Creating always visible links (e.g., to websites) in PDF margins in DT3 and DTTG


I’m looking for a way to annotate PDFs where I can insert a visible link (i.e., I always know that the link is there without having to interact with it) that ideally doesn’t have to be associated with text that already exists in the document (i.e., I can add always-visible, stand-alone, clickable links in the margins of PDFs). I would love to be able to do this in both DT3 and DTTG.

Here is an example use case. I’m reading a research article and it mentions a lab technique. I can already include a text annotation where I can explain a little bit about the technique. But I also want to include the URL of the website where I got my information as a link in the margin of the PDF that I can just click on and have it open (or a link to another document in DTTG or DT). Is it possible to do this? I realize that linking to a website and linking to a document within DTTG/DT are two separate tasks, and I’m curious about both.

I’ve searched the DTTG documentation specifically and can’t find a way to do this. I’ve also spent as much time as I can allot to this going through other posts. I apologize in advance if there is a simple way to do this and I just missed it. I’m aware of the ability to create links associated with existing text in PDFs, and this is the functionality that I want–but while being able to always see that there is a link in the margin in advance and not having to associate the link with text already in the PDF. Hopefully that makes sense. Happy to clarify if it doesn’t. :blush:

As an aside, I love your apps. I don’t know how I worked without them before. Thank you!

Welcome @bioinfx and thanks for the kind words of encouragement. :slight_smile:

You can create link annotations in both DEVONthink and DEVONthink To Go.

In DEVONthink To Go:

  • It works on a text selection.
  • Long-press where the link is to open an action menu for the link.

In DEVONthink:

Tools > Annotate > Link or the Link button in the Editing toolbar over the view/edit pane…

  • You drag to marquee an area, creating a link hotspot on the page.
  • You will see the link in the Document > Links inspector. Also, with the Tools > Mode > Annotation Selection tool (second button after the page in the Editing bar), you will see the striped hotspot.
  • In the Annotation HUD, you can actually apply a border to the link. It only appears in black. Development would have to comment on this particular behavior. Here shown with its tooltip…
    Screenshot 2023-11-06 at 12.51.13 PM

Excellent! Thank you for your help!

In DTTG, is it possible to create the black box around the link? Or is that just in DT3?

Also, can you provide more information about how to create the black box in DT3? I can’t seem to figure it out on my end. Is the box shown in the screenshot here the Annotation HUD? If so, where do I go from here? None of the options aside from the link type and URL are editable for me.

In case this helps anyone else down the road, you can achieve the functionality I was looking for in DTTG by creating a text annotation (e.g., “see this cool database online at this website”) and then creating a link as shown by @BLUEFROG in that space. If you want to link to a specific document in DEVONthink, you use the “Link to Website” option and put in the DT URL (e.g., x-devonthink-item://D6D4D0ED-2560-4CBC… etc.).

You’re welcome.

Development would have to look at this but deselect and reselect the document. Then double-click the annotation with the Annotation Selection tool to bring up the Annotation HUD. Then you can enter a line weight.

Hi again, @BLUEFROG.

I finally had a chance to try this out some more, and in DT3 I’m still not able to figure out how to create the box around the link. This is what I’m seeing on my end (below). Changing the “thickness” value doesn’t seem to do anything. Any suggestions? Thank you!!

Deselect the PDF.
Reselect it.
Choose the Annotation Selection tool.
Double-click the Link to open the HUD.
Change the thickness.

Hi again,

Deselecting the document and then returning to it allowed me to make the black box appear. Thank you!