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Subject:Re: Managing a Collection of Documents From:Lee Hunter <lee -at- streamoflight -dot- com> To:"Janoff, Steven" <Steven -dot- Janoff -at- ga -dot- com> Date:Thu, 30 May 2013 09:28:06 -0700
Sounds like a perfect candidate for the Alfresco cloud solution.
On 30 May 2013 09:16, Janoff, Steven <Steven -dot- Janoff -at- ga -dot- com> wrote:
> [Note: This is different from DaLy's recent request for a CMS solution.
> Here, there is no requirement for publishing, and money is an object.
> This was written a few days ago, and held for posting until now.]
> Hello Friends,
> Recently I posted requesting ideas for "Tracking and managing blog posts"
> and folks were gracious enough to suggest WordPress, Movable Type, Drupal,
> and Joomla.
> The project has expanded quite a bit so I'm not certain whether these
> apply anymore, but I thought I'd give a broader scope about what's going on
> to see if there are any derivative ideas. (Blog posts now represent only a
> very small portion of the files I'll be dealing with, maybe 5%.)
> I want to manage a growing collection of documents that will include: (1)
> Text files (mostly created using Notepad++), (2) MS Word files, (3) PDFs
> (the majority created from the Word files in the collection), (4) a handful
> of Excel spreadsheets, (5) a number of image files (PNG, JPG, GIF, maybe a
> couple of others), (6) multimedia files -- audio (MP3/MP4) and video
> (AVI?), (7) the occasional PowerPoint file, and maybe one or two other file
> types but those are the major ones.
> Now, the text files may go through 2 or 3 or 4 versions. The Word files
> may go through 1 or 2 versions. The PDFs -- at least those created from
> the Word files -- will also go through a couple of versions, matching those
> of the Word files.
> I want to manage all this remotely, in the cloud -- Google Drive or
> Dropbox or something similar.
> I would like to have some kind of version control so that I can keep track
> especially of the TXT files.
> I'd like a couple of other people working on the project to be able to
> access these files, and on rare occasions selectively edit as necessary
> (e.g., a text or Word file), but primarily just access them at any time for
> viewing, printing, review, etc.
> I'd like to keep it open source if possible, e.g., I don't want to invest
> in Sharepoint or something like that.
> Any thoughts? This almost sounds like a combination CMS and RCS but I
> have no idea what would do this. I don't need a real component CMS like
> Astoria or Trisoft or Arbortext or similar, because this is not a
> publishing system per se. And I don't really need to worry about reuse or
> single-sourcing (at least not that I can foresee). (I thought I might be
> able to do this with Flare but that's overkill and you lose all the
> publishing benefits of that tool. This is not a publishing requirement.)
> It's really just storing, tracking, and managing a bunch of content files.
> The only thing that makes this rise above a pure document management
> system (if I've got that right) is the editing and revision-tracking of the
> text and Word files (although I do want to track any revisions of other
> file types, such as the PDFs). But worst case, I can just store and manage
> successive complete iterations of each file, since the ones that iterate
> the most (text files) are usually pretty small.
> This seems complicated to me but I suspect a number of you would see this
> as straightforward.
> Thanks greatly for any advice you care to share on this, and I appreciate
> your thoughts too on any tools or technologies you'd like to suggest.
> PS - In the absence of a good open source solution for this, I'd be
> willing to consider a reasonably priced commercial solution that could do
> the job.
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