Web text highlighting tips?

Is it possible to highlight online text and clip it to DEVONthink? I’ve looked around the forums but couldn’t find anything interesting.

The ideal way for me would be inspired to how Raindrop.io works. With Raindrop’s browser extension you can + click a piece of text and highlight on the website itself, as well as having it stored in your Raindrop database.

Is anything remotely similar to Raindrop’s behavior possible in DEVONthink?

I appreciate that DEVONthink clipper extension can detect selected text and add it as a Finder comment, but I can’t find a way to index, collate or search those comments.

EDIT: the same is possible in Obsidian with Obsidian Clipper extension.


You can try the DEVONthink service’s Take/Append Rich Note or Take/Append Plain Note.
However, since services are controlled by the operating system and the information provided by the current application, the presence of these options can vary, e.g., between selections on the same web page in Safari and Firefox.

Thanks for this!

Is there a service (or possibly a Keyboard Maestro macro) that just saves the website in DEVONthink and highlights the selected text within DEVONthink?

Otherwise, is it possible to save the plain note with the original weblink attached?

You’re welcome.
Plain text files don’t support live hyperlinks.

You could try the bookmarklets found here: Handbooks and Extras. There is a Selection option that will capture plain text and the file in DEVONthink will have the referring URL.

The selection bookmarklet seems to almost do the trick.

Too bad it can’t preserve the highlight in the page context, neither in the web browser or in DEVONthink (as you can do when highlighting web archives).

I guess the only way for now is to save the whole page and highlight it within DEVONthink, which means several additional steps…

Yes, that would be the advocated method.

Got it. Is there a way to display a summary of the highlights within a document in DEVONthink?

Tools > Summarize Highlights but note it only works with Markdown and rich text at this time.

And of course PDF.

Haha - indeed. :wink:

Summarize > Highlights doesn’t seem to be active in Web Archives. Is that correct?

It’s a bit of a process but using hypothes.is to highlight and annotate a website and then syncying those notes to Readwise will maintain the link back to the web page. You can export the note in md from readwise and import to DT3.

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That is correct. HTML formats aren’t currently supported.

I’d be very happy to see integration with Matter along the lines of the Matter-Obsidian tie-in.

Actually, what I’d really like is a Matter or Instapaper-grade read-it-later engine in Devonthink (ad-free, great fonts and reading experience, with all DT’s annotation capabilities) but I can understand that might not be a priority, so the Matter link would be very handy in the interim.

Piggybacking - would anyone have recommendations on Matter vs. Raindrop? I’m looking to migrate from diigo.
Ability to play nice with DevonThink would be a benefit, but I’m not hung up on it. Thanks!

As far as I know, Matter focuses on article reading, whilst Raindrop is an all-around bookmarking management application.

I have completely replaced my bookmarking system with Raindrop and it works pretty well for me. Any link that is not long form text or pure knowledge goes to raindrop, all the rest goes to DEVONthink.

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Raindrop looks interesting including its integration with other apps.

But can you export your data or are you stuck if Raindrop disappears?

You can currently export your data in HTML.

For me is just bookmarks and not knowledge or a PKM anyways, so I would be okay in a scenario like that.

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Good thing about Raindrop.io is that it remembers my previous highlights if I visit the page in future. They have implemented this feature very well imo.

Matter works seamlessly with Obsidian. So I use it more for my reading highlights.

Let me add this as a feature request:

Add highlighted/selected text from a web page to the sorter without adding the whole page but only the note and the URL added. The URL is what is missing in the text bookmarklet solution.

This might help not to accumulate vast amounts of information but only concentrate on what is essential.

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