DEVONthink To Go Wishlist

While I understand the pressures on the development team, I believe the dev team would be interested in feedback from a regular/heavy user. I am an architect and almost 90% of my work (except for the CAD drawings) happens on my iPad. So, here’s a list of stuff I wish was better implemented in DTTG:

Highest priority:

  1. Better Files App integration - Akin to the implementation in PDF VIEWER will be awesome.
  2. Printing from iOS does not work as intended. It prints out the Item Link instead of the actual PDF (on both AirPrint as well as Readdle Printer Pro)
  3. Drag and drop support from split view. Currently I use Workflow App to get around this limitation.
  4. Easy browsing / left-right swiping between Image files contained within a group.

Medium Priority:

  1. TAGS on iOS and DTTG must ideally behave similarly
  2. Add URL scheme to append/prepend text
  3. Better Spotlight integration

Lower Priority:

  1. Long press on the current group name currently takes me back to root. Would be great if an option existed such that a long press would instead provide a navigation tree popup.
  2. Better markdown editing support (this is not that important if files can be “reliably” edited “in-place” in iA Writer or 1Writer). Reliability means no app crashes midway of editing an important piece of text.
  3. I do not know if this is possible or not: When an unsupported file is clicked on, automatically offer the correct app to open it in (so long as it’s installed on iOS), or at the very least offer information on what kind of file it is (show us the file extension), rather than the very unhelpful “UNKNOWN - This document cannot be displayed”.

I understand that DEVONthink’s origins are much older than iOS, but today’s iOS users are mostly a young bunch, and our expectations as well as the ways we use your software could be different from those of your older Mac customers. So I hope you take these suggestions positively, because, I simply LOVE using DTTG, and am only hoping that subsequent updates make it more popular amongst iOS users. I eagerly look forward to every update and go through your update notes. All the best.


Some good, well-communicated suggestions here! Looking forward to how DTTG2 can develop on iOS over the next few years!

Thank you for this great list of suggestions!

What exactly would you like to see from integration? We already provide full access to all documents in all databases.
Printing: This is a bug, already fixed for 2.4.3.
Drag-and-drop: What exactly doesn’t work as expected?
Swiping: Agreed :slight_smile:

Where do Tags on iOS and in DTTG don’t behave identically? Tags are more flexible in DTTG so one option would be reduce their flexibility. Which also means we’d need to do this on macOS.
Append/prepend: On our feature request list already :slight_smile:
Spotlight: Full text in Spotlight? We considered this but this uses a lot of space on the device and a few people with less equipped devices might complain.

I now have a 256 GB iPhone 8+. EAT my storage space please for spotlight.

Perhaps there can be a spotlight option for metadata only or full indexing.

Noted, but remember not everyone is so lucky.

Thus I would like to see a full spotlight index option in the settings that is off by default. This would give us the best of both worlds. The first document/note etc manager app on iOS with full iOS spotlight document indexing for convenience. Then we could go into the app for advanced searching when needed. This wold be amazing.


I would like to see the basics work.

Select items per search box and then be able to do something with the results.

There is either NO way to handle them - beside touching them to have them opened on the right now,


there is an “Edit” button, but you need to select those 1000 items manually, one by one. Without a simple “select all” button, this will just not work.

Also, this “Edit” button, where you can select things at all, does not appear for results of a search!

That is the most basic thing you want to do thing “something” that is in a database of some kind.

So, please add those realy needed basics.
And then remore the crashes!
Today alone i had 2 or 3.

Everything else is just not important, compared to those.

If you’re having crashes, please select Help > Contact Us in DTTG and tell us what you were doing when the crashes occurred.

Mail is out :slight_smile:

Sorry to reawaken this thread! I’m only here to check if I’m missing something obvious when dragging-and-dropping in iPadOS split view, which apparently I’m not.

My idea scenario: I have an iPadOS split view, with DTTGo on one side, and I have a search set (or any list of items) in the view. On the other side of my split view is MindNode, LiquidText, or some application where I want to be able to collect relevant results into a more visual layout.

DT’s magic is in the DEVONthink UUIDs, so all I really need is to add a title/URL(DEVONthink link!) combination into mind maps or similar. The diagrams and documents will work beautifully when I sync back to my mac, as well.

I was kinda surprised this wasn’t already in there as a feature, though I hadn’t tried to do it on iOS in the past. I think it would be extraordinarily useful, and would love it if the team could pick it up as a feature in the future. I appreciate @hshinde’s approach of using Workflow (Shortcuts!) to achieve this, but I can imagine this becomes messy and hard to manage when dealing with more than a few linked items at a time.

Also Happy† New Year, everyone!


† I appreciate 2020 is doing everything to make this impossible so no need to feel an obligation

This would require the receiving apps to interpret and process the dropped data in a specific way. That part would be up to those developers to implement, though @eboehnisch would have to comment on specifics of what data is passed on the drag.

And a safe and prosperous New Year to you and yours as well! :slight_smile:

@davem DEVONthink To Go passes a lot of data in the drag, from the actual file to metadata such as the item link. However, just as @BLUEFROG already mentioned, it’s all up too the receiving app to determine what to do with it all.