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  1. First off, I am new to programming. My interest in such things was sparked by the discovery of Alfred, and the Skimmer workflow which I use daily. This project began as a simple format change of the Evernote export Skimmer offers to suite outlines. I’ve looked at code from some workflows here, and I’m not fooling myself, in many ways what I have is still simple and is still very much based on Skimmer. What I have thus far is a functioning Applescript which builds off of the Skim export to include exporting to OmniOutliner, as well as Evernote. I take my school powerpoint lectures, convert to pdf, and mark it up with annotations. When I’m finished I export with options specific to the lecture pdf. For example, I’ve included image extraction, text correction, word frequency, etc.. Description & Screenshots GitHub Repository Short Term Goals: 1. Move the Applescript into an Alfred Workflow where I can pass option selections directly. Examples: export -oo = Export to OmniOutliner export -en = Export to Evernote export -oo -i = Export to OmniOutliner & Extract Images 2. Shorten / Clean up the Applescript I can’t help feeling like there is a better way to accomplish some of ideas in the script. The problem is that I’m blind to these areas. I don’t know there is a more optimal way to do xxx. 3. Evernote Images I’m having difficulty adding images sequentially in Evernote. It seems that I’m only able to append a note if it directly follows note creation. This makes it near impossible to loop through the annotations adding them in sequence. Instead, I have to make a list of images (from grabbing boundaries of a Skim box note), create the note with html, and then repeat through the list of images adding them all at the end of the note. I found this post which describes this limitation. The line is 373 in skim-2-oo-n-en.scpt (repository). Does anyone know a way around this? Long Term Goals: 1. Speed up the option “Find Spaces” Some PDF’s, converted from .pptx, have mangled text. In some instances when text is copied & pasted from the PDF all the spaces are removed. I’ve tried many different ways of converting the .pptx (Mac & PC PowerPoint, Online Converters, Office Online, etc.), but the issue persists. I’ve implemented this python code into Applescript with a few additions, but I imaging that it would be faster if I had the .py in its own file and pass arguments to it from the script. Is there a simple example, using Alfred, that I can study? The whole process is dependent on a word list sorted by frequency. Without factoring computer specs, the speed is a function of the number of words in the list and the amount of annotated text, and the quality is dependent on the type of words. I’ve pieced together a medical word list using Corpora whereby I made individual searches of nouns, verbs, etc. filtered by Medical, Speech and Academics. The results output a list with the word and the overall frequency of the word. I combined all the searches in a spreadsheet, sorted by frequency, and then removed duplicates. This list is good for PDF’s with medical terms, but not so good if the text is not medical. For those I used these extensive lists here. I would like to call up Alfred, type in export -oo -fs, and then in the Alfred dropdown be able to select which list I want to use. Also, the .py function breaks the string if number are contained in the annotation. Every character after a number is separated by a space (There are 7 d e a d l y s i n s). I need to figure a way to pass over numbers and resume after the number. 2. Find a new way to determine word frequency in the PDF This frequency is not related to the above. This is the top 50 words contained in the entire PDF presentation. I use it to get the gist of lecture. Currently I’m using Applescript to accomplish this, but even though my journey began with Applescript I’m finding it less appealing every day. Good for some things, but unnecessary for most. I would like to use something different, preferably python because in my uneducated state seem to think it is intuitive. However, I still need to incorporate a list of words to ignore, so that I don’t get “The word “the” appeared 147 times in document X.” 3. Change export format via Alfred Similar to my short term goal, yet different, and not needed immediately. I’ve noticed many workflows allow the user to set default options by doing something like export -d which brings up a different menu. In this menu I could see Define Default Font or Define Default Font Size then select my option and type in the font I’d like to use. I’m looking for any ideas, suggestions, examples, documentation, or forums for python similar to macscripter.net. Alfred has really changed the way I work and study, and I’m still surprised more people don’t use it or know about it.
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