DEVONthink To Go 2.6.5

DEVONthink To Go Search Field

Halloween’s over and the ghouls kids have hoarded the sweets they need to survive until Christmas. On a side note, DEVONthink To Go 2.6.5 has become available too. The maintenance release indexes items without searchable text locally, e.g. email synchronized from DEVONthink Pro, and enhances the way it handles the keyboard when searching. It also improves the reliability of retrieving web page thumbnails, the progress indication when verifying and cleaning sync stores, and the overall reliability and performance of the synchronization. Important: On...

Tuesday Tip: Travel with your data … securely

When syncing DEVONthink on macOS, you have the option of using a local sync location, called a local sync store. Technically it’s a folder on a volume that keeps databases in syncable form. Since it’s writing directly to a local disk, it’s by far the fastest and most transparent sync option. You can even create a sync store on an external drive and shuttle it between machines. This also keeps your data in your hands and not on anyone else’s...

DEVONthink 2.10.2 supports macOS Mojave & more

ScanSnap Home

Into this week’s maintenance release for DEVONthink and DEVONnote we’ve packed support for Fujitsu’s new ScanSnap Home application, a modernized web server, compatibility adjustments for macOS Mojave, and more. ScanSnap Home replaces the former ScanSnap Manager. Our new version of DEVONthink Pro Office recognizes also scans sent to it from ScanSnap Home and converts them to searchable PDF documents if needed. We’ve also updated the built-in webserver so that it makes better use of fast network connections. Especially if you have multiple Mac...

Thursday Tip: Transition to a new sync location

Transition to a new sync location

With the announcement of Box to discontinue WebDAV support, here are some tips on switching DEVONthink to a new cloud service. If you’re syncing DEVONthink on a Mac, it’s a simple process: In DEVONthink’s Preferences > Sync, enable a new sync location. With the location selected, enable databases to sync to the new location. Get a tea or coffee and wait for the databases to be uploaded to the new location. Disable the old location. For your iOS devices it...

Tuesday Tip: Where has my disk space gone?

Storage Overview

Despite the availability of affordable, high capacity external drives, modern laptops often come equipped with much smaller drives. This requires more judicious storage habits and paying closer attention to how much space is left. While you can find utilities that display this information in attractive types of charts, etc. you can get very good information directly from the operating system in macOS El Capitan and later. Select About This Mac from the Apple menu at the upper left corner of...

Chinese spy chips? That’s why DEVONthink uses strong encryption

Spy

Last week Bloomberg Businessweek published an article named The Big Hack. The authors claim that testers have found a tiny microchip on server mainboards that wasn’t part of the original designs: During the ensuing top-secret probe, which remains open more than three years later, investigators determined that the chips allowed the attackers to create a stealth doorway into any network that included the altered machines. Multiple people familiar with the matter say investigators found that the chips had been inserted at...

Web Tip: How to save time with automation on iOS

Klaus Kandert

Our power user Klaus Kandert writes complex Shortcuts workflows for iOS. He uses them for managing business proposals, projects, and other inquiries solely on his iPad. And now he has begun writing about his workflows and how to put the iPad to use for professional work: In the first workflow of this blog series I’m going to generate a PDF automatically and save it to Devonthink to Go. A new group is created for the new project with a new...

Reading Tip: How professionals use our software to be productive

From time to time I post some links to articles out there that give an idea on how other people use our software. DEVONthink and DEVONagent are part of what makes them productive at their Macs, iPads, and iPhones. Paul Ryan Katz is a PhD candidate in Latin American History. In his article Paul describes his DEVONthink workflow for archival reseach. Documentary filmmaker Kirby Ferguson lays out his writing workflow in, what else, a short video. Of course DEVONthink plays a role too....

Tuesday Tip: Reuse smart groups

Just like a smart folder in the Finder, smart groups in DEVONthink are a handy way to isolate items based on common criteria. But sometimes you may need a similar, but not exact set of criteria to use — a temporary and reusable smart group. For example, if you wanted to search for groups by name, you could create a smart group via Data > New > Smart Group, with criteria of… Kind is Group Name matches … (entering the...

Re-enable the Mail plugin on macOS Mojave

Today is macOS Mojave day. And while DEVONthink 2.10.1 is working fine on Apple’s latest incarnation of the Mac operating system, the new security measures do interfere with DEVONthink Pro Office’s Mail plugin. Mojave wants to know that you trust our plugin and have the intent to run it. To (re)enable the Mail plugin please follow these steps: Enable full disk access in System Preferences > Security & Privacy for DEVONthink Pro Office. Install the Mail plugin. Enable the plugin...