New web interface for DEVONthink — public beta 1

Already the first version of DEVONthink Pro Office came with an integrated web server that gave other people on the local network or even the Internet limited read-only access to the databases you wanted to share. We have now completely rewritten DEVONthink Pro Office’s web interface and added tons of new features: browse your databases with real table views with expandable groups, create new groups, rename, move, or even delete documents and groups, and create new plain text files with a single click. Of course you can also add files from your local machine to your databases (even via drag-and-drop when you’re using Safari) or download documents to your computer.

Of course the new web interface works in all major browsers for OS X, Windows, or Linux. For iOS devices we’re still using an optimized, simpler version as Mobile Safari drowns under the heavy load of the modern Cappuccino framework we’re using for this web application.

What does public beta mean? This means that it’s not ready for prime-time yet, but it is stable enough to be used and tested. We are publishing it to test it outside of our labs to gain insight into how it bears up against reality.

How can I get it? First make sure your system meets the requirements. You’ll need an Intel-based Mac with OS X 10.6.8 or later and DEVONthink Pro Office 2.4.1 (click here to download the latest version).

Then click Web Sharing 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 and look left and right before crossing the street.

What should I do? Please test all functions of this public beta from as many browsers and operating systems as you can. Write down any difficulties you encounter as well as anything you think should be changed or added. Tell us your experiences. The Read Me file tells you how to do that and what is most helpful for us to know.

What’s next? We plan to release the next public beta within the next two weeks.

Addendum: You need 10.6.8 or later, of course, not 10.8.

12 Responses to “New web interface for DEVONthink — public beta 1”

  1. Stefan Braun says:

    This looks promising 🙂

  2. Matthieu says:

    Is this feature really available on DEVONthink Pro or is it just a typo?

  3. Sven Vetter says:

    Looks good.
    But: Please show emails (.eml) inline. For PDFs it’s work now in the beta.
    I use DT for email archiving. If I search for an email it need a lot of time to open the mails in the mail client…

  4. eboehnisch says:

    Unfortunately just a typo. Sorry.

  5. RedDog says:

    How secure is this? Hate to find someone edited my stuff.

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  7. David Topps says:

    Sorry to be dumb about this. There seems to be a missing step. What do you do after you relaunch DevonThink Pro? Where do you point your web browser at? I don’t seen anything within DThink Pro, and when I tried pointing the browser at
    http://localhost:8080/desktop, based on the wee clue in the picture above, it says host not found.

  8. eboehnisch says:

    You need to have DEVONthink Pro Office for this to work. DEVONthink Pro simply doesn’t have a built-in web server. Sorry.

  9. nick says:

    I cant access my devonthink database via webbrowser.
    Do I also have to setup my router (fritzbox) to get
    the access via the webserver ?

  10. eboehnisch says:

    The web server plugin only works in DEVONthink Pro Office, not DEVONthink Pro. Start the app and switch on the web server. You can find its address at the bottom of the preferences pane then, or in the Bonjour menu in Safari.

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