I am trying Devonthink. I have indexed all my work files into it. I dont feel comfortable adding them into the database, it would be massive, and then I believe I would lose the ability to manage them in Finder??
Anyway, I also have a Macbook at home, so wondered if I were to sync the database to home, which will not have the files its indexed, would it still work all ok apart from being able to open the files? Its so I can still reference notes and links that I add into the database.
Thanks… I considered having all my files on both machines (in the same place) but its hundreds of GBs and thousands of files (all my work files). I may do it using rsync (its too big for Dropbox), but at the moment the files will only be on one computer and not the other. Actually I may index other files on the second computer not on the first! So that’s the issue really, I wanted to know if Devonthink would still work OK, I could add notes/links etc. into a Group (which is created when indexing folders) and it would still work even though the file it indexed is not on that computer.
DEVONthink would work with indexing, as you’ve described, if you take care with the location of the folders.
If syncing “100s of GBs” between machines is not viable, then consider putting the files on an external drive (or syncing them to an external drive) and indexing that drive. You could move the drive between machines.
A DEVONthink database with “100s of GBs” of data - whether indexed or not - is not likely to perform well, by the way.