2016 Winter Festival of Artisanal Software

WinterFest

It’s December again and Santa Claus is knocking at the door. It’s the time for new plans, fresh projects and great new ideas. Whether you’re planning that project that will change the world, writing a novel, or collecting memories for your grandkids — we think that DEVONthink Pro Office and the rest of these great tools will help. We’ve gotten together with ten others of the best developers of artisanal software to make DEVONthink Pro Office better — and to...

Tuesday Tool Tip: Free your menubar with Bartender 2

While we rely on our big powerhouse applications like DEVONthink, there are many smaller utilities we use for specialized purposes. These may be calendars, system resource information, or extended clipboards. Simple, smart apps that provide quick and easy access to very focused needs. However, this has lead to our menubars becoming increasingly crowded. And not only these utilities are shown here, but the menubar also has to accommodate the menus of the current application. Especially on a smaller screen, like...

A user’s journey into DEVONthink: The future

Stuart Ingram

(yes, ‘one app to rule them all’ again…) The following are some thoughts on what I think could be added to or improved in DEVONthink Pro Office (DTPO) or DEVONthink To Go (DTTG2). From this series of blog posts you will have guessed that I am a big fan of this software. It has genuinely made life so much easier for me (especially academically) and even after a good few months of daily use, some of the features I come across still...

ScreenCastsOnline airs three-part DEVONthink video tutorial

ScreenCastsOnline, dedicated to produce quality video tutorials around all things Mac, has started a new mini series about DEVONthink Pro Office. From the description of the first part: DEVONthink is one of the most powerful database applications made for the Mac. In fact, some people have said this one application makes it worth getting a Mac just to run it! In the introductory episode, Todd Olthoff takes us through all of the core features of DEVONthink Pro Office. In this...

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...

Archive from Pocket and Feedbin to DEVONthink

Pocket app icon

Forum user gnbio has created a cool workflow for archiving Pocket and Feedbin articles in DEVONthink Pro and DEVONthink To Go: I had been looking for a way to accurately convert articles read in Pocket & Feedbin/RSS to PDF and archive for future reference. This has been particularly useful for how-to articles, longform content and legal knowhow (for my day job). The beauty of this automated method is that I have an instantly searchable archive of content available on iOS and macOS...

DEVONthink 2.9.8: Revised Media preferences and more

Media preferences panel

Markdown is a brilliant way to unobstrusively add basic formatting to plain text files so that the result is readable to both humans and machines. DEVONthink 2.9.8 revamps its Media preferences and adds a new option that lets you choose how you want to open Markdown files, in “pure” editing mode or as graphically pleasing HTML. In addition, version 2.9.8 improves auto-saving further, makes scanning multiple pages more comfortable, and — you guessed it — fixes more issues with macOS...

A user’s journey into DEVONthink: Deeper usage

Stuart Ingram

In this post I want to detail some of the ideas I’ve only touched on previously, and show how these have really changed my workflows. So far my posts have been quite general, and some further detail in areas may be beneficial. The main things I want to talk about are the DEVONthink Pro Office (DTPO) artifical intelligence (AI) and using DTPO as a basic wiki/outliner for larger projects. Personal wiki/outliner is probably a grand title for this workflow. I...

Tuesday Tip: Use plain text instead of proprietary formats

Applications like Apple Pages, the venerable Microsoft Word, and similar word processing applications may be full of features, but they are also locking your data up in formats that can only be read by those apps, or have to suffer some conversion to be usable. These apps usually sport features that only work with them. Their formats are proprietary, adding a burden on other developers to try and support them. And when it comes to raw data, say a mailing...

Black Friday and Cyber Monday at DEVONtechnologies

Black Friday Hot Sale

Along with the holiday feasting, another tradition is Black Friday shopping. Getting up at 3 a.m. to go stand in line outside your favorite retailer, rushing en masse into the store the moment it opens, being tackled by someone’s grandma as you try to get the most popular gifts of the season. We’ve made it easy for you to get a shiny new copy of DEVONthink, DEVONnote, DEVONagent, or DEVONsphere, all without having to get out of bed or brave...