DEVONtechnologies LLC Releases Version 2.0 of DEVONagent

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DEVONtechnologies, LLC announces version 2.0 of DEVONagent, its intelligent Internet research assistant. It will be available immediately as a public beta version. The final release is due at the end of Q1/2006.

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We have made DEVONagent easier to use yet more powerful

DEVONtechnologies, LLC announces version 2.0 of DEVONagent, its intelligent Internet research assistant. It will be available immediately as a public beta version; the final release will be published at the end of Q1/2006.

Version 2.0 of DEVONagent makes searching the Internet easier than ever with a completely overhauled user interface, an innovative topics visualizer and hundreds of new features and detail enhancements. “We have made DEVONagent easier to use yet more powerful,” says Eric Boehnisch-Volkmann, President of DEVONtechnologies. “It’s the most powerful tool on the Mac to search the Internet and extract exactly the information the user is looking for.”

Many parts of the user interface have been redesigned to be easier to use, from the search set editor to the archive, and are now more logically integrated into the complete search workflow. The installation of add-on scripts has been simplified as well; all additional items are installed automatically if needed. A new contextual menu extension inserts a “Search with DEVONagent‚” item into other applications' contextual menus. A Dashboard widget gives access to DEVONagent from any application simply by activating the Dashboard. The documentation has been completely rewritten, and the new icon reflects DEVONtechnologies’ new corporate iconology.

The most visible change though is the brand-new AI-based visualizer. Based on topics extracted from the pool of found information, the visualizer dynamically creates a graphic map around a selected topic word. For each topic the user selects, DEVONagent generates a new map with related topics. The size and color of the displayed nodes show the degree of relation, and for selected nodes connection lines make the strongest relations visible. As the visualizer is part of the digest, the digest dynamically focuses on the topic the user selects either in the topics list or in the map, double-clicking a node brings it into focus and recalculates the map. “The visualizer allows our users to navigate through the pool of found information intuitively instead of scanning through hundreds or thousand of lines of text manually,” says Eric Boehnisch-Volkmann.

The core search functionality of DEVONagent has been massively enhanced. Version 2.0 comes with 135 hierarchically organized search plug-ins that connect it to common and rarely used search engines. Search plug-ins cannot only be used for designing search sets, but are now also separately accessible from the search window. In addition, the user can assign a keyword to each plug-in and use it for a quick search from the address bar of the built-in web browser. This effectively replaces the search toolbar item approach, like Safari’s Google search field, with a much more flexible concept.

Fourteen scanner plug-ins post-filter found web pages by formal criteria such as linked images, office documents, thumbnail galleries or desktop pictures. Language filters for eleven languages and five non-Latin writing systems filter web pages that do not match a selected language, and secondary queries can be used to fine-tune search results if the number of pages returned by a search run is too large.

The built-in Safari-based web browser now features the long-requested tabbed browsing, optionally clears all caches and history files after quitting for privacy, and supports Mac OS X’s spell checker and completion. JavaScripts that try to zoom the window to full screen can be blocked, and the improved download manager is now able to start and stop the queue at any time, and is more compatible with certain forwarders.

Finally, DEVONagent 2.0 comes with greatly enhanced automation features and an expanded AppleScript dictionary. Scheduler and actions have been separated, and actions can now be attached to every search set, not only to scheduled sets. Actions can be executed after each search run and include: bouncing of the Dock icon, zooming and bringing the search window to the front, archiving the results or adding them to DEVONthink, playing a sound, speaking a text, sending a digest by e-mail to a given address or executing an AppleScript script. Automator actions let even non-experienced users create simple workflows.

Eric Boehnisch-Volkmann: “All these new features, from the visualizer, the more than 130 new plug-ins, the language filters and the improvements to the built-in web browser to the new, flexible automation options including actions, AppleScript, Automator and the scheduler, make DEVONagent a real information agent. It collects exactly the information the user is looking for and provides a large number of flexible options to process them in any way necessary. That’s why we originally named it ‘agent.’ “

DEVONagent 2.0 requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or Mac OS X 10.4 “Tiger.” A fast Internet connection is strongly recommended. DEVONagent 2.0 is immediately available as a public beta from http://www.devon-technologies.com, the final version will be released in Q1/2006. It must be purchased for US$ 49,95 after the evaluation period, registered users are entitled to upgrade for US$ 19,95. DEVONagent is also available together with DEVONthink Professional as the “Infoworker’s Pro Bundle” for US$ 110.

DEVONtechnologies is showcasing DEVONagent 2.0 from January 10th to 14th at Macworld Expo San Francisco, booth #436.

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Background: DEVONagent

DEVONagent overcomes all the shortcomings that make Google & Co. such a pain for serious research. More than 130 plug-ins for search engines, scientific databases and research tools, predefined search sets you can use right away and a clean, easy to use user interface make DEVONagent the #1 tool for finding information on the web for the Mac.

DEVONagent is much more than just an interface for web search engines. It helps you

  • searching,
  • collecting and
  • organizing

information with a powerful and flexible search architecture, powerful visualizer, a simple to use built-in archive, and advanced automation options. DEVONagent creates perfectly tailored summaries, acts as a fast and lean web browser, supports news feeds like RSS, and shows all items of interest in a separate drawer. It can’t be easier to look for information on the web.

Also, DEVONagent is the perfect extension to DEVONthink. Users collect found information as plain or rich text, web archive or as PDF directly in their research database with just one click and from any view. Then, they use DEVONthink’s intelligence to organize and navigate it conveniently.

Key features:

  • Collects, analyzes, weights and summarizes search results from all major Internet search engines. Eliminates junk, similar, archived or error pages on-the-fly and looks for specific types of data, e.g. webcams, multimedia files, downloadable archives, e-mail addresses or links on demand.

A scheduler would run predefined queries completely unattended and execute a series of actions like archive in DEVONagent or to DEVONthink, send an e-mail, speak a text or execute an AppleScript script.

  • The integrated web browser based on the Safari engine is especially tailored at the needs of web researchers. Access all your Camino, Firefox, OmniWeb and Safari bookmarks, filter out e-mail addresses, images or linked files with just one click and compare the results of a search run using AI.
  • DEVONagent is able to scan RSS, RDF, RSD and Atom feeds. In addition, the integrated web browser converts such feeds on-the-fly to HTML and presents them similar to Safari 2.0.
  • Presents the result of the search run in human-readable format as digest, dynamically assembled to selected topics. A visualizer displays topics and their relations to each other as a graphic map. Found search words are automatically highlighted and texts summarized.
  • An easy-to-use yet powerful archive allows for organizing and searching stored pages.
  • DEVONagent is built on a flexible and extensible plug-in architecture that allows to query a great variety of search engines and write new plug-ins at ease. Also, DEVONagent automatically scans lists of web pages for news and follows promising links.
  • DEVONagent features a clean, intuitive user interface. Also, it fully supports AppleScript and Automator. Like all DEVONtechnologies applications, DEVONagent is built to seamlessly integrate with Mac OS X and supports services, drag-and-drop, and the Dashboard, provides a Dock menu and a contextual menu extension.

Corporate Background

DEVONtechnologies LLC, founded in 2002, incorporated in 2004 and headquartered in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, USA, 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 clearly 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. More information: http://www.devon-technologies.com.

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