I’m interested enough in this topic to sign in and make an account for the first time so that I can post this question. I am giving serious thought to what writing environment I’d like to choose and there is already a separate Scrivener topic. I have used Scrivener, Storymill and Ulysses and each has somewhat different take on what makes the perfect workplace.
There was a question in one of the posts on the Scrivener thread which asked for any example databases or real examples of what someone who uses Devonthink to write is doing with it. Johannes what you posted was something like a collection of gold, with so many possibilities that no other software is doing, all at once.
Is there any hope of being able to see a public version or example of what you are doing?
Patrick much respect, I would also ask you the same question.
How does it work for you? With your background I am very curious why your tools of choice are Devonthink and TextEdit? I don’t know who Johannes is or what he is working on (I checked if you had a web site listed or any public information and am presuming you are being anonymous or private which I respect and don’t wish to bother you). You are easy to look up Patrick and not being anonymous. I know you’re being glib, but without being facetious with all the top notch, mac-centric writing software that is evolving, why Devonthink? Why do you use TextEdit if you are already using Devonthink? Were you being serious?
I am trying to wrap my head around everything that’s inside Devonthink and it looks more like a near-endless collection of parts that you can use to build whatever environment you want. But I can’t so much visualize what either one of you may be looking at, because Devonthink is so vast that I am having difficulty imaging how to assemble the parts into a writing database if that makes sense?
I would very much like to know the answer to the same question that was asked here as well by Jennifer
Steven Johnson has written at great length how he gathers together and prepares to work, using Devonthink to start himself and then loads all of it into whatever word processor he is using (which changes with every book according to what he’s said). He’s not writing within Devonthink though, he is using it more in the complementary manner that others describe using Devonthink and Scrivener, only instead of Scrivener he uses a word processor.
Are there any example databases for what a writer who writes within Devonthink may be using? If there are none, why not?
All I’ve found online is mostly unimpressive. I don’t mean that in a negative way, only in the way that it sounds like what everybody else is doing by gathering together their research.
These are using the older 1 versions of Devonthink, but there don’t look to be any real examples of a writer taking full advantage of what makes Devonthink unique. The closest example I have ever seen was Johannes post, which I am having difficulty visualizing.