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Annotate Screen Captures in DEVONthink

11. August 2015 — Jim Neumann

Have you ever used those fancy screen capture applications that allow you to annotate on a screen capture? When you take screenshots as PDFs you can easily annotate them in DEVONthink:

  1. Open /Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app.
  2. Paste: defaults write com.apple.screencapture type pdf and press Return.
  3. Paste: killall SystemUIServer and press Return.

Now when you make your screen capture, you will end up with a PDF. Select the PDF in DEVONthink and add notes, arrows, even links.

Note that this is a system-wide change, not just for DEVONthink. If you want to change the format back then just repeat the steps but use png, jpg, or tiff for the type.