What do these two metadata field differentiate on? Why is there not only one field? And can I make the Document Comment field appear in the pop-over of a record as the Spotlight comment does?
All the document properties, including comments, are metadata for a particular document type, not universal properties that can be edited for any document. DEVON has a pretty good blog post explaining this:
Thanks Greg. The blog post explains it all.
So as a general notes field usable for all record types I guess the Spotlight comment is the way to go…
I agree completely.
I was looking for this exactly today, but since 2017, the link has changed. This is the new link in case anyone needs it: https://www.devontechnologies.com/blog/tuesdaytipwhatthepropertiespaneisusefulfor
It’s also no longer currently pertinent since DEVONthink 2.x is out of development and DEVONthink 3 had the Document > Properties inspector.
I was more interested in why I could not edit the Comment field for a PDF itself, but could add it to the Finder metadata. Unfortunately, I cannot find which documents support which document fields.
why I could not edit the Comment field for a PDF itself, but could add it to the Finder metadata.
Because they are not the same thing. Spotlight comments in the Finder are distinct from the comments in the Properties inspector (and this was also the case in DEVONthink 2.x).
Unfortunately, I cannot find which documents support which document fields.
From the blog post you linked…
PDF and rich text (RTF) documents support certain kinds of metadata..
Also in the DEVONthink 3’s Help > Documentation > Inspectors > Document > Properties…
I noticed this item in the documentation above, “Depending on the document type, you may be able to edit or view these properties. More fields may be available depending on the document type.”
Which document types allow you to edit each property? Do we have a list somewhere? FYI - If PDFs are allowed for editing the Comments field, it’s not working on mine.
Rich text supports all the properties.
PDF supports: Author, Title, Subject, and Keywords.