Using DEVONthink with OmniFocus

Scripts > Reminders > Add as To Do to OmniFocusIn December we laid out how you can use DEVONthink To Go and OmniFocus together with universal item links. On the Mac this works, too, of course, and in a very similar fashion.

Recap: Item links are universal URLs that point to a document or group stored in DEVONthink or DEVONthink To Go. An item link that works on one device will also work on other devices as long as the database that the link is pointing to is available.

Create a new task using the Reminders script

DEVONthink Pro and Pro Office come with a handy script that creates a task from a selected item in your database.

  1. Navigate to the item in DEVONthink Pro (Office)
  2. Choose Scripts > Reminders > Add as To Do to OmniFocus
  3. Choose a due date
  4. Click OK

The task is created in OmniFocus’ inbox and has an x-devonthink-item:// link in its notes. When you later work your task and want to see your item, show to the task’s notes and click the link. DEVONthink will be brought to the foreground and show the item.

Create a new task manually

If you use DEVONthink Personal or DEVONnote, or if you want to have more control over how the task is created, you can also add the item link to a new task manually.

  1. Navigate to the item in DEVONthink or DEVONnote
  2. Choose Edit > Copy Item Link
  3. Switch to OmniFocus and create a new task
  4. Reveal the task’s notes by clicking on the little Note icon below the task title
  5. Paste the item link you have previously copied
  6. Save the task

Add an item to an existing task

Similar to manually creating a task you can add an item link to an already existing task.

  1. Navigate to the item in DEVONthink or DEVONnote
  2. Choose Edit > Copy Item Link
  3. Switch to OmniFocus and navigate to the task
  4. Reveal the task’s notes by clicking on the little Note icon below the task title
  5. Paste the item link you have previously copied

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