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If a note's $AutoFetch value is true, Tinderbox automatically updates notes which have any of:

This facilitates automatically updating notes from text files, including text files shared through Dropbox® or iCloud.

Once $AutoFetch has run, the note containing the retrieved data has its $ReadOnly attribute automatically set to true.

AutoFetch runs no more than once every 5 minutes. The first update (rule cycle) after (re-)opening a document will always run any AutoFetch operations; this assists with de-bugging AutoFetch operations.

AutoFetch works with a greatly expanded range of file types, including text, rtf, Microsoft Word®(.doc), pdf, and markdown (.md) files. A 'Network' control on the Agents & Rules Inspector shows the progress of the AutoFetch cycle.

Post-import processing is possible by using $AutoFetchCommand.