DEVONsphere Express
DEVONsphere Express
1.9.3

3.4

DEVONsphere Express free download for Mac

DEVONsphere Express

1.9.3
17 January 2019

Finds connections between seemingly unrelated files.

Overview

DEVONsphere Express makes your Mac smarter. Be more productive by letting DEVONsphere Express keep track of related emails, articles on the same subject, or similar Web pages. Discover the hidden connection between seemingly unrelated files.

  • Find other items related to what you're working on
  • Search like with Spotlight on steroids
  • Context-aware, always focuses on what you do
  • Runs as a menu extra, always available

What's new in DEVONsphere Express

Version 1.9.3:

This maintenance release addresses a sporadic crash some users had when accessing the Preferences panel on macOS Mojave. We have added support for indexing Open Packaging Format files and made indexing package files, like RTFD, more reliable. Additionally, we now support detecting the current web page in the Vivaldi and Brave web browsers in See Also. Overall reliability has been the primary focus of this release.

NEW
  • Added support for detecting the current web page in the Vivaldi and Brave web browsers in See Also.
  • Added support for indexing Open Packaging Format (.opf) files.
Improved
  • Faster and more reliable indexing of contact files and text clippings.
  • Improved reliability and performance.
Fixed
  • Fixed an issue with indexing document package files, like RTFD.
  • Fixed an issue with indexing internet location files (macOS Mojave).
  • Fixed an issue with indexing some file types that use Spotlight importers (macOS Mojave).
  • Fixed an issue where an alert was not displayed after entering an incorrect license code.
  • Fixed an issue where opening the License panel could stall the application when a network connection was not available or reliable.
  • Fixed a crash and incomplete display of the window when accessing the Preferences panel (macOS Mojave).

10 DEVONsphere Express Reviews

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Rochade
17 February 2012

Most helpful

I could not wait to get this. The idea and user interface is once more brilliant! Thanks DEVONtechnologies. But it consumes so much of my RAM (actually about 1-1.7GB from my installed 4GB) so it slows down every other app. If you have a lot of RAM available, get it! Else, think twice. In effect I can't have this app running at all. The disk storage is about 1.3GB here once I quitted the app but of course this depends on what content you want to index (this can be adjusted in the prefs). As far as I see, it doesn't use much CPU. And please: stop bashing developers for the MAS. I want to know how a software works and not what you think about Apples business. And if you think such comments will change anything: it won't. Why do you think developers use the MAS? Because it is bad for their business? The good thing is that I already have the visual representation of "MAS" in my mind and so can simply scroll down fast to a really useful review.
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Version 1.1
Iliketrash
06 April 2018
Finally—a utility to keep your browser from using up all your RAM.
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Version 1.9.1
Levelbest
18 May 2017
This company has terrible customer service. They offer great software but it is also highly complex. You are going to spend a lot of time in the manuals and asking dumb questions on their forums. But beware, the forums allow far too much “RTFM” type commentaries, “what’s wrong with you”, etc. And that’s from the moderators and the forum experts. I have some genuine learning disabilities as the result of injuries suffered in service to my country (disabled vet). I was really hoping that many of Devon’s products would be very helpful for those of us who struggle to organize information on a daily basis. Unfortunately, Devon people do not suffer fools gladly and I have been suddenly and permanently banned from their forums. Why? No explanation was given after I asked repeatedly. Apparently it was for complaining to Devon customer service about how I was getting treated in the forums. To add insult to injury, Devons web site boasts about how they won’t bury problems by closing tickets before they are through and how much they value fairness. Don't you believe it. None of these are values that I have seen. My ticket on this issue was closed prematurely and their head guy refused to provide any justification for their actions. Apparently asking too many questions about good netiquette on their forums will get you banned. I can't see using such a complex and important piece of software (it’s about managing all the files on your Mac), and not being able to ask questions about it on an active user forum. Devon makes great software. I have no argument with that. I have a license for DevonThink Professional Office, DevonAgent, and some others. But learning something with such complex capabilities, having learning challenges of my own, and having such a non user friendly forum, just got to be too much. I have been trying to use Devon products for a couple of years now. Sadly, I probably will not continue with this company barring a sharp reversal in their way of treating customers. Why pay for abuse? Your mileage may vary. I have rated this software as low as it can go, not because it isn't really smart software but because if you can't get help using it or worse, you are ridiculed and then banned, then why recommend this brand to others? Without ongoing access to good customer service through the user base (forums), my licenses are now pretty much useless. And these software titles from Devon, are not cheap.
Like (3)
Version 1.9
2 answer(s)
Svenster
Svenster
06 April 2018
Get someone from veterans affairs to write them a letter outlining their policy on equal opportunity and access. Ask them for their anti discrimination policy. Report them to the anti discrimination board. They will sit up and listen eventually.
Like (1)
iMacWare
iMacWare
25 February 2019
I would also publicly post on Twitter and summon them with @ and hashtags.... Their social media department will not like the negative publicity in Google's search results!

