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DEVONthink Pro Office
on 16 Feb 2014
The point of DTPO is to manage and catalogue your documents. Its handling of both procedures is best in class.
Managing is pretty simple: you can store your files within the database package or you can store them in the Finder as you prefer. It performs exactly the same way in either scenario. The document is scanned and indexed, along with metadata - some automatic, some you provide, like tags.
If you opt to store your files in the Finder (Index them, in DTPO terminology) then you can set the app to watch the Folder(s) and automatically update when news documents are added. You might choose this option for interoperability with other apps - citation managers, for instance.
For instance, I can search for a pdf with Bookends or Sente etc, download and add it to my Bookends/Sente Library and DTPO will, if I set it to watch that folder, automatically add it to the DTPO database.
I can read the documents - in many cases - with DTPO or I can choose to open them in any app I prefer. So, I can read and annotate a pdf in DTPO, or Preview, or Acrobat, or Skim etc I'm not limited in any way.
Anything you put in you can get out - exporting is easy.
That's simple, clear, plays-well-with-others, no lock-in document management. Best in class.
Cataloguing is simple and seamless. When you add a document (it can be OCRd if need be) it's added to the database. All of it. Not just the tags and keywords. The entire text. It makes a Concordance, so every word can be searched on. You can search on phrases. You can search for the use of a word in proximity to other words - find me "ford" within 4 words of "river" - that will avoid most instances of Ford cars, for instance. That's very powerful searching, and stuff I've not come across in other apps I use.
When a document is catalogued it's also compared to other documents in the database automatically and sometimes you can find surprising connections.
Best of all, when you search it will not just tell you that your term exists in this or that document, it also will show you where in the document - so, not just that it's in that 34 page pdf, but also the four locations where it occurs.
You can have multiple databases for different projects. You can limit your search to one or two databases or search them all.
That's best-in-class cataloguing and searching. I've not come across any app that comes close to those features.
Other things: getting material in is simple, you can clip or drag or whatever from all over the place. It's rock solid and simply never crashes in my experience.
One downside: It's not the prettiest app you'll ever use. The UI looks dated, there's no denying that, like a hangover from OS9 kind of dated. Odd things too - when you create documents with DTPO like rtf or markdown notes - the margins are very close to the edges and make things feel crowded. Small things, yes, but they matter.
But for the important things, it's simply unbeatable.
on 25 Jan 2014
Hurrah! This is what we need. Another pointless at that "cleans" your Mac. $30 for an app that does things that either don't need doing or you can do yourself. This sector seems to be the fastest growing field of app development for the Mac, and all of it pointless. One for the gullible.
on 26 Jan 2014
Agreed it does say a lot about the moral quality of the developers that they resort to sock puppet accounts to post bogus reviews.
Or maybe they didn't. Maybe it's a startling coincidence that both piec6404 and quhuiq2372 both found themselves expressing exactly the same thoughts - in exactly the same words.
Though I still have no idea why you feel the need to run an app like that every week. There really is no need.
on 26 Jan 2014
Well repairing permissions is an excellent fix for permissions problems, which are really very rare. Other than that, it's quite a waste of time. There's a lot of voodoo about that as in the very early versions of OS X (like 10.0, 10.1, 10.2) installers used play havoc with permissions. Nowadays it's very rare. As in, I haven't repaired permissions on this (2010) machine in years.
There really is no preventative maintenance needed on your Mac. And a lot of what's advertised - like "cleaning caches" for instance - actually slows your Mac down. Like repairing permissions, clearing caches are useful - but only if you have a cache problem. Otherwise it's a waste of time that can actually cause your Mac to run slower while the cache is rebuilt.
That's what so irritating about these apps, they charge a fortune for things that are of no value.
on 19 Jan 2014
I'll not comment on the price/version issue except to say that, after using it for a couple of months, every day. U3 is an entirely different app from the ones that went before.
U3sits in a space somewhere between a Text Editor like BBEdit and comprehensive writing management system like Scrivener. It's much closer to the Scrivener end of the space though. It allows you to create and manage complex writing projects, written in Markdown, to share and edit them with a partner app on iOS (Daedalus) and then output them to a variety the usual formats. It doesn't have every bell and whistle that Scrivener has, but it is - to my eye at least - a better looking app and one that feels loose and unstructured whereas I find Scrivener always pushes me into a structure whether I'm ready or not. Of course, that's just me, and YMMV on that one.
