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DEVONagent grows up – DEVONagent Pro 3.0 released
Last Updated on Thursday, 21 July 2011 12:00 Written by iUseMac Thursday, 21 July 2011 12:00
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho – DEVONtechnologies, LLC today is pleased to announce the final version 3.0 of the smart Internet research assistant DEVONagent Pro 3.0 with many improvements over the last public beta and literally many hundred major and minor enhancements over DEVONagent 2.3.1.
Changes since the last public beta:
Most noticeably DEVONagent has been renamed to DEVONagent Pro, on the one hand to emphasize its claim to be the most capable and smart (re)search assistant on the Mac, and on the other hand to distinguish it clearly from the Express and Lite editions of DEVONagent.
“We are excited about today’s release of OS X 10.7 Lion. With DEVONagent Pro 3.0 all our apps are ready, too,” comments Eric Bohnisch-Volkmann, President of DEVONtechnologies.
Version 3.0 final is now compatible to OS X 10.7 Lion and supports 64 bit mode for much better memory management. So whenever Apple’s new operating system is finally out you’re prepared. It’s faster and more reliable, too. In addition we have added three new plugins for JSTOR, the SEC, and Lexis Web, and updated or even rewritten most other plugins. Plugins support also authentication now.
We have improved the Thumbnail Gallery and Multimedia scanners and made the Code scanner compatible to Apple’s latest version of the Apple Developer Connection website. DEVONagent Pro 3.0 final inherits the enhanced workspaces handling from DEVONthink and adds better See Also results, news feed handling, and a more reliable fullscreen mode.
What’s new in 3.0 at a glance:
The list of improvements in DEVONagent Pro 3.0 over version 2 is long. The new version updates all aspects of the application from the plugins that connect it with the search engines to the built-in search and ranking engine, the WebKit-based browser, and the archive to the user interface and experience.
Here are some of the highlights:
* Improved internal search and ranking engine
* New plugins e.g. for Facebook profiles and Twitter
* Existing plugins updated or even rewritten
* Plugin assistant helps creating new plugins
* Searches can be saved and reopened later
* Cover Flow for comfortable searching and browsing
* Much improved web browser with bookmark management, sidebar, and better integration of object scanners
* Better archive
* Overhauled user interface and new support assistant
* Compatible to OS X 10.7 Lion
DEVONagent Pro 3.0 is a paid upgrade for all customers who have purchased their license for DEVONagent 1.x or 2.x before January 1, 2009. Everyone eligible for a free upgrade has already received their upgrade license; if not, they can reclaim it from the DEVONtechnologies website.
“DEVONagent Pro 3.0 is, by far, the best version of DEVONagent we ever made. It’s fast, reliable, and gives our users an advanced environment that lets them do smart research on all major and many specialized search engines. Add an optimized web browser, and integrated archive, and excellent export and report capabilities and the #1 search assistant for the Mac just got even better,” claims Eric Bohnisch-Volkmann, DEVONtechnologies’ President.
Availability and Pricing:
DEVONagent Pro 3.0 requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later and can be downloaded as free trial. It can be test-driven for free for 60 hours of non-continuous runtime until it needs to be properly licensed. DEVONagent Pro sells for $49.95 (USD) in DEVONtechnologies’ online shop and will be available in the Mac App Store soon, too. The upgrade from DEVONagent 1.x is US $40, the upgrade from version 2.x $25. Users who purchased DEVONagent on or after January 1, 2009, have already received a free upgrade license.
Background: DEVONagent Pro
DEVONagent Pro helps you search more efficiently on the web. It searches multiple sources, frees you from hunting for the really relevant results, and gives you power tools for your research.
Your personal meta search engine:
DEVONagent Pro is not a simple Google interface. It knows how to talk to search engines – and how to squeeze the best out of them. DEVONagent connects to as many search engines as you want, collects the data, and weeds out the junk that managed to slip through. It also scans your favorite websites and notifies you when it finds something that matches your query. It can even do all of this while you’re sleeping; the results will be ready before you pour your first cup of coffee.
Get the good stuff, skip the junk:
DEVONagent Pro is all about filtering what you don’t want and giving you the best tools to find more of what you really want. DEVONagent Pro doesn’t simply trust the search engines. It filters all returned results again, allowing you to use advanced Boolean operators, proximity operators, and wildcards of unlimited complexity – something no single search engine allows you to do. DEVONagent’s “scanners” can even find e.g. thumbnail galleries or linked PDF or Office documents for you. When you’ve found what you’re looking but want a little more detail, the unique See Also list contains related pages from elsewhere in the search results, online and even from DEVONthink Pro.
The information you want, the way you want:
Every research task is different. DEVONagent Pro supports this with many ways to list, read, even explore your data. View the results as a list or as a smart text summary, and explore them with the topics map. Unread results are marked with a blue dot, just like in Apple Mail, so that you don’t miss the one important piece of information you’re looking for. Finally, for viewing web pages there’s DEVONagent Pro’s specialized web browser. Extract images, RSS feeds, links, email addresses, even linked documents with a single click and save them for reference or reuse.
Save your research and come back later:
Research is not only about finding, it’s about collecting data, sharing it, and using it to create something meaningful. DEVONagent Pro exports your filtered and trimmed-to-the-max research results in a variety of formats, from a simple list of bookmarks to comprehensive RTF digests and PDF reports. The built-in, searchable archive keeps them for later reference, or you can send your results to DEVONthink. Finally, you can save your search and continue later on, or even share it with others via email.
DEVONtechnologies LLC, founded in 2002, incorporated in 2004 and headquartered in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, researches in the field of semantic and associative data analysis and synthesis, and develops key applications based on the DEVONtechnology. Named after the Devonian Period, the DEVONtechnology marks the departure into a new age of data processing. The main focus of all activities is on using the robust, flexible and versatile architecture intelligently to create rock-solid applications for a variety of purposes, including but not limited to databases, intelligent agents, data-mining, information retrieval and human-computer-interfaces. Copyright (C) 2011 DEVONtechnologies LLC. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo and Mac are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.