Archive for August, 2009

Again: Snow Leopard and DEVONthink

Last week I have posted an article that we don’t expect too many issued with Mac OS X 10.6 ‘Snow Leopard’. Now Snow Leopard is here and the list of issues is in fact a very short one for a a larger OS upgrade. If you plan on upgrading or already have upgraded to Mac OS X 10.6 ‘Snow Leopard’, here are a list of issues to expect: Mail plug-in: This plug-in relies on undocumented functions in Mail and does not...

Tuesday Tip: Prepare for tagging

The last big feature we need to add for DEVONthink 2.0 is the long-promised tagging. Of course we already receive many questions about how to prepare for tagging, how to enter tags so that they end up correctly when we activate the new feature in one of the forthcoming public betas. So here’s a hint: In DEVONthink 2.0 groups and tags will be interchangable. So whatever group an item is located in, its group name will be assigned as a...

A note about Snow Leopard

Today Apple announced the availability of Mac OS X 10.6 ‘Snow Leopard’ for August 28. We have already received a lot of questions regarding compatibility of our applications to the new release of the operating system. So here’s our statement: We are going to support Snow Leopard as soon as we possibly can and we’re already working on it of course. We may release a new build of DEVONthink before Snow Leopard ships but more likely in September. We have...

Tool Tip: Pagehand

Once in a while one discovers a piece of software that ‘just does it right’. Pagehand, a new lean word processor, is one of these. While most applications use proprietary file formats that only they themselves can read — and maybe, if they’re nice, Spotlight and Quick Look plugins — Pagehand simply uses PDF. All necessary proprietary data used to make the file editable is saved as meta data inside the PDF structure and so you can easily send Pagehand files...

Web Tip: ScanSnap Community

Fujitsu has opened a site dedicated to ScanSnap owners and those of you who want to become one: the ScanSnap Community. So if you own a ScanSnap or plan to to so, check out the Updates, Testimonials, Tips & Tricks, and Ask the Expert sections to learn more about what you can do with a document scanner. PS: As DEVONthink Pro Office is the third-party tool on the Mac for the ScanSnap scanner range I have also written a short...

Tuesday Tip: Use the Services Menu

The Services menu is one of the most underestimated features of Mac OS X. It provides useful commands that work from within almost any application on the Mac without hacking them (unlike, say, contextual menu items which run inside another application’s memory space and so can crash it). Both DEVONthink and DEVONagent provide useful commands which allow, e.g., to quickly clip selected text to your database, summarize text, or run a web search. In addition we provide useful Services menu...

What would you like to see?

For DEVONthink 2.0 I am currently overhauling the example databases that we provide (they’re still in 1.x format). These databases serve both as examples on how to set up a DEVONthink database for a specific purpose and as a template that gets you started. Now my question is: What example databases would you like to see? And: Do you have a database that you think is worth sharing? Please email me or comment here.

Connect DEVONthink with Instapaper

If you are using Instapaper to keep articles for offline reading you may like the ‘Add to Instapaper’ script for DEVONthink Pro, written by one of our power users. Click here to read about it in our user forum. Thank you, bartekb81.

If the contextual menu does not work …

If the contextual menu does not work in DEVONthink on your machine or the Action and Label pull-down menus in the toolbar don’t work, you should check if the ‘Babylon’ contextual menu plugin is installed. It seems that a recent update to it introduces an incompatibility to DEVONthink. See our FAQ for more information.

Tuesday Tip: The Power of the Sorter

With DEVONthink Pro 2.0 public beta we have introduced the Sorter, an small independent application that allows you to add data to your databases even when DEVONthink is not open. But it’s not a simple drop box — there is much more you can do with it (and even more in one of the next releases). First of all you can move it to the left, right, or bottom side of the screen by moving its tab. Exception: The side...