I want a better way to store PDF documents that I reference in DEVONthink. I use the PDFs in two ways.
- As a reference for technical information, such as details for a LaTeX package, programming language reference, etc.
- As a reference for a citation where I need the details for inclusion in a bibliography.
Only a subset of the PDFs show up as research papers in the typical places, and only a handful have DOIs (digital object identifiers).
I use Calibre for books. It works well for books and pdfs but I end up having to manually type in metadata for PDFs that are not available from a popular source like Amazon.
Bookends does a reasonable job of finding details for popular research papers, but appears to be incapable of reading author, title, etc. directly from the document.
Zotero has a “retrieve metadata” which I suspect works for popular research papers?
Keep trying other and keep thinking BibDesk + DEVONthink must be the answer.
I have zero interest in tools that charge a monthly/periodic fee for use. I do not want a ransom tied to my workflow.
When I import a PDF, DEVONthink typically reads the metadata from the PDF. This is great but it does not work well as a source for a bibliography.
There must be a combination that could work well for both storage and bibliography.
I really like BibDesk for building a bibliography. I see threads here for BibDesk and DEVONthink. This seems close? BibDesk does not search metadata for me when that is possible (for popular research papers). So Bookends + BibDesk + DEVONthink? If so how?