Archive for the applescript Tag

Tuesday Tip: Changing the Creation Date

By default DEVONthink does not allow you to change the creation or modification date of a document. This is intentional as most government agencies and larger companies require that you cannot change the date of a scanned document. If you do not have these requirements and you want to adjust the creation and modification date of documents here is a little script for you. To install it, unzip the archive and move the .scpt file to ~/Library/Application Support/DEVONthink Pro 2/Scripts....

Tuesday Tip: Learn to Speak AppleScript

DEVONthink and DEVONagent are highly scriptable. Using AppleScript you can integrate them tightly into your workflow, automate tasks, or extend our applications with new functionality. AppleScript as a scripting language is not only powerful but also relatively easy to learn. Our power user Veritrope has published a series of excellent Learn to speak AppleScript on his blog. Check them out! You will also find a full chapter with more information about how to let our applications jump through loops for...

Tuesday Tip: From Evernote to DEVONthink

The ways to get data out of an information manager is nearly as important as the ways to get data in. DEVONthink tries to be as transparent as possible here, whatever you put into a database you can export at any time (e.g. as ‘files and folders’) to the file system and then use from the Finder or any other application. It’s not that easy with EverNote, however. DEVONthink Pro offers a simple script to copy text notes from EverNote...

Tuesday Tip: Get reminded

Sometimes it can be useful to get reminded about a document in your DEVONthink database, for example an invoice you want to pay next week, or an important research document that you need to have read in a month’s time. Use the following scripts to add a selected document as an event to iCal or as a to-do-item to iCal, OmniFocus, or Things. Download and extract the archive, then move the created folder ‘Reminders’ to ‘~/Library/Application Support/DEVONthink Pro 2/Scripts/’. This makes...

Connect DEVONthink with Instapaper

If you are using Instapaper to keep articles for offline reading you may like the ‘Add to Instapaper’ script for DEVONthink Pro, written by one of our power users. Click here to read about it in our user forum. Thank you, bartekb81.

Tuesday Tip: Safari Plug-In

DEVONthink offers a variety of methods to add your data to the inbox, from simple drag-and-drop to the Services menu and the bookmarklet. Power user and forum member ‘bartekb81’ has now even written a native Safari plug-in that inserts a Save to DEVONthink menu command into Safari’s File menu. It saves any web page you are viewing as PDF into your inbox. Installation is still a bit clumsy as you need to fix file permissions, so here is how you...

Tuesday Tip: More scripts for Evernote

Besides our own import script that allows you to transfer text files from Evernote to DEVONthink, power user Justin has written a pair of more advanced scripts for moving data between the two applications. Instead of transferring plain text Justin uses Evernote’s HTML export to get your docoument including layout out of Evernote and put it into your DEVONthink database as a web archive. For the other way round he uses a similar approach. Click here to download his cool...

Thursday Tip: Integrate with OmniFocus

While I spend the last two days rewriting the DEVONthink Dashboard widget (including adding a resize corner and the option to change the font), you, our great users, write the really cool stuff. DEVONthink Pro power user and forum member houthakker has created a number of scripts that integrate DEVONthink Pro with OmniFocus. OmniFocus is a task management based on David Allen’s Getting Things Done philosophy. You can already drag any document out of DEVONthink into a task’s comment area in...

Web Tip: How to access Amazon from DEVONthink

DEVONthink has been created to collect, store, and organize any kind of information. And with AppleScript, DEVONthink Pro it is nearly highly extensible. Power user Nicole Dornseif has used both AppleScript and Python script to access the Amazon catalog. She sends an EAN, ISBN, or any search string to the script, receives the information from the Amazon servers, parses the results, and constructs a human-readable records. She then manually copies the data she is interested in to her database but...

Tuesday Tip: QuickLook Droplet

DEVONthink 2.0 uses QuickLook to display almost any file type in its preview area, e.g. Pages or Mellel files, just as if it were able to render these files itself. But some of you do not use the views that show a preview and so they would like to show the QuickLook HUD (head-up display) instead. We may add this to a future version. In the meantime you could download Apple’s QuickLook Droplet example application. It opens a QuickLook HUD...