Review: DEVONagent Pro, finding exactly what you need

DEVONagent Pro is a Web and RSS feeds search application. It is used by journalists, students and scientists because it has some unique features that are extremely useful if you search for information on a deeper or broader level than with a search engine (even Google) alone.

DEVONagent Pro is part of an eco-system developed by DEVONtechnologies, and which includes DEVONsphere Server (not yet available), and DEVONthink Pro (Office). These three applications work closely together. With DEVONagent Pro and DEVONthink Pro (Office) you have everything to collect, manage, use, and archive information. Based on my insights in knowledge management (KM), I’d even say DEVONtechnologies’ “Pro” products are in essence KM products for the individual or small workgroup (SOHO).

search results
Search results list with content types across the bottom.
IT Enquirer rating

9.5/10
URL: devontechnologies.com

Pros
  • AI features
  • boolean operators
  • integration with DEVONthink
  • customization
  • presentation of results
Cons
  • none
Price (approx.): €37.75

DEVONagent Pro 3.0 offers a new interface with one screen that splits up text, links, images, and other page content types. This new view on web pages is in my opinion one of the most powerful features of DEVONagent Pro after a search has been completed. There’s also 64-bit support, and the ability to extend DEVONagent using plug-ins.

DEVONagent uses scanners and plug-ins that are grouped together in search sets. This architecture allows you to create very finely tuned search commands that go out on the Internet to find exactly what you want. Scanners are content types — video, text, images, etc. Plug-ins are search engines and Library access points. They are nothing more than XML descriptions of search engines and if you know how to create a query for a specialized search engine, I bet you can write a plug-in yourself.

A search set is simply a combination of scanners that you set, plug-ins (ergo: search engines) that you want to include, and a few other parameters. The other parameters you can set include which type of pages you want to search through ( e.g. you can restrict a search set to only query PDF documents), actions you want to execute after the search has been run (such as bouncing the icon in the Dock), and even a schedule for running queries unattended. A search set can be fully defined — query included — or it can only contain the conditions under which the search will be run.

search set scanner.
Search scanners.
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