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April 18, 2023

How to Deal With PDF Searchability

Screenshot showing the concordance inspector with a word cloud in DEVONthink.

When it comes to PDF documents, what you see and what is actually there can be two different things. Just because you can read words in the document doesn’t mean it is searchable. Or perhaps you have a searchable PDF but it’s still not found in a search in DEVONthink. Here are a few ways to deal with such PDFs. (more)

March 28, 2023

How to Get Metadata From Google Books

Screenshot showing a document's custom metadata imported from Google Books in DEVONthink.

DEVONthink is a good place to build a digital book collection. Users of the Pro or Server edition of DEVONthink can add custom metadata to their books from the millions of books available in Google Books with a script. Here is, how to do that. (more)

November 15, 2022

How to Install the Import & OCR Rule

Screenshot showing a group in DEVONthink containing an imported scan.

There are various ways to merge individual work steps into a workflow and execute them automatically. One option is to use the smart rules in DEVONthink. Now we have created the smart rule Import & OCR, which lets you easily import scans and make them searchable. Here you will find out how to set up and use the rule. (more)

October 5, 2020

Elaine Giles' DEVONthink 3 Series

MacBite After Hours howling wolf logo.

Elaine Giles, an IT consultant based in Manchester, UK, has made all the screencasts that she produced for MacBites After Hours available for free on YouTube. You don’t want to miss this great collection of tutorials. (more)

September 17, 2020

Silent OCR Update for DEVONthink

Yesterday we have silently updated the OCR component of DEVONthink Pro 3. The new version fixes a problem with PDFs pages that were not rotated correctly. In addition, in some created PDFs the recognized text was not selectable. (more)

July 29, 2020

Surprise! ScanSnap Manager 64-Bit

Screenshot of ScanSnap Manager V7

In September Fujitsu announced that it would not update their ScanSnap Manager software to 64-bit, effectively making all older models of their scanners obsolete overnight. Yesterday, and to everyone’s surprise, Fujitsu released version 7 of the ScanSnap Manager, perfectly running in 64-bit and supporting all the older models from the S1300 to the S1500M. (more)

October 1, 2019

How to Scan and Archive Email

As part of the unified interface of DEVONthink 3, some functions are now found in dedicated sidebars instead of opening separate windows. These sidebars are on the left side of every main window you open, and display an icon for each. (more)

September 10, 2019

Catalina and the Fujitsu ScanSnap

If you, like many of our customers, own one of the older Fujitsu ScanSnap scanners like the S300M, S500M, S510M or S1500(M), the time might have come to move to a newer model or look for alternatives. (more)

July 4, 2019

Check the OCR Accuracy

OCR is a technology that examines the pixels in an image and tries to determine what alphabetical characters they are. These characters are then put into a layer of text underneath the original image so the file appears unchanged but is now searchable. You can estimate the accuracy of the OCR by selecting the PDF and looking at the concordance. (more)

November 16, 2018

Configure ScanSnap Home to Scan to DEVONthink

ScanSnap Home is Fujitsu’s new scan application for its desktop ScanSnap line. Unfortunately our self-configuration that allows DEVONthink Pro Office to insert itself as default destination app for completed scans into the now-legacy ScanSnap Manager no longer works with ScanSnap Home. But with the following steps you can manually configure the new scan application for DEVONthink Pro Office: … (more)