Disappointed by limited ability to view metadata for many files simultaneously

Why can I not scroll horizontally through the main central info pane in DTP3? Even macOS Finder and HoudahSpot have this feature.

The developers have frequently made clear that they have no intention of adding “3 pane view” to DEVONthink 3, and instead they recommend using split screen. But on a 13-inch screen this is poor advice given the currently limited view options.

Rather than dividing the screen space into two narrow windows on the left and right, it would make much sense to display the two windows stacked vertically, one on top of the other, in order to display longer lines of text. This isn’t possible using native macOS split screen. And attempting to simulate this view mode without full screen ends up cluttering the interface with duplicate toolbars, ultimately reducing the amount of screen space used for displaying meaningful information.

I just want to be able to easily replicate files. DEVONthink makes this simple task unnecessarily difficult by truncating file titles. For example, if I’m doing research for my boss but the article I found is also relevant to my personal research, I might want to sort that item into a couple different groups - one for my job, and a couple different ones related to the topics I’m researching (maybe it’s about big data and racism, so I’d add it to my “big data” group and my “racism” group). This becomes a tedious process. I right-click the item and navigate through a series of menus. Or I open a second DEVONthink window, resize both of them, sort my items, then close the second window and resize the first again. It’s tedious. At least in Finder, I can hit Command+Shift+G to instantly jump to my desired destination. afaik DTP3 doesn’t have anything like Finder’s “Go to the folder…” feature.

See menu Go > To Group. From help:

To Group: Opens a popup where you can search for a group by name. Results are shown as you type. The chosen group from the results will display as the current group.

If you move the popover you can detach it, i.e. make it stay open.

This script replicates. In the group selector press ⌘ + F to focus the search field.

-- Replicate

tell application id "DNtp"
		set theRecords to selected records
		if theRecords = {} then error "Nothing selected."
		set theGroup to display group selector "Replicate in:"
		set theGroupsDatabase to database of theGroup
		repeat with thisRecord in theRecords
			if (database of thisRecord) ≠ theGroupsDatabase then
				error "Not possible. You're trying to replicate to another database."
			end if
		end repeat
		repeat with thisRecord in theRecords
			replicate record thisRecord to theGroup
		end repeat
		display notification "Replicated"
	on error error_message number error_number
		if the error_number is not -128 then display alert "DEVONthink" message error_message as warning
	end try
end tell

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@aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa sorry, seems one can only tag records by moving them onto a tag in the Go > To Group (or Go > To Document) popover but not replicate them into normal groups.

As @pete31 mentioned, there is in fact a command to jump to a database + group, and a keyboard shortcut to do so.

With respect to the bigger issue of too-limited screen space for displaying metadata, I run into this problem as well, and not just on a small screen. The approaches I use are:

  1. have a keyboard shortcut to hide/show the left-hand panel at will, so that I can quickly hide the left-hand database/group view when I want more space in the document list (there’s also a button in the menubar for this)

  2. reduce the number of metadata columns shown to the minimum. Sometimes I just reduce the view to the document names only

  3. sometimes, when the above don’t work, I turn on the right-hand inspector panel, where the full file name is shown in the generic inspector (which is something that you’re obviously also doing, in one of your screen shots)

I personally kind of like your suggestion about adding horizontal scrolling similar to what the Finder does. It’s not clear whether this might introduce other user interface challenges, but if it were possible, I think it would help in some situations.

I also really wish for a way to have a way to manage metadata columns more effectively. This is something that has been discussed in this forum before; people have suggested column sets, or a way to make column selections “sticky” to separate windows, or something like that. That might help with your problem as well, by making it easier to switch to a view with fewer columns without having to disable individual columns one by one.

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