What's New

What's new in DEVONthink Personal 2.9.10

This release adds an option for importing notes and attachments from Apple Notes. Text editing in fullscreen mode has been overhauled too. In addition, this release fixes a number of PDF-related issues on macOS Sierra. Encrypted PDFs can be unlocked again. Finally, the update also improves the overall reliability and performance.

Version 2.9.10 fixes an issue where Dropbox synchronizations failed due to a wrong path.


  • File > Import > Folders & Attachments from Notes command. Requires at least macOS 10.11.x.
  • Hidden preference "DisableActivityWindow", keeps the Activity window from being opened and closed automatically.


  • Fullscreen text handling is more responsive, supports substitutions, and no longer flickers.
  • Fonts in Preferences > Editing can now be also reset by holding the ⌥Option modifier key.
  • The list font family (see Preferences > General) is now also used for search results.
  • Back and Forward commands are now located at the top of contextual menus of web views.
  • See Also and Classify drawers display flagged and unread icons too.
  • Notes can be deleted in the Take Note and Clip to DEVONthink panels with ⌘Backspace.
  • Empty Markdown documents are now always opened in editing mode.
  • Support for moved or multiple Dropbox folders (Personal/Business).
  • Encoding support for messages dragged from Apple Mail.
  • Automatic naming of images and PDF documents, e.g., created by Clip to DEVONthink.
  • Workarounds for issues in macOS Sierra's PDFkit.
  • After editing PDF documents, the "No Text" warning is always logged if necessary.
  • MultiMarkdown 5 is used to render Markdown documents; this fixes, e.g., rare freezes.
  • Sorter uses better memory management, updates names of groups more often, and fix rare issues.
  • Better handling of indexed metadata and of filesystems events fixes unnecessary synchronization uploads.
  • Localizations.
  • Overall reliability.

Improved (Sync)

  • Support for moved or multiple Dropbox folders (Personal/Business).
  • Better handling of many concurrent synchronizations.
  • Sync store uploads no longer zip multiple document packages concurrently to avoid memory peaks.
  • Reliability and efficiency in case of multiple sync locations synchronizing the same sync stores.
  • Encryption keys are stored in an additional place as especially iOS can reset or corrupt preferences after app updates.
  • More flexible handling of invalid HTTPS certificates.
  • Better sync status handling.
  • French localization.
  • Overall reliability.

Fixed (PDF)

  • Issue where PDFs couldn't be unlocked on macOS Sierra.
  • Issue where editing, merging, or splitting PDF documents killed the text layer of certain scanned documents on macOS Sierra 10.12.2.
  • Issue where PDF note annotations were invisible on macOS Sierra; they still have no proper icon, just like in the Preview app too.
  • Issue where the border of PDF text annotations couldn't be removed on macOS Sierra.
  • Issue where a bug of PDFkit caused exceptions and froze the Annotations panel.

Fixed (Sync)

  • Rare crash, especially on iOS after downloading contents on demand.
  • Issue where creating local sync stores in cloud folders wasn't possible anymore.
  • Issue where Dropbox synchronizations failed due to a wrong path.
  • Issue where the popup menu for creating sync locations was incorrectly sorted on German systems.
  • Issue where verifying a sync store could create harmless empty folders.

Fixed (Other)

  • Multiple issues related to scanning.
  • Issue where clicking local file links in HTML pages launched them in the default application instead of in DEVONthink Personal.
  • Issue where sending automatically named scans via File > Import > From Scanner or Camera could fail.
  • Issue where the last used plain text zoom wasn't always applied to Markdown documents.
  • Issue where the Link Type popup menu of Annotations panel wasn't updated after selecting a different annotation.
  • Issue where the URL of web archives clipped on iOS via Instapaper wasn't the right one on the Mac after synchronizing.
  • Crashes caused by macOS 10.12.2, at least made less likely.


  • Obsolete and broken custom icon files from templates.

Known issues (macOS Sierra)

  • Flickering while resizing or moving PDF annotations. Say 'Hello' to PDFKit.
  • Note PDF annotations can't be opened or expanded. No kidding, it's PDFKit.

DEVONthink (com.devon-technologies.think) is a Mac software application that has been discovered and submitted by users of Software.com. The latest version that our users have reported running on their systems is DEVONthink 2.9.10. The most popular version of this application used by our users is DEVONthink 1.9.16.

Operating System: Mac

Default Install Path: /Applications/DEVONthink.app

Minimum OS version: 10.4

Bundle Information: 1.9.16 (c)2001-2008 DEVONtechnologies.