New academic templates for DevonThink Pro

I have been a user of DevonThink Pro Office for a number of years now and made it a central part of my digital workflow. Over time, I naturally my organization toward a project-based hierarchy, trying to self contains all key information regarding a particular project into a DTPO group and sub-group structure. So I keep what I call an Ongoing database, which have all of my ongoing projects: manuscripts and other documents being written, financed research projects and contracts as principal investigators, other research projects as co-applicants or collaborators, courses that I teach and so on. If it’s completed, it’s archived and thus pull put of the Ongoing database.

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I have created a few standard templates containing a main folder (group) and sub-folders structure for a few key academic activities:

  • Research Grant
  • Research Contracts
  • General Research Project (not corresponding directly to the above two; can be personal!)
  • New Student
  • New manuscript
  • Conference (Attending/Presenting)

The following file (Projects) is a zip of a folder named Projects that contains these templates. Clicking the previous link  should already produced an unzip folder on your standard download folder. Simply drop the folder into ~/Library/Application Support/DEVONthink Pro 2/Templates.noindex. It will become available in the New from Template sub-menu of the Data menu.

I am quite interested in hearing if this is useful, if the structure of these templates are appropriate for your workflow and knowing about your own structure.

Posted on May 10, 2014, in Software, Technology and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Rick Bohannon

    Thank you for this. I found your templates very useful. Also, you’ve given me the motivation to try and craft a few of my own that are just a shade more specific to my needs.

  2. Thank you for this. Please, let me know what kind of software to use in order to create templates like this from scratch myself. Cheers!

  3. Thank you very much for your workflow outlines, Luc. I use the same (or at least similar) software (DTPO, Things, and Zotero) so it is great to see how you make these play well together.

  4. Martin Jean

    Merci beaucoup, c’est très inspirant, même si je ne travaille pas, comme scientifique, dans le milieu universitaire.

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