DEVONthink Pro
DEVONthink Pro


DEVONthink Pro free download for Mac

DEVONthink Pro

06 December 2019

Knowledge base, information manager, and much more.


DEVONthink is DEVONtechnologies' document and information management solution. It supports a large variety of file formats and stores them in a database enhanced by artificial intelligence (AI). Many document formats can be directly viewed, edited, and annotated. A powerful search language finds documents in an instant, smart groups keep them always at hand.

Sophisticated organization tools, AI-based techniques that handle even the largest collections, and numerous integration options make DEVONthink the work environment of choice for researchers, lawyers, and educators. Smart rules, flexible reminders, and deep AppleScript support allow automating even complex repeating tasks. And with its fast, reliable, and secure synchronization users keep their data available on all their Macs. DEVONthink To Go for iPad and iPhone completes the DEVONthink ecosystem.

  • Keeps your data together
  • Scans your paper
  • Archives your email
  • Assists you with A.I.
  • Syncs your data securely
  • Automates repeating tasks
  • Lets you share your data

What's new in DEVONthink Pro

Version 3.0.3:

This release brings some improvements in getting data in and out of DEVONthink, with some more support for other email clients when sending emails via smart rules and improving clipping from various browsers. We are continuing to refine interface and the behavior in the Navigate sidebar. Additionally we have added fixes and improvements in automation, including some new scripts and the ability to sync a database via AppleScript. Of course we have also addressed several issues and a few crashes, increasing the reliability of the application.