I understand what it's like to have blocks. I'm a Burkitt's Lymphoma survivor (1989-1990 remission began with test levels of methotrexate... Too much!). Sometimes I can't think correctly when I'm doing complex mathematics, but I DO know what I am trying to do I just can't seem to get over the hill of forgetting short-term formulae... Nothing like doing trig and calc with cheat sheets for multiples and addition. Our society does not understand our limits, but they know not our POTENTIAL! ^_^
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ChristopherPrice
26 July 2013
App Store version stuck at v1.5 due (apparently) to sandboxing restrictions. However, if you download and install the latest version from DEVON Technologies over the MAS version, you will then have the latest version (currently v1.6.2) automatically registered to "App Store". Details: http://forum.devontechnologies.com/viewtopic.php?f=50&t=15377 An elegant solution. Thank you DEVONTech!
Like (4)
Version 1.6.2
1 answer(s)
iMacWare
iMacWare
25 February 2019
App Store version of any app < than the developer version, should there be one available. This is nothing but a money scam by developer's to charge multiple times for apps once you discover a world outside the lazy sandbox. lol
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Anon-Bud
07 September 2012
Not too sure what to think here. I've got the premier apps from Devon Technologies [DTPro Office and Devon Agent] and I use them all the time—actually DTPro Office is open all the time and I use it to store just about everything...]. But Devonsphere Express is very iffy right now. After the initial indexing, the app uses over 500MB of memory, even though it is idle for most of the time. I've got 8GB of memory, so this isn't that big a deal, but I keep over a dozen apps open continuously and the ones in the background [like DSphere] use very little memory [unlike DSphere]. Gonna have to give this pass, since functionality vs. memory load don't make it worth it for me.
Like (1)
Version 1.5
Penguirl
31 May 2012
The description sounds very intriguing, too bad there isn't a demo or trial version.
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Version 1.5
1 answer(s)
Anon-Bud
Anon-Bud
07 September 2012
Actually there is a demo version available on the developer's website or just click "Download Now."
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Steven-Goodheart
09 March 2012
I am a huge fan of DevonTechnolgies, and own DevontThink Pro, the hub and brain of my whole digital universe, and DevongAgent Pro, my brilliant research assistant. So, when I read the description of Devonsphere, I just bought it..with DevonTechnoogies, what could I lose for $4.00? -- except, well, $4.00. ;) Anyway, I've had it for a few days, and I like it quite a bit, but hope they will keep developing and refining it. Like DTPro, it's uncanny in finding linkages between e-mails, web sites, docs, images etc. I'm still learning how to use it, but see lots of potential. On my machine, a iMac with 4GB ram and 3.07 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, I find the program reasonably fast, except when it's indexing, and then, it can really hog the cpu for a while. Not inoperable, but I definitely feel the performance hit. Unlike a previous reviewer here, I find that DevonSphere typically uses 150 to 350 mb of ram. The only time I've seen it go higher than that is when its indexing, then the "devonbot" can use 800 mb for a while, and then drops it all when done.) But in regular use, I've not had to go higher than 350 mb. My Devonsphere database seems to be aroud 875 mb. I have a 3.07 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, and I find the program reasonably fast, except when it's indexing, and then, it can really hog the cpu for a while. Not inoperable, but I definitely feel the performance hit. Unlike a previous reviewer here, I find that DevonSphere typically uses 150 to 350 mb of system ram, and I've not had to go higher than that. My DS database seems to be aroud 875 mb -- which does't seem so huge, to me, because as a science editor/writer, I have over 43,00writer images using 45 GB of disk space and over 36,000 PDFs, docs, etc. etc using 34 GB. Devonsphere works well in Apple Mail and Safari and with desktop items. Devonsphere works well in Apple Mail, Safari and Chrome, but I wish it worked in Firefox and Picassa, too. I'm still trying it out, so I don't know what other programs it may or may not work with. Overall, I'm pleased with the $4 I've spent, and hope that DT will continue to develop and broaden the programs it works with .
Like (2)
Version 1.3
Rochade
17 February 2012
