I’m what you might call a keyboard-first user: as much as possible, I try to do everything with keyboard shortcuts because it’s faster for me. A problem with DEVONthink that has frustrated me for years now is it continues to be so effing difficult to change focus between components of the interface using the keyboard. Example: suppose you select an item in the list of documents in a group, and navigate up and down using the keyboard, then if you open an Inspector and type something there, focus is moved away from the list panel and even if you close the inspector window, focus does not get returned to the list. So now you can’t continue to navigate between items with the keyboard. Not even ⌘-↓ and ⌘-↑ will move between documents in the list anymore. Tab and shift-tab move between toolbar items or other interface items (and even repeated presssing doesn’t eventually cycle around to the list).
Contrast this to an application like OmniFocus, which has explicit menu items and keyboard shortcuts to change focus to different parts of the interface. This makes fast keyboard-based navigation and editing possible.
Am I missing something obvious? Is there really no shortcut, menu item or AppleScript way to simply move focus back to the list after doing something in an inspector? The closest I’ve come so far is to create a Keyboard Maestro shortcut that performs a Go ➜ Back and Go ➜ Forward, which has the side-effect of returning focus to the list. But, sometimes this fails, and anyway, it’s an egregious hack.
Can I please ask for a simple “move focus to list” function somewhere? Even if it’s just in AppleScript! Just some way to put focus directly back to the list …