I’d be grateful to hear how it is done. Otherwise, I suppose this constitutes a (small, I think) feature request.
Thanks in advance for whatever thoughts people have.