  • Added Enable reminder alarms to Preferences > General. This is enabled by default, but can be disabled on a machine-by-machine basis.
  • Added Tools > Create Expense Report. This summarizes custom metadata dates and currencies of selected files in a sheet and adds the totals to the sheet.
  • Added smart rule script Assign Document Date & Amount which attempts to detect document dates and amounts and assigns them as custom metadata.
  • Added script Data > Verify & Optimize Databases for verifying and optimizing all open databases.
  • Added an optional database parameter to the synchronize AppleScript command. Without this parameter, the command synchronizes records with the filesystem, i.e., updating indexed files. With the parameter, databases can be manually synced with their sync locations.
  • Search results now support using Tools > Filters.
  • Pressing Escape in a fullscreen main window now hides an active search. If no search is active, it exits fullscreen mode.
  • Mailplane 4 is now supported when using Data > Send by Email.
  • Sending email via smart rules is supported when Microsoft Outlook, Mailplane 3 or 4, or Airmail 3 is the default email client. Note: Due to the poor AppleScript support in Airmail, an alert will display before sending the email.
  • Importing from Evernote, Notes, Bookends, or Yojimbo via File > Import or drag-and-drop from Apple Mail, Bookends, or Tinderbox now displays a warning if DEVONthink doesn't have automation permissions for these apps (macOS Mojave and later).
  • Improved support for clipping from Firefox via the Sorter.
  • Improved clipping web pages as formatted notes, rich text, and webarchives by using the HTML source, when possible.
  • Adding bookmarks without a name now automatically names them, e.g., after using Data > New With Clipboard , drag-and-drop, or using services.
  • Data > New With Clipboard no longer sets the URL of the new item to cross-links anymore, e.g., after copying text, as this unintentionally could create annotation files.
  • Conversion of hashtags to tags now supports semicolon- and comma-separated tags too, e.g., #tag1, #tag2, #tag3.
  • Reminders are now delayed on startup until all previously open databases and windows have been reopened.
  • It is now possible to drop images stored in DEVONthink into Markdown source code and have them resolved as valid Markdown image links. In addition, Command-Option-dragging of items into Markdown inserts valid cross-links instead of item titles.
  • Renamed the contextual and action menu command Copy Smart Rule Link to Copy Rule Link in the Navigate sidebar.
  • Pressing Delete or Backspace in the Navigate sidebar removes the selected favorite, smart group, or smart rule if Keyboard navigation is enabled in Preferences > General > Sidebar.
  • Improved dark mode support of text views, especially with complex rich text views using tables, the Import > Email interface (Pro), and the embedded script editor in smart rules and reminder alarms.
  • Improved date parsing when converting from text strings to dates.
  • Improved recognition of document dates.
  • Improved performance and reliability.
Improved (Pro):
  • Improved startup speed of Import > Email when the Apple Mail plugin isn't installed or enabled.
Improved (Sync):
  • Improved performance and reliability with iCloud, including synchronizing at least once per minute when the sync interval is set to Automatic.
  • Slightly revised wording in the alert shown when cleaning sync data.
  • Fixed a crash related to viewing some EPUB files.
  • Fixed a rare crash related to split views.
  • Fixed a rare crash related to using List view.
  • Fixed an issue where accessing Apple Reminders via scripts didn't always work due to new security measures (macOS Mojave and later).
  • Fixed an issue where attachments in rich text files couldn't be correctly dragged out of the document.
  • Fixed an issue where closing a search always set the item list to List view when Preferences > General > Retain view was enabled.
  • Fixed an issue where date criteria in smart groups, smart rules, and searches didn't work with custom metadata dates set in the future.
  • Fixed an issue where duplicate extensions were created when adding and removing attachments from rich text files while Preferences > General > Appearance > Show filename extensions was enabled.
  • Fixed an issue where icons set via AppleScript displayed a border.
  • Fixed an issue where nested hash tags caused a memory leak.
  • Fixed an issue where previewing or indexing Nisus Writer's .zrtf files with images didn't work correctly; the images are now stripped.
  • Fixed an issue where revealing search results after choosing a different item in the Navigate sidebar while the search was visible didn't always work.
  • Fixed an issue where search hits were not highlighted when using List or Columns in the View menu.
  • Fixed an issue where selected groups in the group selector could be deleted by pressing the Delete key.
  • Fixed an issue where the Log window wasn't automatically opened while executing scripts, like Data > Verify & Optimize Databases.
  • Fixed an issue where the Open toolbar item didn't work in fullscreen mode if the View/Edit pane was visible.
  • Fixed an issue where the Back and Forward arrows in the path bar didn't update the inspectors.
  • Fixed an issue where the focus ring of the current cell wasn't shown while editing sheets.
  • Fixed an issue where the formatting of real numbers wasn't always correct, e.g., currencies, used in placeholders for imprinting (Pro) and Tools > Batch Process.
  • Fixed an issue where the Sorter didn't remove temporary files when recording audio or video video notes.
  • Fixed an issue where the text color in the Navigate sidebar wasn't correct (macOS High Sierra and earlier).
  • Fixed an issue where the title of main windows was incorrect when a database's Inbox was selected in the Navigate sidebar.
  • Fixed an issue where the URL of screen captures made on macOS Catalina pointed to a temporary location. The URL is now ignored.
  • Fixed an issue where Wiki-linking based on names and aliases didn't always detect documents if their title was entered with the file extension or imported with an extension in version 2.x.
  • Fixed and issue where the scroll position of annotations in the Document > Annotations inspector or the active cell in sheets wasn't always retained after saving or synchronizing.
  • Fixed a glitch with underlined text in plain or rich text when using dark mode.
Fixed (Pro):
  • Fixed an issue where email clients could be set offline while DEVONthink was running; now they are only set to offline while importing or archiving messages or mailboxes.
  • Fixed an issue where the Imprinter didn't retain PDF annotations and rotated landscape pages to portrait orientation.
Fixed (Sync):
  • Fixed an issue where unreliable networks could lead to incorrect "Can't create folder of database …, path exists already" errors being reported.
  • Fixed an issue where incomplete sync data could lead to incorrect "File not yet available" errors being reported.