I've found the app to be entirely stable, easy to use. I've not yet figured out a way to use a Citation app like Bookends with it - and perhaps I can't. So, for me, in an academic setting, U3 is for drafting and developing unto Draft 3 or thereabouts, and then over to something else for finishing. That might be a Word Processor for shorter pieces or into Scrivener for longer ones.
I enjoy using U3, which is a key quality in any software.
on 04 Jan 2014
Been using Bookends for more than a year now and still sometimes feel that I'm really only scratching the surface - it's the powerful an app. It does the basics very well. Input your sources and you can cite while you write, then scan the document at the end and produce in-text properly constructed citations and a bibliography.
That alone makes it worth the price.
It also has extensive notes, key wording, ratings and other categorisation tools and it links into other apps like DevonThink. I manage Citations on Bookends and data in DTP.
If I had to nitpick: I'd like to be able to choose what fields appear in what tab - for instance, have the ISBN on the main tab of the inspector rather than as additional info - and I've not found a way to do this. That Inspector pane is not the prettiest either. There: a couple of nits, picked.
There is a learning curve, and it take take a while to get the hang of some of it, but well worth the effort. That's true of all citation managers.
That said, a robust citation manager that does exactly what it says on the tin, with extraordinary support (issues resolved within hours in my case) and well worth the money.
By comparison I've used Sente, End Note, Zotero at different times but keep coming back to BE.
on 03 Jan 2014
What happens at the end of 12 months? Does it cease to work? Or just no more updates? What? Why don't they explain it?
And then what we have here is yet another Windows developer porting an app that "cleans" or "optimises" or offer features that can be had for cheaper or free elsewhere.
on 05 Jan 2014
So what the post from the developers tells us is that you don't get unlimited anything, you get limited everything. It's limited by time. After 12 months pony up again (at what price?) to get more of the same, limited support, limited use of the product, limited updates.
Or stop using the app.
And no, renewing after a year is not typical with most software, in fact it's incredibly rare in the Mac world. But then, as Windows developers wandering into the Mac world, they'd hardly be aware of that.
Oddly, I read their webpage and know what? I can't find a single place where they encourage users to try other free alternatives.
on 24 Oct 2013
on 22 Oct 2013
$40 for an app that does things you can do on your own, or with other less expensive apps, and - largely - don't even need doing. Who on earth "cleans" their system cache every day? Who "cleans" their system cache at all? The developers have no shame.
on 04 May 2013
I downloaded this and ran it for about 10 days. Yes, I'm looking for an alternative to DevonThink that's easier on the eyes - doesn't have to match all the features, but come close would be good. Well this is certainly a better looking app, no doubt about it.
I threw a folder with some 500 pdfs in it and a DevonThink db, as it happens, and left it overnight. I came back and all the indexing etc was done. But it was still hammering the processor. Removed the DevonThink db and that problem was solved. The good news: the searching includes find by content. So, stick in your terms and it'll show you which of the 500 pdfs have that terms. Downside, it won't show you where in the pdfs the term occurs, so then you need to open each one and search within it, in turn. DevonThink will show you the instances, and also rate them by relevance. So, if you're in a research or academic setting this doesn't really come close. However, if you're not, then you might have a winner here. And the price is certainly right.
One thing I didn't like were the built-in categories - companies and so on. It also writes keywords to the pdfs and doesn't tell you it's doing that - which means if you import the document to another app they all show up, and frankly, not useful.
So, you get what you pay for. If your usage is light, then this is a good looking app that will index your files and offer limited search results. If not, then you can hope that one day Devon hire an interface designer… At least that's what I'm back to hoping for. It really is a very powerful very ugly beast...
BTW. Had a couple of interactions with tech support during my trial and they were prompt and courteous.
on 17 Oct 2012
"Auto-formats your document" is so unreal as description of this wonderful fluid app. It's a plain text editor, lightweight outliner with folding, timers, tagging and to dos as well. All with markdown support. There's nothing quite like it out there. Absolutely download a trial and give it a go. It's a keeper.
on 05 Feb 2012
The Developer might want to proof read what is written about the app. If this was produced on the app then it's no recommendation for the spellchecking features for a start.
And of course, we really, really need yet another text editor that is greed to solving problems that don't actually exist.
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