Using DEVONthink and Things

DEVONthink Reminders Script

DEVONthink and DEVONthink To Go can be comfortably used with OmniFocus by using item links. Many other applications support URLs, too, and can so link back to documents stored in DEVONthink. For example Things from Cultured Code which works with DEVONthink very similar to OmniFocus:

Create a new task using the Reminders script

DEVONthink Pro and Pro Office come with a 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 Things
  3. Choose a due date
  4. Click OK

The task is created in Things 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 Things and create a new task
  4. Paste the item link you have previously copied into the notes field

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 Things and navigate to the task
  4. Paste the item link you have previously copied into the notes field

5 Responses to “Using DEVONthink and Things”

  1. Bryn says:

    The Things clipper ‘with summary’ will include the DTP item link and title of the file in a new todo item using a keyboard shortcut. This is a real timesaver. DTP & Things working beautifully together!

  2. Moses says:

    You can also just select the item in DT, and use the Things hot key for “Quick Entry with autofill” and it will create a new Things task with the x-devonthink URL in the notes. This is a bit better in that the x-devonthink URL is exposed and thus works on both Mac and iOS, whereas the script referenced about creates a link that works on the Mac but not iOS.

  3. Moses says:

    I didn’t see Bryn’s comment. What he says is what I am referring to as well.

  4. @ Bryn, @ Moses: Thank you, that is exactly the field knowledge we’d like to discuss in posts like this!

  5. Moses says:

    Note that it works on iOS too. Use the Things share extension from an item in DEVONthink To Go and it creates a new Things task with the x-devonthink URL in the notes field. 🙂

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