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Export files without tags in the file name #65

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dextras opened this Issue May 7, 2014 · 8 comments

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dextras commented May 7, 2014

I was looking for a long time for an application like tagSpaces. It is cross-platform and provides tagging functionality - exactly what i was looking for ;) There is one thing that keeps me from using it though.

I would like to use it for huge collection of svg and pdf files i have, which are the input to my latex documents. The thing is that in tex source files i need to specify the filename and tagSpaces changes the name every time I add a new tag.

It would be great if there was either a drag and drop functionality to export file(s) without the tags in the name, or just a simple export button somewhere in the application.

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Do you want to have the untagged images exported in a second folder? If so, why don't you copy them before tagging into that folder?

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claell commented May 7, 2014

Do you want to have the untagged images exported in a second folder? If so, why don't you copy them before tagging into that folder?

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I thing the export of selected files to a external folder is a good feature proposal. For example: it you want to share with someone a document, you probably will not want to send him also the tags. The tags are mostly personal and is some cases they could be useless for other users.

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uggrock commented May 7, 2014

I thing the export of selected files to a external folder is a good feature proposal. For example: it you want to share with someone a document, you probably will not want to send him also the tags. The tags are mostly personal and is some cases they could be useless for other users.

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uggrock is right :)
In addition to that let me explain my use case:

We are creating lots of different books which are about similar topic. The same drawings (or their newer versions) are sometimes used in different books. After we created 10 books, each having approx 140 drawings, it makes it harder and harder to organize our drawing database. This is where I see a use of tagSpaces. I would like to tag every single drawing so later I (or anybody from our organization) would be able to easily find the requested image. But...

With the current implementation the name of the file changes every time I add a tag (and that is OK). When I want to use the drawing in my new project i have to get rid of the tags manually (or with some script but for an ordinary computer user the manual option is the only case). Maybe it is OK for one or two files, but in case I want to reuse let's say 20 files, the renaming job becomes problematic.

That is why i would see a need for an "Export without tags" functionality.

dextras commented May 7, 2014

uggrock is right :)
In addition to that let me explain my use case:

We are creating lots of different books which are about similar topic. The same drawings (or their newer versions) are sometimes used in different books. After we created 10 books, each having approx 140 drawings, it makes it harder and harder to organize our drawing database. This is where I see a use of tagSpaces. I would like to tag every single drawing so later I (or anybody from our organization) would be able to easily find the requested image. But...

With the current implementation the name of the file changes every time I add a tag (and that is OK). When I want to use the drawing in my new project i have to get rid of the tags manually (or with some script but for an ordinary computer user the manual option is the only case). Maybe it is OK for one or two files, but in case I want to reuse let's say 20 files, the renaming job becomes problematic.

That is why i would see a need for an "Export without tags" functionality.

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In the next version I added a "clean files from tags" functionality. So for your use case you should just made a copy of your files in some directory and then remove all tags with tagspaces. I am planning also copy of multiple files functionality in some of the upcoming releases.

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uggrock commented May 7, 2014

In the next version I added a "clean files from tags" functionality. So for your use case you should just made a copy of your files in some directory and then remove all tags with tagspaces. I am planning also copy of multiple files functionality in some of the upcoming releases.

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Now I understand. Might it be possible for a later version to store the tags in a database?

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claell commented May 7, 2014

Now I understand. Might it be possible for a later version to store the tags in a database?

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probably not, I want to avoid managing this complexity...

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uggrock commented May 7, 2014

probably not, I want to avoid managing this complexity...

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I think that database is not needed and, as you mentioned, it just adds extra complexity. The idea of storing tags in the filenames, although has certain limitations, is brilliant in its simplicity. Besides, with tags in filename, it is extremely easy to share a file together with your personal tags - just copy and paste :)

dextras commented May 7, 2014

I think that database is not needed and, as you mentioned, it just adds extra complexity. The idea of storing tags in the filenames, although has certain limitations, is brilliant in its simplicity. Besides, with tags in filename, it is extremely easy to share a file together with your personal tags - just copy and paste :)

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Ok, I just find it a bit better in order of appearance of the files and information that can be stored.

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claell commented May 8, 2014

Ok, I just find it a bit better in order of appearance of the files and information that can be stored.

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