The DEVONtechnologies Blog

May 23, 2022

David and Rose Automate DEVONthink

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In this week’s episode of the Automators podcast, David Sparks a.k.a. MacSparky and Rose Orchard dig deep into automating DEVONthink for Mac. David and Rose are the prototypical power users and when they’re not recording podcasts they automate everything that can be automated — and if it cannot, they’ll find a way. Don’t miss it. (more)

May 17, 2022

Understanding DEVONthink's Trash

Screenshot showing the trash in DEVONthink To Go

Building a database is similar to setting up an office or furnishing a room. One important, though not glamorous, item is the trash: a place to put unwanted items. DEVONthink and DEVONthink To Go databases also have per-database trashes for the same purpose. Here’s how to access and use them. (more)

May 10, 2022

How to Use Batch Processing

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DEVONthink is well known for its automation capabilities: scripting, smart rules, folder actions, etc. However, sometimes you just need to make some quick impromptu changes in your database but don’t need — or perhaps don’t know how — to create something too complicated. Here’s how to use DEVONthink’s batch processing for making such changes. (more)

May 3, 2022

How to Protect Your Data with a UPS

Image showing a MacBook being struck by lightning.

Our Earth is struck by lightning eight million times per day and the power of a single strike can shut down electricity for a house, a neighborhood, or more. But there are also other potential causes of power outages, outages that can lead to data loss. Here’s one way to try and minimize potential losses of your data. (more)

April 26, 2022

We Celebrate 20 Years of DEVONthink

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This month we are celebrating DEVONthink’s 20th anniversary. And we’d love you to join us! If you don’t use DEVONthink yet or are toying with the idea to make the jump to the next level and a more powerful edition: this is the weekend with exclusive discounts of up to 35 percent on all editions of DEVONthink as well as DEVONthink To Go. (more)

April 26, 2022

How to Print to DEVONthink

Screenshot showing the PDF dropdown menu in the print dialog.

Beyond messaging and email, PDF is one of the most common formats for communicating information between people. In applications that support printing to PDF — and there are many — you can print a paginated PDF directly to DEVONthink. (more)

April 19, 2022

How to Fix the Create Item Shortcut

Screenshot showing the file selection menu in Shortcuts.

If you are among the DEVONthink To Go users inclined toward automation, you may have run into an issue with the Create Item Shortcut action. In some cases, it seems you can only select a static file, not pass input from a previous action. Here’s a workaround for that. (more)

April 12, 2022

How to Split PDFs in DEVONthink

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PDFs come from a variety of sources but not always in the perfect form for your work. Sometimes you may have pages you don’t need. Maybe you had a marathon scanning session to one big document but need individual documents now. Whatever reason you have for splitting a PDF, DEVONthink has a few special options available. (more)

April 5, 2022

How to Use Multiple Windows on iOS

Screenshot of the iPadOS window switcher with two open DEVONthink To Go windows.

For some time now, DEVONthink To Go has supported opening multiple windows in iPadOS, e.g., when you long-press an item and choose Open in New Window. But windows on mobile aren’t as obvious as they are in macOS. Here are a few ways to access and interact with these windows. (more)

April 1, 2022

DEVONthink Adds Support for NTFs

Screenshot showing DEVONthink To Go's context menu with the new Copy NFT Token command.

If you want to sell or buy digital originals, non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are the way to go. Twitter and 1Password have already added NFT support, and so do the next updates for DEVONthink and DEVONthink To Go. Create NFTs for your documents and sell them on OpenSea, or store digital assets in your DEVONthink database. (more)