Every time I think about diving back into DEVONthink, I get anxious realizing I don’t understand how it stores files and whether I can get them back out in their original form or if they transmogrify into some sort of proprietary DEVONthink format.
I’ve been a licensed user for years, but I only use it to search an large archive of PDFs that I store in Dropbox visible to DEVONthink via its “index” function.
DEVONthink’s actual database, the one stored on my hard drive, is a black-box mystery to me. If I drop a bunch of .doc, .jpeg, .xcl, .pdf files into DEVONthink, are the removed from their original location (e.g. Downloads, Documents, etc.), or are they essentially duplicated by DEVONthink, doubling the space they take up?
If I’m in a program like Word or Adobe Acrobat and use the built-in Open function to open and work with a file that’s been ingested by DEVONthink, what happens? Does Word’s file finder allow me to poke around inside the DEVONthink folder to find the .doc?
I suspect these are bone-headed questions to some of you, but I’m just a humble caveman editor who gets anxious when I cannot open a nested folder and see my Word doc with its original file name intact. That gives me peace of mind that the file still exists and can do with it what I will.