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DEVONthink 2.9.9 imports notes from Apple Notes

DEVONthink importing notes from Apple Note

If you’re an Apple Notes user but would like to move completely to DEVONthink and DEVONthink To Go now, this update is for you. DEVONthink 2.9.9 adds an option for importing notes and attachments from Apple Notes. It honors the folder structure in Apple Notes and uses formatted notes to preserve formatting in a future-proof format. But that’s, of course, not all. We’ve rewritten the fullscreen text editing and made importing UNIX email mailboxes with DEVONthink Pro Office easier. Version...

Stuart Ingram on Mac Power Users (and more)

Mac Power Users Podcast

David Sparks and Katie Floyd invited Stuart Ingram to their popular Mac Power Users podcast and discuss his approach to DEVONthink. You know Stuart from his excellent series A User’s Journey into DEVONthink here in this blog. Stuart adresses David’s concerns about ‘everything buckets’ and lays out how he uses DEVONthink Pro Office and why. It’s just 80 minutes and you won’t want to miss it. Click here to listen to Mac Power Users episode 356 yourself. In addition here...

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: 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...

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...

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...