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Re: [O] Org Mode and PDF Notes!

From: Ramon Diaz-Uriarte
Subject: Re: [O] Org Mode and PDF Notes!
Date: Wed, 11 Nov 2015 21:17:49 +0100
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Dear Matt,

On Wed, 11-11-2015, at 15:42, Matt Price <address@hidden> wrote:
> I've just written up a post on my workflow for PDF's Since my blog has, I
> think, a readership of 0 (surely there's a way to get emacsers to follow
> me? ah well), I will post a link here in the hopes that someone will be

Add another 1 :-)

> interested:
> http://matt.hackinghistory.ca/2015/11/11/note-taking-with-pdf-tools/

Really neat! A few comments/questions/ramblings:

- The type of highlights you get from RepliGo contain the text itself. I
  mean, when in your pdf I use C-c C-a l, the buffer showing the contents
  of each highlight contain  the highlighted text.

  This is not what I get from, say, EzPDF (which is what I use on Android),
  or from highlighting from pdf-tools itself using C-c C-a h, or from
  highlighting from Okular. The contents just gives the rectangle). Hummmm...

  Because of this, when I use your code on my pdfs, I only get things
  such as


  instead of the text. Bummer! I wonder if RepliGO gives you a lot more
  than the rest, or if I am doing something silly.

- You have to call mwp/pdf-multi-extract on each file/set of files. I guess
  if I knew elisp, I'd find it trivial to iterate over a set of directories
  and subdirectories (and do this using a cron job at night), and also
  place everything in one single org file. Would this be something
  reasonable to do?

  (This might be related to your second Todo)

- I know nothing about how it works, and it does not use pdf-tools, but in
  your first Todo you mention: "extend the pdfview link type (in
  org-pdfview) to permit me to specify the precise location of an
  annotation,".  PDF.js (https://mozilla.github.io/pdf.js/), which is
  used for instance by zotfile (http://zotfile.com/) does that and it works
  out of the box with Okular (but I've not been able to get it to work with

- In case it matters, I have somewhat similar modus operandi.  I do a lot
  of PDF reading, including note-taking and highlighting, in android
  tablets ---I use EzPDF, which also embeds the notes in the PDF. I have a
  cron job that extracts all the highlights and annotations of all the PDFs
  and places them in a single org file. The kludge is explained here:
  The truth is I use two mechanisms for PDF annotation and highlighting
  extraction, since none is fully satisfactory to me, but the one that uses
  Ruby (i.e., that does not depend on poppler) is able to actually extract
  the text of the highlights.

Best, and thanks again for sharing,


> All best!
> Matt

Ramon Diaz-Uriarte
Department of Biochemistry, Lab B-25
Facultad de Medicina
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid 
Arzobispo Morcillo, 4
28029 Madrid

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