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January 24, 2023

How to Quickly Translate Text

Screenshot showing the translation popover-menu with translated text.

There are many times we have to deal with documents that aren’t in our native language and in those cases, a translator becomes invaluable. For this, Apple provides a built-in translation you may not know or think about sometimes. Here is a short introduction. (more)

January 10, 2023

How to Use a Custom Stylesheet

Illustration showing a split view of a styled and unstyled document.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. For your documents, you certainly care about the aesthetics, because looking at a pretty document is simply much more pleasure. If you use Markdown or HTML-based documents in DEVONthink, you can easily customize the look with a stylesheet. Here’s how that works. (more)

January 3, 2023

How to Use the Apple Pencil

Screenshot showing a pdf in DEVONthink To Go with annotations.

With the Apple Pencil, you can draw, paint, or turn your iPad into a digital notebook that you can write in by hand. The Apple Pencil is a constant companion for many users and DEVONthink To Go offers some ways to use it as well. Here are a few suggestions. (more)

December 13, 2022

How to Use the Graph View

Screenshot showing the graph view in a DEVONthink window.

Sometimes a visualization is helpful to see the connections between things, e.g., between different documents. One of our intrepid community members created a script for DEVONthink that allows you to generate a network graph showing interconnecting links between documents. Here is a brief overview. (more)

December 6, 2022

How to Use DEVONagent's Browser

Screenshot, showing a browser window in DEVONagent Pro 3.

Our intelligent search assistant DEVONagent can be used for all kinds of searches on the web, searching several search engines simultaneously for the best results. But besides searching, DEVONagent also has a built-in web browser. And while it doesn’t support browser extensions, it does have some nice tricks up its sleeve. Here are a few. (more)

November 29, 2022

How to Use Annotations on the Mac

Screenshot showing the Annotations & Reminders inspector in DEVONthink 3.

Annotations are text documents in DEVONthink that are attached to another document, for example a PDF. They are a simple but powerful tool for making notes about a document and can therefore be used for everything from research to schoolwork to journaling and more. Here’s an introduction, or a refresher. (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 18, 2022

How to Navigate in DEVONthink

Screenshot showing the path history dropdown in DEVONthink.

When working in a database with a more complex hierarchy of groups, sometimes you may feel a bit lost. Or maybe you find yourself needing to move more quickly through your groups. Here are a few ways to quickly navigate back and forth through locations in your DEVONthink databases. (more)

September 6, 2022

Seven Ways to Move Documents

Screenshot, showing the move-to popover in DEVONthink 3.

One of the fundamental strengths of DEVONthink is the various ways of organizing documents. But as the databases grow, you may find it a little harder to put your documents in the appropriate locations. Here are seven simple ways to move documents around inside their databases. (more)

August 23, 2022

How to Import Smart Mailboxes

Screenshot showing the smart mailbox editor in Apple Mail.

When it comes to email, most of us will have to admit we have way too much. If you’re an Apple Mail user and need to clean things up, smart mailboxes can help you keep things in order. Here is how you import these smart mailboxes to DEVONthink. (more)