I have a question to throw out. I’ve been trying to determine how to best organize my reference library. I currently have a very well classified filesystem. Most of the documents are in PDF, but I’ve seen a lot about DevonThink and other potential options. My primary goals for the system would be organization, ease of access, and being able to capture/create some metadata about the materials themselves (currently I just do that with tags, file attributes, and in-document annotations).
I’ve struggled with understanding the benefits of DevonThink, and the best answer I’ve seen thus far was from @OogieM who posted the following in the OmniGroup forums.
Some things that I still haven’t figured out with DevonThink are:
Is it better to index or import documents?
If you import documents, how do you open them from an app? I can’t open them (to my knowledge) in MS Word (for example) or PDF Expert from the open documents dialog box.
I have contemplated whether just using reference software on top of my file system would be able to provide the additional layer of organization that I am craving. I’ve used Zotero for a while, but not in any systematic fashion. I did find the following discussion helpful, but the academic focus does not quite apply to my use case:
One other consideration that I’ve had of late is just dumping all the materials in to Apple Books and creating appropriate collections. But some of this material gets dated over time and it seems easier to delete a file, but maybe I’m wrong about that.
What I really don’t want to do is (1) add more steps to my workflow; and (2) add more layers and busy work.
Appreciate any thoughts. Can also describe more of what I am doing if it helps.