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An app for windows that can index Folders like Devonthink does

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Posted by rafael costacurta
Jan 9, 2020 at 04:14 PM

 

Hello fellow CRIMpers

I’ve been looking for an IM app fo Windows that can Index (not just import) files and/or folders from the computer to its database and treat this indexed files as if they were in the database it self, just like Devonthink does.

Does anyone call give me a light on this?

So far if been playing around with myBase, that can just import the files. By the way, I’ve been surprised with myBase. It does (somtimes in awkward ways) almost everything I miss in Devonthink…

Thanks

 


Posted by rafael costacurta
Jan 9, 2020 at 04:21 PM

 

To be more specific, what I’d like to do is write a bunch o .txt files in any app I want, just throw this files in a folder and thenm index this folder i a PIM, Devonthink like app, and organize, tag, categorize and etc….


rafael costacurta wrote:
Hello fellow CRIMpers
> >I’ve been looking for an IM app fo Windows that can Index (not just
>import) files and/or folders from the computer to its database and treat
>this indexed files as if they were in the database it self, just like
>Devonthink does.
> >Does anyone call give me a light on this?
> >So far if been playing around with myBase, that can just import the
>files. By the way, I’ve been surprised with myBase. It does (somtimes in
>awkward ways) almost everything I miss in Devonthink…
> >Thanks

 


Posted by Chris Murtland
Jan 9, 2020 at 06:11 PM

 

Ultra Recall comes to mind. You can drag a folder of txt files to UR and all the contents will be searchable, and you can also use all of UR’s metadata features on each file (assign custom fields, etc.). You can edit in UR or launch externally.

 


Posted by gunars
Jan 9, 2020 at 09:50 PM

 

RightNote (http://www.bauerapps.com/rightnote/) should be able to import a folder and subfolders with txt, docx, pdf and index them.

 


Posted by Listerene
Jan 10, 2020 at 11:13 AM

 

Every PIM/2-pane-outliner can import text files & search them. What DevonThink can do that (not many) Windows apps can is relate disparate topics together in logical groupings, on its own using AI (albeit a very simple AI). You can also use PDF’s and most other formats (like Scrivener, Docx, RTF, etc) directly within DevonThink. TheBrain is one which can but it takes a lot of time to understand. DT is a whole lot simpler to understand/use.

If you’re doing research on a complex topic—OR you want to relate multiple topics together in ways that you might not realize— DT is a VERY useful app. DT (and the enhanced Mac version of Scrivener) are basically the only reasons that I use MacOS.

You can, btw, install MacOS on (most) modern desktop PC’s fairly easily; single or dual-boot.. Google hackintosh for more info.There are a lot of (especially used older and cheap) laptops (like older ThinkPads) which can be hackintoshed as well.

You can also, of course, install a Windows guest on a Mac host using a VM like Parallels and run both OS’s together.  It’s a lot more difficult to install a MacOS guest on a Windows host but it’s possible. I don’t have the link handy but there’s a YouTube video from Linus Tech Tips explaining the procedure. VM’s are nice because the guest can be seamlessly integrated into the host, so it (essentially) becomes just another app on the host.

 


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