Archive for September, 2015

Tuesday tip: Create links to a paragraph in a PDF

DEVONthink allows you to get a link to a selected page in a PDF document (Edit > Copy Page Link, hold ⇧Shift to show this open). Power user Chen Guo has created the open-source tool Excerptor that goes even further and  links directly to selected text. Once installed, select some text in a PDF and choose Excerptor from the Services menu. Then paste the created link wherever you like to use it, e.g. into a rich text document. See this animated GIF for how it works.

Tuesday tip: Being on time

New assignments bring also the dreaded due dates. Use DEVONthink and the Mac’s built-in calendar application to stay organized. Select a document in DEVONthink Pro or Pro Office and choose Scripts > Reminders > Add as Event to Calendar. You’ll be given a choice of calendars to use as well as a relative date (tomorrow, next week, etc.) to set as the due date. This creates a new event in Calendar with a link directly to the document in your database....

Tuesday tip: New school year, new databases

Classes are coming—sorry, we can’t stop it from happening—and with it: homework. And with homework come research and the need to organize information. Three simple approaches to using a DEVONthink Pro or Pro Office database for school. Make a single database for your entire school year and create groups per class (and sub-groups per assignment, if desired). Make a single database per class. This allows you to keep your math research and homework separate from your English and your Art Appreciation homework. Again, you...

Tuesday tip: Never miss what’s going on at your school

Whether it’s high school or university, there’s always a lot going on. And regardless if you are a parent or a student, you want to keep up on the goings-on at school. RSS is a simple technology (called a “feed”) that lets you collect news without visiting web pages manually. DEVONthink Pro and Pro Office allow you to add RSS feeds to a database and can help keep you up to date. For example, here’s an RSS feed of stories from the campus...

Students: Get DEVONthink & Co. for 40% off until Sep 20th

If you are a high-school, college, or university student, you’re either preparing for the new semester or you are already back in school. And the better organized you are the easier it is to concentrate on what’s really important: your classes. We provide a 25 percent educational discount all year long to students and teachers alike, but we want that you to have a solid start to the new school year. So we give you 40% until September 20th, 2015! Click here to read...

Tuesday tip: Before you buy that NAS…

When people are looking for ways to share data on their networks, they often run into a device called an NAS (Network Attached Storage). In contrast to external drives, these are actually file servers. (If an external drive is just storage, a file server is storage with a brain!) NAS are advertised as powerful and fast solutions to your data sharing needs, but is it completely true? EconTechnologies, makers of the well known ChronoSync, has posted a great article on using an NAS with a...