Identify all annotated papers?

Is there any way of easily identifying all the papers that I have annotated? Now I’ve discovered how well the Markdown export works for getting my annotations into Roam Research, I’d really like to get the rest of them into it.

Perhaps you can just label the files that you annotated with a distinctive name.

Thanks Jose - that would be fine if I had started off by doing that. I now have >6k papers and no idea which ones have annotations and which don’t. I was just hoping there may be an easy way to discover this.

I’m afraid not, @jmw. The request has come up a couple times before so I’m adding your +1 on our internal tracker as usual. I agree it would be useful and am actually surprised we don’t get the request more often, but I’m also not sure how feasible it would be for us to implement.

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Hi @jmw,

I would love to hear about your export workflow to Roam- I recently started using Obsidian.md- similar to Roam but less web-based and (currently) free and am trying to figure out how to best use it with paperpile. Like you, I have a 5 year old paperpile library with over 6000 papers- so pretty anchored in this platform.

Thanks
Heumed

To the site moderators, I flagged this topic because tomas_goodman’s post is spam; not jmw’s.

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Hello Heumed,

Basically, all I’m doing is highlighting the parts that are of interest, then using the ‘Export’ button at the bottom of the left sidebar. That comes up with several options, PDF, Markdown, Text, OPML or JSON. The PDF looks the neatest on screen but does not have the copy button that the Markdown option has. Having selected to copy the Markdown version I just use Ctrl V to add to the selected page. I use the Daily Notes in Roam but you might want a new page in Obsidian. I then have to do a degree of tidying up to remove the asterisks and page numbers and indent as required, but at least it is in there. I can then make my own notes/ comments etc in Roam and backlink or tag as required.

I did make another feature request to see if we could reformat the Markdown before the export from Paperpile which would make the process even simpler, but I don’t think there has been any response yet. If it was possible to set the export up in a way that would match the article template I use in Roam the process would be really smooth.

Happy to answer any other questions if needed, I’m still finding my way around it all myself, but it is fun learning!
All the best
Julia

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Thanks for the reply. I tried your workflow - looks OK in Obsidian (screenshot below) but I agree it would be great if we could personalize the markdown export- or at least turn off having a line added for each annotation re the page, etc in the text format export (Page 1: Highlight annotation by …) so I can just paste the text of each annotation into the note taking app.