Can I import Word documents, or documents other than PDFs?

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  • Currently Qiqqa focusses only on research documents, which are primarily in PDF form. We may support other document types in future - let us know if you need this.
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    • Thanks for your comment, Denis. My concern is not converting a web page to pdf, but citing web pages as references using Qiqqa. I'm not sure it can be easily done by Qiqqa. Is it?
    • OK. When you have a library open, click on the "add pdf's or references" button and choose "add non-pdf reference". A form to fill in the bibtex data will appear. You should use the dropdown for "type" to choose "webpage" and fill in the fields. Key is the unique name you give this reference. Title, URL, and Accessed should be filled in. To fill in Accessed with today's date, use ctrl-;
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  • Please +1 this question if you would definitely find this feature essential to your work. Thanks.
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    Currently, I just print my Word document to a pdf file and then insert it into Qiqqa. But I agree that it would be nice to be able to have Word documents in their native format. (Ditto for Powerpoints.)
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    I am looking at moving from zotero to qiqqa, so far it looks like a fantastic product. Unfortunately I have a 2000+ collection of documents in zotero, which are a mix of pdf, txt, html and word files. The current limitation of PDF only is probably going to prevent me from moving, I cannot maintain two libraries.
    Even if you simply added the ability to store files of any type and use the default OS application to open them that would be enough. I can live without the browser/PDF integration etc.
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    • Similar problem here: thousands of references and different doc types linked to them in zotero.
      In addition to support for different doc-types I am missing a possibility to scan/enter ISBN/ISSN and retrieve automatically the meta data. Zotero can even automatically retrieve the meta data from web-pages, pdfs and others. I wish the both products could merge and offer the union of their distinct functionalities.
    • One cool thing is that Qiqqa recently went open source. Zotero's many cool features often come from the community. Hopeful we can start to see this with Qiqqa. In the meantime, see this thread for some of my comments about working with different doctypes by making them PDF attachments.

      In the meantime, it is fairly straightforward to turn any printable document into a PDF that acts as a container for that attached document.
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  • stick to your knitting, i think - i manage the other kinds of documents in other ways - converting to qiqqa if i want to use a doc like a pdf...

    am going to be all opinionated BUT i think the minute you start messing with what is essentially a 'pdf management' system you may well lose functionality in other ways... converting any html, ppoint, epub and word into pdf has worked fine thus far for me, though yes, it takes time to do it...
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  • being able to convert a directory of stored html documents to pdf and incorporate as pdf into the library would be very helpful. i appreciate Amba's point, however i am migrating my research archive in moments between other work and its going to take a very long time...
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  • Similar requirement here. I am collecting info in Zotero, importing to Qiqqa for OCR/digesting/annotating, and using Zotero again for its cite-while-you-write features.

    At the moment, this all works perfectly (many thanks to the developer) as long as I have a pdf attached to every Zotero citation.

    Going through each "web snapshot", image, etc. in Zotero and turning it into an attached pdf is a very slow process.

    Therefore it would be great for me if Qiqqa provided an automatic service to convert non-pdf attachments to pdfs at the time of import.

    Either that, or if Zotero offered a similar service at the export stage. I have asked them to consider it.
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  • is there some sort of batch extension or add-on which converts everything in a folder to pdf perhaps? though it may not keep your comments... you could hunt around for some sort of conversion software...
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  • have tried a couple of bulk converters but the final rendering of the PDF files tends to be scrambled. compounded by the two capture programs that created the HTML files used a different save structure (one the conventional structure of html file and identical folder containing the content and the other saving the file as an "index.html" inside the folder). my fault for changing horses mid stream. I suppose i will have to continue doing manual conversions. but thanks for the suggestion.
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  • I’m frustrated
    PDF are non editable documents. Perfect. But editable documents, such as DOC, are an essential part of a library as well, specially a personal library. I maintain record of draft versions of documents written (legal documents, academic papers, etc) and an efficient library management software should get this done too. For example, if "paper 37 - version 6.doc" has a quote that is no longer present in subsequent versions, then that DOC file is what I need to find.

