I wonder what makes software useful software.
Shouldn’t that be saving the users time and letting them concentrate on content instead of the technical aspects of their work?
DEVONthink does not do that. It merely seems to consume the time and energy of too many users trying to use it because other people told them: “it’s professional”.
I’ve had DTP Office and DT to Go for several years now and being honest I have to say that there is no other software that required so much time and effort to be administered or to be set up to running than this piece of software.
There is ALWAYS something wrong with DTP.
To name a few:
Syncing via WebDav does simply not work. It may work for some guys with certain server or whatever configuration but for the majority of users it simply doesn’t.
Ok, well. Lets switch to Dropbox then. Good idea with a fairly large DB that requires me to upgrade my Dropbox account. Anyway, works for a while then starts crashing the app on the Mac Book Pro.
No solution in sight. Next step: trying to use the local network based sync. Lets see if that works.
Syncing with DT to Go causes duplicate entries of almost ALL files in the DB making the whole DB useless after several unsuccessful attemptts of syncing with DTTG.
I have given up using and syncing DT to Go. Its stye worst piece of app I’ve ever had on my iPad(s)/iPhone(s). Far away from being useful.
I’ve had corrupt databases, thousands of duplicates from wherever they came from, disappeared files and many more errors and problems which I cannot even remember all.
I would never trust anymore the much-praised AI since I would probably end up with a completely messed DB.
Before each change in my DB I have to make sure to create a 1:1 copy as a backup.
So I have reduced my expectations and just use DTP Office as an archive for all my files (Bookmarks, PDFs, spreadsheets, pages docs etc.). But hey! For that there is cheaper software that works more reliably and even looks nicer and has an up-to-date user interface.
And before some smart guys tell me to try with different databases or different devices:
I’ve done that many times. Independent devices, new and older ones, many of them. Independent different databases on different devices. It’s all the same……
I like the company because it’s a small company and they’re independent.
I do like DTP, that’s why I’ve dealt with all the problems for such a long time.
But this software is stealing my energy and is of no use for anything. At least not in the professional way. For archiving my files there are better and cheaper solutions.