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.
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.