Archive for December, 2014

Tuesday tip: Create databases always from scratch

Renaming a database

The name of your DEVONthink databases doesn’t really matter. While it matters to you in terms of helping you to identify what is in it, the real identity of the database is found in its UUID (universally unique identifier). You can think of it like your social security number (in the US) or your passport number. You could change your name, appearance, location, etc. but this number always represents me. When a database is created, a UUID is automatically generated for it. This value,...

Tuesday Tip: Choose your import location

Import destinations

We often have users asking this question: “I have a shortcut to the Global Inbox in the Finder’s sidebar. How do I get a similar shortcut to my other databases’ inboxes or groups?” The answer is, unfortunately, “You can’t, at least not easily”. The Global Inbox is not only a special database but also has a watched folder attached to it. You can make an alias pointing to that folder or drag it to the Finder’s sidebar, just as we do automatically...

Merry Christmas 🎅 🎄 and a Happy New Year 🎆

Ludwigsburger Barock-Weihnachtsmarkt

All of us here at DEVONtechnologies wish you and your family Merry Christmas. We wish you peaceful holidays, wherever in the world you are, whatever you believe in, and whatever culture you are part of. Have a great start into an exciting new year 2015!   PS. Our office is closed from December 22nd, 2014, through January 6th, 2015 for the Christmas holidays. Our shop is, of course, open and we do reply to your enquiries even though slower than...

DEVONthink To Go 1.5.4 fixes crashes

DEVONthink To Go on iPad

Today Apple finally released DEVONthink To Go 1.5.4 to the App Store. The maintenance update fixes a few nasty crashes related to the action extension as well as crashes on iOS 5.1.1. We have also corrected a 64-bit-related issue that led to garbled text in rich text documents with accented characters. Version 1.5 added iOS 8 support including an action extension. It also adapts to the new display sized of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. We recommend this update to all users of DEVONthink...

Free app integrates DEVONthink, Microsoft Word, and Endnote

FlunkeyFox app icon

DEVONthink user and scientist Jim Falk has created a great little app to help him with his research work. The Mac app named FlunkeyFox facilitates using DEVONthink Pro (Office) together with Microsoft Word. Creates Microsoft-Word-compatible links to documents in DEVONthink Pro Reveals the corresponding document in DEVONthink when the link is clicked Opens Google Scholar in Safari with the title of a highlighted document in DEVONthink Pro so that the correct citation can be found Imports the citation into Endnote 7 and then into Microsoft...

Great prices for great apps: WinterFest has arrived


There’s snow on the ground. 2015 is knocking at the door. It’s the time for new plans and fresh projects and great new ideas. Whether you’re planning your next novel, finishing your dissertation, planning a product, or writing memories for your grandkids, we think that DEVONthink Pro and the rest of these great tools will help.

Professor in Japan talks about DEVONthink

Christopher Mayo

Christopher Mayo, associate professor at Kōgakkan University in Ise City, Japan, has just published a great post about DEVONthink. Not only does he describe the highlights of app from his perspective. He also added a long list of useful links if you want to learn more about our products and our company. Click here to read the article on Christopher’s blog.

DEVONagent 3.8.3 and DEVONsphere Express 1.8.2

Privacy matters, even if there are some large companies seeing things differently. DuckDuckGo is a search engine that claims that it doesn’t track its users and respects their privacy. And it delivers good search results, too. Reason enough for us to support it natively in all editions of DEVONagent 3.8.3. Other new features include a new preference option that stops search runs from the menu extra as soon as you open the first result. We have updated the Macintosh News search sets...

Le Café Du Geek about DEVONthink (in French)

David Duhamel has published a review of DEVONthink Pro on the French blog Le Café Du Geek. So if you’re Francophone feel free to have a look at his review. And don’t miss the rest of interesting articles on Le Café Du Geek including their morning news. P.S. I love the idea of a news site with coffee shop inspired theme.

Tuesday tip: Let DEVONthink learn more file formats

Spotlight or Quick Look plugin

DEVONthink supports already a multitude of file formats from plain text to Markdown and PDF. For everything else it uses the available Spotlight metadata importers to extract text for its full-text index. Quick Look helps it to display a file’s contents on the screen. The true beauty of Spotlight and Quick Look lies in their plugin architecture. If there’s a plugin for a file format the system can search and preview it. And so can also DEVONthink. We have now made a short list of useful plugins available on our Download...