Best way to start with DT & DT2G? Feeling overwhelmed


I’m completely new to DT (Mac, too for that matter) and DT2G. I’ve been trying to work my way through the DT 3.0 ebook but it’s slow and I’m feeling pretty overwhelmed.

I’m not trying to take any shortcuts but I just wondered if there is, perhaps, a slightly more concise “getting started” guide or a video that you can recommend so that I could start trying to find my way again. I’m feeling a little caught up in the reeds, if that makes sense.

Thanks so much in advance. I’m also not trying to get anyone to take a lot of time our on my behalf so if there is a site/link, etc that could help, I would be so grateful.

There are many resources out there and others may chip in with their favorites. You’ve apparently found “Take Control of DEVONthink Pro” e-book. Also get a copy of the Handbook from the same web page on DEVON Technologies web site and save it into one of your databases. I always keep the latest version of that document in my DEVONthink “favorites” (right mouse click, “add to”, “favorites”) for quick reference.

You don’t have to learn everything at the start. Learn as you go. I’ve been using it for over a decade and I am still learning things, which is why it’s a “keeper” tool for me.

Your first step, though, as a starter is to get clear in your mind why you are planning to use it? What problem are you fixing? How do you see DEVONthink helping with that solution?


I found this series on YouTube quite helpful for just understanding the basics:


I’m not sure if that was a rhetorical question or an actual one - about why I’m using DT. But, just in case…

I want to have all my data - all of it, in one place, searchable - findable, accessible anytime or anywhere. I’m trying to go completely paperless, so I plan to scan in paperwork. That’s the basics of it, anyway. Or an overview. To be honest, I don’t fully get everything that DT can do. It took me way too long (and posting on Reddit) to try to understand a little about it. It’s pretty amazing.

Sounds good, except for the part about taking advice on Reddit :wink: Here is surely better.

Go for it

Neither do I and I’ve been using it for more than a decade.

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