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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)

August 31, 2021

Understanding Tagging

An image with added tags in DEVONthink.

One of the methods of organizing data is tagging. Supported by DEVONthink as well as in some other applications, including the Finder, tags can provide contextual relationships between items, either broadly or narrowly defined. Here is a simple way to think about tags. (more)

August 3, 2021

How to Change the App Language

On the Mac and on iOS apps open in the best available language from the preferred languages order you define in System Preferences or the Settings app. But did you know that you can change this for each app individually? Here’s how. (more)

June 8, 2021

How to Use the Log Window

Log window with results.

Whether you are experiencing issues in DEVONthink, doing database maintenance routines, or running processes like archiving emails, the Log window is a handy utility pane that provides information useful in different situations. Here is how to access the log and some of the things you may see reported there. (more)

June 1, 2021

How to Use Markdown Extensions

Markdown file with extended syntax.

Markdown is a file format continuing to gain popularity in many circles. And even though it is a very simple format, there are also some extensions people have created to add additional features to rendered Markdown. Currently DEVONthink supports extensions for mathematical equations, diagrams, and syntax highlighting. (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)

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)

September 29, 2020

How to Put Drag-and-Drop to Best Use

Dragging a thumbnail out of the PDF thumbnails list.

People new to Macs, especially Windows converts, often have questions about how to get data into DEVONthink. While there are a variety of methods we outline in the In & Out chapter of the help, one option is a long-standing Mac feature that makes this simple: drag-and-drop. (more)