The DEVONtechnologies Blog

October 5, 2021

How to Use JavaScript for Automation

Example JavaScript code automating DEVONthink.

For most of us, automation on the Mac means AppleScript. What few people know is that it’s also possible to automate applications with JavaScript. Here’s a tip to get you started. (more)

September 28, 2021

Using Temporary Databases in DEVONthink

Database in trash can.

When it comes to peoples’ databases in DEVONthink and DEVONthink To Go, there often is an almost austere sense they are permanent, inviolable structures. However, as easily as they can be created they can also be deleted or archived. Here are some ideas why you may want to create temporary databases. (more)

September 20, 2021

MacSparky DEVONthink Field Guide

MacSparky Field Guide illustrative picture.

After six months of work David Sparks a.k.a. MacSparky has today published another one of his excellent field guides — this time for DEVONthink and DEVONthink To Go. It brings you more than 100 learning videos totaling 8.5 hours. Everything is transcribed, additional downloads include sample data sets and scripts. Check it out and don’t miss the launch discount. (more)

September 15, 2021

DEVONthink To Go 3.2

Screenshot showing DEVONthink To Go's view options menu.

The second feature update for DEVONthink To Go 3 brings DEVONthink’s reading list to iOS. It also extends the search language, lets you fully customize the way documents are listed, and adds some of the most popular Markdown extensions. (more)

September 14, 2021

How to Create a Database Archive

ZIP file of database.

One of the topics we routinely preach about is the need to be diligent in backups. We believe, “If your data is important to you, it should be backed up.” While DEVONthink doesn’t do file backups on its own, it does have an option for doing periodic full backups of a database. Here’s how to create a database archive to use as a secondary backup. (more)

September 7, 2021

How to Install the Browser Extensions

Browser toolbars with clipping icon.

Personally and professionally, much of our time is spent reading online. So it’s important to be able to capture items of interest as we’re browsing. DEVONthink has its own browser extension for this purpose. Here’s how to install it in most common browsers. (more)

September 1, 2021

Welcome Back to School

Campus life will, maybe, never be what it was before the pandemic. Video courses might, at least partially, replace the need to queue up for overcrowded lectures and you’ll do more of your research online instead of burning the midnight oil at the library. Get our Mac apps with an exclusive 40% discount until September 19th, 2021. If this isn’t the best time in the year to get prepared, then when is? (more)

September 2, 2021

Hemispheric Views on DEVONthink

Logo of the Hemispheric Views podcast.

In their entertaining podcast Hemispheric Views, Andrew Canion, Jason Burk, and Martin Feld talk about all things tech, media, and more. In episode no. 36 Andrew tells his co-hosts why and how he moved back to DEVONthink. (more)

August 31, 2021

Understanding Tagging

An image with added tags in DEVONthink.

One of the methods of organizing data is tagging. Supported by DEVONthink as well as in some other applications, including the Finder, tags can provide contextual relationships between items, either broadly or narrowly defined. Here is a simple way to think about tags. (more)

August 24, 2021

Avigail Oren and Ada Barlatt

Avigail Oren
Avigail started her career by doing history research on U.S. cities but now enjoys learning something new every day in her work for clients.

Avigail Oren and Ada Barlatt created the great DEVONthink for Historians online course. No wonder this caught our attention and we wanted to find out more about how it happened. (more)