As I wrote here, I decided to purchase Highlights after reading the article linked in my post.
I want to share how impressed I am and to encourage anyone who highlights and annotates PDFs and who wants to captue that information for writing, research, etc., to give Highlights a try.
Highlights + DEVONthink just changed my research workflow for the better!
I’ve been using PDF Expert but there is no comparison between PDF Expert and Highlights, for capturing one’s annotatios and processing that information. Highlights wins handsdown.
Highlights is so good at capturing and exporting the highlights/notes that I decided to import, rather than index, my research directly into DEVONthink, I now have DT running all the time in the background (a change for me because I’m a minimalist when it comes to having apps run in the background on my Mac) and I’ll be using Highligts for all PDF reading and annotation.
Below are two screenshots, one showing the highligts extracted from a PDF in Highlights and the other showing the exported markdown file in DT.
For my reading, research, and writing workflow–this is perfect!
Because I’m doing a series on the meaning and implications of personal holiness for my staff next year, my first use of Highlights was on a PDF explaining the etymology of the word holiness in the book of Leviticus (for those who may be interested, the root Hebrew word means Wholeness).
The non-religious can ignore the text if you like, just note how effective the application is and how seamlessly it integrates with DT, Ulysses, Bear…
Highlights App Screenshot of Extracted Highlights
Result in DEVONthink