Working with references and attachments - Problems and requests
just discovered this really awesome app some days ago and spent hours over hours so far digging into its functionalities.
One problem/qestion that haunts me, however, is how to deal with attachments to bibliographic references. I established a category of files (located in a zettlr-subfolder) where each file contains an excerpt for a single article/book/paper. I have connected zettlr to my bibtex-file (created with JabRef) and all the citing stuff works really fine so far.
There is a nice feature (in theory) to open the respective file attachment by right-clicking the inserted reference - however, that does not work for me: no file opens!
After doing some research in the zettlr documentation and forum, I figured out that obviously
1. the "open attachment" option only looks for attachments in the same directory (and subdirectories?) of the .md-file I am currently working on AND
2. only for attachments whose filename exactly match the bibkey?
Anyway, this solution is still not working for me: first, I moved a copy of the respective paper in the zettlr directory; after refreshing zettlr it now shows up in the sidebar attachment pane - but still not opening by right-click → open attachment; I then renamed the file so that it exactly matched the bibkey → still not opening (neither by right-click nor by directly clicking the file link in the sidebar!) Did I miss anything important?
This is what the log says: "Trying to run command through Application: open-attachment" (followed by nor further message) when trying to open by right-click and "Trying to run command through Application: win-menu - No command registered with the application for command win-menu" when directly clicking the attachment link in the sidebar (by the way, I am working on Linux Ubuntu 20.04 if that is of any interest for this topic...)
Anyway, even besides the fact that currently it doesn't work as it should, what I would like to do is the following:
1. opening the file from within zettlr without renaming it to match the bibkey (for different reasons, my literature pdfs have names other than their bibkey);
2. opening the file from within zettlr without moving it to the zettlr directory. I have one central folder where I keep all my papers (and defined this as the default folder from within JabRef). Of course I could place my default directory within the zettlr directory; yet this wouldn't be a real nice solution as - in this case - the sidebar pane would show several of thousands of linked files (and thus even hide the references from the sidebar as these are only shown after the attached files).
Is there any possibility or workaround/manual configuration for this? Or did I even misunderstand the whole logic behind the reference/attachment thing?
As to my above-mentioned "excerpt-files", I would additionally like to add what for me would be the perfect solution: to have a header at the top of each excerpt that shows author, year, title, publisher (or journal) and abstract (if the bibtex-file already includes one). Of course I could type such a header manually - but there should be, I think, an easy solution for accomplishing this via - for example - a YAML header that just extracts/parses the relevant information from the respective bibtex-file!? Easy at least in case one is more familiar with YAML / pandoc than I am...
Something similar to this actually - anyway, as a dummy I don't quite get how to realize this... Any suggestions for that? Or at least any link to a quite simple introduction for dummies which are familiar with html, css, etc. stuff but not with pandoc?