Release notes

We release new versions of our applications on a regular basis. Every release comes with bug fixes and detail enhancements as well as very often also new features. Read here what has changed in the most recent version.

DEVONthink Personal 2.9.17

This maintenance release makes it easier to insert links into plain text and Markdown documents, and lets you search your databases via URL command. In addition, PDF annotations and text entered into PDF forms are searchable now, audio files resume playback, and the colors of Markdown documents can be customized. The update also improves the overall reliability and fixes bugs.


  • Insert Link To submenu added to the contextual menu of editable plain text and Markdown documents.
  • URL command "x-devonthink://search?query=" added for initiating a search.


  • Pressing Delete or ⌫ Backspace deletes the PDF pages currently selected in the PDF sidebar.
  • The Edit > Find commands search from the current page of PDF documents if no text is selected.
  • PDF annotations and text entered into PDF forms are now searchable; improves the recognition of duplicates too.
  • Audio documents can now, e.g., resume playback after closing and reopening the document.
  • Foreground and background colors for Markdown documents can be customized by linked stylesheets or Preferences > Web.
  • Pressing the ⌘ Command modifier key when dragging from other apps doesn't move the items anymore if the source app doesn't support this.
  • Improved validation of Format > Add Link.
  • Improved Clip to DEVONthink web browser extension.
  • Improved appearance of label colors in menus.
  • Improved handling of .textbundle document packages doesn't depend on installed third-party software anymore.
  • Improved automatic naming of clipped Markdown documents.
  • Improved HTML/XML character set and encoding support.
  • Much faster Go > Go to page in case of very long PDF documents.
  • Improved reliability of capturing and thumbnailing dynamic and asynchronous websites.
  • Improved reliability of thumbnailing PDF documents.
  • Improved queuing of clipping web pages for reduced server load.
  • Improved logging.
  • Improved bug reporting.
  • Improved overall reliability and performance.

Improved (Sync)

  • Validating WebDAV URLs accepts hosts without a dot.
  • Improved compatibility to WebDAV servers, e.g., older Microsoft IIS versions.
  • Improved reliability of sync status.
  • Improved French localization.
  • Improved error logging and handling.


  • Fixed an issue where document properties equal to the item's title were filtered from the internal metadata store.
  • Fixed an issue where found occurences in PDF documents weren't highlighted on macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 and later (Workaround).
  • Fixed an issue where highlights in PDF thumbnails were not visible on macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 and later (Workaround).
  • Fixed an issue where processing large numbers of PDF pages in the background on macOS (High) Sierra caused memory peaks (Workaround).
  • Fixed an issue where some email messages with a non-empty subject couldn't be imported from Apple Mail via drag-and-drop.
  • Fixed an issue where temporary files were not removed after dropping links from other applications to DEVONthink Personal.
  • Fixed an issue where the Data > Capture menu items weren't disabled for Markdown documents, formatted notes, and local HTML pages without a URL.
  • Fixed an issue where the displayed location of items was sometimes the one in the trash even if locations outside the trash existed.
  • Fixed an issue where the navigation bar displayed a UUID for external HTML documents.
  • Fixed an issue where the navigation bar wasn't always updated after renaming items.
  • Fixed an issue where thumbnailing PDF pages could fail.
  • Fixed an issue related to temporary placeholders of the PDF sidebar while creating thumbnails.
  • Fixed a rare crash related to previewing Markdown and HTML documents.