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...

Tuesday Tip: Backups (Part 2: Locally Hidden)

As mentioned last week, we sometimes receive support requests from people where the best option is to restore data from backups. All too often we find out they have not been diligent in keeping their backups current, and some have never even started them! Is there really no solution for them? For people who have used Time Machine but haven’t connected their backup drives in some time, there may be hope as Time Machine keeps a local hidden backup too....

Students, get our Mac apps for 40% off until September 16th

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New classes and new assignments in a new school or college year mean that there’s a lot to be organized. Term papers need research and your visits to the library let the pile of paper copies or scanned PDFs grow. Our software is created with this in mind: DEVONthink helps you collect and organize your knowledge on your Mac, iPad, or iPhone. DEVONagent Pro finds information on the web no matter how deeply it is hidden, and DEVONsphere Express does the...

Tuesday Tip: Backups (Part 1: Local)

If there’s one difficult question to ask in Support, it’s: “Do you have current local backups of your DEVONthink databases?” Too often, the answer is, “No” or “I’ve been thinking about starting backups, but I need to restore my data now!” This is a heartbreaking response to hear, and one we want to hear less and less. Here’s a sticky post on our forums, from the late, and brilliant, colleague of ours, Bill DeVille: 11 Stupid Backup Strategies​. We strongly...

Special offer on HoudahSpot

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Working productively with information usually involves multiple applications. Depending on your personal workflow, not everything might be available for searching in DEVONthink. Here’s where HoudahSpot comes in: It uses Spotlight to search your Mac but offers way more features than macOS itself so that you find precisely what you’re looking for. Of course you can find documents stored in DEVONthink too. You just need to enable Spotlight indexing for your databases in File > Database Properties. Our friends at Houdah have also...

Web Tip: Workflows for scholars

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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...