I like Devon Think Pro Office, specifically the combinaton of Devon Agent and Devon Think, a lot, but perhaps I like it almost too much in that I am using it as a workspace to hold things that I need, not just the notes about them.
I have a number of problems which may be fixable.
The most urgent one is stability of this combination. Both applications unexpectedly quit on me more than I would prefer.
the newest Devon Agent quits often when I am viewing PDFs, zap… And when I relaunch it, there doesn’t seem to be any web history log still visible, anywhere.
Also, once my databases pass around 15000 files in them I start having stability issues in most, but not all of the list views. For some reason, it does not crash in icon view- but there I am missing the ability to see all the columns about my files, as I need. (the comments and tags are important)
This just happened with DA as it opened a PDF. So I now have lost a number of tabs and I have to figure out where I was in my work. Is there a persistent web history log hidden somewhere? I need that.
This time it will be easier than most times, because I have notes in another app, often I am just out of luck. It is often really difficult to get back to where I was before it happened. It seems to me that the old version of Agent was better in that respect, I don’t know. But it seems so.
I don’t want to be too negative, these two apps are extremely useful for me because of their unstructured nature.
But I need to fix this problem. Or find a workaround.
One thing that would help me a lot would be better logging of everything- every event. Is there a way I could externally record a parallel record of (maybe via Growl?) all the metadata of each web page I visited, along with the time, as well as the path, group, comment and tag info of any files I save?
Another problem I still have with Agent to Think workflow, in which I save a lot of web clippings… is that - invariably when I have a lot of tabs open, it will sometimes just refuse to “Take Rich Note” until I reboot the whole machine.
This is a major pain because its next to impossible sometimes to save ALL my tabs, (writing down where I was and why I was following that thread) quit and reboot and re-open everything. Sometimes, it just dies… and I have no notes, or not enough notes, When I’m on a framed site - then I lose the places that I was.
Is there a chance you could add some hooks to log everything to PostgreSQL, or support exporting or storage in Postgres, MySQL or sqlite?
That would be the best of both worlds… if we could use DevonThink and DevonAgent normally but have them be able to use a local or better yet, any (jdbc or odbc-compliant) database as an alternative data store.