Can a few people chime in on how they are highlighting/annotating PDFs that are already in DT3? I am trying to streamline my workflow from “import to highlighter app/export to DT3” to “import to DT3, highlight and annotate” and then move on. The problem I am running into is the highlighting tools in DT3. Either I don’t understand how they work, or it doesn’t work the way other applications do. As far as I can tell, there is no “highlighter” tool - you have to select each chunk of text, and then hit the highlight button each time. Changing color requires a menu visit as far as I can tell.
Is this how folks are highlighting in DT3 currently, or putting docs in DT3 and then opening in another app and saving those highlights?
Would of course love to turn highlights into annotations at some point as well.
Thanks for any workflow examples. Maybe this is feature request, but am sure I am doing something wrong here…
If I open a PDF to which I’ve added highlights, I can then open the Inspector, select the Document View, then click on the Annotations tab, and there are my highlights. Clicking on any one of them brings me to that page.
What I don’t know how to do - or if it’s even possible (Jim?) - is to do a search for highlights without first being in the specific PDF. In other words, if I were in my Global Inbox, is there a way for me to do a Highlight search which will find all the documents in which I’ve highlighted text?
Thanks - turns out there are two annotation panes - one underneath “Finder Comments”, and another with highlights in them.
I apologize for my lack of clarity, but I have inadvertently derailed my own post! Let me try again, although it may be time to start over.
1). I enjoy using DT2G’s highlighting tools - you select them, and they function as expected. The behavior on DT3 is different, and unexpected. Unless I am missing some mode switch, you have to highlight the text, then go and press the “highlight” button, and then go to another menu to change the color. Is there something I am missing, or is their any plan to standardize this across platforms in the future?
Has anyone solved this problem in another way, such as using an external PDF viewer/highlighter that gives more of the DT2G feel on the desktop platform?
Thank for any answers - still struggling with a system that is cross-platform and functional for reading/annotating and collecting notes after.
In the past I would open pdf’s from DT3 in Highlights and annotate them there. I would rather annotate pdf’s in the DT3 preview pane – but I can’t make it work. The edit bar opens but seems to have no functionality. I can’t (for example) highlight a portion of the text. Perhaps there is something wrong in my setup, but looking at DT preferences I don’t see anything to change that would possibly fix my problem.
I have just tried to annotate other pdf’s I have downloaded within the DT3 preview pane – it t worked perfectly with a couple of then, but with the great majority it does not. Most of my pdf’s are downloaded from JSTOR but the source of the download doesn’t seem to make any difference. This is discouraging; I was really hoping to make this work.