All inclusive: Emails, Scans, Web Server

From the balcony, much better sight, nowWhat are these guys doing all the time, you may think? Just sitting on the balcony, drinking way to much tea, and shooting photos like the one to the left? W-R-O-N-G! We have been working really hard to bring you new, exciting things! What about this one: We have just sent the very first copy of DEVONthink Pro Office to our faithful team of beta testersย — May the Preventer of System Crashes be with them! Based on DEVONthink Pro, it comes with a number of useful additions for your everyday work:

  • Professional email archiving
  • Paper capture for flatbed scanners
  • Integrated optical character recognition (OCR)
  • Special support for the Fujitsu ScanSnap
  • Integrated web server for searching
    (โ€œMy private little Googleโ€ ;-))

Icon DEVONthink Pro OfficeWith these extensions, you can archive your emails and all your paper documents in DEVONthink and let your family or colleagues search for them using a simple web browser. Even your PC friends are invited! We have licensed the I.R.I.S. OCR engine for it so that you can turn your scans into searchable, useful documents. DEVONthink Pro Office is what they hand in mind when they invented the term paperless office!

After the non-public beta test we will publish a public beta release of DEVONthink Pro Office. Then, we will also have fixed the pricing. Just this: we will, of course, have good upgrade offers for all of you who are already DEVONthink Pro users. Everything else would not be our style. So, enough said. We’re heading back down into the code mine. Stay tuned!

BTW: Those who follow this blog from the beginning will notice that the city administration has chopped down the large trees on the other side of the river. The sight is really much better now, isn’t it? ๐Ÿ™‚

30 Responses to “All inclusive: Emails, Scans, Web Server”

  1. Chris says:

    Holy lord, this is amazing! Can you give us an idea when to expect the public beta?

  2. webmaster says:

    Well, I would have written that if I could ๐Ÿ˜‰ But, expect it pretty soon!

  3. Ziv Kitaro says:

    This is so good.
    Can’t wait to upgrade ๐Ÿ™‚
    Any idea if the OCR will support Hebrew? or any other language other then english?

  4. webmaster says:

    Yes, of course, it will support Hebrew as well as about a looong list of other languages (including at least twenty I have never heard of in my life).

  5. Ziv Kitaro says:

    I really love you guys.
    I’m crying here with tears of joy.

  6. Fine. Thats a good message. Can i test this version too?

  7. webmaster says:

    Torsten, we will publish a public beta pretty soon. So, stay tuned just a litte while!

  8. Bill DeVille says:

    Eric, I noticed that picture didn’t look like the view from your balcony when I was there last year.

    Yes, the view is great.

  9. Eric Durbrow says:

    I am about to embark on a scanning project; do you need a beta tester for this version? (I have DT Pro).

  10. Maria says:

    Basically I would prefer other developments earlier than that, but reading the enthuastic feedback your decision seems to be the right one. I own IRIS 9 with the Asian kit, and I am not satisfied, not with the results as well as with the support of the company. So I never upgraded after all.

    My hope now is that DT has a better pipe to the IRIS developers and therefore problems will be adressed with more care.

    Looking forward to testing the public beta and hoping for better OCR experience in the future!

  11. webmaster says:

    [to Eric Durbrow] Out beta tester list is full at the moment, but we plan an extensive public beta test. So far, not that many issues have been found, so I expect the public beta much sooner than later.

  12. webmaster says:

    Maria, we’re using the ReadIRIS 11 engine, which is much, much better than ReadIRIS 9. We still suffer from an imperfect API, but it’s already really stable.

  13. Annard Brouwer says:

    Maria: we started off with v9 for early experiments and v11 is a different world compared to that one. It uses the same code base as the PC version now, not 5+ years old code.

  14. rev says:

    Wow… Do you need any more beta testers?!

    I have a Scansnap and it is a fantastic little scanner, but it doesn’t produce OCR.

    I’ve settled to running each file
    through the crude OCR in acrobat.

    This will make the whole process much simpler.

    Great plans DT team!

  15. Todd Higgins says:

    Could you clarify the upgrade pricing? If I buy DT Pro now and later pay to upgrade to DT Pro Office, will it cost me more than if I just waited to buy DT Pro Office?

  16. webmaster says:

    Todd, pricing is not fixed yet. But, we will offer upgrades for just the price difference for a limimted time after we’ve released the final version of DEVONthink Pro Office before we ask for a small upgrade fee on top. However, we are well-known for reasonable upgrade fees and procedures ๐Ÿ™‚

    As for more beta testers: We’re set at the moment, but we will release a public beta as soon as possible!

  17. Bryce Corrigan says:

    Will DT Pro Office include support for handwriting recognition, like IRIS? That could pave the way for useful extensions to DT or DN.

  18. Gene Bertman says:

    Any word on the public beta yet? This upgrade sounds like a great next step.

  19. webmaster says:

    We’ve just sent the second beta to our beta testers. As it seems that most really serious problems are ironed out, we just want to add one more feature and then we’ll publish it.

  20. webmaster says:

    Gene: No, unfortunately handwriting recognition is not available for us a third party developers. We hope that this will be opened for us in a future version of the integration kit.

  21. telan says:

    Will DEVONthink Pro Office include support for the new Fujitsu S500M scanner for mac (released today)

  22. webmaster says:

    telan: Yes, of course. We’ve already tested DEVONthink Pro Office with the S500M a while ago (via our Fujitsu connection).

  23. Bob says:

    What’s the cheapest scanners you can use to work Devonthink Pro Office? Do not need a Snapscan. Not scanning much. So can you use a very simple scanners to use it for OCR scanning?

  24. webmaster says:

    Bob, you can use all modern scanners that are compatible to the Image Capture application. We have tried it here with the Canon CanoScan LIDE 60 and it works perfectly.

  25. Bob says:

    thanks for the tip, that’s an affortable one ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Ingo Nowak says:

    Can’t wait for your public beta release. Please give us a tip when it will be out:
    1. This month
    2. This year
    3. Later

  27. webmaster says:

    Info, maybe (1), but in any case (2) ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. Bob says:

    One more question does the upcoming app also work with a Epson Stylus DX4000?

    Think it’s a yes but want to be sure before buying the Epson.



  29. Annard Brouwer says:

    Bob, I don’t know that scanner personally but like we mentioned before: if you can control the scanner from within the Image Capture application that is shipping with Tiger or Panther, than it should work directly from within our application.

  30. Bob says:

    Ok clear Annard. Thanks for your answer.