Importing Evernotes into DEVONthink Pro Office

It wasn't that long ago that I was struggling with my workflow for quick notes and research on both iOS and OSX. I love DEVONthink Pro Office as most of my readers know, for storing all documentation relating to projects and functioning as my paperless office. It's ability to search for content when I need it, as well as suggesting file locations and email archiving is second-to-none.

Yet it has to be said that it's mobile offering, DEVONthink To Go, leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to gathering information on the move. It's clunky, old fashioned and in dire need of an update. It just isn't an option for me on iOS for storing research (although when I need to access anything in my existing DEVONthink database, it's insanely fast).

When it comes to quick notes on the move and storing of Web pages for future reading, it's so hard to look past Evernote. The sharing extensions that were implemented in iOS 8 provide a seamless experience for making notes, taking images and collecting data from web sites.

The issue I had was that I didn't want to have to search through Evernote for content when my management tool of choice for data retrieval is DEVONthink Pro Office. What I failed to realise was there is a tool built right into DEVONthink Pro Office that bridges this gap.

You can import Evernote items into the group of your choice by simply clicking File -> Import -> Notes From Evernote when you have a group highlighted. You will be presented with a list of your Evernote notebooks. Once you select the notebook(s) you wish to import (select more than one by pressing the ⌘ key), click OK and all of those notes will be imported into your DEVONthink Pro Office database, inclusive of tags.

I have an OmniFocus 2 task setup to import these on a weekly basis, however there is certainly potential to create a Keyboard Maestro macro or Automator action to complete this. I haven't gone down this road as I like to maintain physical control of this particular tasks - my DEVONthink Pro Office databases are tightly controlled and I don't want them being overloaded in anyway.

Now, I only have to search my DEVONthink Pro Office databases for all of my notes, whether in Evernote or not and this eliminates the use of cognitive function as I don't want to have to think about where something may be located.