This is similar to macmac’s question, but didn’t want to take over their thread
Ok, I’m about this close to actually buying Devonagent and possibly Devonnote – I can see the value in them and having tried out the demos I’m sold on them both. If they were together as a bundle, I’d have bought them already Devonagent is probably the closest thing to Copernic out there, so I’m already sold on it, and Devonote is like a wiki run by info architects, and I’m all in love with that. I can see how people really like their products, and I can see that Devon sounds like a fantastic company.
But for the life of me I’m trying to understand Devonthink. I appreciate they’ve got a feature comparison page – that helps – but I’m trying to figure out if it’s worth it for me to purchase. Is it like a database of my files on my computer? Is it like Devonnote on steroids, with the ability to actually have the files in the database? How big do the databases get? Does this replace or more like augment Finder and Spotlight – a ‘layer’ on top of them? I’m reading a lot about ‘steep learning curves’ and I don’t always like those. Also I don’t know if I’m really the target for this – I am pretty organized on my computer, so the AI aspects of it (searching, specifically) aren’t always the biggest of my worries.
I’m reading through the user profiles in the Academy section, which is helping, but would love to hear more user stories from YOU – how has it helped?
-Does it matter if you use professional or personal editions?
-Do you use DT, and does it play well with the other Devon products?
-How is DT with multiple databases, or do you just have one, with lots of groups in it?
-How do you reconcile using DT with lots of online Web 2.0 repositories of info – do you find yourself using DT more? (I’m trying to get things off my harddrive, but I can see me putting more on it using DT)
- Did you start out using Devonnote and what made DT more special so that you switched?
- DT Personal or professional – better to just go pro?
- I have stuff in Devonnote I’d like to extract if I eventually do get DT - can I do that? I suppose one doesn’t need both of them, although I’m open to interesting suggestions.
Sorry for the million and one questions – any help is appreciated. You don’t have to tackle all of them
To anyone from Devon who’s reading this – don’t get me wrong. The web site is fabulous – please don’t take this as a reflection of anything other than my confusion.
Thanks for any suggestions or comments!