While I’m using DevonThink Pro very successfully for the most part, I continue to have a minor annoyance with opening databases. I wan’t able to find the answer elsewhere in the manual, forums, or FAQ, but perhaps my search terms were too general or I wan’t using the right terminology. Feel free to point me to an answer if it exists elsewhere.
I have multiple databases that I use for different things, and often like to close the window when not actively using them (Use a Command-W rather than minimizing it and having it further clutter up my dock).
When I want to return to DT, I can do one of the following:
- Use QuickSilver to select the database and open it (fastest)
- Click a shortcut on the dock to my DB file (requires mouse)
- Navigate to the database in the Finder and double click it
My problem is that these steps won’t open the database if it was the last DB viewed. They will cause DevonThink to be activated, but the database is not displayed. In fact, if I close the window with a Command-W it will no longer open with the “open database” or “open recent” commands. At this point I need to manually select the “close database” command in order for future opens to work (somehow it is kept open but not visible?). I can get around this, however, by using the “New Window” command but need to remember which database was previously open.
I can easily reproduce this problem with only a single database. The behavior between the “database closed” state and the “database open but no window” state is inconsistent when opening via the Finder.
Do I have something configured incorrectly or am I taking a step somewhere that is obviously wrong? Why won’t the database files open reliably like every other document with every other application on my Mac?