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by: zenkovic October 19, 2012 2:00 AM PDT

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Software for cataloging (PDF) newspaper articles?

by zenkovic - 10/19/12 2:00 AM

Does anyone know of software for cataloging PDFs -- specifically, newspaper and magazine articles? (Though flexible enough to catalog other things, like receipts, recipes, etc. as well.)

I have two main requirements:

1) I need to have tagging/virtual folder functionality so that I can categorize any one article under multiple topics.

2) The solution needs to be network-savvy -- I need to be able to sync my database between multiple PCs (I have a desktop and two laptops). It could be a cloud-based solution.

I have about 5,000 articles and I add it to every day. Until recently, I had been using a very primitive but flexible system -- Windows Explorer itself. I threw all the articles into one folder. Then, I had a "catalog" folder which contained subfolders for whatever topics I wanted -- politics, sports, culture, etc. For each topic that applied, I simply dropped a Windows shortcut to the article into the corresponding subfolder.

This satisfied both my requirements above, since this whole folder structure could be synchronized between PCs (I use GoodSync). The problem is that Windows shortcuts use absolute paths. This is okay if my filesystems are perfectly mirrored across my PCs. But recently, to boost performance on my desktop, I put in a 256-gb SSD to hold Windows and applications, while my 1-tb 7200-rpm drive holds all the data. So now these PDFs are on the "D:" drive instead of the "C:" drive, and this whole system is broken.

I suppose I could fake the directory structures somehow so that this could continue to work, but this whole thing was rather inelegant to begin with and I'm wondering if there's something better.

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