PDF import fails when using FireFox DT3 extension

#1

Here’s what happens for me:

  1. In Firefox, I navigate to a web page that displays a PDF, for example, https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/mathematics/18-s097-applied-category-theory-january-iap-2019/lecture-videos-and-readings/chapter-1-generative-effects-orders-and-adjunctions/18-s097iap19ch1.pdf
  2. I click the FF DT3 extension, but nothing happens: No web clip window appears. No item is added to the DT3 DB. Nothing appears in the DT3 log. The pdf is not imported.

I have granted DT3 permission to Firefox.app in the System Preferences>Security and Privacy>Privacy Tab>Automation. DT3 is also granted Full Disk Access.

#2

For pages other than HTML an extension like Clip to DEVONthink is not even opened as it needs injected JavaScript (like most extensions). So you cannot clip a PDF with Clip to DEVONthink in Firefox.

But you should be able to drag the PDF to the Sorter icon in the menu bar (show it from DEVONthink’s preferences).

#3

Ah, thanks @eboehnisch! It does seem that I used it this way with DT2, but perhaps I misrember.

I did try drag and drop via the sorter, but that fails due to a permissions error. However, I have granted permissions to DT3 as shown in this snapshot.

So it may be I have something misconfigured…

#4

There seems to be a problem with clipping from Firefox at the moment. One workaround is to use the File->Print menu then select the PDF dropdown button and choose Save PDF to DEVONthink 3.

#5

Thanks, @aedwards. For now, I’m getting it to work properly, so long as I do not have the Sorter turned on. The FF DT3 web clip extension doesn’t seem to get on well with the Sorter, based on what I’m seeing.

#6

Thanks for that most helpful tip. I confirm that it now works for me, too, once the Sorter is turned off.

Stephen

#7

@Stephen_C, I’m glad that helped! :v:

Studying more closely, I find that even with Sorter turned off, the sorter window very briefly appears when I use the web clip extension. I’ll see just a flash of the sorter window, then it is replaced by the web clip window that I’m expecting.

No problems with that, but I can see these two are unexpectedly interacting.