As I review the DevonAgent plugin forum I see many requests for plugin codings. It seems the Devonagent plugins are just too general. Many researchers have specific websites and want to search within these for information. With the majority of users of Devonthink being researchers it should be easier for those who are not programmers to create their own plugins. Here are some easier ways that could perhaps be incorporated to make creating plugins within the grasp of researchers.
Many websites have their own search engines on their sites that can select the information researchers are looking for.
The browser OmniWeb provides “Shortcuts” that allows one to quickly create a shortcut that will use the selected site’s search engine to provide information from within the site. Firefox has similar “shortcuts” searching and Google has the ability to create custom site searches as well. The problem with each of these is they only seem to search one site at a time. This is where DA can be of great benefit because it allows for multiple selection of plugins within a searchset. If DA could link into or have a process to create plugins this easy then DA would be used instead of these other browsers.
I know the team at Devontechnologies is very busy but it seems that there should be a way to make creating plugins possible for researchers who are not programmers.
Below is a link to the manual that explains the process of creating “shortcuts” in two pages 55 and 56.
Thanks for all your hard work.