Hi. I’m trying to get a handle on searching in DEVONthink, because it isn’t working for me the way that I would like. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Specifically, I want to know what inconsistencies or blind spots you might have run into – hopefully your experiences will shed light on my problem, or at least help us improve the product.
My problem is that things I easily find in Spotlight (HoudahSpot) are not turning up in DEVONthink. This is sometimes a minor annoyance, but at other times, especially with Smart Groups, it can be a much more serious issue. One Smart Group ought to have a few dozen files and it has two, for example. I assume the classification AI suffers from the same blind spots. The inconsistencies currently seems to be limited to CJK (Chinese, Japanese, and Korean) so far, but it may be more widespread (I have some other oddities, but haven’t been able to pin them down yet).
I’d like to give you the files, but I cannot share any of them. Sorry. I’m trying to pin down files / terms that are in files I can share, but I haven’t had the time to sift through things and figure out what is missing from the search results.
What I can say is that it seems to be terribly inconsistent. If I make a sentence using the term I am searching for (I usually have to use asterisks around CJK terms, because the languages don’t put spaces in-between words), it works just fine. And, if I copy / paste a page of text from a scanned document (OCR by Adobe), it works fine. But, that same PDF file where I got the text from cannot be found. This doesn’t make sense to me. I hope, and assume, that I am missing something. Perhaps your experiences will give me some hints.