Editors' reviewThis application tracks files to maintain document backups and enable restoration of previous versions, but it doesn't install easily and requires a strict reading of the documentation to operate. The neatly designed menu and three-pane interface isn't novice-friendly. Many selections stay ghosted unless certain steps are followed. However, it does prove fairly easy to create projects to track. You add documents to a project and check them in and out like library books. Each time you return a file to the project, it documents the version number and stores the previous versions. Because each version is kept, you can quickly revert to a previous version of the files and easily see the number of versions available for each file. Reloading a previous version takes a single click on the toolbar. However, the process requires copying the selected version into another location instead of simply reloading it. We also had difficulty installing this application to some test machines; the Java-based program failed to create shortcuts or install to the proper location. The documentation is lengthy, but intermediate users should pick up program nuances fairly easily. If you can install this application, dedicated users may find Document Associate an efficient file-version manager.
Document Associate is a version control system that runs on a personal computer without a server. It handles all types of files including programs, Web pages, word-processing documents, spreadsheets, pictures, and drawings. Document Associate preserves previous versions of your documents (files), project plans, assignments, project schedules. You don't have to ever worry about losing a file or a file being corrupt.
Document Associate is an organized library. You check-in files to Document Associate folders that can be organized under specific projects. When a file is to be changed, check-out the file, make the change, and check-in back into the Document Associate folder. The system keeps the original version and the updated version.