Scanning Times Two: DEVONthink Pro Office 1.5.3

July 24, 2008 in Software (E)

[] Coeur d'Alene (Idaho, USA) - DEVONtechnologies, LLC releases free updates for all editions of its information manager DEVONthink as well as for the intelligent note-keeper DEVONnote re-introducing Image-Capture-based scan support and other new features.

While the whole team is focused on the development of DEVONthink 2.0, further maintenance updates for the 1.x line of DEVONthink and DEVONnote have been released today, the most prominent improvement being the re-introduction of the Image Capture based scan module that broke due to changes in Mac OS X 10.5 'Leopard'.

DEVONthink Pro Office 1.5.3 users now have the choice between the built-in scan function and ExactScan Capture allowing them to connect to both Image Capture compliant scanners and via TWAIN drivers. In addition, the original scan module supports document feeders and grayscale scanning now. The ExactScan Capture module and the embedded IRIS OCR engine have been updated, too, improving compatibility especially to Epson scanners and fixing glitches such as the 'blurry images' problem.

Eric Böhnisch-Volkmann, DEVONtechnologies' President: "The problems we had with the unexpected and undocumented changes in Leopard were annoying for our users. So we're glad we were finally able to fix them. Now DEVONthink Pro Office users can connect to both worlds, Image Capture and TWAIN, giving them maximum freedom of choice for their scanners: from flatbed to document scanners and the Fujitsu ScanSnap."

In addition, both DEVONthink Pro and Pro Office 1.5.3 add a new global script for capturing abstracts from DEVONagent, come with improvements for handling RSS feeds, and enhance the display of sheets. Finally, all three editions of DEVONthink as well as DEVONnote better support the Camino web browser, create and update the Spotlight cache faster, and feature an improved inline advertisement filter. '.mdwn' files are imported as plain text files and the online help has been made easier accessible.

"We're fully focused on finishing DEVONthink 2.0 but we will continue to deliver important maintenance updates for 1.x users until version 2.0 is ready," remarks Eric Böhnisch-Volkmann. He continues: "Consequently, everyone who buys any edition of DEVONthink or DEVONnote today will also receive a free upgrade to DEVONthink or DEVONnote 2.0 when they are released later this year."

Availability And Pricing:
DEVONthink Pro and Pro Office 1.5.3, DEVONthink Personal 1.9.15, and DEVONnote 1.9.15 require Mac OS X 10.4 or later and can be downloaded from DEVONthink and DEVONnote can be test-driven for free for 150 hours of non-continuous runtime until they need to be properly licensed.

DEVONthink Professional Office sells for $149.95 USD, DEVONthink Professional for $79.95 USD, DEVONthink Personal for $39.95 USD, and DEVONnote for $19.95 USD in DEVONtechnologies' online shop. DEVONthink Pro Office and DEVONthink Pro are also available with the Internet research agent DEVONagent as bundles.

Background: Devonthink

In today's world, everything is digital. From shopping receipts to important research papers, peoples' lives often fill their hard drives with emails, PDFs, Word documents, multimedia files and more. Questions eventually pop up, like where to store all of this stuff? How to organize these very different file types, and even better, how to find the exact file one is looking for the second one needs it? It's almost as if one needs a second brain just to keep one's digital life straight.

Enter DEVONthink: The solution to this digital age conundrum. It is a second brain, the one and only database for all digital files, be they PDFs, emails, Word documents or even multimedia files. Boasting a refined artificial intelligence, DEVONthink is exceedingly flexible and adapts to the user's personal needs. And if the files are not digital yet, paper capture support is already built-in (DEVONthink Pro Office only.)

Users can use it as their document repository, their filing cabinet, their email archive, or their project organizer; DEVONthink can do it all. One can even collect and organize data from the web, enrich it with sound and movie files, and then export the finished product as a website or to an Apple Pages document to print. Or one can copy the content to an iPod! The possibilities are only as limited as the user's imagination.

The Database For The Internet Age

Because DEVONthink keeps all important data in one database, it doesn't matter where the data is physically located. DEVONthink uniquely integrates both local documents and live content from the Internet to keep all information related to a project together in one place. No more folders full of loosely organized files and overflowing bookmark bars in Safari; with DEVONthink, the user seamlessly mixes local documents, clippings, and live web pages in one dynamic database.

The Digital Workplace

DEVONthink is not only a simple database, it's a flexible work environment, too, with powerful management features suited to any professional project. It provides the user with all the tools she or he needs to effectively work with documents. The integrated RTF editor makes it easy to write new documents, or the users can open documents in a third-party application.

Intelligent Assistant

DEVONthink is based on a powerful artificial intelligence (AI) architecture that helps organize and navigate information collections quickly and accurately. It assists its users with both filing documents and with finding similar items, and can help make connections that they might have missed on their own. It can even master huge data collections with a few simple clicks, saving time and aggravation.

Share The Knowledge

Finally, DEVONthink Pro Office allows to share the accumulated and organized knowledge. Users can post it to their websites, or they can let their coworkers access databases with a familiar search-engine like interface using standard web browsers. Depending on the network setup, it's even possible to search shared databases over the Internet. A JavaScript applet gives convenient access to the database also from the Apple iPhone.

Background: Devonnote

DEVONnote helps taking notes and keeping them organized. It keeps ideas, documents, important information, and even web browser bookmarks in one single, accessible place. DEVONnote supports the user with professional, easy-to-use features, and helps create structure out of chaos. DEVONnote is the most sophisticated notepad application for Mac OS X, and the only one that uses AI (artificial intelligence) instead of relying on your NI (natural intelligence).

DEVONnote was designed with the typical Mac user in mind. It comes with a clean, easy-to-use interface that gives you all the tools you need in a familiar Mac-like package. Even the most complex AI functions are just "buttons", meaning one simple click can send DEVONnote into action, digging through all of your data to find a place for your latest note, or to show you all your ideas and concepts that are similar to the one you've just selected.

Of course, creative people don't just 'have thoughts', they often need new 'input', too. DEVONnote comes with a complete Safari-based web browser and solid, but flexible, bookmark-managing capabilities. With DEVONnote, the user can browse the Web and clip the most important information directly to DEVONnote. Finally, DEVONnote displays and regularly reloads web cams directly within the application.

DEVONtechnologies LLC, founded in 2002, incorporated in 2004 and headquartered in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, USA, researches in the field of semantic and associative data analysis and synthesis, and develops key applications based on the DEVONtechnology. Named after the Devonian Period, the DEVONtechnology marks the departure into a new age of data processing. The main focus of all activities is clearly on using the robust, flexible and versatile architecture intelligently to create rock-solid applications for a variety of purposes, including but not limited to databases, intelligent agents, data-mining, information retrieval and human-computer-interfaces.