The DEVONtechnologies Blog

October 26, 2021

Exploring the View Options

DEVONthink To Go's view options menu.

When browsing through your databases in DEVONthink To Go, sorting and seeing information about the individual items is often needed. The View options have controls for sorting and filtering the items, as well as what information is displayed for each. Here is a brief explanation of each section of the View options. (more)

October 19, 2021

Understanding the Tag Options

Screenshot of three tag variants in DEVONthink's item list.

Last week we discussed the Database Properties popover in DEVONthink. One section we mentioned has controls for per-database tagging behavior. Here’s what those options do. (more)

October 12, 2021

Understanding Database Properties

Screenshot of the database properties popover.

As you work with a DEVONthink database, filling it with all manner of files and groups, you may wonder, “How many PDFs do I have in this database?”, “How large is this database getting?”, or “Where is this database located?”. You can find this information — and some per-database controls — in the database properties popover. (more)

October 7, 2021

DEVONthink 3.8

Screenshot showing the Mentions inspector of DEVONthink.

Our autumn release for DEVONthink for Mac, version 3.8, brings a file integrity check, improved document linking, and better Markdown editing. It also adds new tools for annotating PDFs, a default scope for toolbar searches, and an option for manually reconnecting indexed documents that have lost track of their files. Use JavaScript for automating your workflow, if that’s your cup of tea. (more)

October 5, 2021

How to Use JavaScript for Automation

Example JavaScript code automating DEVONthink.

For most of us, automation on the Mac means AppleScript. What few people know is that it’s also possible to automate applications with JavaScript. Here’s a tip to get you started. (more)

September 28, 2021

Using Temporary Databases in DEVONthink

Database in trash can.

When it comes to peoples’ databases in DEVONthink and DEVONthink To Go, there often is an almost austere sense they are permanent, inviolable structures. However, as easily as they can be created they can also be deleted or archived. Here are some ideas why you may want to create temporary databases. (more)

September 20, 2021

MacSparky DEVONthink Field Guide

MacSparky Field Guide illustrative picture.

After six months of work David Sparks a.k.a. MacSparky has today published another one of his excellent field guides — this time for DEVONthink and DEVONthink To Go. It brings you more than 100 learning videos totaling 8.5 hours. Everything is transcribed, additional downloads include sample data sets and scripts. Check it out and don’t miss the launch discount. (more)

September 15, 2021

DEVONthink To Go 3.2

Screenshot showing DEVONthink To Go's view options menu.

The second feature update for DEVONthink To Go 3 brings DEVONthink’s reading list to iOS. It also extends the search language, lets you fully customize the way documents are listed, and adds some of the most popular Markdown extensions. (more)

September 14, 2021

How to Create a Database Archive

ZIP file of database.

One of the topics we routinely preach about is the need to be diligent in backups. We believe, “If your data is important to you, it should be backed up.” While DEVONthink doesn’t do file backups on its own, it does have an option for doing periodic full backups of a database. Here’s how to create a database archive to use as a secondary backup. (more)

September 7, 2021

How to Install the Browser Extensions

Browser toolbars with clipping icon.

Personally and professionally, much of our time is spent reading online. So it’s important to be able to capture items of interest as we’re browsing. DEVONthink has its own browser extension for this purpose. Here’s how to install it in most common browsers. (more)