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Tuesday Tip: Out with the old, in the with new

Global Inbox

The global inbox is ideally used as a place to store quickly captured data that will be filed later. Many times we’re quickly grabbing things of interest to us, but not related to any project. We make a vague mental note about filing this information later, but then forget about it as we find ourselves following other interesting ideas. Some time later we slow down and realize our global inbox has gotten out of hand. If you don’t have the time to sort the...

Tuesday Tip: Shortcut to the web

DEVONagent Express

As some of you may know, DEVONagent Pro is the second flagship in our product line. As very powerful web search assistant with powerful search and scheduling tools, it can aid you in your online research. But, it’s a heavy hammer to swing if you’re just in need of a quick online search tool with more capabilities than a simple Google search. If that’s your need, take a look at DEVONagent Express. It’s an affordable menubar application that allows you to...

Tuesday Tip: Sync faster on your network

macOS Network Preferences

When it comes to synchronizing on any network connection, the quality and strength of your network matters — and is often not as good as you imagine. Can you hit the maximum advertised speed? Yes, but probably not sustained over the hours and hours you use it. Wireless networks are convenient, but they’re also subject to poor signal strength, noise, and other factors that can limit your sync reliablility. You can try out an application, like the iOS app WiFi...

Tuesday Tip: Add hotkeys to Open With items

Open With button

Last week, we talked about editing options in DEVONthink: What happens when you double-click a file (and why) as well as the hotkey to open a file in the system default application. But there are also times when you want to open a document in an application other than the system default. In DEVONthink, the Open With menu is found when you right-click a document. You can also reach it under the Data menu … which means you can add...

Tuesday Tip: Editing options in DEVONthink

Open Externally button

In DEVONthink, if a type of file can be edited in DEVONthink, it will open in a DEVONthink document window when the file is double-clicked. This makes it easy to isolate a document for editing while allowing you to keep your place in the other window. It also allows you to keep working directly in DEVONthink without having to jump back and forth between applications. If a type of file can’t be edited in DEVONthink, double-clicking will open the file...

Tuesday Tip: Adjust your PDFs

Recently, we had a customer expressing a desire to have black-and-white PDFs. Our head developer, Christian Grunenberg, suggested running a Quartz filter on them. When you export out of Apple’s Preview, you have the option of applying a Quartz filter to adjust the output. (A Quartz filter is a macOS filter for processing PDFs. You can see and try your hand at them in the Filters section of /Applications/Utilities/ColorSync Utility.) But you can also run Quartz filters on PDFs right inside...

Tuesday Tip: Batch print email messages to PDF

DEVONthink Pro Office stores email messages in their original formats. If you want to keep your messages in an easier to handle file format one option is to ‘print’ them to PDF and keep the PDF instead. Converting hundreds or even thousands of messages manually is a painful process, however. But, as long as Apple hasn’t killed Mac automation, there’s a solution for this: First enable the alternate email view (see Preferences > Email) or convert the messages to rich...

Tuesday Tip: A fresh new Global Inbox

The Global Inbox is a built-in database, provided so you can start working (or playing!) in DEVONthink the moment you launch it. For DEVONthink Pro and Pro Office, it is ideally used as a temporary storage location — a place for transient or unfiled data. It’s a great place to capture miscellanous data when you’re rabbit-trailing around the web too. But, with all such “temporary locations”, the temporary state becomes “permanent” as we forget to go through and file the...

Tuesday Tip: Use text expansion

If you find yourself typing the same things over and over again, there is a way to give your fingers a break. Text expansion is a method of assigning abbreviations for things like often used phrases. For example, you may create an abbreviation like em1, which could fill in your email when typed. Or you may have boilerplate text for a business, like thank yous. You could use the abbreviation tfyo that could expand to “Thanks for your order!” There are some...

Tuesday Tip: A simple move

We had a support ticket with a person who had a simple request: “I have a selection in a Smart Group. How do I move it to a database?” I responded but as I did, I realized (yet again) how much flexibility we have built into DEVONthink. Here are a few ways to accomplish this: Open the receiving group in a new window by double-clicking on it and arranging the windows. Note: In Preferences > General you’ll need to check...