This mainenance release fixes issues related to the contextual menu of PDF documents, synchronizing with DEVONthink 2, and creating preview images.
Ratings and Reviews
I used evernote for years, a decade or more. I had heard of DEVONthink, but always along the lines that yes it is a good program / app, but it is too complicated. So when evernote starting playing fast and loose and continued to refuse encryption, I dabble with a few others and was on Apple Notes (after the rewrite) and Together and later Keep It. As I have over 6,000 notes in about two dozen Notebooks – well now we call them Groups, the others did not sync well. DT is EXCELLENT. DT is NOT complicated. My main database is on my MacBook Pro, and it syncs with my iPad, phone, and Mac Mini with Bonjour. I am not rocket scientist, and had the sync up and running in minutes. I use a ScanSnap scanner to get actual paper into the system. There are TONS of additional ways to save to DT. The search excellent.
My dad always said the best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago – My only problem with DEVONthink was not switching sooner.
Solid but limited and glitchy
App is a steady, hard worker. There are odd glitches and minor missing touches abound. The washed out interface can be hard to read. The thumbnails of files are occasionally wrong; more than once I've deleted a file thinking it was something else. Enabling Face ID means adding a note via 3D Touch from the home screen will not work. Sometimes I end up with copies of the same note in different folders: moving a note from an Inbox sometimes makes a copy instead. There are unnecessary text file options (all that should be provided are plain text/Markdown); having those options means having to choose a format every time a note is created--a default option in Settings would be better. There is no Markdown editing support (eg auto-listing bullet points) which every other iOS Markdown editor or notetaker--including Apple Notes--has. Sometimes while writing a note the Markdown preview won't show the text changes I had just made to the note. Search results cannot be sorted. Overall the sync is not as responsive as server-hosted system such as Evernote, which I'd like to avoid.
No active beta version tells me this will be as good as it gets for awhile.
Bugs and dated interface keeps it from being great
Update: Had a sync problem that escalated and it drove me over the edge for quitting this app. The good thing was how easy it was to recover my data and get it out of the app. The bad news was that I couldn’t fix the sync problem and couldn’t figure out how to reset sync. Customer support is great, but it was clear that solutions to sync issues requires starting at the Mac, and since I can go weeks without access to my Mac when traveling, the system seems too fragile for me. I am impressed with how safe my data was during the problem, but I can’t afford losing access to files while away from the Mac.
Original review: I looked at DEVONThink years ago and there wasn’t enough there on the iOS side at the time. I had forgotten about it until my organizational system started to get strained recently and I began searching for new apps. I’m glad I came across DEVONThink again, as the iOS app, especially on the iPad Pro, has become truly useful. Within a couple of days, I was fully into the DEVONThink ecosystem and saving a lot of time and energy in pulling together all the bits of my work. Can’t wait to see how the app further develops.
- DEVONtechnologies, LLC
- 91.6 MB
Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, French, German
- Age Rating
- Rated 17+ for the following:
- Unrestricted Web Access
- © 2010–2019 DEVONtechnologies, LLC
- In-App Purchases
- Pro Package $7.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.
Get things done within this app using just your voice.