... earlier this year, author Steven Berlin Johnson wrote a widely linked and oft-cited weblog post about how he made use of DEVONthink as a reading and research tool. By throwing enormous amounts of data into it, he was able to make best possible use of the application's built-in semantic searching and cross-referencing. The result was that DEVONthink made suggestions and links between materials that Johnson could never have spotted himself; it actually did some of his research for him.
Ok. I'll admit that I'm a bit of a junkie when it comes to research tools. DEVONThink Professional 1.0 is my latest toy. I've been using DTP for about a week or so to track my work related research. Having tried OmniOutliner 3.0, Circus Ponies Notebook, Aquaminds Notetaker, various Blogs and Wiki packages already, I think I've found the holy grail of research organizational tools. It's very difficult to describe what this tool does, but I would recommend downloading a demo, indiscriminately dumping all your documents into the program's database, and start searching and playing around with the relationships the program finds between your work. Cool stuff. It's a little too late for this to be terribly useful for my dissertation research, but I will probably blow some of my disposable income on DEVONThink when I finish paying off the D70 and recover financially from the Austin City Limits Music Festival.