DEVONthink 3 Beta 4 released


DEVONtechnologies today releases the fourth beta of DEVONthink 3.0 for Mac. The update improves working with PDFs, sheets, and Markdown documents. Annotating documents becomes more powerful and so does converting scans with OCR and accessing them via the web interface.

Especially users in education will like the completely overhauled templates. And new users are now welcomed with a tour of the main new features. Finally, beta 4 brings many additional improvements, performance enhancements, and bug fixes again.

DEVONthink is DEVONtechnologies’ document and information management solution. It supports a large variety of file formats and stores them in a database enhanced by artificial intelligence (AI). Many document formats can be directly viewed, edited, and annotated. A powerful search language finds documents in an instant, smart groups keep them always at hand.

Sophisticated organization tools, AI-based techniques that handle even the largest collections, and numerous integration options make DEVONthink the work environment of choice for researchers, lawyers, and educators. Smart rules, flexible reminders, and deep AppleScript support allow automating even complex repeating tasks. And with its fast, reliable, and secure synchronization users keep their data available on all their Macs. DEVONthink To Go for iPad and iPhone completes the DEVONthink ecosystem.

* Keep your data together in one place
* Scan your paper, archive your email
* Let artificial intelligence help you organize your data
* Automate tasks with smart rules and reminders
* Sync your data to all your devices, fast and secure
* Share your data with anyone, whether they use Mac or PC

New in DEVONthink 3.0 Beta 4:
The fourth public beta of DEVONthink 3 enhances many aspects of the application, from working with documents and annotations, to scripting, text recognition, and the DEVONthink Server web interface.

Working with PDFs becomes faster and more comfortable. The update adds undo/redo to highlighting, underlining, or striking through, and no longer changes the PDF tool mode after selecting another annotation. To make the application more responsive, beta 4 saves modified PDFs in the background and works around limitations in macOS Mojave. PDFs aside, DEVONthink 3 Beta 4 improves also converting sheets to other file formats and printing them as tables or forms. Markdown fans can now use the :colon: syntax for adding emojis.

Another set to improvements makes annotations more powerful. For example, a new submenu of the Annotations & Reminders inspector allows using custom annotation templates. Back links and quotes, that can now be inserted also by a keyboard shortcut, are available in plain and rich text documents (except Markdown), too. They make it easy to add a bookmark to a specific text passage in the document by linking to paragraphs inside the document.

A completely overhauled set of templates makes them more useful for, e.g., users in the education sector. In addition they demonstrate many of the features that customers can use for making their own templates.

In the office world the updated text recognition (OCR) introduces options for deskew and compression while fixing a new bugs and working around an issue with CJK languages. Teams relying on the DEVONthink Server web interface now find a new user menu and a logout option.

Other enhancements include the ability to show totals in the Custom Metadata inspector for multiple selected items and new AppleScript commands for, e.g., retrieving custom metadata. New users are now welcomed by DEVONthink 3 with a quick tour of the new features.

Of course, beta 4 comes with bug fixes and performance enhancements, too. It speeds up searching PDFs, working with EPUB books, saving formatted notes, viewing documents in the web interface, and overall responsiveness.

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