Archive for February, 2009

del.icio.us tagging spam

It seems that every idea, so great it may be, must be abused eventually. Now the time has come for del.icio.us‘s social bookmarking service. While this phenomenon was a) predictable — every ‘social’ service attracts the evil-does by nature — it b) did not hit us so far. But now, with increasing frequency, unrelated pages are tagged with ‘devonthink’ and I have little idea what we can do about it. I will need to do some research. But the amount...

A nice user comment I’d like to share

From time to time I tend to share a nice comment from a fellow user. This week, power user and Windows convert Stephen Barnes sent us this email: I have now been using Devonthink Pro for a couple of months, having moved over from the Window environment. I would just like to say that the move to using a Mac has been fully justified by Devonthink alone. What a lovely program you have! On the Windows side I used Info...

Interim update with OCR improvements

Quick notice: We have just released an interim update to DEVONthink Pro Office 2.0 that brings a large number of improvements to the embedded text recognition that we did not want to hold back until public beta 4 because it fixes many known issues. Read the full news article here.

Tuesday Tip: Use the Sidebar

While DEVONthink 2.0‘s sidebar is not yet final — sections will, for example, be collapsable —, it is already very useful when you work with multiple databases. It gives you access to all recently used database lets you add your most important databases to a favorites list, and can be used for drag-and-drop. To clear the recent databases list, choose File > Open Recent > Clear Menu, to add a database to the favorites, right-click it and choose Add to Favorites, to...

“DEVONthink for Historical Research”

Chad Black wrote a series of articles in his blog about DEVONthink and other Mac applications for history and humanities research. Devonthink’s classification, search, and AI infrastructure is a step in the right direction. For people who work mostly with the every-growing mass of information available online, the ability to import, auto-classify, and connect disparate pieces of info is very cool, particularly as the internal structure of your database becomes increasingly tight and predictable. If you are using (or planning...

Our Official Business Hours

Sometimes people are asking for our business hours. While our headquarter is in beautiful Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA, most of us live someplace else in the world (we’re one of the world’s smallest fully globalized companies). But this Summer, when I visited our support hero Bill DeVille, we visited the Fig Tree Gallery & Coffee Shop which solves this conundrum so elegantly that we have decided to take over their official business hours. See the picture to the right.

Tuesday Tip: Customize your toolbar

DEVONthink and DEVONagent, like most other Mac OS X applications, make heavy use of toolbars. The tools give you immediate access to frequently used functions such as for navigation, switching views, creating and deleting items as well as searching. But there are many other tools available for you that you don’t see on a first glance. Choose View > Customize Toolbar  (you can also find this command in the contextual menu when you right-click the toolbar itself) to open the...

Web Tip: “Go beyond Google searches”

Joe Kissell from Macworld USA has published an article about serious (re)search on the Internet. Besides meta search engines he also mentions DEVONagent as a power solution: If you’re doing extensive research, consider a high-powered tool such as Devon Technologies’ $50 DevonAgent. In addition to being a stand-alone Web browser, it’s a full-featured research tool. DevonAgent lets you create complex searches that include Boolean operators, proximity terms, and filtering—spanning not just a few search engines but as many as you like. Read the article...

OCR is back — and better than ever before

After two weeks without OCR, we have now finished our workarounds that circumvent the PDF bug in the ABBYY engine and just released public beta 3 of all editions of DEVONthink as well as of DEVONnote. The third public beta of DEVONthink 2.0 and DEVONnote 2.0 finally brings back optical character recognition (OCR) to DEVONthink Pro Office, introduces a new Boolean operator, and brings a number of bug fixes and detail enhancements. In addition, all editions of DEVONthink and DEOVNnote...

OCR seeded to beta testers

We have finished the main work on the by-pass circumventing the bugs in the ABBYY OCR engine that kept us from releasing it to the public two weeks ago. We have just posted a beta to our beta tester group and are now preparing to release a new public beta as soon as we have received enough hopefully positive reports from our beta testers.