Devon Agent 1.7   A powerful enhancement to your usual search engines. 
reviewed by Harry {doc} Babad, edited by Julie M. Willingham 
Publisher: Devon Technologies, LLC 
Developer: Christian Grunenberg 
Cost: $35 USD. A free unencumbered 60 hour demo is available 
for download. Uninstaller is not included in either version. 
Requirements: Mac OS X 10.3.9 or higher and a fast Internet 
connection. Compatible with Mac OS X 10.4. (Version 1.6.1 is 
still available for Mac OS X 10.3.8 and older.) 
Audience: All users who need a powerful research focused 
internet search tool. 
Strengths: Generates a useful, effective, easy to understand 
digest of the search results. The software's interface is both 
intuitive and easy to use. 
Weaknesses: None worth mentioning, but I didn't have the time 
to reach expert level in my testing. 
Product and company names and logos in this review may be registered trademarks  
of their respective companies. 
The software was tested on a 1 GHz dual processor PowerPC G4 Macintosh with 2 GB DDR 
SDRAM running under OS X 10.3.9. 
Publisher s Software Overview (paraphrased)   DEVONagent overcomes the shortcomings 
that make Google & Co. such a pain when attempting to do a serious research. It provides more 
than 50 plug ins for search engines, scientific databases, and research tools, allowing you to do a 
more narrowly focused, predefined search using its plug ins and search set configurations. It has 
a clean, easy to use user interface that makes it a good tool for finding information on the 
WWW. However, DEVONagent is much more than just an interface for web search engines. It 
can help you search, collect, and organize information by using its powerful and flexible search 
architecture. As for hanging on to your results, it has a simple to use built in archive feature. 
DEVONagent creates tailored summaries from your search results, making rapid checking of 
them easy. It can also act as a fast and lean stand alone web browser that supports news feeds 
like RSS. 
I often need to do an information search on the Internet on topics as diverse as finding an 
oriental style cabinet to fit a space that is only 36  wide and 12 14  deep, or to check out the 
latest information on phosphate glass for use in low level nuclear waste disposal. I can get much 
of my needed technical material at the Department of Energy OSTI Site 
[] However, the DOE site has no advanced search features, so cherry 
picking to find my needed information is tedious.  
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