Not sure what happened since last November - I guess that life intervened …
Really all I have done with the trial of DTOP is use the OCR from time to time and as a result I now take photos of book that suit it better.
Now I guess I really need to buy ABBYY or DTOP and price-wise there is not a lot in it with ABBYY at $100 and DTOP $120 as an upgrade from Personal, I think from earlier in this thread.
I guess that looking at what I do it boils down to two sets of factors:
1 - and this may not be the place to ask - does the stand-alone ABBYY do anything more than DTOP [can it OCR multiple images at a time for instance] and is it any easier to use than DTOP for OCR. For instance I’d guess you an just drop a file on the ABBYY icon and it will do its stuff.
2 - what will DTOP do for me, one of the most un-organised of researchers with three projects in hand all of which I have been working on from between 10-30 years so there is a lot of ‘stuff’ …
However I have never got anywhere with organisers and rely heavily on the Finder. I am not a fan of Spotlight either [it does not search Mail and the address book for instance even tho’ they are indexed] so I tend to use opt/cmd/space to search. By the same token I gave up on iPhoto and just use Elements as I like things to be where I put them rather than according to the [changing] whims of Cuperino.
As I don’t think DT does anything with images that I could not do [if I wanted to] by tags I don’t think it will help me there and I am still not clear what substituting DT’s sort-of Finder for Apple’s will do, even if Apple never does FTFF [3,500 hits in Google with OS X, since you ask!]. What do groups do that nested folders don’t?
I scan in a lot of paper that comes my way, but I tend to use VueScan for that as it does multi-pages and DTOP tried to drive my Canoscan with the LIDE25 driver instead of LIDE30 and then not surprisingly finds it does not work. ABBYY might be easier but I don’t know.
What might do it for me is if I could build a sort of website on my Mac so that I could link a string in a document to another document or string in it - now that would really be good for me. In other words I’d like to have something like the effect of a web site without having to change the format of existing files [which I think is how DT does it].
So, does anyone know if any of this functionality exists anywhere?