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Tuesday Tip: Readability-fy your saved web pages

The bookmarklet Readability and like Safari’s Reader tool strip web pages from all unnecessary elements and present them in a news-like layout. Unfortunately e.g. the Reader mode makes it impossible to use our Clip to DEVONthink bookmarklet for convenient clipping interesting parts. Now our forum user tommysundstrom has created a Ruby script that uses Readability to clean up saved web pages. Besides making the pages easy to read this also improves DEVONthink’s AI. Note: It’s a raw script so you need to...

Tuesday Tip: Import your Pinboard bookmarks

After Yahoo!’s announcement to sell del.icio.us quite a few people were looking for a safer home for their bookmarks. And found Pinboard. If you are among them you may like the following script by Rafael Bugajewski which imports your Pinboard bookmarks into DEVONthink. Click here to download the script.

Tuesday Tip: Integrate Papers 2 with DEVONthink

You use Mekentosj Paper 2 but also like Steven Berlin Johnson’s ‘snippet approach’? Power user Rob Trew has written a small script that does not add the whole file from Papers to your DEVONthink database but only the summaries and notes. As Papers is not scriptable, Rob’s script directly accesses Paper’s SQLite database. Rob also offers more scripts such as ones offering even tighter integration of Sente 6 with DEVONthink (see last week’s Tuesday Tip).

Tuesday Tip: Use DEVONthink as a tickler file

Many DEVONthink users are also Getting Things Done (GTD) enthusiasts — maybe because productive people always choose the most powerful tools for staying highly productive? And GTD users often also use a so-called ‘tickler file’, a group with sub-groups for each month, again containing sub-groups for each day: The idea is to use these group to file (or replicate) documents that are needed on a specific day. When the task it not done you simply move the items to a...

Tuesday Tip: “Print” from your iPad to DEVONthink

A cool tip from our forum user ‘korm’: iOS 4.2 on iPad introduced AirPrint. When coupled with Ecamm’s Printopia, and one of the DEVONthink Pro folder actions, you can “print” a PDF directly to the global inbox. Or modify the action to send the PDF to the database and group of your choice. Printopia’s Send to Mac feature puts PDFs of documents printed from iPad Mail, Safari, iWork, etc., into ~/Documents/Printopia. Add one of the DEVONthink Pro folder actions to that...

Tuesday Tip: Connect with Zotero

If you are a user of Zotero, you may like Konrad M. Lawson‘s script: I created an applescript to import all my Zotero entries, create a folder for each source, add a main note file for the source, and assign it tags for all the Zotero tags and collections in the original source. It will only add them to the DEVONthink Pro database only if they have not already been added before.” Click here to view the thread in our...

Tuesday Tip: Rename Items Using RegEx

If you are one of those people who speak RegEx (regular expressions) fluently, you may like this script: Rename using RegEx. It prompts you for a source and a destination pattern and applies them to the titles of all selected items in DEVONthink. Use it for, e.g., change the numbering schema of files imported from your scanner.

Tuesday Tip: Automate DEVONthink using Hazel

Two weeks ago I have written about how to turn any folder into a hot folder by attaching “Folder Action Scripts” such as the mentioned “Import, OCR & Delete” one. A user sent us the tip that one could also use Noodlesoft’s Hazel for this, too. Hazel is a System Preferences pane that can run a large number of filing and cleaning task automatically and in the background. It can also run Automator workflows and so it is possible to...

Tuesday Tip: Import with OCR via Drag-and-Drop

The Folder Action Scripts that we supply with DEVONthink Pro (Office) allows you to turn any folder, e.g. one on your Desktop, into a hot folder. To attach a script to a folder of your choice, do the following: Open DEVONthink Pro and choose Help > Install Add-Ons. Check Folder Actions and install. This creates the “Folder Action Scripts” in ~/Library/Scripts and places our scripts. Or, of this is not available in your version: Copy the scripts from the folder “Extras/Scripts/Folder Actions/” on...

Tuesday Tip: From Evernote to DEVONthink

The ways to get data out of an information manager is nearly as important as the ways to get data in. DEVONthink tries to be as transparent as possible here, whatever you put into a database you can export at any time (e.g. as ‘files and folders’) to the file system and then use from the Finder or any other application. It’s not that easy with EverNote, however. DEVONthink Pro offers a simple script to copy text notes from EverNote...