I've provided a link to a new piece of shareware that most of us should not
be without. Everybook Inc., DocAble File Management
(http://www.everybook.net) is a unique software that searches your hard
drive and all drives on your office or home LAN (local area network) which
identifies all Adobe Acrobat and Microsoft Office data files (including PDF,
RFT, DOC, XLS, PPT and soon - HTML and Graphic files).
You can organize your files into a series of "spiral bound" electronic
notebooks which ware stored in the Organizer software. The software locates
all applicable files and gives you the choice to either move, copy or simply
reference the files where they occur on your drive. The software lets you
drag the links from each Spiral Bound e-file to the desktop where you can
open numerous documents at one time and bookmark pages for research and
reference and also embellish pages with annotations and other notes.
The difference between this software and Adobe Acrobat Reader is that you
can open non-contiguous pages and add annotations while saving the work
Assume you have a number of PDF resources for FEMA drafts - you can arrange
all code related references in one "book" and your Excel spreadsheet
templates in another. You can open different books and drag links from each
to the desktop where you can use the references together. Let's also assume
you need to research the NDS while opening a Simpson Catalog in PDF format
and find a spreadsheet to do calc's for bolt groupings. Simply open the FEMA
notebook and drag the document you need, the Code notebook and drag the NDS
pages you want to the desktop and finally all hangers and holddown pages you
need from the Simpson Catalog to the desktop to use during your design
The types of files to be read and organized are planned to meet the needs of
the user as Everybook, Inc. is a young but aggressive company. The software
was released in Version 1.0 to read only PDF files until a reviewer noted
that it would be useful to add Word DOC files with the RTF files already
included. Version 1.02 now includes all Microsoft Office data files
including PowerPoint presentation.
The cost of version 1.0 was set at $199.00 and is now available direct from
the software developer for a special $69.00 online. There is an excellent
tutorial and the graphics are tremendous. I normally only list freeware on
the Software Productivity Tools Forum on the Structuralist.net, but I also
know that Engineers use PDF files in their daily work and reference. The
same is true of Excel files and word documents. This is a product that is
worthy of your attention and I highly recommend it.
You can read more on the product at The
Structuralist.Net/Professional/Software Productivity Tools/Computer
(Make sure you copy the entire link without spaces or line breaks starting
at http: and ending with SID=9338) If you fail to copy the link in it's
entirety you will receive an error messages.
Start at: http://www.structuralist.net
Click on "Professional Forum" at the left side of the screen
Click on "Software Productivity Tools" - the underlined Forum heading in the
Click on "Computer Utilities" and you will see "Everybook, Inc. DocAble"
software on the list. Click to launch review.
Dennis S. Wish, PE
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