I found myself recently being impressed by Readwise and Matter and trying them out, and then going, “hang on, I should just use Devonthink”.
Except, I tried it, and went “meh”. Here’s why.
DT3 is super-flexible in allowing me to save in markdown, web-archive or PDF.
The markdown viewer is excellent and offers customization out-of-the box.
The PDF viewer is a first-class app that allows me to make edits, annotations, highlights … everything.
But I can’t do the “basic read-it-later” workflow that has me using one of Instapaper or Readwise or Matter instead.
I can’t resize text and highlight at the same time.
The markdown or web-archive viewer is great at resizing text when I zoom in, but … no highlights!
The PDF viewer lets me highlight (and I can summarize later, decide what to keep and what not to … can’t get that anywhere else), but … no zooming in on text!
So, my request: I feel the PDF reader is going to be harder to change, but please allow the markdown-viewer to have highlights in the same way.
I would really like to have DT3 be the one-stop-shop for this. I can totally live without the extra gimmicks that these apps have, but I do want the basic ability to both (1) read text comfortably, and (2) add highlights/notes.
Could you please clarify what “no highlights” actually means? E.g. web documents like formatted notes or web archives support highlighting, just like Markdown does (but only in source view). And all of these formats support zooming in/out.
Yes, and I see the constant improvements and applaud them!
(While I’m here though, I should note one place that DTTG is better than DT3: it’s possible to select a “dark reading mode” for PDFs! Also, a good reference example of good reading-and-annotating mobile experience is that within PDF Expert)