Archive for September, 2009

Web Tip: Snow Leopard scanner compatibility list

DEVONthink Pro Office uses Image Capture, Mac OS X’s own scanning framework, for accessing flat bed scanners, all-in-one devices, and document scanners (the Fujitsu ScanSnap is an exception, it uses a proprietary driver software). How would you know that your scanner is compatible? Simply try it. But, finally, with Mac OS X 10.6 ‘Snow Leopard’, there is a simpler way: Apple has published a list of compatible scanners: Click here to look up your scanner. Thank you, Apple! BTW: If...

Tuesday Tip: Use auto-splitting with the ScanSnap

By default the ScanSnap scanners create one large PDF of every pile of paper that you run through it. But there is a carefully hidden option that lets you split paper piles automatically at, say, every other page. In ScanSnap Manager open the Settings window. Choose the File Option tab and click the Option button. Here, select ‘Generate one PDF file per n page(s)’. Enter a number into the field for n. If you set the number of pages to, say,...

DEVONthink and Mac OS X 10.6.1’s Mail.app

Just a quick note that Mac OS X 10.6.1 again breaks compatibility with the earliert version of the Mail.app plug-in. You may should know that Apple Mail does not support third-party plugins at all so what we did is basically a hack (one reason we did not make a plug-in for Safari but a bookmarklet). The solution is simple: choose Help > Install Add-ons… and re-install the Mail.app plug-in to update it. This installs a newer version of the plug-in...

Snow Leopard bit, DEVONthink bites back

As promised lately, here’s the first update for DEVONthink and DEVONnote that addresses the compatibility issued with Mac OS X 10.6 ‘Snow Leopard’. Even more, this seventh public beta also adds tons of features some which had been promised for a while, namely PDF annotations, image editing, smart templates, ‘take note’ integration into the Sorter, and support for third-party meta data. Read more about this exciting intermediate. Next step towards the final release: Smart tagging. So please excuse me, we’re...

Of MacJournal and a tractor-drawn trailer

Yesterday, Mariner Software published a, hmm, well, … interesting comparison chart for Mariner’s MacJournal and DEVONthink on their Facebook wall. Have a look here. We greatly welcome this idea because it helps customers decide which application is better for their individual needs. However — while Mariner mentions most of MacJournal’s features they miss a least a hundred of DEVONthink’s — just like a farmer who tells you that his tractor-drawn trailer loads a lot more hay than a Ferrari. Which...