Web Tip: Workflows for scholars

Jeff Taekman

In his blog, Workflows in Personal and Professional Productivity, Jeff Taekman lays out his workflow for Reading, Extracting, and Storing Scholarly Information. Of course this also involves DEVONthink: The whole purpose of extracting annotations and full text from each manuscript is to gain granular access to the information I’ve read. Through its “see also” feature, Devonthink can identify information I’m looking for. But more importantly Devonthink finds related content based on the context of my original query. (…) The next...

Tuesday Tip: Merge documents

If you need to merge some documents in DEVONthink, select all the documents you want to concatenate and choose Data > Merge from the main menu. Alternatively there’s also a contextual menu command for it. Before you do so, here are a few things to consider: Merging text documents yields a finished RTF file, preserving the formatting in each document. Merging documents of with a mix of text and images yields an RTFD file. Merging a selection of PDFs yields a PDF...

Tuesday Tip: Create custom icons

Day in and day out, we look at the same apps and folders on our machines. Same stuff, different day. To make things a little “more my own”, we like to personalize our computers with things like desktop wallpapers. But another way we can add some flair, and arguably visual distinction, to our user experience is with custom icons. A nice utility for quick icon creation is available from the fine folks at Shiny Frog, the makers of the popular...

DEVONthink To Go 2.6.3 improves sync and reliability

Reauthentication Warning

Right in time for the sunny weekend DEVONthink To Go 2.6.3 has passed Apple’s review and is now available on the App Store. With this maintenance release we’re concentrating to make the app faster and more reliable, especially the synchronization. Among many other improvements DEVONthink To Go no longers sleeps during very long sync runs and uses a less storage space when importing databases shallowly. We now also warn you when you choose a reauthentication delay that would break Files app...

Our software in blogs and podcasts

Evan Kline

In the last few weeks our software was mentioned in blogs and podcasts a few times. Whether you’re reading German, are a lawyer, or you’re just interested in all things iOS you might find these interesting: Evan Kline is a lawyer and a heavy user of DEVONthink and DEVONthink To Go. He talks about how he uses our software in his law practice on the App in Law podcast. Evan also represented the Galactic Empire in the case against Han...

Tuesday Tip: Fix macOS’ split screen mode

Split Screen mode in macOS has been around for some time and it’s a great way to view two documents at once, but in a fullscreen mode. This even works with two applications, as long as the windows are in the same Space. Click and hold the green fullscreen button at the upper left corner of the window. You can then move a window to one side of the screen to use it in Split Screen. Then select the next...

Where has your (home office) working time gone?

Rositta Beck

Guest post by Rositta Beck, denkvorgang.com It’s a privilege for me to work in a home office. The working model makes it easier for me to combine private and business matters and increases my productivity with fewer interruptions from the outside world. But how much time do I really spend on business? And how much of my office time melts away because I empty the dishwasher or turn on the washing machine? My conclusion: There are good reasons why the...

Tuesday Tip: Copy text from word processing documents

Many of us have files from word processing applications, like Word or Pages, in our databases. These kinds of files are proprietary and not editable in DEVONthink. However, you can preview them. But what if you need to copy some text from one of them? Do you need to fire up your word processor just to make a quick copy of some text? The preview in DEVONthink is an Apple Quick Look generated view. Once upon a time, Apple allowed...

Tuesday Tip: Delete (and undelete) in DEVONthink To Go

Put Back

Here are three ways to delete a file in DEVONthink To Go… With the file shown, click the Organize icon in the toolbar, the squares with the downward facing arrow, and choose Move to Trash. In the file listing, lightly left-swipe the file and choose More > Move to Trash. Also, in the file listing, quickly left-swipe beyond the edge of the application and the file will be sent to the trash automatically. And here’s something else you may not...

SummerFest: Great apps, great prices

SummerFest logo

Every summer, we join up with some top software makers for our big festival of artisanal software. It’s the time for new plans, fresh projects, and great new ideas. Whether you’re mapping out your next novel, finishing your dissertation, planning a product, or writing memories for your grandkids, these tools will help. They are tools with attitude and style, tools crafted by creators, not focus groups. Tools like DEVONthink, DEVONagent, Tinderbox, or Scrivener live at the intersection of art and research. Crafted...