Dropping a URL to DEVONthink always adds a bookmark for consistency.
To add the linked PDF document instead, you could either use the clipper (use e.g. Web Archive, PDF (Paginated) or PDF (Single Page), the result will be the same) or save the PDF to the inbox folder or print it to DEVONthink.
Of course there are also secondary options like smart rules or scripts.
I need to select the target group for each and any PDF, while in DTTG I just have the target folder open and can drag everything relevant into it.
Also, I often need to select different groups and can easily switch between them - it would even be faster in DT, because of the sidebar.
Also, I need to select every single time which format I need - and for PDFs I am never sure what DT does with "paginated’ and “not paginated”, I just miss a simple “download the existing file” option.
So DTTG is very fast for me to add content like bookmarks and PDFs - what faster than the DT clipper or dragging into DT directly.
Just saying … maybe DEVON Technologies could think about some option for this
You’re asking that DT be given the power to automatically download a file that is hosted at a web URL that you provide, without a human having looked at that file first.
Whilst you are the source of the URL and doing this deliberately (unless you drag and drop a link by mistake, a separate risk), you have not in this workflow seen the content of the file you would be passing to DT. If you’re downloading e.g. bank statements or research from known journals, the risk is minimal. However, there is nevertheless a risk that you will pass a URL to DT that contains a file that you did not want downloaded to your Mac. At best, it may simply be content you didn’t want. At worst, it could be files that are a security risk or even files that contain illegal content.
As a recent example of how this could backfire, the European supermarket chain Lidl just this month had to pull a line of Paw Patrol food items from sale because the QR code on the packaging was hacked and loading content that was “not suitable” for children (nor I suspect most adults). In your scenario, if you had dragged and dropped one of their URLs into your database in order to download some worksheets for a child, you’d now have a copy of that x-rated content in your database and in your Mac and you wouldn’t know until you went to interact with the file.
To me, that seems like a potentially significant vulnerability and not one I want near my Mac.
I agree with the comments, particularly regarding the “security risk”.
In addition, I have found that not only under macOS and DT but also under iOS and DTTG, importing websites and web content rarely produces the desired result without making adjustments in an intermediate step. This also depends on the browser configuration and the different properties of the websites themselves.