I wrote some time back about asking for 3 pane view on DTTG and I still would like this very much. Navigating databases is significantly harder than it needs to be with only a single group view at a time and 3 pane view makes easier navigation of your information.
However I too am now writing to ask that different view layouts be included. Just at DTPO has the option to view files as tiles, rows, slide-over, icons, etc. This is desperately needed. I can’t triage files effectively just by their name. I often don’t rename files. I tag them. I need better options for the display of a file as-it-is in a group, without preview. Something similar to Apple Notes rich bookmark saving would be wonderful as it captures a snapshot image of the web content for display AS THE ICON, which means I can compare items side-by-side. Preview only lets me view one-at-a-time.
Right now navigation and database display options are sincerely lacking in DTTG and there’s this HUGE UNSIGHTLY empty 2/3rds of the screen being wasted. I can see that this was an easy solution from the iPhone DTTG, just leave off the extra space for preview. But unless I’m previewing a file I really do not want to ever see or want the preview pane to occupy the majority of my screen real estate, which, quite frankly, I only need to use because of the poor viewing and navigation options, sincerely.
I suppose lack of 3 pane view wouldn’t be so bad if it weren’t so difficult to actually asses the contents of a single group. There’s really no good reason as to why contents aren’t displayed as entire rows spanning the screen with metadata along the row, like every other file navigation system ever. Or tiles. Or icons. Right now it feels like I’m staring at an iOS reminders list. Just please, kill the ever-present preview pane!
Right now competitor Keep It provides a more accessible experience, web-content have preview icons spanshots and lets individual entries be viewed as tiles…
oh my god this is unintuitive. how many more basic features am I currently coping without because they’re invisibly behind design decisions ? I’m going to have to rethink my usage of this app again to decide as to whether this is sufficient to warrant it being front-and-Center of an iPad productivity system. Too much “companion-app” and not enough “productive-app” I don’t think its enough and the alternatives I’ve found already offer another killer feature: folder and file sharing
Keep It’s native iCloud Drive integration looks tempting, as long as iCloud Drive sync and only iCloud Drive sync fits your needs. There are no other options to sync your data, and even then, you need to have Keep It installed to access your data. It doesn’t create folders in your iCloud Directory that are visible to you if Keep It is not installed.
The biggest non-starter for me is that there is one and only one database. So in my case, if I want to have my household data, financial data, health data, my culinary hobby data, my semi-professional woodworking data, academic data, and professional data in a database app, Keep It forces me to have it all in One. Big. Database. Suffice to say, at a minimum searches and tagging become useless.
Keep It, especially the mobile app, looks compelling until you try to get real work done with it. DEVONthink’s development has been focused for a while now on the macOS app, but I’m confident that significant improvements are coming to DEVONthink to Go.