I think I’ve had a little breakthrough, in figuring out how to integrate Bookends, Skim and Devonthink. What I wanted was some way to know what I had/have been reading, and see the notes within Devonthink.
Here’s what I’ve just figured out:
Keep pdfs as attachments in Bookends attachments.
Index that folder in Devonthink.
Create a smart group in Devonthink called e.g. Skim Notes, which searches within the folder which indexes Attachments, where “All of the following are true”: “Name matches skim” and “Kind is not PDF/PS”.
The skim file (highlights, underlinings and whatever notes) is visible in Devonthink, but if opened in Skim will lead back to the Pdf itself.
This means, I think, that I can do as much of my simple notekeeping, commenting and whatnot in skim, even if I arrive at that pdf from Bookends, and have the notes turn up (once I have updated indexed items) in Devonthink.
One of the advantages, then, is that in the list view, it offers a dated list of reading progress.
Perhaps most of you knew this already, but to me it seems like a breakthrough.
Now all I need to do is paste the Bookends reference in as a note at the top of each pdf and I have a reasonably coherent system.
I just thought I’d share this, in case anyone else hadn’t figured out this much for themselves.
I mainly read and annotate on the iPad and sometimes also on the macbook with Skim.
My flow consists of:
iAnnotate on iPad
Devonthink To Go
This means that I keep the .pdf files in Devonthink, and if I’m on the go sync them to the ipad through DT TG and read/annotate on the iPad. I then sync it back to DT, open it in Skim and run the mentioned script which gives me a group with the .pdf and the annotations as individual .rtf files in DT.
Zotero just keeps the bibliographic information and has a l ink to the file in DT.
I use the Kindle to DT script in the same fashion.