    An alternative, but a bit stupid one, would be to convert all DOC files to PDF just so that they could be searched by Qiqqa. I (respectfully) say that this would be stupid because it would involve a lot of unnecessary work. The whole process would be: (1) write text in DOC file; (2) save DOC file; (3) convert DOC file to PDF; (4) show converted PDF file to Qiqqa; (5) search for something; (6) find converted PDF file as result; (7) read converted PDF file's contents to check search result utility; (8) manually look for original DOC file; (9) open DOC file and manually look for the part where the result should be, according to the just read converted PDF file.

    As one can see, those 9 steps could be replaced by fewer steps if Qiqqa worked directly with DOC files, as it would not be necessary to search PDF files in order to find something one want to actually use in DOC format.

    And it is also a bit stupid to maintain a duplicate (PDF) just to make the library manager "see" the original content (DOC).

    Of course, this all assumes that one wants to work with DOC as read-and-write files. If that's not the case, one time conversion of DOC files to PDF doesn't seem too harsh to do (although there can be a lot of work with individual file's metadata on this process).

    But, I insist, a live library is one that we populate with our writings as well, and having Qiqqa to help us with these files is a pending essential feature.
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  • Yes
    + doc
    + paper (so to say - no attachment, just the reference but also with possibility to add citations)
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  • Yes, we need something more then just pdfs, why? How do you look for references in the general media? Most programs save in HTML so we cant import them to Qiqqa, likewise, saving each file to pdf and then importing them into a program is so tedious.
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  • In my research, I often need to include materials like books, PowerPoint presentations, word documents that are not in PDF form. Adding ability to cite these with Qiqqa would be a big help.
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    If all you want to do is cite non PDF materials, you should use a "vanilla reference" which is a reference with no attached document.

    When you are in your library, click on the "Add PDFs or References" button in the upper left. Choose "Add non-PDF reference" from the drop down.

    Oddly enough, vanilla references seem to be absent from the Qiqqa manual, but you can find out more about them by searching this forum for "vanilla".
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  • Some of my research involves going through ppts and currently qiqqa does not support having ppts in the library. I am converting my presentations to pdfs and adding them right now but it is not the same as the actual ppt (especially if the animations etc are important). This is a feature that I would really like qiqqa to have in the near future :).
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  • I don't get the hesitation to support documents and powerpoints and what not. It would improve accuracy in OCR, as you already have the fonts in the documents. It would also improve search, and not limit us to PDF, which is not always the best medium of file transportation. Esepcially when so many are going in as HTML
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  • Much of the functionality people say they are looking for in Qiqqa is available with pdf attachments. Pdf files can function as containers for other files of any type. See this Adobe blog article for a more detailed discussion. You an even attach a zip with an entire hierarchy of directories and files.

    If you don't mind command line, the pdf toolkit works well for attaching files and is free. There are GUI wrappers for the pdf toolkit, just google "pdftk gui".

    Almost all of the GUI pdf software (Acrobat, Nitro, etc) can do this as well, but it is often limited to the paid versions.

    For example, if you want to put a Word file into Qiqqa, save it as a pdf (or print it with a pdf driver in older versions of Word). Then, attach the word document to the pdf file. Finally, bring the newly created pdf into Qiqqa with its attached Word format file.

    To get to the Word attachment, just open the pdf with an external reader and access it in the attachment list.
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  • For a couple of years I have been using DevonThink Pro on my Mac in an academic environment. I just switched to a Windows laptop and am looking to replace DTP. In DTP I frequently used rtf files to write summaries and notes of PDF research documents. I liked having the PDFs along with my rtf notes all in the DTP database. Searches would yield results that included both.

    The question I am asking myself now is how important is it to me to have my notes and summaries in separate rtf files. I assume that in Qiqqa I could write all my summaries and notes on the PDFs themselves, but my first thought is that this would not be optimal. I would appreciate it if Qiqqa would allow non-PDF formats into the database.
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  • Please. anyone can help me .. I want to edit or remove my annotation report.
    But i can not do it i use Version 73
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  • I’m hopeful
    I have added Vanilla reference for book sources. But the cite/in cite function does not work when I use it on these. It works with pdfs.

    Please help with info.

    Thanks
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    I've not had trouble with the vanilla references with incite.

    This can happen, though, if you do not assign a key when filling out the BibTex.
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