Thanks for the many replies. I am indeed using Office Pro.
I may not be wrapping my head around your arguments that this feature is not necessary or is counter to what DEVONthink is about. I’m not sure what you use it for, but for me I would like to use it to scan all of the paperwork that makes it into my home office. Examples of this would be things like:
4)My personal military files ie. DD214/retirement documents, enlistment contract, commissioning contract, awards, old pay stubs, and OERs.
5)My son’s school records
In the past I have not used OCR for these as I did not think it important. I did not feel I needed to be able to find words within my DD214 for example. I just need my DD214. I did not need to find words within an EOB, I just needed the EOB.
I can do this simply by searching for the title, and narrow it down by adding tags to the files.
With Paperless I would do this, and would be able to add a dollar amount. I see these showing up as keywords in DEVONthink. With that I could find what I needed.
If I was still doing research. If I still had mountains of studies to wade through, I would have used OCR.
But right now, I get something in the mail, I scan it using a ScanSnap S1500M, change the title, add a few tags and call it a day.
If I need my sons latest OT report, I just search OT, with tag of my sons name, look at the one with the latest date and there it is.
Perhaps I am adding steps that are not necessary. Perhaps I would get the same results making everything searchable. Maybe I should just rename the file name instead of the title.
It may make things easier if I ever have to migrate. As it is now, my old computer took a dump on me, I tried opening a backup on a new computer, and it says it can’t read the file. Mariner has been slow to help. I’m told they never seen my error, and in the past 2 weeks I’ve had 2 suggestions of fixing it. Neither have worked.
Lucky for me, even though my library was supposedly encrypted, I can still see all of my files in finder. I’m not sure how that is supposed to be considered encrypted, but I’m glad it is not. Now I have about 6 years of the before mentioned documents, all with file names that have random letters and numbers, and a date, in a crazy tree of folders.
But issues aside, regardless of whether I’m making more work for myself, it seems to me that overlooking being able to edit metadata of a PDF seems strange to me. It’s like not being able to create/edit groups in iOS contacts, and then never fixing it.
As for using both, I can’t really afford that. I still may not use DEVONthink because of the high price tag. I wouldn’t be able to tack another $50 to that.
Not sure. Set me straight!