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Take Control of Getting Started with DEVONthink 2--New Ebook from TidBITS

April 8, 2010

Ithaca, NY—To mark the recent release of the popular information management application DEVONthink 2, TidBITS Publishing Inc. has published a new ebook, Take Control of Getting Started with DEVONthink 2 ($10 USD).

Designed to help Mac users fight information overload by storing and indexing digital documents and clippings of all sorts, including scanned paper bills and receipts, DEVONthink provides all the tools necessary to organize, find, and view vast amounts of stored data. Written by Joe Kissell and created in collaboration with DEVONtechnologies, LLC, the ebook explains DEVONthink's core concepts and guides readers through many aspects of putting DEVONthink to work.

Kissell teaches readers how to:

  • Get around in DEVONthink's interface
  • Decide how many databases to set up
  • Determine whether to import or index data
  • Configure where incoming data will go
  • Import data from many different applications
  • Input data from a scanner, including OCR options
  • Use grouping and tagging to organize data
  • Use simple (and sophisticated) techniques for searching
  • Create smart groups that automatically gather newly imported data
  • Edit data in DEVONthink (or externally)
  • Export data out of DEVONthink
  • Back up and maintain healthy databases

Questions answered in the book include:

  • What is DEVONthink especially good for, and what should be left to other programs?
  • What kinds of data can I import? (Short answer: Nearly everything!)
  • Which of DEVONthink's many views should I use?
  • When I import data from different sources, where does it end up, and why?
  • Is it better to sort imported data right away, or leave it for later?
  • Should I group my data, tag it, or both?
  • What are duplicates and replicants, and how can I tell them apart?
  • Which types of data can be created or edited within DEVONthink?
  • How do I make my DEVONthink database accessible via the Web?
  • Are there any Automator or AppleScript options for DEVONthink? (Hint: Yes!)

The ebook covers all three editions of DEVONthink 2: DEVONthink Pro Office, DEVONthink Professional, and DEVONthink Personal, and it is completely up-to-date with today's release of DEVONthink 2.0.2.

For a review copy or more information please email takecontrolpr@oreilly.com.

Joe Kissell has written many ebooks in the Take Control series. He's also a senior contributor to Macworld and Senior Editor of TidBITS. His June 2008 Macworld article, "Empty Your Inbox," won the award for best how-to article from American Business Media's 2009 Neal Awards. Although he is a native English speaker, Joe currently resides in Paris.

Additional Resources:
For more information about the book, including table of contents, index, author bios, and cover graphic, see: http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9781615420490

Take Control of Getting Started with DEVONthink 2
Publisher: TidBITS
by Joe Kissell
EBook Price: $10.00 USD
ISBN: 9781615420490

About TidBITS
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