I use X4 on a Windows7 system. In my library, I have a lot of pdfs attached and use the relative link feature. I find this feature useful, but only if you manage your pdfs exclusively through Endnote. The structure of the .data/pdf folder is not useful if I want to access my pdfs through the Windows Explorer, because each pdf is saved in its own folder. Is it possible to change the structure of the data-folder? Preferably, I would want have all pdfs saved in a single folder. Currently I work with two copies of each pdf-file, but, of course, keeping thousands of duplicate files is not what I want.
You can’t change the relative data-folder structure. You can only attach them via the absolute mechanism (which means you can’t use the “find full text (FFT)” route to retrieve them in the first place, but I assume if you are keeping two copyies, that you need to retrieve them separately anyway?). This is a setting in preferences, URLs and Links. (but if you read the caveate there, it points out that FFT still copies to the relative postition.
thanks for the reply. Actually, I would prefer to get rid of the duplicates and keep only one copy. My pdfs contain quite a lot of comments; because I usually use Endnote to manage my pdfs, the files in .data/pdf - folder are the ones that I’d like to keep. However, as I said, I find the folder structure not useful in those cases in which I need to manage my pdfs in the Explorer.
As I see it now, there is no easy, useful solution: I want to keep the files in the .data/pdf-folder, but don’t want to store them in the designated folder system. Thus, I would need to transfer these files manually in a new folder, change the settings to “absolute links” and then re-link all files to my library entries, right? (ignoring that I actually prefer the possibilities of the “relative link” mechanism, albeit not the file struture).
That is pretty much the way you have to work I guess. The only thing that can be automated is to convert Absolute to Relative, but not the otherway around. At least the more recent mechanims do make subfolders which have a somewhat meaningful name as opposed ot the old system fo random numbers (although I hate that there are so many layers of subfolders/files which double the file name structure. Also you do have the option of annotating in x5, although I myself also prefer using other annotation programs like Acrobat. I do often go in and edit files in the relative folders directly.