Managing information is a very important part of a modern scientists life. Lab notebooks, ideas scribbled on papers, proceedings, papers to be written, papers written 10 years ago, papers to be read, papers to be refereed and of course physics blogs. Many people have many different ways to cope with it. Some are very tidy with classified hanging folders and highly maintained list of bibliographies and some are very messy. I personally hate bunch of papers flying around filling desk and shelf space. I can never find things there. What can I do, I was using Yahoo before reading my first paper! So for the last few years I was in a search for effective collecting techniques for information. My dear idea notebook served me quite a while but it was just better than nothing. I couldn't easily cross reference and it didn't integrate into paper folders. But finally I feel like the issue is settled for quite a long while. Today I will talk about my final decision: DEVONthink.
DT is a (Mac-only) database management software for every kind of electronic document. It lately became well-known (read fashionable) thanks to Steven Johnson's NYTimes article and following blogs (here and here). Probably journalists and writers are the primary market for this software but I believe it is an invaluable tool also for scientists. So I'll try to give review (or a praise) of it for you.