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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Nemo Documents - The intuitive file manager

What is Nemo Documents

Nemo is a Windows application that inspects your current folder structure to give you a new view of your files. Documents, images and other files are mapped into a calendar-like view that you are used to from Outlook or Google Calendar. This makes your files a lot easier to find so that you can focus on other things.

Nemo stays out of the way as much as possible, but lives in the notification area so that it's always just a click away.

By integrating with Windows Desktop Search (built-in on Vista and Windows 7) you can search for phrases or words inside documents and combine that with other clues that you can remember about the document, such as a specific month or the file type.

Nemo adds labels on top of your current folder structure as a way to help you organize things. Label a document with review, if you need to review it later. Or use labels to supplement your folder structure to help you find documents easier.

Nemo Documents works with a wide range of files. Office files such as Word, Excel and Powerpoint, Pdf, Adobe photoshop, illustrator, images, video files and more are supported.

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Codename Nemo

What is it?

It's a new way of managing files. Or rather not manage files. Currently it's a cross between a calendar and a file browser with labels. It's a free/open source GTK application for Linux written in C#. A version for Windows is also available.

You can download an alpha version and try it out! As a side-effect, you'll likely learn something about your past computer use right away!

We have blog up and running with news about the project. Feel free to check out what's happening or write a comment. Here's a couple of screenshots, we've got more screenshots on the blog.

Haven't you guys heard too many "what happens when you cross ..." jokes?

Sure. But people have trouble finding their documents and hate spending time managing them. The idea is to avoid all this by leaving the difficult-to-remember hierarchical tree structure behind and instead focus on some of the things that people do recall.

Like when they worked on the document, or the file type, or other characteristics.

We combine it with a labeling system which is arguably a more powerful categorization system than a hierarchy. So it's not that we think categorization in itself is a bad idea.

We realize this is not a one-size that fits all. We're mostly targeting documents. Maybe it won't help you. If you decide to try it out, we'd really like your feedback on the blog or mailing list, though. Pleeeease!

How do I try it out?

Download an alpha-not-finished-yet-it's-still-a-bit-rough version:

If you're running Ubuntu you can install it by simply adding a file to /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ like this:

sudo sh -c 'echo deb binary/ > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/nemo.list'

Latest source is available in gnome git:

When you start the application up the first time, it scans your home directory for files and displays them in the calendar view. It will then watch the files for changes (you can force a reindex with --reindex). If you want it to index something other than your homedir you can change the configuration in ~/.nemo/configuration.xml.

Please note that you would want Nemo running all the time to index file changes (yes you can minimize it :-))

Other than Mono, Cairo, stetic and the Gnome libraries, Nemo currently depends on either Tracker or Beagle with Xesam adaptor being installed. It is licensed under the LGPL v2.1.

If you find a problem, check the mailing list and drop a message if it hasn't been reported yet.

Nemo in the press

Who's behind this?

The small software startup iola. We focus on making attractive software, tailor-made to make people's everyday life easier.

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I'm running Fedora 14 as my main OS. So, I downloaded the nemo-0.2.4.tar.bz2 - tar.bz2 of the source code Version. But, I think I'll wait til they make an RPM for Fedora to try this one out. Well, unless I get in the mood to try it out on my ArtistX Ubuntu System or Debian 6 (after I get it installed). Looks like a great App though...


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