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Tuesday Tip: Find a file service or make OneDrive work with sync

Icon showing a computer and iOS devices synchronizing

Our synchronization technology for DEVONthink and DEVONthink To Go supports direct connections via the local network, Dropbox, and WebDAV. WebDAV is a standard protocol for connecting to file services over the internet. You can mount WebDAV servers in the Finder just like a remote hard drive, upload and download files, or move things around. It’s a solid standard and DEVONthink can use it for managing its sync stores, folders containing all the files needed for synchronizing one or more databases between...

Tuesday Tip: Use Workspaces

If you find yourself often opening the same windows, tabs, and documents often, it can be a bit cumbersome. Similar to a concept found in applications like Adobe Illustrator, there is an option in DEVONthink’s Go menu: Workspaces. From the ​Documentation > Menus ​section of the Help: Workspaces save the content and positions of all open windows so that you can restore them later. This is ideal if you are working with the same set of windows over and over again. Save these windows...

Tuesday Tip: Keep Dropbox from downloading sync data

Part of setting up a DEVONthink sync to Dropbox is making sure you don’t re-download the sync data unnecessarily. If you don’t exclude the DEVONthink Packet Sync folder in the Dropbox application on your Mac, it will download what our sync has just uploaded. This wastes bandwidth and space on your machine. It may also spam your machine with messages about files being changed. The latest version of the Dropbox application has changed the location of this option. It is now...

Thursday Tip: Switching Dropbox accounts for synchronization

You can only use one Dropbox account in DEVONthink or DEVONthink To Go. This means you need to pick an account to use for syncing. But perhaps you started with one account and have now decided to use another one. Or maybe you want to share sync data with someone else, using a common Dropbox account. And every single time you try and set up a sync location, DEVONthink just won’t forget the first account you used! Here’s how to...

Using DEVONthink with OmniFocus

Scripts > Reminders > Add as To Do to OmniFocus

In 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...

Using DEVONthink To Go with OmniFocus

Productivity applications like DEVONthink are seldomly used alone. Most people use a collection of at least a few core applications together for their daily work. One software that is often mentioned by you, our customers, is OmniFocus. By using universal item links you can easily link to documents and groups stored in DEVONthink from your tasks in OmniFocus. Sync both tasks and databases between your Mac(s) and iOS device(s) and these links will work on all of them. Create a new task...

Tuesday Tip: Help our support with screencaptures

Screencaptures

When sending in support tickets, it is often very useful to attach screencaptures for us to look at. Sometimes the words you use aren’t the words we’d use and the real issue can be unclear. A screencapture is indeed worth 1,000 words, in many cases. To make a full-screen screenshot on macOS press Command-Shift-3. On iOS press the Lock and Home buttons simultaneously; on the iPhone X hold the side button, then press the Volume Up button. To capture a screen...

Tuesday tip: Drag-and-drop OCR in iOS 11

DEVONthink To Go does not have OCR (Optical Character Recognition) capabilities built-in. However, if you have an iOS device capable of running in split view mode (as of this writing: iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 4) and an iOS OCR application, you may* be able to do OCR now. Open the OCR application (and make sure it’s set to do OCR automatically, if needed). Open DEVONthink To Go and flip up from the bottom of the screen to show...

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...