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Drag and drop pandoc conversion using batch03 January, 2023
I switched to writing in markdown a few months back and enjoy it so far — but pandoc conversion can be a bit of a pain. I could get better at remembering the syntax and quickly type out my typical command:
pandoc draft.md --template eisvogel --mathjax --bibliography=path/to/my/lib.bib --citeproc --metadata link-citations=true --o draft.md
But I thought it would be nice to be able to do conversion quicker than that. 99% of the time I use the same template and citation style, so why not just have that at hand?
So here’s batch file that in windows 11 lets me drag a .md file onto it, and then creates pdf and .docx files with the same name:
echo The full path of the file is: %1 pause :: Get information about the file :: it's incredibly important to focus on details here :: no spaces after the = sign because those spaces get introduced into the filename, causing errors :: enclose in quotation marks so that the string is so enclosed and can be passed to pandoc :: I'm leaving in some echos that I used for debugging set file="%~nx1" echo file is: %file% set folder=%~dp1 echo the folder is: %folder% set filename-noext=%~n1 echo running pandoc: echo writing pdf ... pandoc %file% --template eisvogel --mathjax --bibliography=C:/path/to/my/library.bib --citeproc --metadata link-citations=true --o "%filename-noext%.pdf" echo writing docx ... pandoc %file% --mathjax --bibliography=C:/path/to/my/library.bib --citeproc --o "%filename-noext%.docx" --metadata link-citations=true echo complete! pause
This is helped greatly by the fact that I have one bibliography file that I use for everything. It contains my entire Zotero library and is auto-updated by Zotero.
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