Databasing Application with a File Structure

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

  1. ddoonie macrumors regular

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    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.

    Goal:

    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.

    Problem:

    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

    Needs:
    • 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.

    Wants:
    • 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

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

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    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.

    mt
     
  4. ddoonie thread starter macrumors regular

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    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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