I am not happy with the current clipper that DT offers.
And worse, I can’t find a better solution.
Clutter-free cuts pictures away.
I have no way to configure the clutter-freeing behaviour to make it match the source site.
I have no way to intervene and perform retouches in the process.
I believe the current clutter-free does not only happen locally, but uses some server-side processing.
My ideal clutter-free tool and workflow
When I clip a webpage with the sorter…
I am proposed different clutter-free masks (pre-selected, depending on domain).
Then the “masking” (clutter-removal) happens
and I am given the possibility to retouch the resulting intermediate (webarchive) document (like cutting an uninteresting part that the mask did not remove, or resize a picture)
before the document is finally converted to the desired format (for me PDF).
Central to this ideal, is a locally performed clutter-removal, which the user can configure through masks (a description of what the clutter-free engine has to perform). Masks that I can manage, configure, tweak, or share with the community.
That has all kind of possibilities, is completely user configurable etc. You could even use it to inject you own CSS, depending on web site.
Re-inventing that wheel in DT would be a wast of efforts, in my opinion. Especially since a completely user configurable clutter free option would require a huge and complicated UX.
I am also noticing issues when using the clutter-free option.
I am even observing a case where I am saving a web article that has multiple headings along the text, and all the headings are removed in the clutter-fee PDF.
Evernote’s webclipper browser plugin has options for selecting what part of a webpage to save to Evernote. Perhaps DEVONthink’s clipper would benefit from having something similar.
Thank you for the advice. I didn’t know about this method.
However, this isn’t ideal for me for a couple of reasons: A) it imports it to a DEVONthink database, whereas I organize my content in file-indexing mode and B) It does not allow me to specify where to save it.
I also found something interesting: the problem I was observing, where multiple headings of sections of a text in a page were being removed in reader mode, is also happening when I view that page using Safari’s Reader.
Has anyone seen this happening with other pages?
Is this a response to my comment above where I wrote “A) it imports it to a DEVONthink database, whereas I organize my content in file-indexing mode”?
I am interested in saving it to DEVONthink, but not store it. I want to index it. And the extension allows me to do it.
But what I wrote was in response to @brookter’s suggestion, which was to use a service to save a rich note.
Do you agree my understanding is correct?