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Tuesday Tip: Contacts in DEVONthink

One of the less noticed import options in DEVONthink is the ability to import contacts from your address book. There are three formats you can import in. Import a contact as a link to have a record that updates with any changes you make. Maybe someone moves and you update their address. Or there’s a new addition to the family and you add a child’s name to the notes on their card. The next time you view their card in...

Tuesday Tip: Create your own templates

DEVONthink comes with a variety of pre-built templates for various things, like taking a phone note, making an annotation file, or even creating a project. But what if you have a need but no template? You can easily create your own. Perhaps you have an RTF file you duplicate and reuse because it is styled as you like it. Add that as a template. Or maybe you have a Markdown document with custom CSS you like to use. Add that...

Tuesday Tip: Internal metadata backups

DEVONthink does not have a system for automatically backing up everything, DEVONthink has a setting in its Preferences > Backup that controls how many internal metadata backups are done. These backups can be used in a troubleshooting situation by selecting Tools > Restore Backup. While it may seem like a good idea to set this to something like 7 copies daily, the metadata of a database can be considerable, so you should be cautious in how you set this. It’s not...

Tuesday Tip: Two for one windows

Support tickets sometimes present new ideas. And sometimes they rekindle old ones from the back burner. I recently had a ticket from someone who wanted to open a document in two windows at once. Out of the box, DEVONthink will open a document in a new window, but only one. The only other option is to view the document in its own window, as well as in the main database window. That would work but it didn’t seem as elegant...

Tuesday Tip: Quick Search in DEVONthink

There are times when you’re in need of searching your DEVONthink databases but don’t want to switch out of your current application or space. In System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts > Services > Text, there is a service named DEVONthink Pro: Lookup… This will be active when you have some recognized text* selected in a document. Selecting the service from the current application’s menu > Services will open a full search window with the search already completed! Adding a...

Tuesday Tip: Hotkey for toggle menus

A recent Twitter post asked a question about turning on and off the WebSharing server in DEVONthink Pro Office. It was assuming a need for an AppleScript or Keyboard Maestro routine. Well, it’s not AppleScriptable (outside of UI scripting, which I don’t advocate) and Keyboard Maestro is more than is needed for this task. Open System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts and select App Shortcuts. Click the Plus (+) button and select DEVONthink Pro Office in the Application dropdown. (If...

Tuesday Tip: Deleting from search results

When using DEVONthink’s search features, the results are handled a bit differently than browsing the database. The results are insulated from accidental deletion by default. So what if you want to delete something from the search results? Here are three options… Right-click the file and choose Move All Instances to Trash from the context menu. With the file selected, hold the ​Option key ​and choose Data > Move All Instances to Trash. ​​With the file selected, press Command-Option-Delete. You should see the Location...

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...