document management choices

Patton Echols p.echols at
Tue Jul 13 00:28:15 UTC 2010

Tony Pursell wrote:
> On Mon, 2010-07-12 at 14:54 -0700, Patton Echols wrote:
>> Greetings:
>> I have a project coming up that requires some intensive document 
>> examination.  I have been looking for a document manager.  So far I have 
>> not installed any to try because none seem to do what I need.  I need 
>> something that starts with the obvious functions, listing documents by 
>> creation date, modified date if any, author, document name and 
>> description, giving the user the chance to change the latter.  The 
>> documents I'll be dealing with will mostly be PDFs.  Some will be images 
>> of documents, others will contain text. 
>> Most important, I need to be able to view a document, take notes on it 
>> and have the notes attach to the document in question.  Then, I need to 
>> be able to both search my notes as well as generate a report of my 
>> notes.  In a perfect world, the ability to OCR the documents (or text 
>> extract) and save that to a searchable field separate from notes would 
>> be great.  As would the ability to add arbitrary categories to documents 
>> so I could group differently than I receive them.
>> The DMS that I have looked at seem to be focused on version control, 
>> some with searcability, but none with the note taking ability. 
>> Thanks for any thoughts. 
>> --PE
> If you Google for 'document management system open source' there are
> quite a few listed.  OpenDocMan, for instance, claims 'Full search by
> meta-data, author, department, category, file name, comments,etc.'
> Tony
Hmm, my most recent search was "linux document management system"  and 
as you say, there are quite a few.  I had not noted that opendocman 
allows adding comments.  It does not appear that I can create a report 
on those comments.  But maybe I should read some more.  The demo seems 
quite clunky too, but it would be much quicker on a LAN intranet server. 


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