By: Eric Böhnisch-Volkmann
DEVONthink 2.5 syncs via Dropbox, WebDAV, and more, and brings much better web sharing
Coeur d'Alene (Idaho, USA), February 28, 2013 — DEVONtechnologies, LLC adds powerful teamwork functions to is smart document and information manager DEVONthink. Databases can be kept in sync via the local network or cloud services like Dropbox or WebDAV. Other users can also directly access DEVONthink Pro Office databases using a completely rewritten web sharing. DEVONnote, DEVONthink’s little brother, gets an update, too. The update to version 2.5 is free and recommended for all users.
Using multiple computers, working from different places, sharing data with coworkers: In todays highly connected world it’s essential to always have access to the latest data. Ubiquity is key. And we know that. All editions of DEVONthink 2.5 accommodate these needs with the new ability to synchronize databases between multiple computers and locations. DEVONthink Pro Office 2.5 features a rewritten web sharing for one-click collaboration.
Synchronization connects directly to other copies of DEVONthink over the local network or VPN or saves so-called “sync stores” on Dropbox, WebDAV, or just any mountable volume, e.g., USB sticks, portable hard disks, or file servers. Coworkers with access can connect to the same sync store with just a few clicks, download databases, work even offline with the data, and synchronize all local or remote changes at the press of a button or even automatically. All data is protected by both access to the sync store itself and individual user names and password for each database. It’s possible to keep databases in sync with more than one sync store, e.g., a direct connection, Dropbox, and the company file server.
DEVONthink's web sharing plugin provides a web interface to other users on the local network. It has been rewritten to support several new features: in addition to browsing, searching, and downloading documents, web sharing now supports uploading, creating, renaming, moving, and trashing documents and editing text. Bonjour makes published databases easily accessible to everyone on the network without remembering long addresses. The Cappuccino-based web app imitates the look-and-feel of DEVONthink and works with all modern web browsers on OS X, Windows, and Linux from Safari to Firefox, Chrome, and Internet Explorer 8. It also runs in Safari on the iPad.
Users still fighting the paper flood will like the many improvements we have added to the paper capture functions of DEVONthink Pro Office 2.5. Sheets can be directly captured to the database without storing them into the paper capture window first, and it is now possible to scan first all even then all odd pages of a paper pile and then shuffle them into the correct order.
Other improvements we made to all editions of DEVONthink as well as to DEVONnote include better tagging support with a Tags column in document lists and an enhanced Tags field in the Info panel that makes tagging multiple items easy. Version 2.5 uses more standard editing options and brings a number of minor interface refinements such as fewer unnecessary alerts. Of course we have also improved the overall performance and fixed bugs.
“Our users demand the ability to keep their data available and up-to-date on all their computers. Version 2.5 of DEVONthink enables them to do just that: synchronize their document collection with other Macs, using the popular Dropbox cloud service or via their own WebDAV drive. Whatever their needs are, we give them the choice. And if they have colleagues who don’t use DEVONthink or maybe not even a Mac then there’s DEVONthink Pro Office’s great new web sharing! Of course future versions of DEVONthink To Go, which are already in the works, will use the same new synchronization technology,” comments Eric Böhnisch-Volkmann, President of DEVONtechnologies.
Availability and pricing
All four apps require OS X 10.6.8 or later and an Intel-based Mac, and can be downloaded from www.devontechnologies.com. DEVONthink and DEVONnote can be test-driven for free for 150 hours of non-continuous runtime until they need to be properly licensed. DEVONnote and DEVONthink Personal are also available in the Mac App Store.
- DEVONthink Pro Office: US $149.95
- DEVONthink Pro: US $79.95
- DEVONthink Personal: US $49.95 (Mac App Store: $49.99)
- DEVONnote: US $24.95 (Mac App Store: $24.99)
DEVONtechnologies LLC creates end-user and server applications for the Mac and iOS platforms that enhance productivity, organization, and user experience with unique artificial intelligence technology. All applications are focused on both ease of use and satisfying the needs of even the most savvy users. The underlying DEVONtechnology is a flexible and versatile foundation that can be used for a large range of purposes from databases, data mining, and information retrieval to human-computer interfaces. DEVONtechnologies LLC was founded 2002 and incorporated 2004, and is today headquartered in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, USA.
More information: www.devontechnologies.com.
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