Not sure if this is the right place to ask, but I am trying sync my pdf archive (of manuscripts) between several computers (OS X, Linux, and Windows).
I am currently using the Mendeley Desktop software on OS X (with pdf archive in my user directory), but it associates metadata with the absolute location of each file on the hard drive. Therefore, it is difficult to sync the archive (not just the metadata) across platforms. I read once that you can create a symbolic link to
@/Users/ on Linux to emulate the path you would have on OS X, but I would like a less kludgy solution (though this is clever) which preferably avoids monthly fees for remote storage, as my archive is quite large (~15 GB currently). I would rather pay for a suitable piece software (that extracts pdf metadata and manages them -- i.e., rename and allow search) than storage space, if there is such an option. So far I have found none suitable (though I was hoping for Zotero to step up, but please see below). Also, as discussed by several threads on the Mendeley forums, there are manuscripts which I prefer not to be hosted on their servers. My archive size exceeds my Dropbox quota; I am also using Dropbox actively for other things so I cannot allocate enough GB required to store my pdfs with my current account without upgrading. However, there would still be an issue as paths to the Dropbox folder set up on my machines each have different absolute path names (which Mendeley would not recognize).
I have recently downloaded Zotero Standalone as I heard Zotero can also manage and rename pdfs based on extracted metadata, but I have not been able to discover this feature in this software. This may still be lacking from the standalone version (Firefox has a ZotFile extension which does this, from what I gather).
Alternatively, is it feasible to try to move all of my pdfs to a folder like
/var/pdfs/ on all of my machines, which then is easy to coordinate absolute path names? (Windows would still be a problem as Mendeley would not use cygwin paths, but I may be able to live with not syncing on my Windows machine).
I have several questions, which is whether 1) Zotero can indeed serve this functionality, 2) whether using the
/var/ directory universally could be a solution, or 3) what other solutions have you found for your pdf archive?