I am trying to use DDTG on my ipad as a information ‘collector’. I share items to DTTG, switch to my Macbook Devonthink and they are not there in the inbox. Why? Because I have forgotten to open the app on the iPad and wait until it has finished syncing (which can feel like ages as it takes several pushes of the cloud icon). It is so FRUSTRATING! If I save to any other app on my iPad, iCloud, Dropbox, OneDrive, etc. things appear fine on my Macbook.
I know lots of people have written on this, but please Devonthink, sort out DDTG syncing or I will have to abandon it.
But… I could have some set up setting wrong. Is there anyway to get DDTG to sync in the background? Thanks
Well, off you go then. To be slightly less facetious, you’d actually need to get Apple to change things, rather than DT. DT have explained the reasoning behind this a number of times in the past. The low down of it is that the sync process in DT is rather more complicated than, for example, syncing a text note. Apple will allow software to work in the background for a limited (und if I understand things correctly, somewhat unpredictable) amount of time. This limit effectively precludes DTTG from offering effective background syncing.
As @rmschne has suggested, you may find Bonjour sync helpful; I simply sit down with my iPad when at my Mac and find everything has been happily synced something like 30 seconds later.
Thanks for your comments. I have Bonjour enabled on my Macbook DT. My Ipad has both Bonjour and Dropbox syncing enabled. But bonjour does not seem to kick in or at least I can’t tell if it is working. Anyway to easily check Ipad is talking to the MacBook via bonjour? OR let me know how I should set up bonjour on the two devices. Thanks for all your help (and sorry I let off a bit of steam).
Glad to hear it. We advocate using a sync on your local network unless you really need a remote sync option.
PS: DEVONthink To Go already supports Background App Refresh. However, the operating system controls if and when this happens and only allows about 30 seconds of activity before it shuts it down again.
Things is likely doing very different things data-wise. I haven’t looked at it in awhile but if it’s writing to an SQL store, that is a common and simple mechanism for data transfer. It’s also a very limited one made for such small bits of data. This is similar to how Apple Notes behaves.
Bonjour is still using the same mechanism as other sync methods, i.e., it’s not just doing a file copy between devices. It’s still raw, chunked, and encrypted sync data being passed between them.