I have a folder called Papers which contains hundreds of sub-folders for various authors. Each author's folder contains PDF files for which that author is the primary author. There are also links to files in other folders where the author is a secondary author.
I can drag the Papers folder into PB4 and it becomes a virtual thought, which when selected shows all the authors' folders as more virtual thoughts. Selecting an author's folder shows me all the pdf files and links in the Properties & Attachments tab. As expected, I can open a pdf or link from the P&A list. All very nice. Thank you for such an intuitive interface.
As mentioned earlier in this thread, one very pleasant surprise is that links show up as virtual jump thoughts. Selecting the jump thought for the pdf link shows me the virtual thought for the primary author's folder as its parent and all the secondary authors as virtual jump thoughts. I can't even begin to express my appreciation for this brilliant handling of the links. Well done!
Unfortunately, I notice that all those links are using the folder icon, which leads me to wonder what happens when I try to open it, and sure enough PB is very confused. Too bad. What I'm thinking is a great feature may actually be a bug, which Harlan confirms by saying that all links are just interpreted as sub-folders, but I'm hoping that can be fixed. If this had worked as I initially hoped the virtual thoughts that are actually links to pdf files would open the file just like it does if you select that link from the P&A tab.
Which leads to the question of the link appearing as a child of the primary author when selected from a secondary author's jump. To me, that works exactly as expected, but selecting the primary author directly doesn't show the pdf files as children, which feels a little odd. I understand why – it's because PB doesn't know there are links pointing at that file.
Perhaps there could be a Preference to display files of virtual thoughts as more virtual thoughts. Of course, this assumes that "fixing" the above mentioned bug that all links are assumed to be folders doesn't break the wonderful behavior I've already observed. If you really want to be slick that setting should be associated with each virtual thought, but that would require finding a place to store the attribute, which may be too much to ask for this release.