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DEVONthink 3.0 Public Beta

DEVONtechnologies has released the first public beta of DEVONthink 3 with hundreds of new features and improvements and changes to the lineup of DEVONthink editions. Most noticeably, the information management software now sports a single-window interface (with support for Dark mode) with a sidebar for quick access to databases, favorites, smart groups, smart rules, filters, and a new reading list.

DEVONthink 3 user interface

The redesigned Sorter (available as a menu bar extension or a tab docked to the side of the screen) makes it easier to capture text, audio, voice notes, screenshots, and Web clippings. The release also improves indexing of PDF and RTF attachments, brings enhanced search language that allows prefixes for mouse-less specific searching, and extends automation options with smart rules that perform actions based on events and search queries. (For a more complete rundown of the top new additions, see DEVONtechnologies’ New in DEVONthink 3 and Editions pages.)

DEVONthink 3.0 is available in three editions that have been modified from the previous lineup. The standard DEVONthink 3 replaces the previous DEVONthink 2 Personal and Pro editions, while the DEVONthink 3 Pro and Server editions replace the DEVONthink 2 Pro Office edition. The DEVONthink 3 Pro and Server editions provide an extended feature set, including an improved OCR engine for scans, custom imprinting options for PDFs and images (including placeholder text and Bates numbering), email archiving, and integration with the Bookends reference manager. The Server edition also enables you to provide co-workers access with a built-in Web interface. DEVONthink 3 uses the same database format as previous versions so you can open them in DEVONthink 3 without losing the capability to switch back to the previous version. All three editions now require macOS 10.11 El Capitan or later. The company has retired the DEVONnote note-taking app.

The DEVONthink 3.0 public beta is free to use, but a valid license key will be required after the public beta phase has ended (as well as for accessing email archiving and text recognition capabilities beyond the trial limits). The standard version of DEVONthink 3  costs $99, with DEVONthink Pro 3 priced at $149 and DEVONthink Server 3 at $499. Upgrade discounts are available for those with previous licenses purchased either directly from DEVONtechnologies or via third-party promotions. (see this Upgrade page for more details).

DEVONtechnologies has updated the DEVONthink 3 licensing model with the concept of seats, with each license including two seats, such as for use on an office-based Mac and another for a mobile Mac laptop. You can purchase additional seats to add more collaborators for $49 per seat for the standard edition, or $99 for the Pro and Server editions. The DEVONthink 3 public beta is not available in the Mac App Store, but it will appear there once the final version is released and additional sandboxing work is completed. ($99 new for DEVONthink, $149 for DEVONthink Pro, and $499 for DEVONthink Server with a 15% discount for TidBITS members; upgrade pricing available; 88.1 MB; macOS 10.11+)

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Comments About DEVONthink 3.0 Public Beta

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  1. Is the Tidbits 15% discount good for the upgrade of DEVONthink Pro Office 2.x to 3.x?

  2. I just checked with DEVONtechnologies, and yes, it does. I’ve just updated the TidBITS Member Benefits page with the explicit coupon code since the Order link may not be quite what you need for an upgrade. So upgrade away, and thanks for supporting TidBITS!

  3. There’s updates and there’s updates. Quite an extraordinary update. So many features added. Happy to support developers like DEVONtechnologies, precision software engineering at its best.

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