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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...

Tuesday Tip: Search to organize

When you organize your databases and often find yourself navigating through deep group hierarchies to file a new document, this tip from our forum power user korm is for you: Consider using the search to locate the destination across all databases where you want to move documents to (or from). Arrange your database and the search window side by side. In the search window, search for anything. If the search result is a group, then you can drag any item from the database window...

Tuesday Tip: Make plain text pretty with Markdown

As we talked about last week, plain text is amazing. It’s an incredibly flexible format, offering many benefits, with next to no downside. On the other hand, plain text is… well, ‘plain’. No font changes. No bold or italic. No images. It’s like a world with no picture books! “See! That’s why I need Microsoft Word!”, you might say. Well, actually I’d like to offer a better alternative… plain text, yet again. Specifically, plain text written in a style called Markdown. It was...