mrsandbags
I'm not sure why but I thought when I dragged a file onto a thought it would be moved into storage associated with the Brain itself. But it seems to be referring to the file as it exists on the file system. This could make sense for a document in, say, ~/Documents. But as an example of where this does not work I am a heavy user of DropZone on my Mac. If I drop a file from there the attachment gets a file reference like 
/private/var/folders/dw/tmf07r7n1cv6khc7rc35q4cw0000gn/T/WebKitPDFs-dcEKU2/theshipitjournal.pdf
 Pretty soon that is going to pointing at nothing.

Personally although it might lead to some duplication I'd like all attached files to end up in storage associated with the brain. I can solve that problem later if it turns out to be relevant. I'd much rather that and know that any file referenced in my brain is reachable in my brain.

At the very least I'd like the option and Brain itself should check to see if a file reference is likely to be durable (I suspect a relatively simple heuristic would cover 80% of the problem cases).

Matt
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zenrain
If you want to move files to internal storage on drag and drop by default, Check Preferences > UI Tab and change On drag and drop of files to Move dropped files.

You should also be able to use the modifier keys ( ⌃ / ⌥ / ⌘) while dragging an attachment to switch between link, copy and move respectively.

However, from Dropzone, yeah, when you drag a file and it's set to link (or use the link modifier) it will link to the temporary file Dropzone creates, so don't do that. [smile]

Update: Tested with modifier keys with Dropzone and works when copying and moving.
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mrsandbags
Thanks @zenrain. I could have sworn I looked through the all settings... Not my most observant moment I guess!

I've now toggled that over to copy, thanks.

I'm assuming that, set to copy, then even using DropZone should be fine as it should make a copy of the resource. I guess I will find out.

Now what I need to figure out is how I address all the existing attachments that were referenced in situ and how many of those might already have turned bad.

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mcaton
Matt,

Something that may help, if your Brain is particularly large:

  • Click on View > Report
  • In the first drop down menu, switch to By Attachments
  • In the Type drop down menu, select External Attachments

You can now click through a list of all Thoughts in your Brain that have an External Attachment. Might be a good time saver to help with your review of bad/modified paths.

Thanks,
Matt
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