Yep 1.62 Review

Sometimes one simple idea can be better than lots of big ones. Yep scours your hard drive for PDF files and helps you catalogue them, much like iTunes does for your music. A smart algorithm tags your files with keywords, making it easy to quickly categorise your documents. Once that initial task has been completed, there are lots of ways you can further organise and index your new, central treasure trove of info.

With a clever interface that’s clearly influenced by web 2.0 ideas, you can find groups of files by clicking tags in the list on the left of Yep’s main window. Mousing over a tag will tell you how many files are in that group. Of course, you can add your own tags in addition to the ones Yep picks for you.

Tags aren’t the only way to arrange your files; you can make your own collections too. These can either be made manually (create a collection, drag and drop files to it) or, in a nod to iTunes, you can set parameters to automatically make Smart Collections.

PDF files contain meta data that Yep can access and edit. Select any document in the main window and the right hand Details pane changes to give access to these settings. Add a lengthy description and new tags, move the document’s folder location, or even change the file name.

OUR VERDICT

Of course, a PDF cataloguing tool wouldn’t be much cop without a viewer, and Yep’s PDF viewer beats the Mac’s built-in application with a slipper. Still, it lacks some of the advanced features of Adobe Reader, but Yep can create PDFs too – you just scan documents directly in.

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