Databasing Application with a File Structure

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by ddoonie, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. ddoonie macrumors regular

    Jun 4, 2008
    Good day all,

    Thought that I would ask the collective minds at macrumors. I have been playing around with all of the databasing, collection, sorting apps that I could find.


    Main goal is a central repository for All of my documents (PDF's, word files, txt files, notes/receipts etc...), all with a user interface so that I may browse my documents.


    The problem I am having is that none of the apps i have found have everything I need. Now if i could put 2 or three apps coding into one, then I'd have a winner

    • Tagging system (Devonthink Pro is not functioning)
    • Accessible file structure (no sparse bundles etc...), so that I may access my files via drop box if away from my computer, without the actual program.
    • Smart Folders As Subfolders WITH Tagging. An example would be to make 3 Nested smart folders ( Personal Folder / School Folder / Math Folder) Now if I dropped a File on the Math Folder Tags would be added to the file to satisfy the entire Folder structure. Please let me know if this needs further explanation.

    • Shelf would be nice. Devonthink has one that operates as a separate app than the actual program, Together has one, but only when the program is active.
    • Decent search ability, but I would think this is easily done utilizing spotlights abilities. I am already manually OCR'ing my PDF's with Acrobat.

    I think i mentioned most things, but am sure i missed out on a few points. The best implementation of what I want is a mix of Journler, Together, and DevonThink Pro. Journler nails the tagging, and nested folders perfectly. But does not have a file structure that is usable without the program. DevonThink fales with both nested folders and lack of tagging. I have settled on Together for now, as it works with the file structure I want, and supports tagging. Just does not have smart tagging.

    Anyone have any other suggestions? A work flow they currently use?

    Thank you all for your feedback
  2. ddoonie thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 4, 2008
    Has anyone else used ANY of these apps? Does anyone organize their files?
  3. mysterytramp macrumors 65816


    Jul 17, 2008
    I, too, like Journler and will probably settle on that for my needs. I've tested EagleFiler and Records Master. Both rose to the top of my tests because they would display a file even if they didn't recognize the file format. EagleFiler copies files into a folder; Records Master saves files inside a bundle (folder).

    Eagle Filer is Applescriptable, so even though it might not offer all the functionality you're looking for, you might be able to script a kludge.

  4. ddoonie thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 4, 2008
    I do like eaglefiler, but after using together and journler for a while, I cannot settle on it. I think I am going to have to settle on Together for now. Maybe Devonthink will get its tagging/smartfolders in order. I think journler has ceased being worked on for the time being...

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