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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...

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...

A user’s journey into DEVONthink: On the go

Stuart Ingram

I wanted to make this post very much an ‘examples of use’ text rather than just listing the features in the app or talking about the sync — again there is a comprehensive manual and many associated articles that do that. I also wanted to preface it with the fact that for me, the main usage for the app is capturing information whilst away from my Mac, and recalling pieces of information that just won’t wait. As I stated before...

A user’s journey into DEVONthink: Personal usage

Stuart Ingram

Leaving academia behind (mostly) for now, we come to the tangled mess of information gathered during my personal life. I don’t do clutter and so, until I started using DEVONthink Pro Office (DTPO) a few months ago, there actually wasn’t much information collected and stored. I was pretty free with the delete button and the shredder or bin to be fair (my brain works in this way too)! But that was because I lacked a quick and convenient way to...

A user’s journey into DEVONthink: Professional academic workflow

Stuart Ingram

As my professional role has developed I have become more involved in authoring, reviewing, and submitting academic papers, amongst other activities such as grant and report writing. Prior to DEVONthink Pro Office (DTPO), there was a lot of flicking through numerous PDFs and web pages, whilst trying to keep track of different sections of writing, of which there are always several on the go at once. The main apps in use here are DTPO, Bookends, OmniFocus. Researching the subject I...

A user’s journey into DEVONthink: Student academic workflow

Stuart Ingram

In the next two blog posts I will cover how DEVONthink Pro Office (DTPO) has refined and enhanced my academic workflow, and more specifically how it has simplified storage, retrieval, manipulation and interpretation of the data associated with it. Before we get into that, as hinted at in an earlier post, I have now moved all of my text notes to DTPO, reluctantly saying goodbye to nvALT. The advantages are one less app to use (two actually, since DTTG also...

A user’s journey into DEVONthink: Setup and first usage

Stuart Ingram

My preferences are set pretty much as they come out of the box, with one or two tweaks (for example, I want to trash the originals of any PDF files I import and run through optical character recognition). The DEVONthink Pro Office (DTPO) manual covers setting preferences in detail and of course these may change as I go along. At this point I’ve decided to import or index everything I possibly can on my hard drive into DTPO. For me, one of the major...

New series: A user’s journey into DEVONthink

Stuart Ingram

This is a guest post by Stuart Ingram. Stuart is not affiliated with DEVONtechnologies in any way except for being a power user of DEVONthink and DEVONthink To Go. I first came across DEVONthink whilst working through one of the periodic urges I get to review and make changes to my digital organisation habits, Again I had become disillusioned with the futile search for ‘one app to rule them all’. I was a longtime user of Evernote, however I’d never been...