BibNotes Formatter: New Plugin to Export and Format Annotations from Zotero into Obsidian

This is amazing. Looks like everything I needed :open_mouth:
Especially the image import!

Combined with the MarkDBConnect plugin for Zotero (you have to make sure the files are named right) it creates such a smooth workflow.

The only downside is being dependent on Zotero. Hopefuly, they will never abandon its development. And will add epub reader. ^^

Thank you @stpag!

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Thank you @stpag for the great plugin!

I’m just having a bit of trouble getting it work. I’ve installed the plugin and exported my Zotero library in the correct format but when I try to create a new literature note I get no results…

When I try to update library this is all I see

Thank you for your help.

I have the same problem. In my case, Bibnotes update only one small part of the entire library, ever and ever again. All the other titles are neither updated nor downloaded.

I saw above someone with the same/similar issue and was requested to submit their json via Github, which I have done here Unable to create new LN or update library · Issue #123 · stefanopagliari/bibnotes · GitHub. Hope this helps in resolving the issue :slight_smile:

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I’m facing the same problem too! Looking for any developpement on the issue. :wink:

The update to the newest release solved my issue. Thanks!

What resolved it for me, thanks to the developer and @hyperconnected, was reducing the path name. Previously, the relative path name I was using was the one copy and pasted from Mac Finder (e.g. /Users/u8008006/Documents/Obsidian/Zettelkasten/My Library.json). The correct relative path for me was simply ‘My Library.json’ because I wanted to keep the library file in the root of my Zettelkasten vault (i.e. the file in among the folders in my vault). I hope this helps others, although the dev is adding more info in the next version of the plugin.

@stpag just wanted to say thank you for developing this plugin! I was having trouble mirroring my Logseq workflow of being able to reference highlights from Zotero with the Citations plugin and this was a lifesaver!

Hiya, had a question. Is it possible to use this program with multiple collections/libraries? I have separate group collections for group projects along with my own personal library. Is there a way to use both or to switch between the two in an easier fashion?

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Hey everyone,
first I wanted to say, this plugin is awesome and has a lot of potential! Thanks @stpag for putting so much effort into it!
However, I’ve encountered problems setting it up. When I import annotations into Obsidian it only shows highlights, no comments and no tags. I put all the details and an example file into this github request: Comments and Tags are not imported from Zotero · Issue #130 · stefanopagliari/bibnotes · GitHub
Maybe someone here has encountered a similar problem? If so, please share.

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was able to reproduce this on my Macbook (macOS 12.3.1), same versions of Zotero, Obsidian and BetterBibtex respectively as mentioned in the GitHub Post above.
Set it all up from scratch, got the exact same result as described above.

2nd follow-up:
If I toggle “always place the comment made to a highlight before the text of the highlight” it suddenly works like a charm.

If you don’t mind me asking…how did you solve this? I’m stuck with this issue. I’ve checked the export setting and I am exporting notes to the .json file. I’ve also right clicked and selected “add note from annotations”. However, I cannot seem to have my annotations be placed into my created note or updated into it

Any suggestions?

OK! So I think I’ve figured it out but this does raise a question about the add on.

I moved my bib.json file into the vault but not in a subfolder. When I did this, my annotations exported just fine.

I’m thinking the reason why it didn’t work in a subfolder was because my file paths became too long. My pdfs are named by author, year, and first word of title. I’m wondering if why I couldn’t extract annotations was due to the fact when the json file was in a subfolder, the path became too long to process.

Not sure about this but I wanted to let someone know who has a problem with the annotations exporting that it could be related to this.

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I have just change my Zotero- Obsidian workflow. This plug-in is really good but you have to extract your pdf annotations into notes in order to bring them into obsidian…with the Zotero Integration plug-in you can skip this step and import your pdf annotations, including the images, directly into obsidian. It uses the nunjucks templating script to configure the imported annotations.

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Link to the plugin?

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Hey jpchauny, does this plugin work on ipad? I’m trying to figure out full workflow to take notes and annotations from Zotero 6 directly into Obsidian without having to go back to desktop.

Locating it inside the library? What do you mean by that?
I have the problem that Obsidian can’t find anything even though I’ve told the tool the path to my betterbibtex json file. I thought the cause of that may may be the location (OneDrive folder). Now that I’ve stumbled across this comment of yours I maybe have to store the json file “inside the library”. But where exacty do you mean? :slight_smile:

The path to the .json file is the path to the file that is inside a folder within your vault. For example, I’ve created a folder called “Zotero” inside my vault, then I put the .json file in there and set up the path to “Zotero\My Library.json”.

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