Friday, December 17, 2010

Uncovered: DEVONagent 3.0 Public Beta

DEVONtechnologies has released version 3.0 of its intelligent Internet research assistant DEVONagent as public beta. DEVONagent 3.0 comes with a reworked user interface, better browsing capabilities, new and updated plugins, and is based on a new technology foundation.

DEVONagent 3.0 returns much better search results, more comprehensive summaries, and uses a new internal ranking. It supports wildcards, new advanced search operators such as 'OPT', fuzzy searching, and natural phrase matching. Searches can be saved and recalled later. New scanners and plugins have been added, e.g. for Bing, the App Store, Unfolding News, or DEVONthink Pro Office, and all other plugins, scanners, and pre-fab search sets have been updated. Yet unsupported search engines can be added with just a few clicks using the new and unique Plugin Assistant. DEVONagent now also supports PDF, PostScript, OpenOffice, Oracle Open Office, RTF, and Microsoft Word documents.

In addition the integrated Web browser has been vastly improved. A new sidebar integrates the new bookmark management, search results, and objects, e.g. images or links, found and extracted from the page. Search results and tabs can be navigated using Cover Flow and the See Also drawer, unique to DEVONagent, lists not only related pages from the search but also from the Web and from open DEVONthink Pro databases. The built-in archive and the download manager have been overhauled, too.

Finally, DEVONagent better integrates with Mac OS X 10.6 and third-party applications with much extended export capabilities as well as support for Snow Leopard's Services and Growl. It is faster, more responsive, more compatible, and more reliable, too.

"DEVONagent is the way to do serious research on the Internet with a Mac. With version 3.0 we have reworked almost every aspect to make it easier-to-use, visually more appealing, and overall more productive. All plugins and search sets have been updated, the Web browser window redesigned. It's one of the longest lists of changes we ever had for one application," remarks Eric Bohnisch-Volkmann, President of DEVONtechnologies.

Pricing And Availability:
DEVONagent 3.0 public beta requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later and can be downloaded from The public beta can be used for free but expires end of March 2011 when it will need to be replaced by either a new public beta or the final release. DEVONagent 3.0 public beta can be test-driven for free for 60 hours of non-continuous runtime until it needs to be properly licensed.

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