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Articles in the category Tips

August 3, 2021

How to Change the App Language

On the Mac and on iOS apps open in the best available language from the preferred languages order you define in System Preferences or the Settings app. But did you know that you can change this for each app individually? Here’s how. (more)

July 13, 2021

Understanding DEVONthink Editions

DEVONthink menu with starred items.

In our user community and in customer support, we receive reports about certain functions of DEVONthink, e.g., OCR, not working. However, after asking for a bit more detail, it often turns out the person has purchased the wrong edition. Here’s how to check your edition and a few of the specific functions in them. (more)

July 6, 2021

Integrate Trickster with DEVONthink

Trickster and DEVONthink icons connected with a cable.

Our friends at Apparent Software added dedicated integration with DEVONthink to their latest release of Trickster. Trickster is a little application that lives in the menu bar and lists your recently used files, neatly organized by file type and application. Here’s how the integration works and how you set it up. (more)

June 29, 2021

How To Assign Your Own Shortcuts

CustomShortcuts application window.

For many people, keyboard shortcuts — also known as hotkeys and not to be confused with the forthcoming app Shortcuts — provide a quicker way to accomplish tasks in an application. Here’s how you can assign, and sometimes change, shortcuts on your own. (more)

June 15, 2021

Get Item Links with Bubble Gum

Screenshot showing the Bubble Gum menu.

Scotty Jackson, co-host of the excellent productivity podcast Nested Folders, has created a great iOS shortcut named Bubble Gum for quickly searching for materials and copying links to them to the clipboard. It supports a growing list of apps including DEVONthink To Go. Check it out. (more)

June 8, 2021

How to Use the Log Window

Log window with results.

Whether you are experiencing issues in DEVONthink, doing database maintenance routines, or running processes like archiving emails, the Log window is a handy utility pane that provides information useful in different situations. Here is how to access the log and some of the things you may see reported there. (more)

June 1, 2021

How to Use Markdown Extensions

Markdown file with extended syntax.

Markdown is a file format continuing to gain popularity in many circles. And even though it is a very simple format, there are also some extensions people have created to add additional features to rendered Markdown. Currently DEVONthink supports extensions for mathematical equations, diagrams, and syntax highlighting. (more)

May 4, 2021

How to Avoid Overtagging

Tag list with many tags.

For many people, tags are a useful way of segregating or creating contextual relationships between items. Some prefer a small set of broad tags, while others create deep, specific tag lists. But sometimes tags can seem to appear out of nowhere. These could come in, e.g., from the outside world through Finder tags. Here’s how to avoid “unexpected tagging” in DEVONthink. (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)

April 2, 2021

How to Get Data into the Global Inbox

Global Inbox shown in the Finder.

The Global Inbox is a core component of DEVONthink. Ever-present and useful for storing transient data or things you may not have a database for yet, it’s also accessible from almost everywhere on your Mac. Here are some ways to get data into the Global Inbox. (more)