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kalos
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« on: April 29, 2012, 08:54:57 AM »

hello!

I want to research (gather information) on 20 subjects/questions. That means that for each subject/question, I will copy text from various sources, extract pdf pages, crop parts of pdf pages, copy images, tables, etc from the web, MS Office documents, etc, and put all of them together, so I will process them later, to produce a report/response to the subject/question.

Is there a software that can help me manage the research of those 20 subjects?

Maybe MS Word can do this, but:
- I want to easily go through the info I gathered for each subject, and not do endless scrolling (unless MS Word can create an outline or something, so when I click on a specific subject, to display the gathered material on that subject)
- I want to easily add material of various formats, pdf, images, tables, text, without any problem (eg without pdf text's format to break, etc)

any suggestion?

thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2012, 10:45:06 AM »

I use a very great app called WebResearch Pro 3. I think that it would work for what you are asking. http://www.macropool.com/en/products/webresearch/index.html
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« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2012, 11:06:02 AM »

@c.gingerich, WebResearch Pro looks very nice - can it save PDFs (or other filetypes) as well?


I will ... extract pdf pages ...
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- I want to easily add material of various formats, pdf, images, tables, text, without any problem (eg without pdf text's format to break, etc)

you will probably have trouble with the PDFs (as usual Wink) - some PIMs will save a PDF within the file, or link to the file, but I've never heard of an app like this that will extract pages from a PDF. Copying text from a PDF is usually a disaster from the format point of view AFAIK.
But maybe someone will know of something out there that can help...
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« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2012, 11:07:58 AM »

mmm

it seems interesting, but the first obstacle I encountered, is that I cannot import the subjects easily, I have to do it one by one (20++)

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« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2012, 11:18:17 AM »

Ah.. I see. I use it on the fly as I find things and such. I use Yahoo messenger and I can drag and drop  text from that.
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« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2012, 11:57:35 AM »

I have never really needed extraction, but for example TreeProjects has a feature called 'special folder monitoring' where any file you drop into it will be imported into TreeProjects automatically and it has inline preview of PDF files.
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« Reply #6 on: April 29, 2012, 12:06:41 PM »

TreeProjects and WebResearch seems to be about the same apps, how are such programs called? I want to search for other alternatives, in case I find something that fits me better

EDIT: I also found programs called outliners, that seem alot like what I need, any opinion?
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« Reply #7 on: April 29, 2012, 12:16:20 PM »

@kalos : search for Knowledge Base or similar, that may be the sort of thing you're looking for ...
You could also check out Docear
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.: I use K-Meleon - the browser you can control - but I love Pale Moon too :.
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« Reply #8 on: April 29, 2012, 04:33:41 PM »

so far, from my research and tests, MyInfo seems to do the job nicely
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