I’m evaluating a trial version of the software to see if I want to buy it. So far I have got See Also… to work for web pages (it finds related emails and similar webpages, for example) and emails (vice versa). Very impressive.
So I thought I’d take it a step further and try it out on a selected piece of text (first using Stickies, then when that didn’t work, TextEdit). The text was “Passport to Pimlico”, which is a UK comedy film from the 1950s.
I right-clicked the selection then chose the “…See Also…” link. The window opens, but it says “No results found”. Repeatedly. (I’m connected via broadband, and I have all the Web Search options checked in Preferences).
What am I doing wrong? I would have expected Devonsphere to come up with a selection of web pages about the movie, e.g. IMDB, etc.
Would it work if I switched from “See Also…” to “Search” instead? I’m more than half impressed with DEVONsphere already, but a Google search WITHOUT using a browser would be the icing on the cake for me. I would DEFINITELY purchase!
At the moment, Glims does the job very well indeed, but I have to start to enter a search term in the Google field of Safari for Glims to do its magic; then there’s Alfred, which has Google search built in, but again, you have to invoke Alfred then copy/paste, before it offers to invoke a Google search.
It’s all a bit remote from being able to right-click selected text in any document and use the Services menu to launch an app which will Search the web for that bit of selected text. That’s what initially excited me about DEVONsphere, but you’re saying it won’t actually do that?
(Question: you’re on a web page and DEVONsphere finds related web pages - how does it do that? Shouldn’t it be able to do that if you aren’t in a browser to begin with?)
That’s a system-wide Service provided by OS X, rather than something provided by DEVON. You could disable this Service in System Preferences, but to my knowledge there is no way to change which browser is used and/or the search provider.
I wonder if one of those free launcher apps which help you Search / Open / Find etc using your keyboard, would do that? I use Alfred, which might simply search using any browser you’ve got open? I don’t know, as I use Safari - in 32-bit mode, and empty out its webpage previews now and then, and kill its Safari Web Content whenever my RAM is running low. Otherwise, Safari is fine for me