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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...

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...