Copy tabbles from one file to another 2014-08-05T20:04:24+00:00

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  • kaptabbles
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    #10212 |

    I use Tabbles to manage our private admin documents (invoices, medical files…).

    It would be useful to be able to copy tabbles from one source file to a number of target files. If the target files are already associated with tabbles, then the system would ask whether to merge with or to replace the existing tabbles on the target files.

    So for example: when we receive the electricity bill for August 2014, I would simply select the electricity bill of July 2014 and copy tabbles from this file to the electricity bill of August 2014.

    This would help maintaining tagging consistent across files of same nature.

  • Maurizio
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    Post count: 100

    interesting, but I wonder if it is practical. could you explain it in terms of “click here, then click here”?

    I assume you would do

    right-click on a file -> click “copy tags to clipboard”

    then you’d have to locate the untagged file, right-click it, and click “copy tags from clipboard”?. I wonder if it is practical to locate an untagged file.

    What about changing approach? select the untagged file -> “copy tags from…”. But then you’d have to locate the source file. This is already tagged, so it is easier. But not easy…

  • kaptabbles
    Member
    Post count: 21

    Hi,

    I can confirm this feature would be useful (for me at least 🙂 ). I have files usually tagged with 5-6 tabbles, and for me consistency it quite important. Often, I find myself opening Tabbles on the source file to see how a file is tagged, and redoing the same tagging on a new file of the same type (on a new incoming electricity bill for example).

    So, how I see it:

    1) in the Tabbles GUI or windows explorer, select one already tagged source file
    2) select Tabbles menu item ‘Copy tabbles…’ (or in windows right-click menu)
    3) (icing on the cake) popup opens and shows existing tabbles on the source file, allowing to (de)select some tabbles.
    4) select one or more target files
    5) select menu item ‘Paste tabbles’ (or in windows right-click menu)
    6) if at least one of the target files is already tagged, then open popup: “do you want to replace or merge existing tabbles <list tabbles>”
    7) replace or merge as selected in the previous step (or simply tag if there were no tabbles on any of the destination files)

    In a different domain, this is similar to how Adobe Lightroom 4 is handling copying parameters from one photo to one or more others.

  • Maurizio
    Keymaster
    Post count: 100

    This makes a lot of sense. Ok, you convinced us. This feature is added to the TODO list. Probably will be done in Tabbles 3.1.

  • kaptabbles
    Member
    Post count: 21

    Hi,
    Any chances this feature might get implemented in the next version?
    🙂

  • Maurizio
    Keymaster
    Post count: 100

    We have been busy with bugfixes and improving synchronization. I suppose the feature could be implemented in the next couple of months, but no guarantee. (Unless of course you can find funding for development of the feature.)

  • ArMo
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    Post count: 1

    Basically this is already possible:
    -Select the source file and the target file(s) in TABBLES
    -Ppress Alt-A and click on all the Tabbles in the “Add Tabbles” pop-up
    -click the Add button
    The Tabbles are now copied to all target files.

    Hope this helps

  • Maurizio
    Keymaster
    Post count: 100

    @armo

    Man, you know Tabbles better than I do…

    Ok, it’s not practical but I am impressed. 🙂

  • kaptabbles
    Member
    Post count: 21

    @armo: Thanks a lot for the tip. Looks like a good workaround, however I couldn’t make it work in case source and target files are located in different listings (say: source.txt (already tagged) in folder A and target.txt (untagged) in folder B).

    @maurizio: Didn’t want to make you change your priorities. I guess I was just curious about the roadmap 🙂 Tabbles is a great program!

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