Mass move of old highlight files to 'no notebook'

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Danny Parker | Forum Activity | Posted: Mon, Aug 26 2019 3:45 PM

I love highlighting while reading. I was one of the guys that had a problem with extremely large note files in Logos 7 (I think that was when it was a problem) and had to break them into the resource specific files. With the changes in notes, that is no longer necessary (and in fact too many files may now be a problem I think). So I am finally getting around to cleaning things up - getting rid of the resources files after moving the highlights to the 'no notebook' database.

Currently, I have manually copied many of the smaller highlights from book-specific files to the 'no notebook' database. However, I have a handful of others that are very large (10,000+). I could leave them alone, but would like to finish clearing up the old files. Copying 200 highlights at a time worked okay for the smaller files, but is way to tedious for the large files.Last I found, the limit was still there at copying 199 highlights (notes) at a time with an indication that a better way was coming. Has there been any new ways added to copy these large highlights files in a mass manner?

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Mark Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Aug 26 2019 5:54 PM

Danny Parker:
Has there been any new ways added to copy these large highlights files in a mass manner?

Yes. Click on the first note in the note file, then use CTRL-A (I'd guess CMD-A on the Mac) to select all the rest of them.

Give it a try. With files as large as you have mentioned, it might overwhelm your clipboard or take awhile to select and copy all of them. (I have not tried it so am just telling you what is supposed to work.)

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Danny Parker | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Aug 26 2019 9:34 PM

Outstanding. I guess I missed this somewhere and I find searching in the forum a bit difficult to get good results. But your suggestion works. At least on the 3,500 entry file. Pretty quick to select. Takes a while to move the entries - not surprising since even 200 entries could take several minutes to transfer (small batches at a time). But easy. 11,000 entry file is next. 

Thanks for the help.

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Danny Parker | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Aug 27 2019 7:54 AM

11,000+ highlight file made the transfer great.

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Mark Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Aug 27 2019 8:02 AM

Danny Parker:
11,000+ highlight file made the transfer great.

That's a heap of highlights.

I think this feature appeared in about version 8.5 or so. It is hard to keep up with all the enhancements!

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Craig Broyles | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Oct 9 2019 2:32 PM

Multiple notebooks and computer performance? I'm intrigued by this thread. Since upgrading to Logos 8, my PC appears to have slowed down noticeably. Is there a connection between computer sluggishness and having 30,000 highlights spread among numerous notebooks? Should I consider migrating highlights stored in various notebooks to "no notebook" (as described in this thread)? Thanks for any advice.

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DIsciple II | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Oct 9 2019 2:50 PM

I don’t like the ”no notebook” option for one simple reason. All of your highlights and notes are lumped together and you have no way of selectively turning their display on or off. It’s all or nothing. In the new Logos notes your highlights are all stored in the one database file. There are not separate files. The ’notebook’ is just a field in the database to which you assign a categorical label to group highlights and or notes together. I don’t see there being any advantage to changing this field from an assigned functIonal category to an unassigned category where you loose the ability to control what highlights and or notes are being displayed.

Decision is yours, for me  i want to be able to categorise and choose what notes / highlights I display and therefore recommend against the ‘no notebook’ option.

In the days of Libronix FL tried to force user into displaying all notes at all times. They did have serious performance implications and eventually they got the message users should have the choice. For me selective display will always be the choice. I highlight and take notes for different reasons and different studies in the same text so don’t want it all displayed at once. FL have failed again to understand this choice when it comes to highlighting in the mobile app and force everything to the ‘no notebook’ option unless every time you highlight you then go and manually assign it to a ‘notebook‘.

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Ryan | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Oct 14 2019 3:06 AM

DIsciple II:

I don’t like the ”no notebook” option for one simple reason. All of your highlights and notes are lumped together and you have no way of selectively turning their display on or off. It’s all or nothing. 

I had this same frustration which is why I waited more than 6 months before I made the jump. My problem was not wanting all of the notes that I made in my Bible (tagged to a verse), clogging up my commentaries. The solution I came to is that I have about 100 "topical notebooks." These are notebooks that I put notes in about topics in general (e.g. sermon illustrations, evolution, etc.), but aren't tagged to a Bible. Then I have a "Bible Notes" notebook. Any note that is attached to a Bible verse goes here. Everything else goes into a "No Notebook." What I learned is that by doing it this way there are two benefits. First, by unselecting "Bible Notes" in a commentary, I can keep my commentary highlights and notes, but without the clutter of all my Bible notes. Second, I am able to better take advantage of the "anchor" function in my Bible notes by attaching the same note to multiple verses because it's in one single notebook (as opposed to a single notebook per book of the Bible). True, my commentary's notes and highlights are "both or neither," but it's been a decent compromise of getting just the notes and highlights relevant to the commentary without the clutter of my Bible notes.

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