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August 21, 2007
Sorting Through the Piles
We're in the final stages of moving into the newest version of Stately Lowe Manor. And that means, among many other more useful things, that I'll soon see my literature files for the first time in a few months. I've missed them.
Of course, paper files are slowly turning anachronistic, in the same way that paper libraries of the scientific literature are. (I've mused on their disappearance before). I now accumulate piles of PDF files and the like, scattered among folders on my hard drive(s). How to organize them?
That's what I'd like to ask people. I've come across reviews of various programs that are supposed to help with this kind of thing, but there are surely others that I don't know about. What I need is something that will cross-reference papers and graphics (in any format) as well as things like Excel files and such, and allow me to draw and return to connections between them. (At this point, I'm being paid for ideas as much as for anything else, and this is how I seem to generate them). There are several tools that can be made to do this work, with varying degrees of ease and efficiency, but I'm looking for something that's built specifically for the purpose.
One possibility is Yojimbo, which I haven't tried out yet. The ability to write down notes and ideas, with the relevant papers appended to them, is appealing. Does anyone out there have experience with this one, or with its competition? (And for that matter, if there are other ways that people find useful for generating interesting ideas, I'd be glad to hear about those, too. . .)
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