I am a longtime DT user and new to Reader, which I LOVE. The parsing of webpages, the growing PDF features, the cross platform compatibility with browser extensions, the ability to highlight the web when I’m on my crappy locked down Windows boxes at work, and the incredible desktop and mobile reading experience with keyboard shortcuts.
I’m in a similar boat as far as trying to work out how to integrate with DT. The Readwise highlights/notes to Obsidian vault indexed by DT hack is OK, but ultimately I will want a way to archive my Reader library in DT, not just highlights. They have fuller export options coming, and now you can request a batch PDF/epub export.
I haven’t decided about my pdf reading flow yet. You can read and highlight pdf’s in Reader, and then download annotated pdf manually, but I honestly prefer how with DT desktop and mobile I can natively read/annotate but also open in other pdf apps with all changes saved back to the synced file. Bookends integration with DT is also great.
One thing I don’t love about reading/annotating pdf’s in DT on Mac is the Annotate > Note popup window is very busy and cluttered. I would love a cleaner sticky-note type option like on DTTG. Maybe I’m missing an option?
Academically what I am currently doing is trying a switch from a pdf journal article flow to saving new articles as full-text webpages/epubs to Reader, as my eyes don’t love reading multicolumn articles on iPad. As an aside, for us presbyopic folks, I have found no better pdf text reflow than the free Acrobat iOS Liquid mode - it blows all the others away including Reader’s pdf->text. Sadly, no text reflow option I have found allows highlighting/notes to be added to the pdf (might not be possible).
Will follow this thread with interest, and have definitely requested full export from the Reader team. Since Reader works offline I wonder if DT could index that cache? I can’t find it though.
And if the DT crew gets curious about Reader/Readwise integration, they do have a Readwise API currently that supports creating, fetching, and updating highlights on behalf of the user. Readwise API | Readwise
It would be great, as a start, to sync Readwise highlights/notes to DT without doing the Obsidian intermediary.
I don’t know what they are planning as far as Reader API …