Ping (zestyping) wrote,

At CHI 2006?

Confused by the schedule explorer? Tired of telling your Web browser to Find, Find Again on the long table-of-contents pages full of hyperlinks? Wish you could pull up papers and movies from the proceedings faster? You might want to try a script i wrote:

get it at

Copy the contents of the conference DVD to your hard disk. Then run this script to rename all the files — from numbered names like "p1181.pdf" or "ea28.pdf", to names containing the title of the paper, the authors, and their affiliations.

If you're on a Mac, you can use the Finder to quickly find what you want. Type "berkeley" in the search box to instantly get a list of all the papers from Berkeley; or type in any title keyword or author name. Movies will come up with their associated papers, too.

If you use Windows, you can search for these renamed files using the file explorer (though it will take a few more clicks).

It's kind of silly that PDF provides a perfectly good way to include title and author information, and Mac OS X already knows how to search for it — but the metadata in the provided files is unusable. Let's hope we get reasonable metadata next year.
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