I’m currently reading a large microfilm collection, and I thought this would be the ideal time to start using DT to do more than just index my Documents folder.
My old way of doing things would be to read through the reel of microfilm, putting all notes into a long word document, titled something like “Painfully long microfilm collection (PLMC), reel 1 of 60.”
I started by creating a new rtf for each document on the reel, but after a while I began to worry about how I would be able to recreate the correct order on the reel if the files got resorted, so I went back and retitled all documents like this: “PLMC:01, 001 1750-01-01 Letter to Dead Guy”
PLMC is the name of the microfilm collection, 01 the reel, 001 means it was the first document on the reel, 1750-01-01 the date, then the title of the document. The documents on the film are not numbered in any way, so I was forced to create my own system.
This would cover my bases, but then it became apparent that I had to create a RTF for every single document on the reel, even the ones I don’t care about. I thought about just numbering the documents I took notes on, but then what if I want to go back and take notes on some that I skipped?
How can I preserve the order on the reel without all of this pain-in-the-butt numbering and creating of empty files? Any ideas?