I switched from Evernote/OneNote to DevonTHINK a few months ago, and for the most part it has been a big improvement, but there is one major area holding it back: while handling of PDFs, etc is fantastic, the note taking functionality is extremely basic and frustrating to use - especially on DevonTHINK to Go. Evernote/OneNote are free, yet their note-taking and formatting options are far more advanced and easy to use than DevonTHINK’s (a paid programme).
While DevonTHINK does have a good number of formatting options, many of them are not available in the formatting bar, which necessitates going to the menu (which is much slower). This is especially true of Styles, which are a vital feature. In programmes like Microsoft Word and Scrivener, styles can be accessed in the formatting bar, which allows for quick switching between styles. In DevonTHINK, it takes quite a few clicks to navigate the menus to change styles at the moment, which can slow down the workflow quite a bit.
It would also be useful to be able to change the default text colour for RTFs - at the moment, I haven’t been able to change it from the default white.
DevonTHINK to Go
The iOS version of DevonTHINK compounds these issues with its buggy interface. This includes:
- No dark mode.
- Selecting/highlighting text is almost impossible. Double-tapping text to select it causes the app to freeze for upwards of 10 seconds.
- No hotkeys for formatting (bold, italics, underline), so users have to manually tap several times on a menu to format text.
- When tapping to change the cursor position, it often jumps higher or lower than where I tap, making it difficult to navigate between different parts of the document.
Fixing these issues would help my workflow enormously. At the moment, I am relying on OneNote for taking notes and then transferring them to DevonTHINK on my Mac.