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In todayâ€™s world, everything is digital. From shopping receipts to important research papers, your life often fills your hard drive in the form of emails, PDFs, Word documents, multimedia files and more. Questions eventually pop up, like where do you store all of this stuff? How do you organize these very different file types, and even better, how do you find the exact file youâ€™re looking for the second you need it?
Itâ€™s almost as if you need a second brain just to keep your digital life straight. And that is what DEVONthink was made for. A single database for all your digital files, be they PDFs, emails, Word documents or even multimedia files. If you believe itâ€™s maker, DEVONtechnologies, it is built on Artificial Intelligence that is unique to the Mac and assists you in filing, organizing, and searching your data.
You can use DEVONthink as your document repository, your filing cabinet, your email archive, or your project organizer; DEVONthink can do it all. You can even collect and organize data from the web for your own use. And if the files are not digital yet, digitize them with your scanner and DEVONthink Pro Office.
A Paperless Life
In todayâ€™s world, everything is digital. From shopping receipts to important research papers, your life often fills your hard drive in the form of emails, PDFs, Word documents, multimedia files and more. Questions eventually pop up, like where do you store all of this stuff? How do you organize these very different file types, and even better, how do you find the exact file youâ€™re looking for the second you need it? Itâ€™s almost as if you need a second brain just to keep your digital life straight.
Enter DEVONthink: The solution to this digital age conundrum. It is your second brain, the one and only database for all your digital files, be they PDFs, emails, Word docs or even multimedia files. Boasting a refined artificial intelligence, DEVONthink is exceedingly flexible and adapts to your personal needs. And if the files are not digital yet, digitize them with DEVONthink Pro Office.
Use it as your document repository, your filing cabinet, your email archive, or your project organizer; DEVONthink can do it all. You can even collect and organize data from the web for your own use, enrich it with sound and movie files from your hard drive, and then export the finished product as a website or to an Apple Pages document to print, should you so desire. Or copy the content to your iPod! The possibilities are only as limited as your imagination.
The Database for the Internet Age
Because DEVONthink keeps your important data in one database, it doesnâ€™t matter where the data is physically located; keep information on your hard drive or pull it from the web. DEVONthink uniquely integrates both local documents and live content from the Internet to keep all project-related information together in one place. No more folders full of loosely organized files and overflowing bookmark bars in Safari; with DEVONthink, you seamlessly mix local documents, clippings, and live web pages in one dynamic database.
Your Digital Workplace
DEVONthink is not only a simple database, it’s a flexible work environment, too, with powerful management features suited to any professional project. It provides you with all the tools you need to effectively work with your documents. Use the integrated RTF editor to write new documents, or open the document in a third-party application. Youâ€™re sure to enjoy the applicationâ€™s flexibility and customization options.
DEVONthink is based on a powerful artificial intelligence (AI) architecture that helps you organize and navigate your information collection quickly and accurately. It assists you with both filing documents and with finding similar items, and can help you make connections that you might have missed on your own. It can even master huge data collections with a few simple clicks, saving you time and aggravation.
Share Your Knowledge
Don’t keep your knowledge for yourself. Share it! Post it to your website, or let your coworkers access your database with a search-engine like interface (DEVONthink Pro Office only) or the Apple iPhone.
Similar to Mac OS Xâ€™s Finder, our user interface makes organizing data a simple point and click experience. Organize your documents in groups and import and export them using drag-and-drop. It really is that easy.
View your documents in any way you want. DEVONthink Professional even shows them in a view familiar to Apple Mail users.
DEVONthink’s artificial intelligence (AI) functions help you work with a large number of documents painlessly. Use the Classify button to file newly added files into the most appropriate group, or let DEVONthink show you documents similar to a given one for additional grouping possibilities.
The powerful search function finds documents faster and more accurately than Mac OS Xâ€™s Spotlight. The built-in AI makes suggestions that you can use to broaden or narrow your search, resulting in even more fruitful searches.
DEVONthink supports all major standard file formats, from plain text to RTF, Microsoft Word, XML/HTML, and PDF. It imports all image, audio, and multimedia formats that are supported by QuickTime. Also, DEVONthink stores web addresses and shows live webpages just like any other document on your hard drive.
Sheets and records in DEVONthink Professional organize structured data, such as lists and tables. Import your data, sort it by any column and view it as form entries or in a table.
DEVONthink Professional can be easily enhanced by creating scripts and integrating them. It comes with one of the largest AppleScript dictionaries available in a third-party Mac OS X app, and even comes with a library of ready-to-use scripts specifically written to help you get the most out of your daily work.
Of course, DEVONthink Professional also supports Automator, with many useful actions and workflow examples available for you to try.
DEVONthink Pro Office Screenshots
DEVONthink Professional Office archives single messages or complete mailboxes from all major email applications. Formatting as well as attachments are preserved.
It comes with a handy plugin, too, that allows to archive selected messages directly from within Apple Mail.
DEVONthink Professional Office creates searchable PDFs from paper documents using all Image Capture compatible flatbed scanners as well as using the Fujitsu ScanSnap auto-feeder scanner. The built-in optical character recognition is based on the industrial-strength ReadIRIS engine.
An integrated web server allows other users on the local network or on the Internet to search your database. They don’t need to own DEVONthink themselves. In fact, they don’t even need to use a Mac.
Bonjour makes it easy for your colleagues to find your database, and username/password protection keeps unwanted eyes away.
Search your database conveniently from anywhere in the world and view your important documents.
DEVONthink personal costs $39.95
DEVONthink Pro Office costs $149.95
DEVONthink Professional costs $79.95
DEVONthink Pro Office bundled with DEVONagent costs $169.95
DEVONthink Professional bundled with DEVONagent costs $99.95
Interview With Developer
What was the inspiration behind the Devon Technologies applications?
On the technological side, the inpiration was to create a form of Artificial Intelligence that was actually ‘usable.’ On the application side, the goal was to use the AI for applications that help manage the daily data flood. While our computers get faster every day, they still fail to actually assist us in dealing with the enourmous amount of data they generate. Our applications were intended to do exactly this.
Assuming you had a life before development what did that entail, and why the move?
Before joining Christian Grunenberg, our head developer, at DEVONtechnologies, I worked as the editor-in-chief of Publishing Praxis, Germany’s #1 prepress magazine as well as for Macwelt magazine, the German branch of Macworld. Christian worked as a freelance writer for a number of magazines at that time, too, so our journalistic work definitely inspired the information management and researc focus of our applications.
You are based in Germany which isn’t necessarily seen a s ‘hotbed’ of Apple fans, what is the local Mac Scene like where you are?
While I am personally not that involved in the local scene, there are many MUGs around that meet regularly. Also the Mac shops often organize smaller gatherings, presentations, etc.
Elevator pitch time, what three words would you use to persuade people to buy your products.
Get organized, intelligently.