Jeff, Apple not only introduced new features such as Quick Look in Leopard, but also provided a much-improved development environment.
Take Quick Look, for example. For a long time, DEVONthink users have requested that the database be able to display documents created by their favorite applications, such as Mellel, OmniPage, Excel, PowerPoint, Pages, Numbers, Keynote and more. It simply wasn’t feasible, within the development environment offered by Tiger, to do that.
Now, in Leopard, all of those document types mentioned above can be indexed and displayed in a DEVONthink database. If the developer of an application has provided suitable Quick Look and Spotlight plugins, that application becomes available to DEVONthink for searching, See Also, and display. Quick Look is still in its infancy, and not all developers are providing good plugins yet. But Quick Look represents enormous potentials for DEVONthink database users, that were not available under Tiger.
That carries over even into browsing and searching DTPO2 databases using Safari. A remote user can, in public beta 2, read the contents of documents within Safari, such as Pages documents, that were not previously viewable in the browser.
Quick Look is only one of many significant Leopard features. But it allows users to incorporate information from many more sources than could have been done in the past. Many previously “unknown” file types now can merge their information content into DEVONthink databases. The “Tower of Babel” problem has been greatly diminished.
DEVONtechnologies could not retain its position as the leading document management/information management developer for Mac without taking advantage of such substantive improvements under Leopard.