2 ways to use the Alias feature in Devonthink

Using the alias feature in Devonthink Pro

2 ways to use the Alias feature in Devonthink

I use Devonthink Pro in my research for the organisation of my notes, pdfs, meetings, just about anything else important for this work. The Devonthink alias feature is something I use consistently when working with journal article pdf’s and notes I make on these articles.

One think I do is draft these blog posts in Devonthink. My blog posts often contain references which are included in the body text and also as a complete reference at the end of the post.

First, I import my journal article pdf’s into Endnote X8. I also import my journal article into Devonthink as well. I know – I have the same pdf located in Endnote and Devonthink. Duplicates, but that is the way I started working with this software and to go back and convert to absolute links to the pdf’s in Devonthink. I would then need to ensure they link correctly to the Endnote database.

Not something I have time to tackle right now. I like to think of it as redundancy strategy incase one program loses all the its data. At least I have the research pdf’s elsewhere. But I digress and that is a whole other blog post.

Generating the Alias

I then generate the alias from Endnote X8 using cmd + c on a reference and paste it into the information panel in Devonthink.

Using the Devonthink alias feature with Endnote

This allows me to use this link to paste into my blog post as a placeholder link for Endnote to do its thing with references. Furthermore, this placeholder link will also link back to the original pdf. I find this feature particularly useful if I use this reference in other notes and articles.

Once my blogpost is finished, I will export it as a .txt file and run it through the format paper option in Endnote to get my references compiled.

Then its done. Devonthink does a whole lot more too. More than I can use or understand at this time, but it is certainly a powerful tool.

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