DEVONthink Pro
DEVONthink Pro


DEVONthink Pro free download for Mac

DEVONthink Pro

13 September 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:

This long-awaited release debuts many exciting new features and improvements including: a new integrated user interface, custom metadata, reminders, and new automation options that are even accessible to non-programmers.

We have extended the capabilities of our already powerful search engine with search prefixes, like tags: and name:, to allow constructing more focused searches. Working with annotations and navigating PDFs is now easier and more efficient. A new OCR engine transforms scans into searchable PDFs faster and more accurate, the rewritten web interface supports teams with user and access permission management, and the new Sorter makes it easier than ever to add new data to DEVONthink. PDFs and images can also be imprinted with custom data, including Bates numbering. And if privacy is your concern: encrypted databases keep your data securely locked away from prying eyes.

In addition to the wealth of new features, DEVONthink has maintained and improved the core technologies you've relied on in previous versions. To make it easier to get started with DEVONthink, we have also thoroughly revised and rewritten the documentation, providing a handy and quickly accessible reference.

NOTE: Starting with this release DEVONthink requires OS X El Capitan (10.11.5) or later.

Product Line
  • Three new editions: DEVONthink, DEVONthink Pro, and DEVONthink Server. All editions support automation, multiple databases, and all file types.
User Interface
  • Added a new integrated user interface, utilizing panes versus independent windows for many functions.
  • Added support for the dark mode color scheme in macOS Mojave and later.
  • Added the Info inspector, showing general information and custom metadata about selected files.
  • Added the Annotations & Reminders inspector, allowing you to set reminders, view Finder comments, and create, view, and edit annotation files. Reminders can be one-time or scheduled, and they support several alarm options, including executing scripts.
  • Added the Content inspector displaying: the table of contents found in some Markdown, EPUB, and PDF documents, or the thumbnails for PDFs.
  • Added the Document inspector displaying: indexed metadata, added annotations (highlights, text, etc.) and detected links in PDF, RTF, and web-based documents, e.g., web archives.
  • Added the Concordance inspector giving you access to a word frequency list. It also has a new Cloud view, showing a word cloud with sizes based on word weight.
  • Added the See Also & Classify inspector, displaying suggested filing locations for or documents related to the selected item.
  • Added the Search inspector, providing in-document search-and-replace and a list of search results. It also allows viewing the context of the search term and easy navigation through the document.
  • Added the Reading List sidebar to gather items you want to read or return to at a later time, e.g., to easily access bookmarks, PDF pages, or specific points in video or audio.
  • Added the Extras sidebar providing access to up-to-date scripts, templates, tips and tricks, and news from us.
  • Added the Import sidebar integrating scanning and email archiving.
  • Added an Activity pane for a less intrusive display of certain processes.
  • Added encrypted databases for maximum privacy.
Searching & Navigating
  • Added search prefixes, e.g., tags: or name:, to allow for more focused searches. These are also used in scripting.
  • Search, including advanced criteria options, is now integrated into the main window.
  • Improved indexing and searching, including better support for Asian languages and indexing PDF and RTF attachments.
  • More precise highlighting of search hits when using proximity operators, e.g., NEAR or BEFORE.
  • Added Filter panes for filtering the displayed files by tags, dates and marks (label color, locked state, etc.), or geolocation data.
  • Added Go > To Group, Data > Move To, and Edit > Insert Item Link commands and popovers. These allow quicker access to open, reorganize, or link to items in your databases.
  • Favorites can now contain documents.
  • Tighter integration with the filesystem when using indexed files.
Working with Documents
  • Added a new 64-bit OCR engine with multi-core processing, Asian language support, and output to multiple formats.
  • Added the ability to create custom imprints, including placeholder text and Bates numbering, via Preferences > Imprint. For use with images and PDF files.
  • Added support for barcode detection.
  • Added a new web sharing interface and web server, utilizing secure connections via TLS and allowing creation of users with per-database permissions.
  • The Sorter has been redesigned and supports: searching open databases, multiple note taking options, including audio, video, and integrated screen captures, and includes the Clip to DEVONthink functions.
  • The Clip to DEVONthink browser extension for Safari is now a native extension.
  • Added custom metadata to support situation-specific needs. Multiple data types are supported, e.g., sets, Booleans, and numbers.
  • Added more options to convert metadata to tags, e.g., hashtags or geolocation data.
  • Added support for geolocation data, including the ability to enter it manually.
  • Added ratings, 0 to 5 stars.
  • Added automatic image tagging using machine learning.
  • Added the Formatting bar, shown under the toolbar, for use with rich text documents.
  • Added the Editing bar, displayed over the View/Edit pane, for quicker editing with document type-specific tools.
  • Added side-by-side view for editing HTML and Markdown documents.
  • Added form views and support for specific data types (number, date, etc.) to sheets.
  • Added Tools > Summarize Highlights to create a new RTF file containing the highlighted text from selected PDF and RTF files.
  • Added Tools > Create Metadata Overview to easily assemble metadata for selected files in a sheet that can be shared or exported.
  • Improved EPUB support with reading, search, and conversion to other formats, e.g., rich text or PDF.
  • Improved automatic WikiLinking, including support for the square bracket syntax, and active links in the rendered view of Markdown documents.
Automating Your Work
  • Added smart rules and Tools > Batch Process to execute event-driven actions on files, on a schedule or on demand.
  • Added new, easy to use data placeholders for use in templates, imprints, smart rules, and batch processing.
  • Added reminders that can be added to documents. They can be one-time or scheduled, and they support several alarm options, including executing scripts.
  • Improved and extended the AppleScript capabilities, including the ability to use scripts in reminders and smart rules.
Other Improvements
  • Revised and rewritten documentation.
  • Improved background processing of several functions, like email archiving, indexing, thumbnail generation, etc.
  • Improved performance.

Requirements for DEVONthink Pro

  • Intel 64
  • OS X 10.11.5 or later

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11 July 2013

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Once again, Devon Technologies has put out a minor release that many, many vendors would have tagged as "major" and charged for an upgrade -- this time, adding a new note type, Markdown capability, and Mavericks tagging. I bought this package shortly before 2.0 came out, when the developer was offering a 2.0 upgrade for any buyers of 1.x after that date. That was five years ago; the 2.0 release was in 2008. And several times now, the Devon people have put out some pretty big new features (especially on the Pro Office package, which I don't have), without upping the major release number. If you're going to spend anything more than $10 or $20 on a piece of organizational/research software, it's nice to know that that "planned obsolescence" is not the developer's strategy. Aside from that, it's just really good software. I tried a bunch of these products that make information capture and organization easy. Yojimbo's capture is probably easier, but not by very much if you use DevonThink's Sorter. DevonThink can also capture from a lot of different places in your workflow -- browser extension, print-to-PDF dialogue, global Inbox in your Finder, all mean you can capture any time the thought comes to you. But none of the other information managers out there provide you with anything like the kinds of tools you get from DevonThink for whipping your information into shape once you've captured it. Seriously, there's just no contest. There's an AI for suggesting cross-references and filing/tagging locations, you can auto-file all the stuff in your inbox if you've learned to trust that AI, you can annotate and edit PDFs, HTML, and Rich Text... It's just flat sick, is what it is. And, since it's basically morally wrong to keep a guy's stuff in a proprietary database with no way out (and there are information managers that do this), you can export to plain old files-and-folders that mimic your groups/tags, and navigate them through the Finder.
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Version 2.6
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.
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.
Version 3.0
01 August 2019
I really love it! DEVONthink Pro is one of my favourite pieces of software.
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.
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