Hi. I’m a happy long-time but probably still simpleminded user of DT.
I typically have a dozen active professional and personal projects on the go and each has a hierarchy of notes, paper scans, lots of flat text files (e.g. data & output), screenshots, reports, correspondence, and often source code if it’s a software development project. I view everything as equally important and that’s where DT hasn’t been a perfect fit.
I enjoy the scan/OCR/search benefits of DT greatly. But I wrestle with its internal filesystem storage because it prevents me from easily working a the commandline for edits (I use Vim a lot for meeting notes, source code, etc.), running commandline tools on data files for analysis, grepping and filtering output, and generally playing nicely with other apps and utilities. One big problem is sibling documents in a DT group are not generally peers in a filesystem folder.
So … I’m moving to a new primary computer anyways and considering moving my DT database over to it and then exporting everything, removing the DEVONtech_storage noise that appears in every folder upon export (safe?), and then simply bringing everything “back in” to DT by indexing everything in a fresh empty database going forward.
At first glance, this seems to give me benefits of DT’s scan & search UI but then I’d finally a meaningful filesystem structure is available to me from the command line, the Finder, and all other applications.
I understand this would be automatically re-indexed from time to time, which should be sufficient. FWIW, the loss of replicant/duplicate features of DT seems minimal, based on my past usage.
Does anyone relate to this desire for an outside-DT filesystem while still enjoying DT’s front end for some things?
Thanks for reading my long braindump. Appreciate any insights. Happy New Year!