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April 2, 2021

How to Get Data into the Global Inbox

Global Inbox shown in the Finder.

The Global Inbox is a core component of DEVONthink. Ever-present and useful for storing transient data or things you may not have a database for yet, it’s also accessible from almost everywhere on your Mac. Here are some ways to get data into the Global Inbox. (more)

March 16, 2021

How to Simplify the DEVONthink UI

DEVONthink window.

When people come to DEVONthink from other applications with simpler interfaces, the experience can feel a bit daunting. Just like a Boeing 777 has more controls than a Piper Cub — and a lot more power — more complexity in the interface is required to handle all that power. Here are some ways to set up DEVONthink with a more minimal UI. (more)

March 9, 2021

How to Take Notes in DEVONthink

Taking notes in DEVONthink with the Sorter.

Taking notes is a common activity in today’s information-intensive world. This need often leads to having many different applications to create different file types. While DEVONthink is an information manager at its core, it also has the ability to create a few document types suitable for note-taking. (more)

March 2, 2021

How to Quickly Take Multiple Photos

In DEVONthink To Go, you can create a new image in a database with the New Document Assistant button in the bottom toolbar. This works great for a one-off image, here and there. But what if you wanted to take and add a series of images in a row? A Shortcut may help. (more)

February 16, 2021

How to Customize the Toolbar

Window with toolbar options

As with any good macOS application, the toolbar at the top of any window in DEVONthink presents information at-a-glance and buttons for some common commands. Perhaps you often add rich text files to your databases. Or maybe you prefer to press a button to group and ungroup files. Here’s how to customize the toolbar to your own needs. (more)

February 2, 2021

How to Use Favorites in DEVONthink

Favorites in the Sorter

DEVONthink has a special section named Favorites in the Navigate sidebar. This is a place you can put commonly used items for quicker access. It also has ties in with the Sorter for quick drag-and-drop to commonly used groups. Here is how to work with and use the Favorites. (more)

January 12, 2021

How to Use Placeholders

Placeholders used in a template

In DEVONthink, placeholders are specialized strings that resolve specific values on demand. They can be used to dynamically add data to documents generated via templates or file items in locations based on dates. Here are some ways placeholders are used. (more)

December 8, 2020

Understanding Encryption in Sync

Sync location showing encryption key

When it comes to syncing with DEVONthink, we are often asked questions about what an encryption key is and how you make and use one. Here’s a brief explanation. (more)

December 1, 2020

How to Use DEVONthink's Help

Screenshot of the DEVONthink help window

DEVONthink is a very full featured and capable application, and as such requires good documentation. Given the necessary amount of information in the help, it may seem difficult to find answers in it. Here’s how the help was written to make it easier to navigate. (more)

November 17, 2020

How to Check Cloud Service Status

Screenshot of the Apple system status page

Many people use compatible cloud services for syncing DEVONthink and DEVONthink To Go. These can be useful in situations where devices need to be updated more frequently, or Bonjour connections are disallowed. However, just as any website can be unavailable, for a variety of reasons, these servers can experience downtime as well. Here are some official links to some of the services you might use, not only for syncing but just about any of your cloud storage needs. (more)