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Editors' Rating:
Very good
Average User Rating:
out of 27 votes out of 27 votes

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  • Date Added:
    Aug. 30, 2017
  • Price:
    Free to try; $79.95 to buy

Editors' Review


DevonThink Pro is your one-stop shop when it comes to organizing documents and files. This program features many smart tools and helpful support options, but learning how to use DevonThink and dealing with instability and can still be time consuming.


Exceptional tools: You are given so much power with DevonThink Pro as it can create smart databases and offers document management tools, such as saving Web pages directly to a folder and cloud syncing, boosting your overall efficiency. We found the included word processor to be full-featured, offering smart options like in-text links to other documents.

Excellent support: This application can be very hard to fully understand because of its many abilities, but the included tutorials mildly alleviate this difficulty by explaining DevonThink Pro in great detail. We visited the user forums and noted that the majority of threads were constantly active and offered more customized support based on users' goals.


Difficult usability: Our first tests of DevonThink Pro were rather exasperating because of the steep learning curve of this program. Those who are not fully familiar with computers in general will have a very hard time with this program despite the helpful support tools.

Mixed performance: Using this application was usually a smooth process, but we sometimes experienced freezing when handling large folders and files. Our documents also saved incorrectly on one occasion, causing us to lose most of the text we had written.

Bottom Line

DevonThink Pro for Mac, if used to its full potential, will completely streamline and revolutionize most people's experience with their computers. The vast amount of organizational features is great for those conducting research and gathering data, and we believe DevonThink Pro is the best choice for anyone in these fields.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.9.15


  • Rewritten PDF sidebar; brings improvements over the system PDF sidebar and fixes various issues on macOS El Capitan and later.
  • URL command "x-devonthink://createGroup" for creating groups.


  • Resolving links in internal HTML or Markdown files is now identical to DEVONthink To Go and compatible to, e.g., MathJax. Linking to other documents supports also absolute paths; queries in absolute or relative links are now ignored.
  • Tagging avoids items only located in the Tags group.
  • Toolbar search view is now also shown if no results are found.
  • Extended drag-and-drop support for Tinderbox.
  • Groups created while importing data are no longer automatically excluded from classification or tagging to make it easier to manually classify them.
  • The Sierra PDF drawing workaround has to be enabled explicitly from now on as it's not compatible to forms, slows down PDF rendering, and isn't compatible to macOS High Sierra.
  • Improved highlighting of occurrences in found web archives and HTML documents; side effect: DEVONthink Pro can no longer scroll to the first occurrence.
  • Improved detection of internet locations.
  • Improved reliability of importing and indexing images and PDF documents.
  • Improved handling of background tasks.
  • Improved memory management.

Improved (High Sierra)

  • Improved compatibility to macOS High Sierra.

Improved (Sync)

  • The field Sync Store Name now presents existing sync stores for easy selection.
  • The "Cloudy" folder can be replaced with an alias or symbolic link to use the same sync setup on multiple boot volumes.
  • Bonjour services are resolved again, e.g., after changing the port of an active Bonjour server.
  • Stopping the Bonjour server is more reliable.
  • Improved Dropbox error handling.
  • Improved error logging.


  • Fixed an issue where clipping online PDF documents failed with the declutter option enabled.
  • Fixed an issue where default document icons weren't scaled up correctly in icon views.
  • Fixed an issue where downloading a pending item updated its modification date.
  • Fixed an issue where editing an HTML page changed its URL to the path of the page.
  • Fixed an issue where File > Print wasn't disabled for locked PDFs or PDFs without print permission.
  • Fixed an issue where Go > Back/Forward was sometimes enabled after deleting items and emptying the trash.
  • Fixed an issue where importing previously exported folders into the Tags group could create duplicate tags.
  • Fixed an issue where moving or resizing PDF annotations didn't mark the document as modified (macOS Sierra or later).
  • Fixed an issue where pasting multiple tags into the Tags column of list views concatenated them.
  • Fixed an issue where reloading HTML pages didn't support relative internal links.
  • Fixed an issue where renaming the currently selected item in icon views wasn't always possible.
  • Fixed an issue where rendering of PDF pages or thumbnails could freeze the application (macOS Sierra).
  • Fixed an issue where scanning from network scanners timed out.
  • Fixed an issue where the Help button of the smart group editor opened the wrong help topic.
  • Fixed an issue where the navigation bar showed the path of internal HTML pages for documents without a URL.
  • Fixed glitches related to the handling of font preferences (macOS Sierra and later).
  • Fixed further minor bugs and glitches.

Fixed (High Sierra)

  • Fixed an issue where it was no longer possible to scroll images with the mouse wheel (workaround).
  • Fixed an issue where the Help menu appeared twice.
  • Fixed issues related to resizing oval and line PDF annotations.
  • Fixed a crash related to Quick Look.
  • Fixed glitches related to the column view on large monitors.
  • Fixed further minor bugs and glitches.

Fixed (Sync)

  • Fixed an issue where entering invalid or inconsistent encryption keys reset the encryption keys.
  • Fixed an issue where updated metadata wasn't sent after downloading a pending item.
  • Fixed a rare crash related to Dropbox authentication.
Publisher DEVONtechnologies
Publisher web site
Release Date August 30, 2017
Date Added August 30, 2017
Version 2.9.15
Category Business Software
Subcategory Project Management Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.10/10.11/10.7/10.8/10.9
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 27.65MB
File Name
Total Downloads 2,956
Downloads Last Week 2
License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price $79.95

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