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DEVONthink, DEVONagent and DEVONnote for Tiger


Coeur d’Alene (Idaho, USA), 27th of April, 2005 — DEVONtechnologies LLC
updates all three of its main applications, DEVONthink, DEVONagent and
DEVONnote, makes them compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 “Tiger” and adds many
productivity enhancements.

On Tiger, DEVONthink Personal Edition 1.9.3 fully supports the brand-new
PDFKit for displaying PDF documents as single or facing pages, with
continous scrolling, all zooming functions and highlighting of search
results. The PDFKit is also used for extracting text from PDF, PostScript
or EPS documents and for converting them to rich text. Additionally,
DEVONthink uses Tiger or QuickTime 7 to import JPEG2000, Adobe DNG, OpenEXR
and raw images. Rich text documents on Tiger feature tables, flexible
paragraph spacing and many more advanced editing capabilities.

Besides making DEVONthink ready for Tiger, many more new improvements have
been added. By using the new WebKit present on Mac OS X 10.3.9 and later,
DEVONthink archives complete web pages including all images necessary for
offline viewing as so called web archives. A new Finder-like icon view can
optionally show details for each document, the search window features all
zoom and navigation commands like any other view, PDFs and images can be
scrolled by dragging them around (“Hand Tool”) and the Mac OS X Services
sub-menu has been added to the contextual menus within DEVONthink.
Searching has been sped up by a factor of ten, damaged rich text documents
are repaired on-the-fly and backups can be created also hourly using a new

DEVONagent 1.7 captures web pages also as web archives directly to a
DEVONthink database, displays PDF files without the need for a plug-in
(requires Mac OS X 10.4 “Tiger”), marks unread results like Apple Mail and
uses flexible stylesheets for displaying newsfeeds. Web pages can also be
stored as web archives in the file system. The Mac OS X Services sub-menu
has been added to the contextual menus, a plug-in for the “Coalition of
Journalist of Open Government” is included and a few older plug-ins have
been overhauled. DEVONagent 1.7 can now also be used as a default
application for many HTML, image, text and web location files as well as
web archives. A new sample script sends displayed web pages as web archive
via e-mail and auto-completion in the URL field of the integrated web
browser makes web surfing with DEVONagent more comfortable. Also, the
compatibility to web sites blocking bots has been improved.

Finally, DEVONnote comes with enhanced web browsing capabilities, comes
with all the new text editing capabilities including tables in rich text
documents and searches the database faster than ever. New notes can be
immediately created in a predefined group without manually moving them and
allows to open groups and documents in a new window when double-clicking
them. DEVONnote inherited many minor productivity enhancements from
DEVONthink, too.

DEVONthink Personal Edition 1.9.3 and DEVONagent 1.7 require Mac OS X
10.3.9 or Mac OS X 10.4 “Tiger”, DEVONnote requires Mac OS X 10.2.7 or
later. A fast Internet connection is strongly recommended for DEVONagent.
All three applications are immediately available as free evaluation
versions from DEVONthink Personal Edition must
be purchased in DEVONtechnologies’ online shop for US$ 40, DEVONagent for
US$ 35 and DEVONnote for US$ 20 after the evaluation period. The updates
are free for all registered users. DEVONthink and DEVONagent are also
available as “Infoworker’s Bundle” for US$ 65.

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DEVONthink is the Mac incarnation of the real paperless office. It’s a
notepad, outliner, scrapbook manager, information manager, freeform
database, archive, bookmark manager and image and multimedia database, all
in one integrated application. DEVONthink intelligently stores and helps
organizing all types of data, text files, PDFs, images, bookmarks, even
QuickTime movies and MP3 files. A hierarchical filing structure and AI
functions for sorting in and finding documents makes it ideal for both
keeping a simple notebook and organizing large information collections.

An integrated text and RTF editor including a real-time
paragraph/word/character count and many other comfortable editing and
highlighting functions make it easy to not only enter short notes but to
write letters, articles, even books. Finally, the integrated Safari-based
web browser displays web pages directly within the DEVONthink workspace,
e-mails can be comfortably imported using a provided AppleScript and all
documents that DEVONthink does not natively recognize can be “printed”
directly into the database from any other application.

