CNET Editors' review
So you're in business, and you've got a PC and a scanner. You're dutifully scanning and saving all your business documents (hopefully not jumbled together in your scanner's default archive). Simple Doc Organizer Free Edition is a free document organizing utility designed specifically for small- and medium-size businesses. It makes it easy to store and find your scanned, saved, or imported documents.
We downloaded and extracted the program's zipped installer, which then downloads and installs the program files. We also had to disable our User Account Control settings, which required a reboot. A Configure Wizard then walked us through the process of setting up SDO, including setting user names and passwords for remote access and the program's archive, if needed. SDO has an attractive, efficient, tabbed interface based around a central Dashboard displaying pie graphs for Documents and Dossier/Folder holdings, similar to the disk space display in Windows. A left-hand Document Tree displayed our Archive holdings, while each selection's holdings and stats showed up in a right-hand Properties panel that we could keep open with a pushpin. SDO offers various search options, including a Quick Search feature, and we could quickly toggle between full and panel views. From the program's toolbar, we could import documents and data via scanner, browsing in Windows Explorer, or by adding templates, and export data to SAR (Simple Archive Reader), PDF, or by browsing in Explorer.
Despite its somewhat involved installation process, Simple Doc Organizer proved easy and intuitive in use. You can scan documents directly into it or import them in a variety of ways, or create new documents with archived or scanned content. We opened the Create New Dossier wizard and created a dossier, which is an archive for documents. Documents we added to our dossier appeared in the main window as thumbnails. We could also add and edit templates as well as select them from a list that included new Minute and Note templates, blank OpenOffice and Word docs, and an empty text file. Clicking System on the menu bar accessed a settings toolbar that included a scanner wizard, Masks and Flags options, a Table Assistant, and Application General Settings (via the Config button) that included e-mail settings. The Web-based manual included videos and tutorials as well as User/Admin Guides and other documentation.
From Simple Doc Organizer:
Simple Doc Organizer is a document management software designed for Business people or Small and Medium Enterprises. The Simple Doc Organizer allows you to organize and share your documents in a collaborative way. Compatible with major image formats and documents, works with Microsoft(R) Windows(R) and TWAIN-compatible scanners. The Free Edition is a document management solution with features similar to Home Edition. Incredible easy to use, can store and index all your local and scanned documents into a Centralized Archive.
What's new in this version: Version 3.0.4 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
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"Useful, Clean and Easy"
Version: Simple Doc Organizer Free Edition 2.1.2
The documents control version; Digitalization to multiple documents format; Documents Classification by some key fields; Publish of multiple documents as a single PDF; Import by folders and any format type of documents; Integrated visualizer.
Only 1000 documents to store, upgrade to Light Edition is needed to remove that limitation.
Very useful document management. I love this application and can't stop use it any more. I use it for organize and scan all my documents and easy search them. The clean and simple user interface is another advantage of SDO.
"Usable but not what I needed"
Version: Simple Doc Organizer Free Edition 188.8.131.52
"Pretty" interface, polished.
No ability use folders that already exist on your system when setting up document storage
When you first open the program, you need to create folders to store your documents in. Unfortunately, the program does not let you decide WHERE you want these folders to be located, just defaults into the programs directory on your c drive. No choice to add folders that already exist on your system either. I guess if you are starting from scratch, this would not be too difficult but if you already have a lot of files stored in your "my documents" or such, you would need to move them.
"excellent document organizer and management"
Version: Simple Doc Organizer Free Edition 184.108.40.206
free and easy
"Great Document Organizer"
Version: Simple Doc Organizer Free Edition 220.127.116.11
Easy-to-use and version control
200 documents only
"Free product limited to 100 Documents"
Version: Simple Doc Organizer Free Edition 18.104.22.168
Simple interface. Document preview built in.
100 Document storage limit in free edition.
$49 to get unlimited storage
Looked like a simple and straight forward document filing system. The only problem is that it cost $49 to store more than 100 documents! I would not have even downloaded it if that was mentioned in the limitations. Why bother with a document management system if all you have to manage is 100 documents!
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