June 9, 2011 in Software (E)
[prMac.com] Coeur d'Alene, Idaho - DEVONtechnologies, LLC releases the last public beta of the smart Internet research assistant DEVONagent 3.0 with new features and plugins as well as a maintenance release for all editions of DEVONthink, the #1 information and document manager for the Mac, and for its smaller brother DEVONnote.
The menu extra introduced with DEVONagent 3.0 public beta 3 is now also available when DEVONagent itself is not open, just like DEVONagent Express (available separately for US $4.99 on the Mac App Store). The new beta adds also plugins for YouTube, Google Video, Twitter, and Facebook Profiles. The new 'express' mode returns results much faster than the 'agent' mode, but unfiltered. Pages and objects of any kind can be added to the built-in archive and a new email function makes sending automated reports much more reliable.
"The menu extra, which basically brings the functionality of DEVONagent Express free to all DEVONagent users, puts web search where it belongs: into the menu bar, accessible from everywhere on your Mac, at any time, and easy to use. And as YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook are part of most peoples' online lives today and are used for both at work and at home, we support them natively in DEVONagent. Search Twitter was never smarter," comments Eric Bohnisch-Volkmann, DEVONtechnologies' President.
The new, completely rewritten welcome and support assistant, already known from DEVONthink and DEVONnote, helps the user getting started with tips, on-screen tutorials, and easy-to-install extras such as even more plugins and scripts. In addition some plugins and scripts have been rearranged, the digest and the reports restyled, and a new simple style sheet for RSS feeds makes reading news easier on the eyes.
"The welcome screen is what our users meet first when they open our apps. And so we wanted to make it as useful as possible. Our regularly updated tips and tutorials help getting into the app, and with just a single click users can now install new plugins or scripts without ever visiting our web site. We continue making our apps easier to use without sacrificing the pro-grade functionality that makes them famous," says Eric Bohnisch-Volkmann, DEVONtechnologies' President.
DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.1.1 come with the same new RSS style sheet and a number of important bug fixes, e.g. for the Sorter and the Clip to DEVONthink panel. The DEVONthink To Go conduit handles packaged file formats, e.g. iWork, much more reliable.
Pricing and Availability:
All Mac applications require Mac OS X 10.5 or later and can be downloaded as free trial versions from DEVONtechnologies online. DEVONthink and DEVONnote can be test-driven for free for 150 hours of non-continuous runtime until they need to be properly licensed, DEVONagent 3.0 public beta can be used for free but expires end of July 2011 when it will need to be replaced by the final release.
DEVONthink Professional Office sells for $149.95 (USD), DEVONthink Professional for $79.95, DEVONthink Personal for $49.95, DEVONnote for $24.95, and DEVONagent for $49.95 in DEVONtechnologies' online shop. DEVONnote and DEVONthink Personal can also be purchased on the Mac App Store. Users who purchased DEVONagent on or after January 1, 2009, will be eligible for free upgrades. Upgrade offers will become available before the final release is published.
The knowledge of humankind doubles every one to two years, speed increasing. How to cope with this unbelievable huge mass of data? How to find that very document one is looking for? How to find the answer to a question?
DEVONagent is the solution for those who are tired of clicking hundreds of links delivered by Google & Co. just to find out that most of the links are either outdated, broken or lead to junk pages. It communicates with search engines, digs through all the results and presents only those documents that are really worth reading. Also, it summarizes the accumulated knowledge and make it available as a list of the most important topics and an interactive mind map. Finding information on the Web has never been easier!
DEVONagent finds, collects and organizes information with a powerful search architecture, a simple to use built-in archive and perfect integration with DEVONthink. Plugins for popular search engines, databases and search tools, predefined search sets, and a clean Mac-like user interface make DEVONagent the number one tool for finding information on the Web for the Mac.
DEVONthink companion: DEVONagent can send search results in their original format, as bookmark, PDF or web archive, as well as a summary of all search results directly to a DEVONthink database with just one click and from any view. Then, one can use DEVONthink's intelligence to organize it.
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.
DEVONthink is based on a powerful artificial intelligence (AI) architecture powered by the innovative DEVONsphere(R) technology 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. An applet gives convenient, optimized access to the database also from the iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.
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 featuring AI (artificial intelligence) technology.
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.
DEVONtechnologies LLC, founded in 2002, incorporated in 2004 and headquartered in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, 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 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. Copyright (C) 2011 DEVONtechnologies LLC. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo and Mac are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.