I’ve been using it since beta 1 (which was a bit more unstable, as far as I am concerned. I had some files disappearing on me and lots os indexed files getting duplicated without any reason). Since beta 2 it has been pretty stable and problem free for me.
I had to learn the hard way that the integration between DT3 and finder is much more strict and you can’t just go about using indexed files and if you were on DT2. After this I created a dummy database to test all the functions and to just go crazy on it. After I felt I had seen enough, I started using it again.
I have not used iCloud because I keep my databases in an external hard-drive in one of my computers. I sync a lot via Bonjour and sometimes also via dropbox. I use dropbox as an secondary backup. One I would not like to use, but that I can resort to (it keeps erased files for a while to it is somewhat useful).
Another strategy I use, for backing up individual files, is a pair of scripts by Christian that will backup any given file and upon request evoke the previous versions of it. (I can share them with you, if you think they can be useful to you).
A VM would be fine. More simply we advocate using a separate macOS account (which also has the benefit of not being virtualized). You can install DEVONthink 3 in a user-specific Applications folder on that account as well.
I think it is courageous . Loosing files is nerve wrecking though. I have some Wki Files that I spent a long time writing in DEVONthink and only stored on DEVONthink (bad practice alert?); maybe it’s ok sicne they are still backup by TimeMachine?
I don’t know what will happen if I corrupt my database in DT3, does it mean the database is screwed for all platform? All my database are linked to iCloud. The funny thing is that I did not purchase DT for my Mac until I used it on iOS for a while; so technically all my DT data base are created on iOS .
VMs can be cool, but it’s still emulation. Workable for sure, but I prefer the real thing when possible.
I have at least three accounts on multiple machines and fast-user switch between them all day long
I had to learn the hard way that the integration between DT3 and finder is much more strict and you can’t just go about using indexed files and if you were on DT2
This whole sentence is terrifying. I used indexed files more than anything in DT. What precisely has changed? What does “more strict” integration with Finder mean that prevents you from just “going about using indexed files?”
My simpler approach: create a new folder to house Devon 3 databases. Copy any chosen one from the folder used for Devon 2 to that new folder and open it under Devon 3. Don’t make changes you want to keep and don’t forget you’re using a clone.
Okay, that’s not terrifying, thank you. Seems like if you’re using indexed folders, but expecting or even capitalizing off of the possibility that the on-disk and DT folders could be out of sync, then that’s more of an edge case. (Sharp razor’s edge, maybe).
It sounds like it works more like one would expect, although the “what happens when you delete a file on the DT side” is going to take some getting used to for people. Right now I never, ever have DT delete anything on disk and I’d have to rethink how I use it.