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Author Topic: Looking for a portable document and info management tool  (Read 3683 times)

AbteriX

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Looking for a portable document and info management tool
« on: September 16, 2010, 03:07:45 AM »
Hi Folks,

i am still searching for an tool to collect infos and documents.

It should be fully portable.
I don't like the all-in-one-databasefile thing anymore.
I like something like Scribble Papers => one file for each side (node?), but i don't like the proprietary name scheme of ScrbblePapers (Page0000163.scp)
Instead i would prefer that "Folders" inside the app refer to an real folder at the disk (in the app data folder)
and that the nodes in the app refer to real files on the disk (in the app data folder)
And if i add files to the app data folder i like to see them in the app later too, without importing them first.
I like to insert an link to DOC or XLS to the tree of the app too, so i have entries as plain text or RTF and links to other docs which open in the related app.

In other words:
- i like to have an folder at my disk with sub-folders and files
- i like an app which show me that structure like WinEx would do.
- as far as the app can do the app should show me documents (txt and rtf?) inside the app... or open the related default app for an doc


Right now i do this in TotalCommander by using Ctrl+Q and test several outliners... but i am still at the search.

Any ideas?  ;)  Then please share, thanks.

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Re: Looking for a portable document and info management tool
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2010, 06:54:39 AM »
'Tabbles' looks interesting.
Watched some of the videos and downloaded this promo from Ashraf.

http://tabbles.net/e...-tagging-videos.html

Free home version. no limits except you have 48 hours to get it.

http://dottech.org/freebies/18253

Not sure if you can make the freebie portable, (NOTE: Only the installer version will work - the portable version is not part of this giveaway). But there is a portable version on Tabbles' site.
The trial 1000 file limited version.

http://tabbles.net/e...ment-management.html

« Last Edit: September 16, 2010, 06:56:52 AM by cmpm »

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Re: Looking for a portable document and info management tool
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2010, 09:18:16 AM »
Not sure if you can make the freebie portable,.....

Extract the downloaded setup executable with UniExtract, then extract the Tabbles.msi with UniExtract.

Run the Tabbles.exe program, select your language, click OK, enter the dotTech serial and Bob's your uncle.

I didn't take any notice of where it put the serial, (eg. %appdata%, .\ - doesn't appear to be in registry), but it ran without installing so it shouldn't be too hard to make it fully portable.  I'll have a look later today since it's now 0020.

I'd hardly call it portable though since it requires .NET v4.
« Last Edit: September 16, 2010, 09:21:01 AM by 4wd »

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Re: Looking for a portable document and info management tool
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2010, 10:03:51 AM »
About the portable version they say

"can run from a USB stick/disk, tags files only on the support it runs from."
and
"Can tag only on the disk it runs from, no tabble sharing."

not 100% sure what that means - "Can tag only on the disk it runs from" -
is it that it can only tag on files the disc where the exe is?

http://tabbles.net/p...abbles.html#portable
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Re: Looking for a portable document and info management tool
« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2010, 11:10:34 AM »
I can't find an answer to that tomos.
Perhaps one could create a database and sync it.

Or using 4wd's method, sharing and tagging could be done with the usb stick and the desktop.

Any database, anywhere can be opened, but tagging seems restricted, perhaps for sharing security.

I'm really not sure if Tabbles is an answer anyway.
It's more of a find your file operation.
« Last Edit: September 16, 2010, 11:13:31 AM by cmpm »

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Re: Looking for a portable document and info management tool
« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2010, 08:45:15 AM »
Thanks for the suggestions, but i didn't search for an tagging tool  :Thmbsup:

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Re: Looking for a portable document and info management tool
« Reply #6 on: September 18, 2010, 10:31:14 AM »
This is an idea i'm interested in (and possibly interested in coding);

One particular aspect that i was interested in, was the idea that one could take a hierarchical directory tree of files, add some info to it, and then "package" it as a kind of standalone document collection that you could distribute to others.

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Re: Looking for a portable document and info management tool
« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2010, 12:36:59 PM »
>take a hierarchical directory tree of files,

That's what i had in mind.
- browse to an folder
- see on the left all files and subfolders
- supported files (like txt and rtf) could be previewed (or edited) in the right pane
- other files like doc or xls could be opened in associated app
-- (and there could be an notice shown at the right pane.  This notices are stored in
-- an additional file aside the real file, with the same name plus an addition, and an hidden attribute)
- the app itself should store no info what files are in the repository
- all file & folders i add or remove -in real on disk- are shown in the left pane
- for adding links to documents i would just add real shortcuts into the real folder

Of course maybe the app could show doc and xls by using OLE inside the right pane too
and provide that way some formating possibilities?

Perhaps there could be an portable 'desktop' search engine be used to corporate for searching issues.


I am now reminded that i had see such app one time in the past, but for plain text only:
http://www.flos-freeware.ch/archive.html

FlosTextView.png





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Re: Looking for a portable document and info management tool
« Reply #8 on: September 19, 2010, 04:14:48 AM »
I think lyx fullfills most of the requirements.
You don't have the file explorer on the side, but you can make all docs be part of a master one, and then the outlier will take care of the nesting and displaying. Plain text. Superfast to load. Exports great to hmtl and pdf. Autocompletion while you write. Can embed images. Killer tool for notetaking.

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Re: Looking for a portable document and info management tool
« Reply #9 on: September 19, 2010, 04:26:14 AM »
It probably doesn't fulfill all of your wishes, but AM-Notebook is a pretty good note taker, info management tool, which saves notes as files in folder structures. Free version available.

note_ss_main1.pngLooking for a portable document and info management tool

http://www.aignes.com/notebook.htm

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Re: Looking for a portable document and info management tool
« Reply #10 on: September 20, 2010, 10:26:49 AM »
Hi Folks,

i am still searching for an tool to collect infos and documents.

It should be fully portable.
I don't like the all-in-one-databasefile thing anymore.

...

Right now i do this in TotalCommander by using Ctrl+Q and test several outliners... but i am still at the search.

Any ideas?  ;)  Then please share, thanks.

UltraRecall is not fully compliant with your specifications, but it's a great tool to organize and carry data on a removable media.  
Else you have Briefcase from SSuite Software : http://www.ssuitesof...rtable.htm#348884752
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« Last Edit: September 20, 2010, 10:28:25 AM by MerleOne »