I’m having a really hard time importing PDFs into the Research folder.
For some reason, the default seems to be to convert PDFs into RTF – but since these are academic journal articles heavily noted and marked up in Okular, converting to RTF results in gobbltygook.
But I’ve been unable to find where I can turn off this bizarre auto-conversion. I must be missing something obvious, but I just can’t find the option.
How do I import PDFs as just simple, read-only PDFs, without it trying to turn them into something else?
edited to add: Or linking to it, instead of “importing” it would be just as viable a solution
Are you importing by drag-and-drop? That should work. But I wonder if perhaps you’re accidentally dropping into a document rather than a folder, and whether that could cause this bizarre behavior. I find it hard to get the “cursor” positioned just right to drop a document into the right level.
DavidR – Nope, I don’t do drag-and-drop uploads with anything, because it’s too easy to slip and drop something in the wrong place . I’m too much of a klutz to like that UI feature 8)
I’m going to the folder, then right-clicking on it in the binder, and choosing “Add --> Files…”
It gives me a warning that it’s going to convert the file into RTF, but it doesn’t give me a way to tell it not to: either I can import it and have it do the conversion, or cancel, and not have it at all.
I just tried few of my PDFs. Not a problem at all. I don’t get a message nor the files are converted to RTF.
Maybe there is a problem with your pdf files. Find a PDF you are sure is properly saved and try to import it.
You can use this file as an example: https://www.cca.edu/sites/default/files/pdf/08/word-to-pdf.pdf
I imported it with no errors or conversion.
OK, that sample one imported without difficulty.
So it must be that it can’t handle PDFs that have taken advantage of the newer features that let you add annotation and mark-up to the text? If so, is there a way I can have it just store a link, and open it using an external application, rather than attempting to import?
Try this to add a reference to a PDF:
gwenhernandez.com/2013/10/23/ref … scrivener/
She’s talking about the Mac version, but the Project References are the default in Windows.
Edit: Once it is there, select it and right-click, then choose Open in Default Editor to open in Acrobat Reader (or whatever your default PDF program is).