As a refinement to an earlier script I posted, I made some modifications to my suggested news reading workflow.
The applescript in this post will take the currently selected article in NetNewsWire, prompt the user for tags about the article, and then create a web archive of the article in DEVONThink.
It attaches the referral URL to the DEVONThink record, so when it creates the archive, it will actually fetch the article from the original source (ex. del.icio.us posts get the original article)
Since DEVONThink doesn’t really do tags, I’ve co-opted the “comments” field for this purpose.
Here is the workflow:
- Quickly scan headlines in NetNewsWire and do CMD-CTR-OPTION-/ when I see a headline I’d like to possibly include in future research
- In the prompt that appears, type a few keywords/tags that describe the content and hit “return”
- Later on, when doing research or work around a topic, I can use DEVONThink confidently knowing that it will dig up at least some interesting connections between articles I saved.
Note: if the article is something that I think I would want to read immediately, I can either tag it with “@read” or hit return in NNW to pop it up in a browser window. In the latter case, it’s critical that I seperate the scanning mode from the reading mode. I accomplish this by setting a timer (say 15 minutes per day) where I’m just scanning headlines for read-immediates or archivable articles and another timer for my reading stuff. From my browser, I can go on to create archives if I determine it’s worth saving.
Things to do
- add a growl notification saying “successful import”
- in DEVONThink, use the @read tag somehow to generate a reading list or printable digest of articles
- write a looping script that will handle the few hundred articles marked as “flagged” in NNW by archiving them. What would the tags be here?
tell application "NetNewsWire" try if exists selectedHeadline then set h_comment to text returned of (display dialog "Enter Tags:" default answer "") set this_headline to selectedHeadline set h_mdate to get current date set h_title to title of this_headline set h_note to description of this_headline if exists date published of this_headline then set h_when to date published of this_headline else set h_when to date arrived of this_headline end if set h_URL to URL of this_headline set h_note to "<html><body>