External file references can be placed in DEVONthink using path URLs. I use Path Finder (a Finder replacement and supplement utility) to select the desired file and (from the Path Finder Edit menu) copy the path URL. The URL is then pasted into a DEVONthink content from the Clipboard.
It works! With ICeCoffEE installed, this tip not only works within DEVONthink text content, but also within text in NoteBook, TextEdit, OmniOutliner, Okito Composer (Nisus X?), PocketNotes and probably other applications (but not Mellell). The trick even works with Microsoft Word X and Entourage X. Of course, the specified file must exist on your local computer or your network.
This means that if I reference external files in DEVONthink content, I can move that text to any of several other applications I use, with the links intact and working.
Source of this tip: Jayson Adams, the programmer of NoteBook. Jayson came up with the idea last Saturday, in response to a suggestion about NoteBook.
Here’s what such a path URL looks like:
[file://localhost/Users/billdevi/Documen … PDAs.cre8/](file://localhost/Users/billdevi/Documents/Create%20Tests%20July%2002%20f/Ethics%20PDAs.cre8/)
Note that spaces in the path name are replaced with ‘%20’ as a filler. This is a Stone Design Create document. The path URL trick works with every application type I’ve tested, including PDF, Word, RTF, JPEG, etc.
How to get the path URL for a file? If you use Path Finder, you’re home free, as noted above. If not, I haven’t found a freeware utility that does this directly. The closest I’ve come is CopyPath 1.0.3 at VersionTracker OS X versiontracker.com/moreinfo. … amp;db=mac
This provides a contextual menu plugin that copies a file’s path from the finder. Unfortunately, you’ll have to go to a text processor and do the following edits:  remove the quotation marks;  type or paste “file://localhost” (without quotes) at the beginning of the text string;  find and replace any spaces in the text string with “%20” (without quotes). The path URL will now be a clickable link (if you’ve installed ICeCoffEE).
Christian, how about a little app or script to pull path URLs from the Finder?
Where do you find ICeCoffEE? See the link at