Archive for the Web Tip Tag

Web Tip: Take Control of Permissions

When strange things happen on a Mac, like settings not being stored, license codes not being accepted, or DEVONthink databases behaving unexpectedly, file permissions could be the cause. UNIX permissions and Access Control Lists (ACLs) define what the logged-in user and the applications opened by her can do with items in the file system. If you want to learn more about permissions, have a look at Take Control’s new ebook Take Control of Permissions in Snow Leopard which explains this...

The Apple Press on DEVONthink and the ScanSnap

On The Apple Press Philipp Eierund just published a very nice piece about The Mobile Mac Office, actually reviewing the combo of DEVONthink Pro Office and the ScanSnap S1300. He writes: In conclusion, the results of the quick and reliable ScanSnap S1300 in combination with the feature-laden DEVONthink Professional Office are hard to beat. Once set up and configured to your liking it is possible and — perhaps even more importantly — fun to maintain a paperless office with minimal...

Web Tip: Using WordPress and DEVONthink together

If you are regularly writing for a blog, maybe even your own, then developing a writing habit is important to keep up the pace. And, the chance that you’re using WordPress is very high. Amy Cavender has written a short article about how she uses WordPress for writing and DEVONthink for archiving. She uses DEVONhink’s built-in AI to quickly find related items, connections, links. DevonThink’s unique “see also” feature helps me make connections with other items in my database (journal...

Dvorak endorses Mac and DEVONthink

Technology writer and columnist John C. Dvorak — not really known for supporting the Mac or Apple overwhelmingly — mentioned DEVONthink in his latest column “My Son Bought a Mac” in PC Magazine: […] was a smart move, since he was following the advice of pundits, technology writers, and everyone who ever gave advice about what to buy and why: “Buy solutions, not hardware.” In his case, the solution was a stunning piece of software called DEVONthink, which he needs for...

We have a paperless office, but what about CABLES?

DEVONthink Pro Office helps you ban paper from your office. But what about cables? If you struggle with power cords, USB cables, FireWire extensions, and mobile phone chargers, too, read what Christoph Niemann thinks about his life with cables.

Steven Johnson writes about DEVONthink again

Steven Berlin Johnson is an avid advocate for DEVONthink. In another recent article in the Prospect magazine he wrote about copy-and-paste writing and using software as part of the creative process: The software [DEVONthink] also acts as a kind of connection machine, helping to supplement your own memory. The results have a certain chaotic brilliance. In my last book, for instance, while researching Joseph Priestley’s experiments with oxygen, Devonthink reminded me of a wonderful passage from Lynn Margulis’s book, Microcosmos,...

Web Tip: WBC’s DEVONthink Pro scripts

Wooden Brain Concepts have updated their script collection for DEVONthink Pro as well as the standalone application for archiving email from Microsoft Entourage, ThinkArch. The scripts integrate DEVONthink Pro with Entourage, Safari, and other applications as well as help find and kill duplicates and replicants.

“DEVONthink for Historical Research”

Chad Black wrote a series of articles in his blog about DEVONthink and other Mac applications for history and humanities research. Devonthink’s classification, search, and AI infrastructure is a step in the right direction. For people who work mostly with the every-growing mass of information available online, the ability to import, auto-classify, and connect disparate pieces of info is very cool, particularly as the internal structure of your database becomes increasingly tight and predictable. If you are using (or planning...

Web Tip: “Go beyond Google searches”

Joe Kissell from Macworld USA has published an article about serious (re)search on the Internet. Besides meta search engines he also mentions DEVONagent as a power solution: If you’re doing extensive research, consider a high-powered tool such as Devon Technologies’ $50 DevonAgent. In addition to being a stand-alone Web browser, it’s a full-featured research tool. DevonAgent lets you create complex searches that include Boolean operators, proximity terms, and filtering—spanning not just a few search engines but as many as you like. Read the article...

DEVONthink vs. Evernote

Matthew Bookspan of TheAppleBlog has just published a comparison between DEVONthink Pro Office and Evernote Premium. Matthew did a great job working out the differences between the offerings and comes to this conclusion: I decided to part ways with Evernote and move forward with DEVONthink Pro Office, because I wanted more control of my data and the artificial intelligence features were very attractive to me. Thank you, Matthew! Read the full article here.