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Tuesday Tip: DEVONthink and Spotlight

There are times people want to use Apple’s Spotlight to search for a file in a DEVONthink database. Without going to deeply in technical matters, Spotlight doesn’t index inside the type of file a DEVONthink database is. Due to this, we use a technique to write out some of the metadata for Spotlight to index. You are given the choice to make a Spotlight index for a database when you create one. You can turn on the option by checking...

Happy Thanksgiving

Germany in Autumn

Another year is drawing to a close, one full of wins and losses, sorrows and celebrations, meetings and partings of ways. We have had many long, busy days but have also enjoyed times of rest to balance it, and hope all of you have too. Stepping back from our work, we take some time to reflect on the year gone by. We thank you for all the support, constructive criticism, and encouraging words we have received at DEVONtechnologies throughout the...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....