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Re: Cataloging apps for Finder files? (Mathematica notebooks especially)

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  • From: DrMajorBob <btreat1 at>
  • Date: Mon, 15 Aug 2011 02:25:19 -0400 (EDT)
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Mac's built-in Spotlight catalogs notebooks already.


On Sun, 14 Aug 2011 19:20:31 -0500, AES <siegman at> wrote:

> 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.

DrMajorBob at

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