Cataloging apps for Finder files? (Mathematica notebooks especially)
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- Subject: [mg120907] Cataloging apps for Finder files? (Mathematica notebooks especially)
- From: AES <siegman at stanford.edu>
- Date: Sun, 14 Aug 2011 20:20:31 -0400 (EDT)
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Can anyone suggest a Mac OS X cataloging app that can easily create multiple catalogs of selected Finder files ("FFiles" from here on) and assist in their management -- with specific reference to catloging Mathematica .nb notebook files distributed here and there on a Mac HD? By "catalogs" I mean separate, named document files (or database files, if you wish), which can be opened and edited by this cataloging app, and each of which contains lists of selected FFiles and data about these FFiles as entries. By "FFile management* I mean the ability to do tasks like: * Add additional FFiles as entries in any catalog (preferably by drag and drop). * Add supplemental info about each entry in the catalog (and preferably have this info be added as metadata to the FFile itself). * Do usual sorting tasks within each catalog, on multiple fields within the entries. * Build and export or print selected lists of the FFile entries in the catalog. * Jump directly from an entry in the catalog itself to the FFile associated with it ("Find in Finder"), or Open that FFile in its own app. Plus other useful tasks, like rename (and batch rename) FFiles, or Move or Copy associated FFiles, directly within the catalog; find duplicates or missing entries; and so on. Existing cataloging apps I know about that can do some of these tasks: * iView Media Pro or PhaseOne Media Pro: Does a superb job of all of these management tasks; can actually be used for .nb files also, but really designed mostly for image files. * EndNote: Really a bibliographic database, doesn't do most of the above -- but if you have a PDF FFile of a cataloged article on your HD, an associated catalog entry has a field that can you open that PDF directly. Existing cataloging apps I know about but am not interested in: * Bento [doesn't create separate catalog document files]; * Filemaker Pro: I don't believe it can do most of the management tasks listed above (???). * Excel, Numbers, or other spreadsheets [often used as cataloging apps, but not designed for this task, and lousy at it]. Any suggestions appreciated.