Document Management Software

I have a huge ‘My Documents’ directory. It weighs in at over 30 GB. It contains all my photos, videos, notes, word docs, spreadsheets, graphics, vectors, 3D models, websites, source code, PDF files, etc …

With so many files all sorted into folders based on their use and purpose, I used to have a really hard time keeping track of everything. Now I use Picasa to sort and manage my images.

Now Picasa is great at what it does. It lets me view thumbnails of most of my images and videos, and lets me sort them into groups without forcing me to move them around on the drive. Best of all, Picasa is free. Unfortunately Picasa has a very limited list of supported file types: JPG, BMP, GIF, PNG, PSD, TIF, AVI, MPG, ASF, MOV, and the RAW data files from cameras including Canon, Nikon, Kodak, Minolta and Pentax.

That leaves me with the alot of file types (SVG, EPS, AI, XCF, SWF, FLA, FLV, PDF, DOC, RTF, HTML, DjVu, 3D Models) still needing thumbnail support, and more (Plain Text and Source Code, Excel Spread Sheets) just needing to be included in the catalog with a default image.

Now I know Picasa has a plugin directory – at least it does on Windows. My question is “Why hasn’t Google opened up Picasa for plugins in the same way they opened up Google Desktop Search?”

In the mean time, if anyone knows of any free applications that support all the same file types as Picasa and as many of the others as possible, please post a comment and let me know.

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