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I was hopping if this workflow would be useful. But, I find it useless for it is re-shuffling the order of the annotations. The annotations are supposed to appear in their original order. 

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Hey, I have just discovered your Skimmer workflow and I am really impressed. This is a game changer for my graduate studies.

 

Quick question: is it theoretically possible to modify the script to group all the highlights of the same color/category (e.g. "Reference") together, even if there are other colors/category between them? For me, having the notes in the order they appear in the document is not as important as having them all grouped by categories. 

 

Would really appreciate anyone's input on this! Thx!

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Just FYI the original dev has left academia and hasn't been updating the workflow for a couple years.  I've stopped using the scripts here and replaced them with an export script that uses Skim's built-in templating to accomplish much the same thing, in much more parsimonious and less breakable code.

 

 

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12 hours ago, dfay said:

Just FYI the original dev has left academia and hasn't been updating the workflow for a couple years.  I've stopped using the scripts here and replaced them with an export script that uses Skim's built-in templating to accomplish much the same thing, in much more parsimonious and less breakable code.

 

 

 

Thanks a lot for your response dfay. I did write the original dev and he suggested asking for help in this forum. 

 

Do you mind sharing your export script and a brief explanation of your academic/Skim workflows?

 

Do you think said Skim's built-in templating would allow me to group all the highlights of the same color together, even if there are other colors/category between them (regardless of their order)? 

 

Thx!

 

 

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I built all my tools off an early manifestation of smargh's work and never updated it to Skimmer b/c the system I had was working well enough.  

I don't use the semantic color-coding of notes that's in the Skimmer workflow.

 

The export script is here: 

 

https://gist.github.com/derickfay/e357c148c257618548a41389ef87b7ad

 

It relies on having the top three notes created with smargh's script here:

 

https://gist.github.com/fractaledmind/6068092

which I call from an Alfred workflow using keyword sk3 - the script above will call Alfred if it doesn't find it.


I just export to clipboard and paste into Ulysses.  I don't use the specific page linking functionality though it should be easy enough to turn it back on by editing the script and adding back in the randomize_id function, which you can probably find in smargh's repo above -- I deleted it when I wasn't using it.  

 

Let me take a look at grouping by colour.  Shouldn't be hard.

 

Update:

 

here's a version that will group by colour:

 

https://gist.github.com/derickfay/25b3de3fb18e0d7fa8ca157e3c0bfeb5

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On 2/9/2019 at 6:00 AM, dfay said:

I built all my tools off an early manifestation of smargh's work and never updated it to Skimmer b/c the system I had was working well enough.  

I don't use the semantic color-coding of notes that's in the Skimmer workflow.

 

The export script is here: 

 

https://gist.github.com/derickfay/e357c148c257618548a41389ef87b7ad

 

It relies on having the top three notes created with smargh's script here:

 

https://gist.github.com/fractaledmind/6068092

which I call from an Alfred workflow using keyword sk3 - the script above will call Alfred if it doesn't find it.


I just export to clipboard and paste into Ulysses.  I don't use the specific page linking functionality though it should be easy enough to turn it back on by editing the script and adding back in the randomize_id function, which you can probably find in smargh's repo above -- I deleted it when I wasn't using it.  

 

Let me take a look at grouping by colour.  Shouldn't be hard.

 

Update:

 

here's a version that will group by colour:

 

https://gist.github.com/derickfay/25b3de3fb18e0d7fa8ca157e3c0bfeb5

 

This is great! I can't thank you enough :D

 

I am starting to wrap my head around AppleScript. Any recommended resources for someone without a CS background? 

 

Thanks again!

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