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Thain Esh Kelch
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Dec 20, 2007, 10:06 AM
 
Im having quite a few scientific PDF's scattered around the harddrive at the moment, and I would like to get do some clean up... Searching in PDF's would also be nice!

Any recommendations?

Note: I tried the search feature, but "PDF" returns zero results, and "PDF manager" doesnt have any hits..
     
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Dec 20, 2007, 11:53 AM
 
Finder? It can organize them any way you like and search in PDFs.
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Dec 20, 2007, 01:01 PM
 
I don't use it but I've heard good things about Yep: Yep 1.7.1 - MacUpdate
     
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Dec 20, 2007, 01:20 PM
 
There are two more apps: one is Papers that is focussed on scientific papers/articles in particular. Some others are:
Together organizes more than just your pdfs.
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Thain Esh Kelch  (op)
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Dec 20, 2007, 02:00 PM
 
Originally Posted by Chuckit View Post
Finder? It can organize them any way you like and search in PDFs.
Yes it can, but it keeps my PDF's scattered around in nested folders, and I usually don't remember what I have.

Originally Posted by OreoCookie View Post
There are two more apps: one is Papers that is focussed on scientific papers/articles in particular. Some others are:
Together organizes more than just your pdfs.
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Thanks for those links! Will try them out, and also Yep..
     
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Dec 21, 2007, 03:30 PM
 
You might also want to give Papers a try - it has been designed specifically for this purpose.

* Haven't used it myself, just read about it.
     
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Dec 26, 2007, 11:03 PM
 
Spotlight always returns excellent search results from within my PDFs.
I have a couple hundred scientific article PDFs and haven't needed to use a separate app to organize them. I simply do a Spotlight search for the term I need, and it pops right up.
     
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Dec 26, 2007, 11:11 PM
 
Not billed as a manager, but since you mentioned scientific PDF's: Skim 1.0.1 - MacUpdate
     
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Dec 27, 2007, 01:59 AM
 
Originally Posted by Thain Esh Kelch View Post
Yes it can, but it keeps my PDF's scattered around in nested folders, and I usually don't remember what I have.
How 'bout just make a smart folder in the Finder sidebar that finds all of your pdfs no matter where they live on your hard drive:

Steps:
1) In the Finder choose File->New Smart Folder
2) Hit the + button that will appear on the upper right of the viewable window, select where "kind" is "pdf"
3) Save search in your sidebar.
4) Click on that smart folder to view all your pdfs at once.

Exactly like a smart playlist in iTunes -- can't believe it wasn't mentioned. To search content, you simply click the smart folder in the side bar, spotlight search for what your need (using the search bar in the finder window ... not the one at the top right menu bar, and restrict the search to your newly created smart folder (defaults to your whole hard drive usually I think).



     
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Dec 27, 2007, 08:43 AM
 
great tip Krusty, thanks!

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Dec 27, 2007, 04:03 PM
 
Though not exactly meant for the task - Document Wallet looks interesting.

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Dec 28, 2007, 04:51 AM
 
Yep in indeed great, plus if you buy now you also get Leap for free. Leap is a bit like Finder Pro. It allows you to tag files, which is absolutely wonderful. Do have a look at this video: Leap
     
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Dec 28, 2007, 10:45 AM
 
Papers is a good app but has a few funny quirks currently that have not been fully worked out. Don't forget to take advantage of their (under)graduate student discount if it applies. Since I rely on LaTeX and subsequently BibTeX when writing papers, I use BibDesk, which is a free, open source papers manager that writes to a standard .bib file and does a great job organizing and handling pdfs. Its web interface gets better and better each day, and my workflow is at a very acceptable level right now using its built in Pubmed tool which, while not as refined as Papers, gets better faster (quicker development) and is completely adequate for daily use.

An additional feature is the fact that BibDesk and Skim are by the same devs, so their integration is getting tighter, since that's what they had in mind.

Other alternatives include Sente and of course EndNote, which many in the Win-world swear by, but I found both to be (a) not worth the admission price and (b) still less solid than BibDesk, especially for the BiBTeX support I rely on.
     
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Jan 13, 2008, 02:58 AM
 
Papers is an amazing application buy it now!
     
   
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