Chinese spy chips? That’s why DEVONthink uses strong encryption

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Last week Bloomberg Businessweek published an article named The Big Hack. The authors claim that testers have found a tiny microchip on server mainboards that wasn’t part of the original designs: During the ensuing top-secret probe, which remains open more than three years later, investigators determined that the chips allowed the attackers to create a stealth doorway into any network that included the altered machines. Multiple people familiar with the matter say investigators found that the chips had been inserted at...

Web Tip: How to save time with automation on iOS

Klaus Kandert

Our power user Klaus Kandert writes complex Shortcuts workflows for iOS. He uses them for managing business proposals, projects, and other inquiries solely on his iPad. And now he has begun writing about his workflows and how to put the iPad to use for professional work: In the first workflow of this blog series I’m going to generate a PDF automatically and save it to Devonthink to Go. A new group is created for the new project with a new...

Reading Tip: How professionals use our software to be productive

From time to time I post some links to articles out there that give an idea on how other people use our software. DEVONthink and DEVONagent are part of what makes them productive at their Macs, iPads, and iPhones. Paul Ryan Katz is a PhD candidate in Latin American History. In his article Paul describes his DEVONthink workflow for archival reseach. Documentary filmmaker Kirby Ferguson lays out his writing workflow in, what else, a short video. Of course DEVONthink plays a role too....

Tuesday Tip: Reuse smart groups

Just like a smart folder in the Finder, smart groups in DEVONthink are a handy way to isolate items based on common criteria. But sometimes you may need a similar, but not exact set of criteria to use — a temporary and reusable smart group. For example, if you wanted to search for groups by name, you could create a smart group via Data > New > Smart Group, with criteria of… Kind is Group Name matches … (entering the...

Re-enable the Mail plugin on macOS Mojave

Today is macOS Mojave day. And while DEVONthink 2.10.1 is working fine on Apple’s latest incarnation of the Mac operating system, the new security measures do interfere with DEVONthink Pro Office’s Mail plugin. Mojave wants to know that you trust our plugin and have the intent to run it. To (re)enable the Mail plugin please follow these steps: Enable full disk access in System Preferences > Security & Privacy for DEVONthink Pro Office. Install the Mail plugin. Enable the plugin...

Tuesday Tip: Take a hike

Our world is full of extraordinarily beautiful places, many set aside and protected from development for people to enjoy nature undisturbed. While not the only country with beautiful national parks, the US, with its varied habitats over 3 million square miles (8 million square kilometers), has many of its own. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a resource for park information? Recreational Equipment International (REI), one of the world’s foremost outdoor outfitters, has released an iOS application providing information about...

DEVONthink To Go 2.6.4 supports iOS 12 and iPhone XS Max

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This week Apple officially released iOS 12 with many under-the-hood changes. DEVONthink To Go 2.6.4 has just become available on the App Store and brings some necessary adjustements for Apple’s new operating system version as well as for the iPhone XS Max. But that’s, of course, not all. With DEVONthink To Go 2.6.4 we’ve improved the workflow when creating, grouping, or searching for items. Documents now use the easier-to-read San Francisco font, and headers in item lists are better legible. On...

Backup your valuable data from Evernote

Recently, Evernote has lost key people and started to try to raise investment money. This might make those nervous who rely on their services. appleinsider.com published a guide for Evernote users who want to export their data to stay safe: There are devils in many different details and to get all of the data both out of Evernote and into somewhere else that you can actually use it is a bigger task than the company suggests. (…) We’ll show you how...

Tuesday Tip: Backups (Part 3: Online)

When we discuss backups, we generally advocate primary backups on local drives. However, we sometimes hear, “But, I want to use an online backup!” While, this is indeed possible, here are a few things to bear in mind: Our sync technology is not a backup, nor is it intended to be. DEVONthink’s sync is not merely copying your database and files to the cloud; it’s transmitting raw, chunked, and optionally encrypted data that is only usable by DEVONthink or DEVONthink...

DEVONthink and the ABBYY data leak

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According to TechCrunch, ABBYY, the maker of the OCR technology we use in DEVONthink Pro Office, had accidentally exposed more than 200,000 OCRed customer documents. This leak, however, does not affect you as our customer. All documents are processed locally on your Mac by the ABBYY OCR engine. Your documents only leave your computer when you manually export or send them, or when you synchronize them to a remote location. However, our sync stores are fully AES 256 bit encrypted when you...