I have a folder where I store a number of attachments such as PDFs and images. If I have a file whose only purpose is to contain an embed of one of those PDFs that I can link to from elsewhere in order to view the document quickly, whereabouts would you store that file? The PDF is a formal research document. My guess would be that it is a Literature Note even though it is a source document rather than my personal musings on the content of the paper. I guess that providing I am consistent with this approach it doesn’t really matter that much but was wondering what the recommended approach is if there is one or what solutions you use.
I just use one folder to store all of my attachments. This may seem disorganized, but with the power of internal linking in Obsidian I have no concern about them all being dumped there. I run with the assumption that I will be able to find every file I need in that folder based on links or the search features in Obsidian.
There are many other ideas of how you could use more folders for organization. However, I recommend aligning with @nickmilo approach that says to minimize folders and rely on links. That is the approach I use for my vault.
Thanks, I only have one folder for attachments in order to keep searches simple…but I think you didn’t quite understand the question. It was about where should a file that contains the attachment as an embed be stored if following the Fleeting/Literature/Permanent notes model as it doesn’t quite match the definitions of any of them. I assume the closest is to store it as a Literature Note.
Just to be sure (maybe I misunderstood your purpose): why do you need such a file - given that you can also link directly to any pdf?
I think I understand better now. Two things come to mind
- Do you know that you can quickly view the PDF in obsidian without it needing to be embedded somewhere? You just use ctrl+o and search for the file and it will use an internal pdf viewer. Maybe you have a different need for embedding it though. Is that faster for viewing than going directly to the file?
- To your orignal question, I think it would be reasonable to just keep that file with the embed in the same spot as the file (the one folder you have with pdfs). I say that because it seems that you aren’t trying to draw any other connection with the embed note. All you are trying to do is have a different way of viewing the pdf. So, the purpose of the pdf or the file with embed isn’t different, therefore I would say put them in the same folder.
I hope that helps