I could not wait to get this. The idea and user interface is once more brilliant! Thanks DEVONtechnologies. But it consumes so much of my RAM (actually about 1-1.7GB from my installed 4GB) so it slows down every other app. If you have a lot of RAM available, get it! Else, think twice. In effect I can't have this app running at all. The disk storage is about 1.3GB here once I quitted the app but of course this depends on what content you want to index (this can be adjusted in the prefs). As far as I see, it doesn't use much CPU. And please: stop bashing developers for the MAS. I want to know how a software works and not what you think about Apples business. And if you think such comments will change anything: it won't. Why do you think developers use the MAS? Because it is bad for their business? The good thing is that I already have the visual representation of "MAS" in my mind and so can simply scroll down fast to a really useful review.
Like (5)
Version 1.1
2 answer(s)
Iliketrash
Iliketrash
18 February 2012
Thanks, Rochade. That RAM usage is eye-popping and a deal killer for me. I too have 4 GB of RAM and in my normal work I need to keep several programs running and consistently have several GB swapped out. (Why oh why does OS X leak virtual memory?)
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Sheagirl
Sheagirl
05 April 2012
Rochade I agree the Ram usage is over the top. I have a quad core Mac Pro with 10 gigs of ram that I leave on most of the time and it seems the longer it's on the more it uses. Today it topped out at 7.5 gigs before I had to quit the program. I originally thought this was because of indexing and it maybe but after 3 weeks of only being rebooted once daily it still needs 7 gigs of memory? Good program though if they get the ram usage under control.
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Iliketrash
17 February 2012
This program looks like it could be amazing, BUT it looks like it could also be a memory hog, both in disk space for its database and in RAM for its functionality including the fact that it constantly adapts to what the user is doing. Can anyone report on this? How big is the database (and how much user data do you have to catalog)? How much RAM does it use as you go about your usual work? (Use Activity Monitor to find out.) Also, is it a CPU hog? (Also use Activity Monitor.) Finally, is it easy to delete the database if one decides not to use it?
Like (2)
Version 1.1
2 answer(s)
Frankeed
Frankeed
18 February 2012
I have a 2.0 quad core MacBook Pro with 8 GB of RAM and a 750 GB HDD with about 580 GB used. My database is 2.29 GB. RAM usage is 669 MB. I was most concerned about the CPU usage as at first it was taking 100% of one core and the finder performance was noticeably sluggish, but this seems to have disappeared since the cataloguing has finished and it's now down to .1% of one core, so no complaints there. I'm still figuring out how useful it is, but it seems better than Spotlight, which has become more disappointing with each system update.
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Frankeed
Frankeed
29 February 2012
Update 1.2 (available through the App Store) reduced RAM memory use to about 170 MB. So far the database size is about the same, though.
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Espiridion
16 February 2012
I love Devon and their apps, but refuse to use the AppStore. Hopefully they'll offer this through their website as well.
Like (4)
Version 1.1
4 answer(s)
Sherman-Wilcox
Sherman-Wilcox
16 February 2012
It's not gonna go away, you know.
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Espiridion
Espiridion
16 February 2012
Did I say I wanted it to go away? NO. I've bought Devon apps (Devonagent, Devonthink Pro Office) through Devon's site. That's all I want to do with this one. If you read comments for other apps, plenty of Mac users dislike the App store. YMMV.
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Sherman-Wilcox
Sherman-Wilcox
17 February 2012
My mileage does vary. There have been plenty of times when I've chosen to buy through the developer rather than MAS (often so I can give all the profit to the developer). And times when I've bought through the MAS even though the product is available from the developer. And times when I buy from MAS when the product is ONLY available through MAS. I just don't get "I refuse to use the AppStore." But I agree, YMMV, it's your choice what to buy and what not to buy.
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Espiridion
Espiridion
08 May 2012
From Devon's newsletter: "Step by step we will make all our commercial apps available also through our own shop for those of you who can't or don't want to buy in the Mac App Store."
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Surikat
16 February 2012
Great! Very useful!
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Version 1.1
$9.95

3.4

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • OS X 10.10.0 or later
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