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DEVONthink & DEVONthink to Go: Dynamic Duo

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Evernote or DEVONthink Pro Office? This is the question I’ve been asking myself for several years now.

There was a point in time, somewhere around early 2015, where I switched to a plain text note taking system using nvAlt, DEVONthink Pro Office, and Drafts.

This worked considerably well though as I decided I needed to become more productive I decided to go back to Evernote.

I wrote about DEVONthink in 2015. Convinced it was only for academics who do heavy research, I didn’t know what to do with it. My first year at Pitt was that year so I eventually bought it.

DEVONthink to Go Gets a Makeover

One of the things that stopped me from fully utilizing DEVONthink Pro Office was that DEVONthink to Go was basically just a file viewer. As I stated in my other DEVONthink article, what I needed from DEVONthink was a mobile component. DEVONthink to Go was a good app but it didn’t suit my needs.

With DEVONthink to Go 3.0 we get a new look and a whole lot of functionality that wasn’t in the original DEVONthink to Go app.

Spotlight search, Files app integration, X-callback-URL schemes, new UI, and powerful file management features makes this the best compliment to DEVONthink Pro Office yet.

My Use Case

DEVONthink Pro Office and DEVONthink to Go are where I store web archives I know I will refer back to later 1. PDFs, receipts, emails, and other documents I will need for later and will come back to repeatedly gets stored in DEVONthink Pro Office.

I also use DEVONthink Pro Office and DEVONthink to Go to archive my blog posts, screenshots, and screen recordings from iOS.

Evernote is for the ephemeral, things like newsletters and recent web clippings I will delete eventually because I will not be referring back to them more than a couple times.

Not For Everyone

I know Evernote is the favorite but I use both of these apps in tandem. It’s taken me a while to realize each app’s strengths and play to them.

  1. By later, I mean as a reference. 

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A New Addition: Amazon Echo

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I was browsing the MobileRead forums like I do 1 and visited the Amazon Echo thread. I usually avoid this thread because I am really waiting until I finally get a developer job to make my apartment 2 more “high tech” and the Echo was on my Amazon wishlist for later, when I can afford the luxury.

But while I was browsing MobileRead on my iPad 3, I saw a photo of some of the weird syntax it uses, as well as some weird Siri nonsense and I was intrigued. I went to the thread and found that QVC was selling new Echos for $75. Along with that, you get two free months of Amazon Music and Audible 4.

Well, Things Changed Quickly

I decided I’d send the link to my mother who uses QVC and buys pretty much everything from there. We just had a conversation about her not buying from there in a year and I send her the link. She laughed but she bought it for me as a Xmas gift 5. $75 isn’t a bad price for the Echo at all and the fact that they are new is nice.

More IFTTT Recipes? Yes, Please.

I only have a couple in anticipation for the Echo…



  1. While there are things like Slack and Gitter, old school BBS forums like MobileRead and iMore are my favorite for synchronous chat interactions. Plus I am a total book nerd. 

  2. I will be moving once I do get a dev job. Terribly far out from town. Being closer helps the commute. 

  3. I use Tapatalk Pro

  4. New accounts only. They are also third party codes so YMMV. 

  5. Instead of another winter coat, which she buys me every year, of which I have three or four that fit just fine. 

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Pick of the Month: Transmit 5 for Mac

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[caption id=”attachment_2267” align=”aligncenter” width=”1034”]Transit 5. Image credit: [Panic, Inc]( Transmit 5. Image credit: Panic, Inc[/caption]One of the first Mac programming apps I ever bought 1 was Coda 2 from the famed Mac and iOS developers Panic, Inc.

  1. One of my first Mac apps period

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KickMe App Review: Anti-Procrastination Tool

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Thanks to Alif Aleph Sajan for letting me test KickMe.

KickMe is a cross-platform app built using a Node framework called Electron which allows a developer to write one app and port it to Windows, Mac, and Linux.

For a video overview of the app, check the YouTube video below.

The Good

This is a really interesting concept. I too often have windows upon windows snapped in different locations using BetterSnapTool as well as multiple desktops.

[caption id=”attachment_2260” align=”aligncenter” width=”1190”]multi-desktop life multi-desktop life[/caption]

As the video showed, you can activate KickMe with ⌘⌥K or when the app is in your dock, you can tap the icon provided you have a trackpad or Magic Mouse 1.

Kicks are tasks. You can have projects that hold your Kicks, etc. It is novel, and I appreciate a developer trying interesting ways to help people be more productive.

The Bad

I am not really using it. I am having a hard time finding where it fits in my workflow. I currently have OmniFocus, Evernote, and Fantastical doing the heavy lifting for my productivity 2. While being able to rinse the screen of distractions is handy, I can do that with ⌥⌘H in OmniFocus or Evernote when I want to concentrate. It basically hides all your other windows so you can focus. But I can do that without this app.

And as I showed before, I have multiple desktops to help me with what programmers call, “the separation of concerns”, which is self-explanatory.

Good For Normals

If you are someone who doesn’t fiddle too much with expensive productivity apps and doesn’t dig much into your app’s menus, then this will be a great option to manage your tasks, your most important tasks, and being able to focus solely on those tasks. But for me, OmniFocus and its Perspectives and the Hide All menu option is easier and has more of my muscle memory.

Where You Can Find the App

You can find KickMe on the Mac App Store

  1. That’s how I initially did it because the website indicated that’s how you were to do it. 

  2. nvAlt as well for quick notes. 

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