DevonAgent for Deep Dive Internet searches

Many years ago there was a great search tool called Copernic Agent. With it, you could search multiple search engines at the same time, and then collect and save the results. It was a fantastic tool when you wanted to deep dive into a subject.

That tool has long since passed, but DevonAgent is all that and so much more. Since DevonThink is information storage, DevonAgent is information collection, and then some.

DevonAgent is the tool you use when you need to get as much information as you possibly can about a subject and the first 2 pages of Google simply don’t cut it. Let’s say you are researching thing related to the Macintosh or even more exciting, Grace Hopper. You want more than a Wikipedia entry and you don’t want the same articles over and over again. Further, you want to cut through the nonsense and not get tangled up in all the spam results that usually come with a search.

You can put in your search criteria and let DevonAgent scan and filter the results. It will filter out duplicates, sites that don’t load anymore, sites that aren’t really relevant, or sites that are very similar to ones it’s already looked at.

Further you can add powerful search terms like AND, OR, NEAR, NOT and other query language constructs to find information that is relevant not just on the page. This way you could search for (Robert OR Bob OR Bobbie OR Bobby) as well as (Jean !jeans). In the last case you will get the name, not articles related to “jeans” the clothing.

Again, this is for deep dive research. But with DevonAgent, I have been able to find books, articles, software, code fragments and sift through mountains of information in a fraction of the time.

For several searches I have done, DevonAgent has filtered through more than 3000 links, discarding 90% because the information is either too similar, or not relevant enough to meet the criteria. This saves me hours of time and focuses on the most relevant results.

If you are doing research or have the need/desire to dig deep into a topic, DevonAgent is a must have Internet search tool. And if you have DevonThink, you can store and index your results for future reference.

DevonAgent – Search the Web Better

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Some early morning fun with Inspirit

A screen shot of Inspirit as it sets the mood for the day.

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DevonThink – The most powerful note taking application I have ever used

Truth be told, calling DevonThink a note taking app is like saying a Lamborghini is a neat car. In reality, DevonThink is a document management application which note only creates notes, but track documents, images, web pages, RSS Feeds and just about any other file you have on your system.

Originally I was stored code snippets in Boostnote and project documents in Freeter. I then had some documents tracked in Pagico and some in mini note. But that is too many notes and too many places to look for them. Then DevonThink came in and stored them all.

Since it is document centric, it stored files in it’s own database, or multiple databases. I now have a Project database, a Development database, a Review database and within each is a series of folders with notes, PDF files, documents, spreadsheets, shell scripts, document templates, diagrams, links, source code for Java and SQL, JMeter config files and every other digital note I have created.

In fact, everything goes into DevonThink because it is all searchable. I store PDF files, requirements documents, Jira links, test plans and all my project documents together. No more looking in multiple places or storing a little bit here, a little bit there.

As an example, for my latest testing project I created a new folder and created notes with links to the Jira requirements. I created notes for the SQL queries I needed to verify my results. There was a link to the test plan I was going to follow. Additionally I had a list of bug reports and outstanding issues. For reference, I had screenshots of what things should look like so I could check we had all the buttons and column headers.

This makes keeping up with the project so much easier. Everything is in one place, even if the documents are completely different.

There is also DevonThink To Go for iOS. I have a copy for my iPad which I use in meetings.

The list of features is impressive, almost overwhelming. With Black Friday sales coming up, with kids going back to school, with projects wrapping up for the end of the year, now is a great time to invest in some document sanity.

What’s more, there is a brand new version of DevonThink available. Version 3 has just come out with all new features, a new look and lots of improvements. If you collect a lot of data, DevonThink is a tool well worth investing in.

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Big deals over at BundleHunt

Several months ago I discovered BundleHunt and have bought several bundles of software from them. For this month they have a great selection that should interest Mac owners.

Two programs I would highly recommend off the bat are TypeIt4Me and Downie 3. Each one is listed for under $4, down from the regular price of $20.

TypeIt4Me is a tool I use every day for code snippets and text expansion. So far it has saved me hundreds of hours. It’s worth every penny at $20, it’s an absolute steal at $3.

Downie is another tool I use all the time. I use it to grab tutorial videos from Udemy and YouTube. At times, our Internet connection can be terrible, so being able to have a local copy of training material is a huge win. Again, it’s another tool that’s worth every penny at $20, but is a steal at $3.5.

Other tools to consider are DriveDX, Mosaic Pro, Project Office and Luminar 2018. These are tools I have been looking for, but to be honest, it’s an excellent selection of tools for sale and well worth checking out. I inevitably pick up 5 or 6 tools from each bundle. I’m quite keen to learn more about Project Office.

These bundles are limited time offers. Have a look and pick up great deals.

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A beautiful kaleidoscope (mandala art) generator called Inspirit by EscapeMotions

I’m a huge fan of fun tools like Spirograph and kaleidoscopes. A fun filled Internet search lead me to a fantastic graphics app called “Inspirit.” In short, it makes incredibly colorful and complex mandala art circles. It then adds the kaleidoscope effect so they endlessly swirl and dance like a lava lamp.

You don’t need to know a thing about art to enjoy using Inspirit. Simply draw on the screen and the image is mirrored. Different parts of the screen produce different effects and you will absolutely lose yourself in the experimentation of patterns and color.

I have this running on a dedicated monitor at work and not only is a conversation piece, but it creates a wonderful environment. It also a great way to take a break from all the computer work and indulge in something uniquely creative.

I don’t possess drawing skills, but with Inspirit, I can create mesmerizing color patterns any time I want. And I have made several dozen already.

If you want a creative outlet, have a look at Inspirit by Escape Motions.

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