Archive for April, 2014

Tuesday tip: Manage your ebooks in DEVONthink

Out-of-the-box DEVONthink displays and searches many file formats including PDF or Office documents. For files it doesn’t understand it uses Quick Look and Spotlight to make their proprietary content usable. With these two free plugins you can add the .epub file format to your system. As soon as you’ve installed the plugins, DEVONthink shows at least book covers, finds books by their content, and converts them to plain text. Unfortunately there seems to be no plugin yet that lets you read...

New German-language DEVONagent ebook

Cover DEVONagent Das Arbeitsbuch

DEVONagent Pro is your personal assistant for pro-grade search and research on the Internet. While it uses public search engines it refines the results using its built-in artificial intelligence. It them presents them in innovative ways. However, DEVONagent has a learning curve. If you’re lucky and read German, author Michael Malzahn has a great new ebook for you: the Arbeitsbuch DEVONagent introduces you to DEVONagent Pro and tells you many tips and tricks to squeeze the last bits out of this often underestimated tool. The Arbeitsbuch...

Tuesday Tip: Find indexed instances

If you want to copy a database to an external drive it’s useful to know which items you have imported and which are just indexed. To find out in DEVONthink Pro or Pro Office, open the Search window (Tools > Search). Leave the query field blank, check Search for: All. Now click the Advanced button and enter these criteria: All of the following are true; Kind is Any Document; Instance is (not) Indexed. Click OK to start the search. Note:...

Spring updates

DEVONagent searching Amazon

Markdown has become a popular way for adding simple formatting to text without relying on platform-specific file formats. DEVONthink already supported plain Markdown. Starting with version 2.7.5 it now renders MultiMarkdown, too. For DEVONagent 3.8 we have updated almost all plugins and made many of them language-aware. But that not all, of course. We’ve cleaned up menus in all apps for more clarity, improved their reliability, and fixed a few bugs. We recommend these free updates for DEVONnote and all editions of DEVONthink as...

Online shop NOT affected by “Heartbleed”

A few days ago a critical bug named Heartbleed was discovered in OpenSSL, the software that makes connections to websites secure. The bug affects more than half a million websites including companies such as Yahoo or Flickr. We have checked our own online shop and it is NOT affected by Heartbleed; Avangate, the company that runs our shop, confirmed this. Please feel free to check also yourself by clicking here and entering “shop.devontechnologies.com”.

Tool tip: Online backup with Amazon S3 and Arq

Backups are something that every computer user is supposed to do but nobody really enjoys doing it. Apple’s Time Machine makes it a lot easier, at least when you have a second hard disk or a Time Capsule. However, if you’re like me and you don’t want to clutter your desk with yet another piece of hardware you might like Haystack Software’s Arq. Arq works very much like Time Machine but saves your files into your own Amazon S3 account....

Your data in the cloud, transparent and free

Google has dramatically lowered the price for their web storage and so has Amazon.  However, cheap is not free. And free trumps, doesn’t it? Today we’re happy to announce our own cloud service: DEVONglass. Synchronize all your databases transparently between your Macs (and eventually also your iOS devices) completely free-of-cost, no matter how much data you have. To make this service possible we have partnered with governmental institutions in the US and, for our European customers, the UK. Expect DEVONglass to be added to one...