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  • Backups (Part 1: Local)

    Aug 21, 2018

    If there’s one difficult question to ask in Support, it’s: “Do you have current local backups of your  DEVONthink  databases?” Too often, the answer is, “No” or “I’ve been thinking about starting backups, but I ne … (more)

  • Backups (Part 3: Online)

    Sep 4, 2018

    When we discuss backups, we generally advocate primary backups on local drives. However, we sometimes hear, “But, I want to use an online backup!” While, this is indeed possible, here are a few thi … (more)

  • Backups (Part 2: Locally Hidden)

    Aug 28, 2018

    As mentioned last week, we sometimes receive support requests from people where the best option is to restore data from backups. All too often we find out they have not been diligent in keeping their … (more)

  • How to Keep Your Data Private

    Jan 22, 2020 — Eric Böhnisch-Volkmann

    An article published yesterday by Reuters casts a shadow on Apple’s commitment on privacy and encryption. When Apple spoke privately to the FBI about its work on phone security the following … (more)

  • Internal Metadata Backups

    Aug 29, 2017

    DEVONthink does not have a system for automatically backing up everything. DEVONthink has a setting in its Preferences > Backup that controls how many internal metadata backups are done. These … (more)

  • Online Backup with Arq and Amazon S3

    Apr 8, 2014

    Backups are something that every computer user is supposed to do but nobody really enjoys doing it. Apple’s Time Machine makes it a lot easier, at least when you have a second hard disk or a … (more)

  • How to Create a Database Archive

    Sep 14, 2021 — Jim Neumann

    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 … (more)

  • Going Back to a Backup

    May 1, 2007

    Why-o-ever it may happen, databases can go corrupt. Be it a damaged file system, a system hang, or, Heaven forbid!, a DEVONthink crash. But, no reason to panic. First, run Tools > Verify & … (more)

  • How to Protect Your Data with a UPS

    May 3, 2022 — Jim Neumann

    An interesting weather fact: The Earth is struck by lightning eight million times per day, and no that’s not a typo. The power of a single strike can shut down electricity for a house, a … (more)

  • Interview: Prof. Dr. Frank Thissen

    Oct 1, 2013

    A few months ago I got into contact with Dr. Frank Thissen, lecturer at the Stuttgart Media University popup: true (Hochschule der Medien, HdM) in Germany. Frank is a DEVONthink power user and we … (more)

  • Using Temporary Databases in DEVONthink

    Sep 28, 2021 — Jim Neumann

    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 … (more)

  • How to Add Plain Text Extensions

    Dec 7, 2021 — Jim Neumann

    Plain text files are at the very core of many things in the computing world. Markdown and HTML, system logs, delimited files for tabular data… the list goes on an on. DEVONthink supports many plain t … (more)

  • Understanding Database Sizes

    Mar 15, 2022 — Jim Neumann

    While hard drives are relatively large and inexpensive nowadays, it’s still a good idea to keep an eye on your disk usage. When you’re trying to determine how much space you’re … (more)

  • License Server Failure

    Dec 30, 2008

    Just in time for the Christmas holidays our FileMaker server failed and corrupted our customer and license database. We have, of course, tons of backups and I restored all functionality but it may be … (more)

  • Elaine Giles' DEVONthink 3 Series

    Oct 5, 2020 — Eric Böhnisch-Volkmann

    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. The whole video is more than … (more)

  • An Online Storage Service Worth a Look

    Jan 23, 2008

    Last week I came across an interesting backup and archival solution: JungleDisk . It uses Amazon’s S3 storage and makes it available as a local WebDAV disk. You can use it to make regular or … (more)