Do you work in DevonThink, or do you use the Finder and other apps to store your working documents, and then index to DevonThink?
I’ve been using DevonThink since April and liking it. After years as an Evernote guy, I’ve essentially given Evernote up in favor of DevonThink. I keep all my working documents, for current projects and completed projects, in DevonThink.
However, I have encountered two problems. Or maybe one problem with two faces.
The UI on DevonThink is not great. Starting a document takes several steps. Navigating through Groups seems to take a few extra clicks. The Finder seems like it’s easier to work with.
Also, this week I had a scare where my MacBook Air seemed to be dead. It stopped responding to the power button for about 12 hours. Then it spontaneously came back to life; I think that moving the MBA from one place to another literally shook something loose that needed to be shook loose.
However, this got me thinking about what would happen if I had to be without my MBA for several days. I do not have a second Mac to work from, and my iPad is an ancient mini – find for reading and social media, but underpowered for work purposes.
And I’m concerned that DevonThink To Go on the iPad Mini doesn’t seem to sync reliably in background; so if my MacBook Air dies my documents in DTTG on the iPad Mini would be several days out of date.
This leads me to think that maybe I should be working in the Finder, and then when I’m done with a project, index the folder to that project in Devonthink. Or index at intervals as I go. That way I get the best of both worlds – search and AI-driven magic hat of DevonThink, along with the portability and ease-of-use of working in the Finder.
If my MBA dies I could even, theoretically access documents in iCloud from a Chromebook, and keep working that way, right?
What do you think? Do you keep your daily work documents in DevonThink, or do you use other apps for your daily work, storing documents in the Finder, and index them to DevonThink?