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Tuesday Tip: From Evernote to DEVONthink

The ways to get data out of an information manager is nearly as important as the ways to get data in. DEVONthink tries to be as transparent as possible here, whatever you put into a database you can export at any time (e.g. as ‘files and folders’) to the file system and then use from the Finder or any other application. It’s not that easy with EverNote, however. DEVONthink Pro offers a simple script to copy text notes from EverNote...

Tool Tip: Pagehand

Once in a while one discovers a piece of software that ‘just does it right’. Pagehand, a new lean word processor, is one of these. While most applications use proprietary file formats that only they themselves can read — and maybe, if they’re nice, Spotlight and Quick Look plugins — Pagehand simply uses PDF. All necessary proprietary data used to make the file editable is saved as meta data inside the PDF structure and so you can easily send Pagehand files...

Sync your DEVONthink databases

If you use multiple Macs and you need to keep a database synchronized between them, you may want to give Wooden Brain Concepts‘ DevonSync a try. This little utility synchronizes two DEVONthink databases on two Macs over the local network, the Internet, and with version 1.2 — released today! — also via .Mac! DEVONthink and the to-be-sync’ed database needs to be opened on both machines (even when using the .Mac mode), and DevonSync does only add items and does not delete obsolete...

Tool Tip: Keep your focus

If you’re easily disctracted with the many windows that clutter a typical infoworker’s screen, have a look at Isolator. It’s a simple donationware menu extra that dims all windows except those of the frontmost application. You can adjust the dim level, change the hot key, and even tell it to hide all background applications.

Tool Tip: Keep RSI away with AntiRSI

If you are, like me, working almost ten hours a day with your Mac, you’re repeating the same hand movements over and over again. If you’re susceptible to RSI (repetitive strain injury; more accessible info here) try the litte utility AntiRSI. It’s freeware, but the developer welcomes a small donation if you like it.