DEVONthink Field Guide

Make AI Do Your Bidding

Your Computer Is Smart. You Should Make It Work Harder for You.

The DEVONthink Field Guide teaches you, soup to nuts, how to take advantage of one of the most powerful research / artificial intelligence / do-anything-with-your-files apps available for Mac, iPad, and iPhone, DEVONthink. With eight and a half hours of content, the course starts from zero and by the end turns you into a DEVONthink pro. The material is accessible to beginners and power users alike, with a thorough explanation of all the DEVONthink tricks and tools to conquer your data.

The DEVONthink Field Guide, by the numbers:

  • 8.5 hours
  • 100+ videos
  • Over 9 GB of video files
  • PDF and EPUB transcripts
  • Downloadable data sets and scripts
  • Fully captioned
  • Combined videos for easier download
  • Many DEVONthink secrets unlocked

This course covers all of the critical components of a successful DEVONthink system on your Mac, iPad, and iPhone. The DEVONthink Field Guide is broken down into 23 sections. It covers all of the major topics on the Mac and Mobile (iPhone and iPad Apps) independently, so you can learn to use DEVONthink on your platform of choice or combine the best tools on each platform. You can scroll through the course listing below for a full breakdown.

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Your Instructor

David Sparks
David Sparks

David Sparks was lucky enough to grow up alongside the computer revolution. He programmed his first computer in 1980, and since then, he’s been on a never-ending quest to be more productive with his Apple technology.

David is a past speaker at Macworld, the American Bar Association’s TechShow, and many other technology events. David publishes the popular MacSparky Blog and has been making The MacSparky Field Guides since 2012, and he authored several books about productivity and Apple technology before that. David is also a co-host of the popular Mac Power Users, Automators, and Focused podcasts. David also produces the MacSparky Labs, where he goes even deeper on workflows and the productive use of technology.

Since the beginning, getting your technology to work for you instead of against you has been David’s North Star. He’s honed those skills over his 28-year career as an attorney and 15-year career as MacSparky, where he has conducted countless experiments and interviews.

In a world where technology is increasingly conspiring to steal our focus and attention, David aims to teach you how to be more productive with Apple technology. David wants to help you achieve what is most important to you and simultaneously enjoy your life. Everything he makes points at that destination.

If you’ve wanted to use DEVONthink but have not known where to start, or tried and gave up, or if you know the basics but want to go deeper, I think you can’t go wrong with the DEVONthink Field Guide.

TJ Luoma, Rhymes with Diploma
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“I’ve always been interested in digging into DEVONthink but have hesitated because of the learning curve. But now that David’s released this field guide… that hesitation is gone. Every field guide that I’ve gone through has allowed me to make monumental progress. The DEVONthink Field Guide is another shining example of this.”

Mike Vardy, Productivityist

"I wish I’d had this MacSparky Field Guide when I first started using DT 8 months ago; it would have saved me hours of reading manuals, watching videos, and reading blog posts to try to figure out how to use DevonThink. In his typical thorough and logical manner, David takes you by the hand and leads you step-by-step through everything you need to know to get the most out of DevonThink. Excellent, and a steal for the value!"

Jim E.

"I’ve been a heavy DEVONThink user since the 2.x days. I’ve helped colleagues and friends get up and going with their databases. However, I was astounded by the number of features I didn’t know were in DEVONThink until I watched David Sparks do his magic. This course has something for everyone who is interested in helping their data work for them. As an instructional designer, I appreciate David’s approach to carefully guide his learners, regardless of expertise, to master this remarkable program."

Lee D.

"I bought DEVONthink years ago, knowing I wanted to use it, though I found it challenging to learn, so I never managed it well. Once I heard Sparky was working on a Field Guide for it, I knew I would not only buy the course immediately, but that I'd finally understand what I long wanted to know. Jumping into the course, I'm getting exactly what I need to build, organize, and leverage my system with way more efficiency than ever before."

Jeff G.

