Tuesday Tip: DEVONthink and Spotlight

There are times people want to use Apple’s Spotlight to search for a file in a DEVONthink database. Without going to deeply in technical matters, Spotlight doesn’t index inside the type of file a DEVONthink database is. Due to this, we use a technique to write out some of the metadata for Spotlight to index. You are given the choice to make a Spotlight index for a database when you create one. You can turn on the option by checking...

Happy Thanksgiving

Germany in Autumn

Another year is drawing to a close, one full of wins and losses, sorrows and celebrations, meetings and partings of ways. We have had many long, busy days but have also enjoyed times of rest to balance it, and hope all of you have too. Stepping back from our work, we take some time to reflect on the year gone by. We thank you for all the support, constructive criticism, and encouraging words we have received at DEVONtechnologies throughout the...

Configure ScanSnap Home to Scan to DEVONthink

ScanSnap Home is Fujitsu’s new scan application for its desktop ScanSnap line. Unfortunately our self-configuration that allows DEVONthink Pro Office to insert itself as default destination app for completed scans into the now-legacy ScanSnap Manager no longer works with ScanSnap Home. But with the following steps you can manually configure the new scan application for DEVONthink Pro Office: 1. Open the ScanSnap Home preferences  (ScanSnap Home > Preferences) and select the Application tab. 2. Press the “Add or Remove” button...

DEVONagent 3.11 and DEVONsphere 1.9.2 for macOS Mojave

DEVONagent Search Sets

Search sets are part of what makes DEVONagent so powerful for serious research. Whatever the topic of the search, they run it on multiple search engines, crawl sites, post-filter the results, archive them, and finally hand them over to other apps or AppleScript. DEVONagent Pro 3.11 reorganizes search sets into groups. This allows to create and use more search sets for even specific use cases without cluttering the menus or losing track. Of course we’ve updated a number of plugins...

DEVONthink To Go 2.6.5

DEVONthink To Go Search Field

Halloween’s over and the ghouls kids have hoarded the sweets they need to survive until Christmas. On a side note, DEVONthink To Go 2.6.5 has become available too. The maintenance release indexes items without searchable text locally, e.g. email synchronized from DEVONthink Pro, and enhances the way it handles the keyboard when searching. It also improves the reliability of retrieving web page thumbnails, the progress indication when verifying and cleaning sync stores, and the overall reliability and performance of the synchronization. Important: On...

Tuesday Tip: Travel with your data … securely

When syncing DEVONthink on macOS, you have the option of using a local sync location, called a local sync store. Technically it’s a folder on a volume that keeps databases in syncable form. Since it’s writing directly to a local disk, it’s by far the fastest and most transparent sync option. You can even create a sync store on an external drive and shuttle it between machines. This also keeps your data in your hands and not on anyone else’s...

DEVONthink 2.10.2 supports macOS Mojave & more

ScanSnap Home

Into this week’s maintenance release for DEVONthink and DEVONnote we’ve packed support for Fujitsu’s new ScanSnap Home application, a modernized web server, compatibility adjustments for macOS Mojave, and more. ScanSnap Home replaces the former ScanSnap Manager. Our new version of DEVONthink Pro Office recognizes also scans sent to it from ScanSnap Home and converts them to searchable PDF documents if needed. We’ve also updated the built-in webserver so that it makes better use of fast network connections. Especially if you have multiple Mac...

Thursday Tip: Transition to a new sync location

Transition to a new sync location

With the announcement of Box to discontinue WebDAV support, here are some tips on switching DEVONthink to a new cloud service. If you’re syncing DEVONthink on a Mac, it’s a simple process: In DEVONthink’s Preferences > Sync, enable a new sync location. With the location selected, enable databases to sync to the new location. Get a tea or coffee and wait for the databases to be uploaded to the new location. Disable the old location. For your iOS devices it...

Tuesday Tip: Where has my disk space gone?

Storage Overview

Despite the availability of affordable, high capacity external drives, modern laptops often come equipped with much smaller drives. This requires more judicious storage habits and paying closer attention to how much space is left. While you can find utilities that display this information in attractive types of charts, etc. you can get very good information directly from the operating system in macOS El Capitan and later. Select About This Mac from the Apple menu at the upper left corner of...

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

Spy

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...