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Articles tagged with automation

August 2, 2022

How to Use Filing and Moving

Screenshot showing the item list and the smart rule editor in DEVONthink.

In a previous blog post on smart rules, we discussed how to organize DEVONthink documents in an automated fashion. In this post we briefly touched on the File action, but some people have wondered why not just use the Move action. Here’s the difference between the two. (more)

July 26, 2022

Fabrizio Musacchio

Fabrizio works as a scientist and lives in Cologne, Germany, EU.

Within the past few months, a forum participant who goes by the handle @PixelTracker posted some useful DEVONthink scripts in the Automation section of our forums. A more recent set of scripts appeared on the forums and his blog, prompting us to ask, “Who is this person writing these scripts?” So we invited him to share some thoughts with us and all of you. (more)

May 23, 2022

David and Rose Automate DEVONthink

Logo of the Automators podcast.

In this week’s episode of the Automators podcast, David Sparks a.k.a. MacSparky and Rose Orchard dig deep into automating DEVONthink for Mac. David and Rose are the prototypical power users and when they’re not recording podcasts they automate everything that can be automated — and if it cannot, they’ll find a way. Don’t miss it. (more)

May 10, 2022

How to Use Batch Processing

Screenshot showing the batch process panel

DEVONthink is well known for its automation capabilities: scripting, smart rules, folder actions, etc. However, sometimes you just need to make some quick impromptu changes in your database but don’t need — or perhaps don’t know how — to create something too complicated. Here’s how to use DEVONthink’s batch processing for making such changes. (more)

April 19, 2022

How to Fix the Create Item Shortcut

Screenshot showing the file selection menu in Shortcuts.

If you are among the DEVONthink To Go users inclined toward automation, you may have run into an issue with the Create Item Shortcut action. In some cases, it seems you can only select a static file, not pass input from a previous action. Here’s a workaround for that. (more)

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)

April 13, 2021

How to Create a Note with Shortcuts

Note in DEVONthink To Go with multiple images

Recently, we had an inquiry about creating notes with multiple images in DEVONthink To Go. Since Markdown is a mobile-native format, I suggested and built an iOS Shortcut as a starting point. (more)

March 2, 2021

How to Quickly Take Multiple Photos

In DEVONthink To Go, you can create a new image in a database with the New Document Assistant button in the bottom toolbar. This works great for a one-off image, here and there. But what if you wanted to take and add a series of images in a row? A Shortcut may help. (more)

November 10, 2020

How to Organize with Smart Rules

Groups of web clippings

One of the powerful new features in DEVONthink is smart rules. An extension of smart groups, they allow you to act on the matched item when certain events happen. Since capturing web content to DEVONthink is a common task, here’s an example to show how to use smart rules to dynamically organize web clippings. (more)