"I went through your DEVONthink Field Guide and it rocks!"

Erik P.

"As a DEVONThink user for over 10 years and having built a personal database containing over 30,000 items, I would consider myself a reasonably sophisticated user of the app. However, buying David Sparks’ Field Guide was like being given an intricately detailed map and a high-beam flashlight to take with me on the journey into the wilderness that DEVONThink, with its overwhelming array of features, can sometimes be. I’ll mention just two killer features that David unearthed for me (worth the price of the Guide alone): 1) DEVONThink Workspaces (the ability to customize views) and 2) Smart Rules, which opens up a world of opportunity to deploy DEVONthink’s automation powers to the fullest. All DEVONThink users owe it to themselves to get David’s Field Guide and take things to the next level."

Tom M.

"Before watching the DEVONthink Field Guide by David Sparks, I had files, notes, emails, website captures, screenshots stored in various locations with no way to find them again. I had purchased Devonthink over a year ago but just got overwhelmed with trying to get everything in it. David walks you though every step on how to capture, sort and set up databases and groups. I’m only halfway through the field guide and can’t believe how organized my files are and the confidence I have I can find what I need when I need it. Thank you David, you are an amazing teacher!"

Debra B.

"I started using DEVONthink 2 feeling it had great potential but even after upgrading to DT3 I was still using it as a searchable mail archive. In an attempt to realize the potential of the application, I bought the MacSparky field guide. At last I understood the difference between indexing and copying docs into the application, saw the benefits of separate databases and most importantly got to understand smart groups and smart rules. This field guide has transformed and amplified my use of the application and it explains everything in such a simple manner. My best purchase this year!"

Martin D.

"A few years ago I decided to go paperless and I have been using DEVONthink as my repository for scanned documents. The MacSparky course on DEVONthink has opened my eyes to the many features of the app that I have not been using. As a result I have now moved all my art resources (a large number of articles, scans and other notes) into the program. The search and linking features, which I discovered in the MacSparky course, make this a superb resource!"

Peter D.

"I am 35% of the way through the DEVONthink Field Guide. I can't wait any more. I have to tell you how much I appreciate your course. I also like the way you reference how you use DEVONthink in your work. It adds a perspective of professional use which is missing when one reads a manual or a reference book.... While I was initially concerned about the value of the Field Guide, the fact that I could access the Guide during my lifetime, that took the pressure off as I could take the course around my time schedule. David’s instruction was so concise that even prior to the mid-point of the course, I found myself being able to use DEVONthink much sooner than I had anticipated. Yes I intend to finish the course as further information will allow me to master the application which is more than I can say about other applications on my MacBook."


"Just finished Devonthink Field Guide! Fantastic! I’ve been using DT for quite a few years, but I knew I wasn’t making full use of it. I decided to change that this year. Bought the field guide and learned a ton! Thanks for a great product!"

Mary S.

"I am loving the the Devonthink course and finding tremendous value in it. Finally the software is making sense to me and I am finding my way around it with renewed confidence. . . .

I cannot reiterate enough the usefulness of these courses. I have spent years messing around with the software packages you are training and not getting anywhere. You have a great way of presenting the software and it is a real pleasure to learn from you."

— Andrew W.

"The DEVONthink Field Guide is absolutely phenomenal, and have been referring to it as I make a more efficient workflow for grad school. I don’t think I’m near ninja status yet, but I’m working on it!

Your explanation of DEVONthink was incredibly easy to follow, and I especially appreciate your presentation's focus."

Stephen A.

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Course Materials

  2 - DEVONthink Demonstration
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  4 - Creating and Managing Databases
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  6 - DEVONthink and Notes
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  10 - Finding Data in DEVONthink
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  14 - Syncing DEVONthink
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  15 - DEVONthink Preferences and Log
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  17 - Exporting and Sharing
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  19 - DEVONthink Server
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  22 - PDF and ePub Transcripts
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Frequently Asked Questions

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