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stevenamills
05-25-2009, 09:23 PM
When I find a useful website or post somewhere that solves a problem, I print it to a pdf and am fairly careful to give it a very descriptive name.

I thought it would be nice to put them in a searchable portable db and keep on the usb key. Evernote seemed to fit the bill, but was so ponderously slow it was unusable. Several hours searching have led to nothing,

Free would be nice, but commercial is ok. Does anyone know of a freeform db that would work?

Thanks!

14049752
05-25-2009, 09:36 PM
A portable wiki might work for you...something like Tiddlywiki.

stevenamills
05-25-2009, 11:37 PM
Never worked with a wiki, except as a user. Are pdfs searchable?

Thanks for the tip.

14049752
05-25-2009, 11:51 PM
The way it would work in a wiki, you'd have to essentially write a small landing page, then link to the pdf. It might be a little more work than what you want working strictly with pdf files...but in the end, it will allow for greater flexibility....because you can essentially just write your own notes in a free form style, and they're searchable.

So...more specifically on the pdfs, though:
Let's say you find a fix for an HP Printer Laserjet 1200.
You'd just write a new article, title it "HP Printer Laserjet 1200" then maybe write a note like "A fix I found dealing with blue screen error with hp printer software. Windows XP. 0x000000xx HP Driver" and then embed the pdf for more information if you want.
Then you could search for any of the info on your landing page...

Might be worth trying out....I set something like that up a long time ago, but never remember to add to it.

PatrickB
05-26-2009, 12:16 AM
Adobe Reader can search for a term in all of the PDF's that it has open at the time. PDF's are kind of bulky to use as a personal knowledgebase or wiki. I agree with 14049752 on their suggestion of Tiddlywiki.

Another possibility is Wiki On a Stick from Sourceforge - http://stickwiki.sourceforge.net/

Another is Media Wiki with more setup - http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/MediaWiki
(http://lifehacker.com/354005/run-your-personal-wikipedia-from-a-usb-stick)

-- Patrick B.

teejay
05-26-2009, 01:38 PM
This is not really a database but a wonderful program to manage pdf library on mac, Yep (http://www.yepthat.com/yep/index.html). You can tag every pdf that you put in here. This also searches through pdf.

I am yet to find Windows clone and the developers are mac fanboys and will not develop Windows version.

seedubya
05-26-2009, 08:42 PM
Yep looks amazing. Not a mac user though. How about gpapers.org

teejay
05-27-2009, 07:18 AM
Yep is gem, I am using their last free version and its enough for my job. I just wish somebody develops it for windows.

iptech
05-27-2009, 09:45 AM
Anyone tried Benubird (http://www.debenu.com/benubird/overview.html)? It's freeware and newly released.

Jimmyb
05-27-2009, 01:24 PM
Just found and started playing with this one from our friends at Source Forge.
http://sourceforge.net/projects/david-ddm/

stevenamills
05-27-2009, 01:26 PM
Anyone tried Benubird (http://www.debenu.com/benubird/overview.html)? It's freeware and newly released.

I'm very impressed. It's quickly becoming one of my favorite tools.

Unfortunately, there's no portable version. The author is considering one though - whatever that means.

ProTech Support
05-27-2009, 03:13 PM
That actually looks useful...I am going to give that a try.

Jimmyb
05-27-2009, 06:32 PM
WOW and for you e-book users
http://sourceforge.net/projects/ebook-organizer/

iptech
05-27-2009, 06:47 PM
If you have a dedicated eBook reader I can recommend Calibre (http://calibre.kovidgoyal.net), it's not that comprehensive for cataloging, but has excellent conversion facilities, can download RSS feeds and works brilliantly with the Sony readers. It's Open Source and is regularly updated by the author.

ProTech Support
05-28-2009, 12:12 AM
I'm very impressed. It's quickly becoming one of my favorite tools.

Unfortunately, there's no portable version. The author is considering one though - whatever that means.

I gave it a heavy test drive today, loaded about 300 files from My Documents on one of my workstations. I have to say its nice, but I am not crazy about it. When you start creating various "Collections" it seems to really lag and deleting files out is a nightmare (they just kept coming back). I think the software is headed in the right direction, just needs some tweaking.

iptech
05-28-2009, 12:57 AM
I gave it a heavy test drive today, loaded about 300 files from My Documents on one of my workstations. I have to say its nice, but I am not crazy about it. When you start creating various "Collections" it seems to really lag and deleting files out is a nightmare (they just kept coming back). I think the software is headed in the right direction, just needs some tweaking.
There lies the problem with active document indexing, you pay a price in system performance. From the days of Copernic through to Windows Search, Google Desktop and Vista Indexing, they've all be plagued by the same issue.

I use PaperPort these days having migrated from the excellent Pagis Pro which sadly died-a-death with XP SP1, I turned off the active indexing 'feature' as it slowed the system down too much and just use it as front end for a good old partition/folder/file setup.

As systems get faster and processors get ever more cores this hasn't helped for long as we quickly add even more file types in ever greater numbers for the system to deal with. What we need is a desktop system that has a separate processor board for system maintenance such as file management etc, leaving the main CPU to deliver the end-user computing power. Trouble is that would also need a radical reworking of the operating system, because that's where the real bottle-neck occurs.

Desktop computers are increasingly being used as one-size-fits all server & client units. Forget cloud computing, most users want and need to manage their own data in their own space and under their own control. Unless you're going to have a bank of local servers in your home/office then we need to have a more efficient hardware based way of handling our own personal and diverse data collections.

If only I could afford the R&D...