Archive for June, 2008

Buy now and get DEVONthink 2.0 for free

Good news always comes in pairs! Firstly, we have opened the grace period for DEVONthink 2.0 and DEVONnote 2.0. Starting as of July 1st, 2008, everyone who buys licenses (or upgrades) for DEVONthink Personal, Pro, Pro Office, or DEVONnote will be eligible for free upgrades to version 2.0 when it is released later this year. A regularly updated thread on the progress on version 2.0 can be found in DEVONtechnologies user forum. For all other users who have purchased DEVONthink or DEVONnote before the grace...

Why didn’t they tell us earlier?

When Mac OS X 10.5 ‘Leopard’ came out, it broke our scanner support based on the system’s Image Capture framework. We had been in exchanges with the Developer Technical Support and their Image Capture team at that time to find out why our capture function worked on Mac OS X 10.4.x but not on 10.5. To no avail. After a frustrating six months we moved on and licensed ExactScan Capture which is now embedded into every copy of DEVONthink Pro...

Tuesday Tip: Quickly name your documents

Naming the documents that you put into your DEVONthink database can be a science or even an art in itself. Some prefer to use some systematics, other precede the documents with the current date (something I used to do but have long abandoned) , and even others simply try to describe the contents of the file. For most documents, however, a good name is already there: the headline of the captured article. To quickly rename the document, select the headline...

DEVONtech household products line?

Our forum user Maak (thank you!) has posted a picture in our user forum that I just had to publish here. Maybe we should try to get this for our shop? 🙂

About home offices and coffee shops

Grant Griffiths from Home Office Warrior posted a short article about me working from our local coffee shop from time to time. Read more in his excellent blog.

Write about us and we share

Just a quick reminder: If you are writing for your own blog or you are linking to our web site for whatever other reason, be smart, grab your share in all the revenue we make from your link to us! Joining us as an affiliate is easy. Our affiliate page explains all the details in-depth, and if you want to even place a jungle-themed banner, I have worked night-shifts for you to make nice-looking ones on common formats. PS: If you’re a...

Web Tip: ‘Creating a filing system from scratch’

Mark Shead asked a number of people how they would advise creating a filing system from scratch. Then the readers of Productivity501 voted for the best one. Of course, this also involved the use of DEVONthink when it comes to effectively organizing electronic documents or getting rid of paper. I’m a big fan of the Scan Snap.  I occasionally run into problems with it grabbing multiple sheets of paper, but usually it works well.  I use DevonThink to store everything...

Poll: Do you use an iPhone or smartphone?

With all the buzz about the old and new iPhone as well as other smartphones and the the still-existing Palm devices, I wonder how many of you are actually using them for more than just a super-calender, address book, and mobile web browser? Do you take notes, make outlines, even store files on them like on a USB stick? Vote here.

Web Tip: Is the Net changing the way we think?

In The Atlantic, Nicholas Carr writes about the inpact that media of any kind has on the way we think, from the invention of the printing press to the Internet. Being four (!) pages long, the article puts itself clearly into the opposite position to what it defines as how the Internet distributes information: ‘in a swiftly moving stream of particles’. Definitely worth reading. PS: Even though I am reading all daily news via RSS, I have also subscribed to the...

Small improvements all over: DEVONagent 2.3.1

Just a short note that we have released DEVONagent 2.3.1, a maintenance update that brings a large number of smaller improvements in all areas, from updated search engine plugins, scanner plugins, and default search sets to better advertisement and index spam filters. Read more in our News.