Hey all. I’m a grad student considering my options.
A few years ago, I purchased DEVONThink Pro Office 2 during a summer sale but never did put in the time to get it set up and running as my central store of info/files I intended it to be. Now I’m in grad school with a renewed desire to finally get everything in order (and ditch walled-garden cloud tools like Evernote), especially with plenty of research-related documents and activities in my future.
What I’m trying to decide is, are there any compelling reasons to keep the DTPO2 license around and purchase a completely separate DT3 license instead of upgrading it to DT3? Based on my review of features and forum discussions, reasons I can think of to go this separate-license route include:
- It would give me the ability to access my database on a couple other infrequently used computers if needed without having to buy more seats.
- Alternatively (or in addition), it would allow me to set up a server for access from other machines (including PCs, Linux, school computers, etc.) without having to shell out a substantial amount for DT3 Server.
- It would let me retain the ability to use DTPO2’s 3-panel workflow that many seem to miss in DT3 and consider more productive.
These all depend on DTPO2 (1) playing/syncing nicely with DT3, and (2) the DTPO2 server still working properly and providing a useful web interface for a database primarily managed in DT3.