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You might be able to get .dan.g.'s excellent ToDoList to do the job, as you can insert file links in comments. But it might be a bit awkward - I don't know.
Did you google "file tagging"? A tabbles.net option comes up that isn't free, that looks decent.
Another option that appeared is Microsoft's Tag Explorer, for free. It might use File Manager tags, so you would not need the program to view the tags, which is a plus.
If none of those work for you, as others said, you might want to create what you need for yourself, if you have the time. If it was me, I'd use MS Access and get what you need real quick, as it is excellent for putting a design together fast.
Another option that appeared is Microsoft's Tag Explorer, for free.
Tag Explorer is a third party program, not a Microsoft one as far as I can see. Not that that is a problem; it's just an observation. It looks very handy and goes some of the way to what I'd want.
David O'Neil wrote:
t might use File Manager tags, so you would not need the program to view the tags, which is a plus.
There is in fact no general tagging system in Windows Explorer/File Explorer. It relies on native tags being present in each and every file type. It can expose tags present in a native file format (as long as it has a Property Handler for that file type) but file formats that have no tagging don't get any.
At one time, there was an idea to store tags in NTFS alternate data streams (and for these to be searchable from Windows Search, or Windows Desktop Search as it was at one time) but this ability was dropped when alternate data streams were deprecated. Alternate data stream are still there and Microsoft themselves still use them for some things but there's no built in way to use them to add generally available tagging.
I have the same need for personal documents and was looking for (but still haven't found) a similar solution. I have no time for experimenting right now, but I was going to try Alfresco[^], the free Community Edition should be enough.
Let us know if you find something.
The Price of Freedom is Eternal Vigilance. -- Wing Commander IV
En Það Besta Sem Guð Hefur Skapað, Er Nýr Dagur.
(But the best thing God has created, is a New Day.)
-- Sigur Ròs - Viðrar vel til loftárása
As Rick pointed out, you probably wouldn't see this in a reply to his comment so here is my suggestion.
Get a CRM system (SalesForce, Dynamics, Sugar), load your templates into a library and then your customers as accounts/contacts/etc. and then let it keep track of all that for you. That way you can focus more on running the business instead of wasting time trying to reinvent the wheel when someone has already made one that works.
I would say a combination of devising a folder hierarchy that works for you and Agent Ransack – Mythicsoft[^]
(probably the best search application I have come across and I have now been using it for 10+ years)
“That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.”
If you have a paranoid IT security department then Mythicsoft have rebranded it and called it FileLocator Lite - one place I worked at the IT support manager took one look at the name and said "There is no way I am letting you install software with a name of AgentRansack!"
“That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.”
You're obviously talking about using a library system that's based on meta-data, rather than a hierarchical directory system, so it's likely that you're asking the question in the wrong place -- us devs like our hierarchical directory thingies.
The problem is that you want a "desktop" DMS, and it might be hard to find one that both meets your needs AND is not an absolute PITA to maintain.
However, you could just install Joomla, or similar, on your local machine, and only use it on your local machine. There are no laws that say that a DMS system has to be on a dedicated server, so you can simply 127.0.0.0 everything.
I wanna be a eunuchs developer! Pass me a bread knife!
I have a similar problem and have loosely specced an outline for my own needs. One day I'll actually get around to writing it...
For the time being I keep documents/files/notes/whatever in a folder hierarchy. This actually works surprisingly well, as long as I remember to make the effort to files things properly (including occasionally adding keywords for indexing, see below).
In addition, I use Windows Search to index content (and metadata, where possible). This works exceptionally well. Windows Search is maligned by many but, for me, it's a fast, very capable and potentially extensible document content indexer. It just works. (I'm on Windows 10 but Windows Search works similarly on Windows 7).
On windows, before you build your own document management system or something, "well organized folder structure + meaningful filename + a small app called Everything" really saved me a whole bunch of time
Extremely fast searches for arbitrary words in less than 15 seconds on your entire hard drive with a very simple interface.
UltraSearch finds files and folders on local NTFS drives and provides the results including a file preview in just a few seconds. The free tool is available in German, English, Dutch, French, Portuguese and Spanish.
I have decided to use tagging system instead of storing files into categorized folder.
This is EXACTLY the way a good document management system works: each of your indexed values (document type, customer, date, etc.) is a "tag" and is searchable. Your result set for a search is the subset which lies at the intersection of each individual field's query. Hierarchies are of limited use when trying to find a particular document, and require much greater human time performing such search when a "tagging" technique leverages the computer's time to do the search.
I also understand the value of buying a package that meets 80-90% of your needs rather than spending vast quantities of time building something that is not directly profiting your business. I don't know which bundled systems would be inexpensive enough for a small business; I have worked with enterprise level document management systems. Currently, my company uses DocuWare, but I don't know if they have an affordable version. Good luck on your search.
Windows Search would seem to be the path of least resistance while allowing humans to be human (not break when you forget to tag with the correct word(s) or organize something properly to fit a strict rule). Full text search of common document formats is a capability as well, likely a big plus.
What I use for this is Microsoft OneNote. Set up your categorization system in OneNote, then drag and drop the documents into new pages. You can drag the file right into the database, or "print" it into the database. I have been using OneNote to track important documents for years now, it works splendidly.
When I started up one of the first things I did was imagine that my company (just me) was huge and tried to come up with systems to suit - it is tough if you outgrow your systems.
On one general drive we have folders for:-
Administration, containing everything administrative including financial,
Asset Management - everything which appears in our Asset Schedule, basically,
Clients - folder for each client with their likes, dislikes, contact details, non project correspondence and so on,
Computing - folders for hardware, software, IT Management systems and so forth
Development - folders for planning, business plans, budgets, etc
Library - one place to store all those useful documents which are timeless
Meetings - records of all in-house meetings
Our People - (forget HR, it is so dehumanising) all about the people who actually do the work
Our Suppliers - every company or person who supplies our inputs
Quality - everything about our quality systems
Production - rules about how we do things, analytics on production, that sort of thing,
Templates - all standard documents and templates
Training - all systems and records to do with Training.
And then we have another drive for each (numbered) project.
Most important - we use links to access files which could be in several places, we never have two copies. Thus there are a links to client projects inside the client folder.
When we started a wiki we kept the same structure.
I try to use the same structure in my Outlook folders.
It works well, but I would love to hear about a better system!
had an offline layout (install set) for vs2017 that was quite a few months old, figured now that 2019 was out the last 2017 should be stable.
follow the instructions to update the offline layout, all good, downloaded a bunch of stuff but looking in the folder after could see it left all the old versions there too., install dir grew almost twice the size it was before. it's not that I'm short of or really care about space, but I hate dead wood, so figured empty the dir and start fresh.
did that, and what did it download? welcome to fantasy island vs2019. arrrgh ... want stable!
so break out the googlizer, instructions to download the last 2017, found (I hope correct).
3rd round... tick tock tick tock... sigh. (queue cute kitty cat u-tubes while I wait, AGAIN!).
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