Tuesday Tip: Safari Plug-In

DEVONthink offers a variety of methods to add your data to the inbox, from simple drag-and-drop to the Services menu and the bookmarklet. Power user and forum member ‘bartekb81’ has now even written a native Safari plug-in that inserts a Save to DEVONthink menu command into Safari’s File menu. It saves any web page you are viewing as PDF into your inbox.

Installation is still a bit clumsy as you need to fix file permissions, so here is how you do it:

  1. Download the plugin.
  2. Unpack it.
  3. Quit Safari.
  4. Copy the ‘SaveToDEVONthink’ folder to ‘~/Library/InputManagers/’. You will be asked to enter an administrator password.
  5. Open the Terminal application (in the Utilities folder) and enter the following commands (best use copy/paste to copy them from here), each line followed by the Return key:sudo chown -Rh root:admin /Library/InputManagers/SafariToDEVONthink
    sudo chmod -Rh og-w /Library/InputManagers/SafariToDEVONthink
  6. Open Safari again.

You should now see the new Save to DEVONthink command in the File menu. Thank you, ‘bartek81’!

Disclaimer: This plugin was not developed by DEVONtechnologies and is not maintained by us. Please have a look at our online forum for further assistance.

5 Responses to “Tuesday Tip: Safari Plug-In”

  1. John Smith says:

    Note, this will be a short-lived solution. This will not work in Snow Leopard, as anything in ~/Library/InputManagers will not work with 64-bit Safari. IMO a bad recommendation in the first place, STAY AWAY FROM INPUT MANAGERS.

  2. Christopher says:

    Thats exactly what I’m missing in Devonthink but I do not want to use the terminal with copy & paste commands from the web. I hope it will be integrated into the final version of devonthink 2.0.

  3. Eric says:

    @Christopher: We have posted this plugin here because it is a great work. But, as John pointed out, it will very likely break with Snow Leopard because Input Manager will be abandoned. In addition, this plugin relies on undocumented APIs.

    That’s the reason why we made the bookmarklet which fulfills more or less the same function and will stay compatible because it does not add code to Safari itself but works only inside the browser window.

  4. Alan says:

    In this article you reference the bookmarklets. On that page, there are quickpicks.

    These quickpicks fo not support Devon think V2 and are neither dated.

    I think an update to the page should be made so that one is not lured into backup-bliss erroneously.


  5. Eric says:

    Have a look at the Extras page. You will find the bookmarklets right there.