When comparing DEVONthink vs Dynalist, the Slant community recommends Dynalist for most people. In the question“What are the best Evernote alternatives?” Dynalist is ranked 8th while DEVONthink is ranked 30th.
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Pro Can store any file type
File types containing text are indexed.
Pro Very flexible
An extensive feature set makes it easy to adapt to your work flow.
Sync between different macs and/or ios devices is fast, safe and easy.
Pro Paperless office functions available in PRO Office version
Includes processing of scanned documents, OCR etc.
Pro Completely offline
Pro Full text search
Pro Ability to create documents and organize by folder, and search by title
Pro Unlimited notes
Which is perfect for personal knowledgebase.
Pro Bullet hierarchy with zoom
Able to zoom in in bullet points, collapse bullets, move bulleted information, etc.
Pro Search and link to other notes
Pro Inline images
Pro Create custom user styles
Anyone can create a custom style and share them with the community, which can be found here.
Pro Printable shared lists
Con Costs US$79.95 for just the Personal version
Con Stores in a proprietary format
It stores the whole database in a proprietary file package, that you cannot easily access from another app or from the Finder. Considering you might be classifying a huge quantity of files there, it is quite problematic if you want to interact with this data from other applications.
Con Non free/libre (proprietary)
Con Only runs on Macs & Web
DEVONthink has not seen any major update in the last 5 years at least. Its interface still ressembles PowerPC era Mac OS X and it has not kept up with the evolution of other apps and services that could interact well with it. Most of its functionalities (e.g., OCR engine) are not at the level of current technology.
Con Very limited automation
While the marketing claims are about an intelligent document manager, it actually does not offer many automation features, such as automatic classification, tagging and renaming of the files. It's much more like an extended file explorer.