I’ve been playing around with DEVONthink To Go for some days and I suppose I’m going all in, now that Evernote became literally unusable. I have to say, I love this app. It’s fast and fluid and just behaves as you would expect from a prime piece of software. UI/UX is beautiful and friendly, great support, vibrant community and it appears it will just get better in the foreseeable future.
I’ve had this problem for a while and I think I figured it out. I’m so proud of myself, just had to come here and share.
Here’s the deal. I tend to bookmark a lot of YouTube videos. But what if I need to search for something someone said in a video? After all, great search is one of DEVONthink’s most prominent features. Getting transcripts for YouTube videos shouldn’t be a problem, since most YouTube videos have added or auto generated subtitles. The question is: how to add that information to the metadata in a way that’s convenient and easily searchable.
I came up with a messy (I’m not a programmer after all), but effective shortcut that uses the transcript (manually copied from the webpage) and the video URL and then generates a markdown file with time stamps that serve as links to specific times in the video. The whole process is kind unpolished and there’s room for a bunch of automation. But I have to say I’m really happy with the results. Actually, it works so well I almost wish DEVONthink had something like that built in. Take a look.