People use DEVONthink to

– collect text snippets, documents, images, PDF or movies, bookmarks,
– archive their e-mails,
– write new documents,
– organize all of them,
– create links between them,
– find that “needle in the haystack”,
– and surf the Internet.

DEVONthink provides the main features of many standard applications such as
Finder, Sherlock, Safari, TextEdit, Stickies, Preview, iPhoto, QuickTime
Player and Help Viewer with one consistent, easy-to-use Mac-like interface.

Key features:

– Stores whatever you like, from texts, images, PDF, HTML and XML over text
clippings, iChat logs, scripts and Microsoft Word/RTF files to links
– Is able to index contents only instead of storing them in the database
– Integrated browser based on Apple’s WebKit (“Safari Engine”)
– Helps you to sort in new stuff (“Classify”, “See Also”, keywords etc.)
– Advanced text editing including rulers, highlighting real-time statistics
and display of invisible characters
– Lightning-fast, intelligent search function
– User-defined labels
– Dynamic Wiki-style links and static cross links
– Built-in outlining capabilities
– Easy-to-use interface providing Services and a Dock menu
– Supports Services (like CalcService or WordService)
– Supports drag-and-drop in both directions

What’s unique:

– Im- and exports Finder comments
– Captures contents from the built-in browser or from Safari
– Imports e-mails from Apple Mail
– Plays QuickTime movies and MP3 files
– Stores aliases to local files
– Groups or ungroups documents, organizes them into hierarchies
– Works with much more file formats than all alternatives
– Batch imports and exports data extremely fast
– Works flawlessly with huge databases ()300 MB)
– Does not need indexing but searches faster than the competition
– Uses all major features of Mac OS X


DEVONagent overcomes all the shortcomings that make Google & Co. such a
pain for serious research. More than 50 plug-ins for search engines,
scientific databases and research tools, predefined search sets you can use
right away and a clean, easy to use user interface make DEVONagent the #1
tool for finding information on the web for the Mac.

DEVONagent is much more than just an interface for web search engines. It
helps you

– searching,
– collecting and
– organizing

information with a powerful and flexible search architecture, a simple to
use built-in archive and perfect integration with DEVONthink. DEVONagent
creates perfectly tailored summaries, acts as a fast and lean web browser,
supports news feeds like RSS and shows all items of interest in a separate
drawer. It can’t be easier to look for information on the web.

Key features:

– Collects, analyzes weights and summarizes search results from all major
Internet search engines. Eliminates junk, similar, archived or error pages
on-the-fly and looks for specific types of data, e.g. webcams, multimedia
files, downloadable archives, e-mail addresses or links on demand.

– A scheduler allows to run predefined queries completely unattended and to
execute a series of actions like archive in DEVONagent or DEVONthink, send
an e-mail or speak a text.

– The integrated web browser based on the Safari engine is especially
tailored at the needs of web researchers. Access all your Camino, Firefox,
OmniWeb and Safari bookmarks, filter out e-mail addresses, images or linked
files with just one click and compare the results of a search run using A.I.

– DEVONagent is able to scan RSS, RDF, RSD and Atom feeds. In addition, the
integrated web browser converts such feeds on-the-fly to HTML and presents
them similar to Safari 2.0.

– Presents the result of the search run in human-readable format as digest,
dynamically assembled to selected topics. Found search words are
automatically highlighted and texts summarized. An easy-to-use but powerful
web page archive allows you to organize and search stored pages.

– DEVONagent is built on a flexible and extensible plug-in architecture
that allows to query a great variety of search engines and write new
plug-ins at ease. Also, DEVONagent automatically scans your favorite web
pages for news and follows promising links.

– DEVONagent features a clean, intuitive user interface and full
AppleScript integration. Like all DEVONtechnologies applications,
DEVONagent is built to seamlessly integrate with Mac OS X and supports
services or drag-and-drop and provides a Dock menu.


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. More information:

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