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Karen Peters
27 February 2007, 02:42 PM
I'm looking for a program to organize my source material. I have census images, PDFs of books, web archives, scans of periodicals, various snippets, etc. I'd like a program to keep them all together and make it easy to organize, search, link and view them.

I've looked at DEVONthink Personal and Yojimbo. Yojimbo seems easier to use, I like the ability to tag everything, but you can't link one file with another as is possible with DEVONthink. It's more difficult to "tag" articles for searching in DEVONthink (I've just tried using the Comments field), but the ability to "group" items seems powerful.

I've been reading the thread http://reuniontalk.com/showthread.php?t=2339 about logs and there are some suggestions about other programs that also look useful (I didn't want to threadjack, so I'm posting here.)

Does anyone have experience using some of these database programs? I'd like to hear your suggestions. Thanks!

Tom Robinson
27 February 2007, 06:36 PM
I'm looking for a program to organize my source material. I have census images, PDFs of books, web archives, scans of periodicals, various snippets, etc. I'd like a program to keep them all together and make it easy to organize, search, link and view them.
If you're reasonably computer-savvy another option is a database program like FileMaker.

You could then define your own fields for searching ('group', 'comments', 'surname', etc.) and either put everything in one database or have a separate one for each source (as I do). You can also embed images inside FileMaker, or link them to an external file.

There's a free demo version from www.filemaker.com ('download free trial'. You'll have to supply some personal info)

nanak
27 February 2007, 10:12 PM
I'm looking for a program to organize my source material. I have census images, PDFs of books, web archives, scans of periodicals, various snippets, etc. I'd like a program to keep them all together and make it easy to organize, search, link and view them.

Take a look at http://www.circusponies.com/. I find it useful.

STEVE
28 February 2007, 10:10 PM
I'm looking for a program to organize my source material...

Karen, Especially if you are, or are planning to keep a large database or possibably use the sources for something other than genealogy, I beleive your best choice would be a program called EndNote. It is a bibliography program. Easy to use and very powerful. Their website is full of better information.

STEVE

Budlink
28 February 2007, 10:40 PM
As far as a 'database' program, I agree with using FileMaker Pro! FileMaker is very intuitive and they have a variety of 'templates' that can be easily modified for more personal use!!

FileMaker also allows you to 'export' your data into an Excel spreadsheet which, once done, can quite easily be converted into a table with columns/rows for adding to your website!

http://www.budlink.us/MiscItems/statistics.html

This is a sample of how simple data can be collected and sorted any number of ways and viewed in a table on the web!!

Let me know if you have questions about FileMaker!

Tom Robinson
01 March 2007, 10:53 PM
FileMaker also allows you to 'export' your data into an Excel spreadsheet which, once done, can quite easily be converted into a table with columns/rows for adding to your website!
You realise FileMaker can export directly to HTML?

Karen Peters
03 March 2007, 05:14 PM
Thanks for your suggestions!

Filemaker would probably solve all my problems, but it's out of my price range.

I've been experimenting with Notebook and will look into Endnote. Some of the new features in Reunion 9 could be very useful as well.

jamac45
06 March 2007, 05:25 PM
Karen, I agree with you as to Filemaker. I'm intrigued by your reference to "Notebook". Would you mind giving us an URL where we can get more info on this one - it's new to me.




Thanks for your suggestions!

Filemaker would probably solve all my problems, but it's out of my price range.

I've been experimenting with Notebook and will look into Endnote. Some of the new features in Reunion 9 could be very useful as well.

Terry Medlar
06 March 2007, 06:09 PM
Karen, I agree with you as to Filemaker. I'm intrigued by your reference to "Notebook". Would you mind giving us an URL where we can get more info on this one - it's new to me.
Notebook is a product of Circus Ponies www.circusponies.com. Notetaker is a similar product of AquaMinds www.aquaminds.com. Both products are very similar.

Kim
07 March 2007, 03:54 PM
Notebook is a product of Circus Ponies www.circusponies.com. Notetaker is a similar product of AquaMinds www.aquaminds.com. Both products are very similar.

Another one to look at is Journler. I found this when looking at the Circus Ponies product. But since it is donation-ware, I decided to try it before buying something. I've only been using it a few weeks, but it seems to meet my needs.

http://journler.com/donate/index.php

Robert L Fisher
08 March 2007, 02:04 AM
In response to a question about creating "to do lists", I mentioned a product
called GenScribe. It also does very well at organizing source materials -- and -- was created using FileMaker!

URL = http://users.rcn.com/psherman/genscribe.html

pheski
17 March 2007, 10:42 PM
Also look at Bygones:

http://www.bygonessoftware.com/

Peter

Bob White
21 March 2007, 04:02 AM
Also look at Bygones:

http://www.bygonessoftware.com/

Peter
Which is also FileMaker based! :)