When comparing DEVONthink vs Paperoak, the Slant community recommends Paperoak for most people. In the question“What are the best news readers?” Paperoak is ranked 16th while DEVONthink is ranked 18th.
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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 Doesn't contain ads
Pro It's free
Pro It's fast
Pro Supports multiple languages like English, German, Portuguese at the same time
Pro Can save articles offline by adding them to your bookmarks
Pro Website and Android application for reading
Pro OPML Import
You can now import feed using an OPML file on the web app which will then be automatically synced with your android app.
Pro Import RSS/Atom feed
You can now import RSS/Atom feeds right from within the Android app.
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.
Con Not available on iOS
PaperOak does not have an iOS version yet.