As announced two weeks ago, we are releasing our sync technology for DEVONthink as a first public beta today. We have spend time fixing various issues and laying the foundation for much faster Dropbox and WebDAV syncs (as soon as the rest of it is implemented in beta 2, syncs will automatically become a lot faster) in the meantime.
So, here’s public beta 1 of our sync technology that allows you to synchronize databases directly between your Macs, indirectly via e.g. shared folders on a USB stick, external hard drive, or a server on your network, or via Dropbox or any WebDAV account.
What does public beta mean? This means that it’s not ready for prime-time yet, but it can be used. Its user interface needs polishing, the sync logic has known bugs, and there are speed issues. We are publishing it to test it outside of our labs to gain insight into how it bears up against reality.
AGAIN: This public beta is a technology demonstration and a work in progress. It has known issues and can destroy data. DO NOT USE in a production environment. ALWAYS keep backups of the databases in a state before syncing.
How can I get it? First make sure your system meets the requirements. You’ll need an Intel-based Mac with OS X 10.6 or later and DEVONthink Pro or Pro Office 2.3.5 (click here to download the latest version).
Then click DEVONthink Sync public beta 1 or right-click the link to the left and choose Download Linked File. The public beta comes as a Zip archive. If necessary double-click the downloaded file to expand it. The archive comes with a Read Me file containing the installation and usage instructions as well as a list of known issues and instructions on how to report issues and file feature requests. Please thoroughly read the Read Me file. No kidding. If the plugin fries your cat don’t say we didn’t tell you that it could.
What should I do? Please test this public beta with copies of your databases in any way you can: directly between Macs, using Dropbox, WebDAV, or folders on servers or external media. Write down any difficulties you encounter as well as anything you think should be changed or added. Tell us your experiences. And if it crashes, send us the crash reports. The Read Me file tells you how to do that and what is most helpful for us to know.
What’s next? In the weeks to come we will fix all the issues we are or become aware of and implement the rest of the speed improvements that make the “fetching remote records” phase of Dropbox and WebDAV syncs much, much faster. We plan to release the next public beta within the next few weeks.