Thanks Blanc. The DEVONthink 3 encrypted databases are kind of nice because they’re actually standard Apple images with a single DEVONthink database inside, so I don’t have to trust in DEVONthink creating the encryption technique. I know I can access the database in future even if I don’t have DEVONthink, as it is using the basic Apple infrastructure underneath.
I also have several DEVONthink databases inside one sparse bundle image, but I’m right now moving them into separate encrypted databases. It’s a bit of manual work to get it work this way, but I think it’s worth it, at least for me.
Here’s what I do:
First create a sparse bundle image with Disk Utility. Space can be generous since it’s a sparse bundle image. Format needs to be MacOS extended journaling instead of APFS. Encryption 256 AES. Image format: Sparse bundle disk image, not sparse disk image.
Save it with the name of the database you need to create. Mount the volume. Move one DEVONthink database inside the mounted volume. Close the mounted volume, then rename it to
There can be only one database inside one
.dtSparse image/database, but I think it’s good at least for me. You can open just one topic, client, etc at the time you work on it instead of revealing them all.