I tried to look this up on the DEVONthink forum but could not spot a simple answer
I have a folder containing pdf files, I use Hazel to move newly download pdf files to this folder. I created a new database in DT3 and use indexing to store the pdf file details. My question is - do I have to re-index the folder regularly to include the newly added pdf files?
Is there a way to “re-index” a folder without removing and re-adding. When I try to index my obsidian folder I have issues. It uses iCloud, and I keep DT running in my Mac. Often times I access on my iPhone obsidian and then it won’t pic up those files on devonthink since they may not automatically download from iCloud. Occasionally have had to remove and re-add the indexed files and would be better if I could somehow have it “re-scan.”
I can only imagine the DEVONthink programmers tearing their hair over this use case. Keeping synced across devices with files being added by another app besides DEVONthink itself … this is a really hard thing to do. It is amazing to me that it works at all.
Keeping files in sync across devices appears to work sometimes but doing it fast enough and consistently enough to keep users happy is the hard part. It helps to provide a manual operation that users can perform themselves to try to force syncing.
I have. Devonthink markdown editor is horrible and nearly unusable for mobile, but it is nice to be able to have everything searched from single location. And I like ability for DTP to make summary highlights and annotation files, but they must maintain in the database. If I move to obsidian then DTP will make a new file when exporting or adding annotation text.
When I index just one folder of obsidian into that database I do get best of both worlds (file remains linked to source document, and can be edited either place). But yes the sync with indexing (since on iCloud) has been a mess to say the least.
Further to @ulli’s comment, I sometimes use ByWord to edit on iOS devices text/md files in DEVONthink ToGo. Textastic also can do it. Gives me plenty of flexibility so I can focus on the writing and not the technology. Probably can do same with other editors that you don’t find horrible.
That’s a fair point. I should clarify, I am using obsidian as my text editor and have no plans to move from that. I have a reasonable workflow that is ok. (Once Apple notes gets templates, some more advanced sorting, and iOS allows colors for text to progressively summarize) I will probably move back however).
I dream of using devonthink for everything, but it’s not great as an editor in my subjective opinion. Also, devonthink to go is no where near as full features as it’s max counterpart. For now I’m sticking with obsidian as text and devonthink essentially as a local Evernote. (And even this is only because I feel obligated due to the money spent, once synology ds drive adds better tag search to include Boolean I think I’m out of DT).
Obsidian seems to be one of the few Apps, that seems to be not able to get direct access towards the DTP Files, but as far as I understand Obsidian is also not considering itself as a “Markdown-Editor”.