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13 September 2019

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Looks like they did a good job cleaning up the interface of the desktop app. Unfortunately, their website is confusing. They need to hire a marketing person to tell them what needs to be on their site so that it isn't confusing for customers (and people who potentially want to upgrade) to figure out. A good comparison chart of ALL versions would be a start along with the price for each. It looks like the upgrade from DEVONThink Pro 2 to DEVONThink Pro 3 to get some of the same features that I had in 2 is pretty steep compared to the about $50 I paid last time.
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Version 3.0
13 September 2019
Looks like they did a good job cleaning up the interface of the desktop app. Unfortunately, their website is confusing. They need to hire a marketing person to tell them what needs to be on their site so that it isn't confusing for customers (and people who potentially want to upgrade) to figure out. A good comparison chart of ALL versions would be a start along with the price for each. It looks like the upgrade from DEVONThink Pro 2 to DEVONThink Pro 3 to get some of the same features that I had in 2 is pretty steep compared to the about $50 I paid last time.
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Version 3.0
12 September 2019
I have been using DevonThink (pro) for a few years now. And I am very satisfied with it. I am now considering moving to version 3 but I continue to find the distinction between the different versions rather confusing! More precisely, I don't like their 'Comparison Edition' page! (on ) Rather than see 'The standard edition offers all features portrayed on the DEVONthink product page except those listed above', I would have preferred a simple presentation of all the main features with 3 columns. 'DEVONthink - DEVONthink Pro - DEVONthink Server' IMHO it would have been much clearer.
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Version 3.0
01 August 2019
I really love it! DEVONthink Pro is one of my favourite pieces of software.
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Version 3.0beta5
30 July 2019
Is DEVONthink Pro beta 5 - it is "beta" after all - suitable for practical use?? We have been waiting for the final release ... need the software asap for a project that includes OCRing 1500 pages of pdf documents. Comments, thanks.
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Version 3.0beta5
1 answer(s)
01 August 2019
See my recent comments elsewhere on this page. I cannot find any way to download. a demo of DEVONthink Pro 3 beta. Maybe if you buy a license?
19 July 2019
What downloads is not DEVONthink Pro Version 3.0beta4. It's DEVONthink Standard Version 3.0beta4. Same as the download here:
Version 3.0beta4
1 answer(s)
31 July 2019
What I wrote above is also valid for DEVONthink Pro Version 3.0beta5.
12 June 2019
The transition to DEVONThink versions 3.0 is going to be confusing. Therefore, this page was created to assist users:

Upgrader's Guide

"With DEVONthink 3.0 we have cleaned up the editions lineup. We retired DEVONnote and DEVONthink Personal, and rearranged the feature sets of the new editions in a way that we feel makes more sense to more of you...."

The resulting versions for 3.0 will be:
• DEVONThink Pro --> DEVONThink 3.0
• DEVONThink Office --> DEVONThink Pro 3.0
- OR --> DEVONThink Server 3.0

This page lists the features of both the NEW 3.0 Pro version and Server version:
DEVONthink Editions

AND here is the what's New in DEVONthink 3 page:
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Version 3.0beta3
2 answer(s)
12 June 2019
I'm a long time customer and own DevonThink Pro 2. I'm bummed that in order to keep using the Concordance feature, I have to upgrade to Pro 3 for $149, instead of v3 for $49. Concordance is the only additional feature I'd use in Pro v3, and I'll lose that if I just do the $49 upgrade to DT v3.
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12 June 2019
Dba: The beta testing isn’t over yet! I’d write DEVON about the situation and ask them to consider adding back Concordance.
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24 May 2019
I agree it's a relatively powerful piece of software but I tried this vs. Paperless and Neat and found both those two apps on par and at 1/3 the price. I might be old school but I don't think shareware, as this product is listed as, should cost $200.
Version 3.0beta2
23 May 2019
Best app I have ever used. Almost replaces Finder. Go paperless, organizes etc etc. Mac, iPhone and iPad all via iCloud AND IT WORKS!
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Version 3.0beta1
28 April 2019
Been using DTP since its early days, am very glad they finally modernized and streamlined it (it's always been very stable and highly professional). It's a complex and very powerful app I could not live without, and that is hard to describe as it can be and do so many things. It's central in my Mac-Life. I can only say I'm psyched about this "rebirth".
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Version 3.0beta1
28 April 2019
This is a powerful update to one of my favorite software packages.
Version 3.0beta1