I work in movie marketing, so there are myriad of keywords to keep tabs on. i use FEEDLY as well, and GOOGLE ALERTS too, but mostly I rely on DevonAgent for the up to date stuff. It works perfectly for me, except for this issue of thinking there are active searches running where there aren’t and needing a restart to get it rolling again.
So, if i have a total of 40 searches I want to do each day, and I choose this schedule:
HOURLY at HH:00 searches 1-10
HOURLY at HH:15 searches 11-20
HOURLY at HH: 30 searches 21-30
HOURLY at HH:45 searches 31-40
I may get all of the results out of the first run. But the second run will likely not start until I have restarted DevonAgent and dismissed the “searches are still running” dialog.
So, in the perfect world, I would run 90% of the searches on a daily basis rather than hourly, so I could spread them out more. In fact, I was thinking of trying that just to see of volume is the problem. The problem is that when a search fails to run, you don’t get a chance to try it again until the next day, and you have to keep some kind of log as to which searches were actually being run. At least with a batch running every 15 minutes, you have a chance of completing all 40 searches at some point during the day.
I will try reducing the numbers first though. I can’t spread them out as there are only four times but I can simply reduce the numbers and see if that eliminates the need to restart DA.
Let me say again that DEVONagent and DEVONthink of course, are absolutely awesome and if I have to keep restarting that’s what I’ll do because the results and the workflow are simply too awesome to abandon.