DEVONtechnologies, LLC today releases the final, non-public-beta
version 2.0 of all editions of its information manager DEVONthink as
well as of the smart note-keeper DEVONnote. Version 2.0 of DEVONthink
and DEVONnote brings an immense number of improvements over version 1.x
and many enhancements over version 2.0 public beta. This release is the
first of six major releases scheduled for 2010.
Highlights In Version 2.0 (Final, Since Public Beta
* Final polishing of the user interface including new Welcome Assistant
* Support for templates, external linking, and some plugins in DEVONnote
* Functional tag view and improved smart tagging
* Automatic installation of Global Inbox in Finder works again
* AI-based Summarize works again
* Improved PDF annotations
* Powered by DEVONsphere(R) technology
* Cross-grade from DEVONnote to DEVONthink now available
For a full list of changes since version 1.x please see further below.
The Changes In 2.0 (Final) In Detail
For the final 2.0 release the user interface has been further
polished: new icons distinguish regular groups and groups used for
tagging, the application icon has been rendered in 512 x 512 pixels,
and a new Welcome Assistant helps new users getting started with
DEVONthink and DEVONnote.
"The new Welcome Assistant not only greets the user but also offers
direct access to the embedded documentation as well as many functions
of our online support area. Users can quickly have their license code
re-sent, ask for a 30 day trial license, change their email address, or
download the documentation in printer-friendly PDF format. In most
cases this saves the user a trip to our web site," adds Eric
Bohnisch-Volkmann, President of DEVONtechnologies.
Version 2.0 final completes the tag view which was still preliminary
in public beta 8. Smart tagging is now part of nearly every aspect of
the user interface and is fully supported by smart groups (also known
as ‘saved searches’). In addition, DEVONthink Pro’s global inbox can
(again) be added to the Finder’s sidebar as well as all ‘save’ dialog
windows, and the Summarize service is working again; the ability to add
the inbox to the Finder had been broken by Mac OS X 10.6 ‘Snow Leopard’.
A new script lets the user open tabs from DEVONagent to DEVONthink
Pro and new smart templates open Google, Bing, or a manually entered
web address in a new tab, enhancing DEVONthink Pro’s usefulness as a
comfortable web browsing environment. DEVONthink Pro Office retains the
color depth as well as the rotation and resolution of scanned images if
desired, news feeds also support enclosures, and the Sorter tab can be
made nearly invisible. The ‘Annotation’ smart template links to the
current page of a PDF document and the ‘EndNote’ template takes over
more data. DEVONthink and DEVONnote support Mac OS X 10.6’s text
substitutions and data detectors, now, too.
Finally, DEVONnote 2.0 inherits a large number of features from its
bigger brothers: templates, external linking to documents with a URL,
the panel for quickly taking notes, and some plugins, namely the
ability to send items by email, export to iPods (Classic) or as a
website, and bookmark import. DEVONthink Personal comes with new smart
"The addition of many functions formerly exclusive to DEVONthink
turns the simple note-taking tool DEVONagent into a fully AI-based
environment for working with textual information with an unmatched
price/performance ratio. DEVONnote now perfectly complements the more
feature-rich DEVONthink product line with an offer for those who don’t
need the full power of DEVONthink," comments Eric Bohnisch-Volkmann,
President of DEVONtechnologies.
Internally DEVONthink 2.0 final brings many further improvements
including changes for the upcoming iPhone/iPad client as well as
MobileMe, WebDAV, and LAN/WLAN based synchronization. While the
iPhone/iPad client will enable users to transfer selected parts of
databases to their device, view and search them on-the-go, and add new
documents, the synchronization module will make it possible to reliably
synchronize databases between local Macs or, using MobileMe or any
other WebDAV server, between any Mac with an Internet connection. The
synchronization module is currently in the works, the iPhone client in
alpha testing and expected to be released in Q2/2010.
Pricing and Availability:
DEVONthink Pro and Pro Office 2.0, DEVONthink Personal 2.0, and
DEVONnote 2.0 require Mac OS X 10.5 or later and can be downloaded as
free trial versions. DEVONthink and DEVONnote can be test-driven for
free for 150 hours of non-continuous runtime until they need to be
DEVONthink Professional Office sells for US$ 149.95, DEVONthink
Professional for US$ 79.95, DEVONthink Personal for US$ 49.95, and
DEVONnote for US$ 24.95 in DEVONtechnologies’ online shop. DEVONthink
Pro Office and DEVONthink Pro are also available with the Internet
research agent DEVONagent as bundles.
Until March 14 all four applications can be purchased with 10
percent ‘Launch Party’ discount. This discount also applies to all
upgrades from previous versions.