Simple database app for text files?
November 17, 2009 7:57 PM   Subscribe

Is there any simple database that can operate "over" raw text files?

I have my ideas scattered in lots of text files on a Windows Vista machine. What I'm looking for is an application that will operate "over" them to bring some order - mostly, tag them in some intuitive way. Lots of programs I've tried come close:

  • Wikidpad works with raw text files (with the extension .wiki), but it's cumbersome and its tagging is not quite good enough.

  • Total Commander has a function that tags files and makes them searchable, but they are not apparent in a tag cloud.

  • CintaNotes would be perfect if it could operate over text files like Wikidpad, or even if it could import text files, but it only works with XML data.

  • I'm hoping somebody knows of a lightweight CintaNotes-like app that meets these requirements. It wouldn't necessarily have to read the contents of the files as long as it could tag them in a pretty way. Oh yeah, it should operate just within a certain directory (which rules out whole-computer tagging apps like Tag2Find).

    Cheers me dears.
    posted by mjklin to Computers & Internet (2 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
    Have you tried looking at Evernote? I can see how you might be able to import data in to this and potentially solve your problem (though it is slightly less "file-based" than you are looking for).
    posted by milqman at 12:51 AM on November 18, 2009

    I have Evernote, but it's an "everything" system that's more focused on its iPhone app at the moment. I'm looking for something that can just read files in one directory.
    posted by mjklin at 8:16 AM on November 18, 2009

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