When comparing Draft vs DEVONthink, the Slant community recommends Draft for most people. In the question“What are the best Evernote alternatives?” Draft is ranked 27th while DEVONthink is ranked 28th. The most important reason people chose Draft is:
Draft supports [Github style Markdown Todos](https://github.com/blog/1375-task-lists-in-gfm-issues-pulls-comments).
Ranked in these QuestionsQuestion Ranking
Pro Markdown to-dos
Draft supports Github style Markdown Todos.
Pro Hemingway Mode
Draft will turn off the ability to delete anything in the document. It will be possible to only write at the end of what's already written. It won't allow going back; only forward.
"Write drunk; edit sober" -Ernest Hemingway.
Pro Cloud sync
Documents can be imported from cloud services like Dropbox, Evernote, Box, Google Drive.
Pro Version control
With documents shared with Draft, any changes collaborator made by collaborators are on their own copy of the document, and the user gets to accept or ignore each individual change made.
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
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.