Large Digital Archives are now the norm
There are many professions and hobbies that have large digital archives of files and folders. For example, a research project at a university will generate hundreds, even thousands, of documents which are created by the research team as a byproduct of their work then stored and continually referenced by the team and others in the field. A genealogist will have hundreds of documents of the people, events, and places of the family trees being researched. These documents are frequently referenced by the genealogist and shared with other genealogists around the world. A paperless office will scan any document coming in the front door, throw away the bulky original and use it only in digital form. The office will continually refer to the documents to run the business.
Most likely, the files of an archive will be created by scanning actual documents (i.e., to PDFs or JPGs) as well as created as original documents using Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel or taking digital photos, etc. Also, the archive will inherit documents from outside sources. The research project might receive documents from other researchers around the world. Genealogists frequently send each other documents attached to e-
Inevitably, the user will want to go to a specific file or folder of interest and open it with its native application. For example, the user will want to open a Microsoft Excel file with Microsoft Excel or a folder with the Windows File Explorer. ArchiveHero is the perfect tool to work with these large digital archives of files and folders.
ArchiveHero is completely passive
One of the biggest advantage of ArchiveHero is that it is completely passive – the user can begin using ArchiveHero immediately – there’s no setup needed. ArchiveHero does not require the user to setup a proprietary archive “database” or setup a categorization system for sticking documents in certain slots. To ArchiveHero, the files and folders of the archive are the “database.” But as the user progresses with building the archive, ArchiveHero has many sophisticated functions which allow the user to synthesize meaning from the thousands of files and folders.
It’s Easy to Get Started
To get started using ArchiveHero. all the user has to do is start the ArchiveHero application then choose the high-
This initial step is very quick. An archive of 16,000 files and folders will take about 20 seconds to load. At any time, the user can add additional high-
Once the user has completed this initial step of identifying the high-
Once the user identifies a particular file or folder of interest, the user will want to open it in its native application. The files and folders in the list will have hyperlinks that the user can click to open the file in its native application or open the folder containing the file in Windows File Explorer (i.e., two hyperlinks). That is, the actual internal contents of any of thousands of files or folders in the archive are instantly available to be opened by their native applications. For example, clicking the hyperlink of an Excel file will open the file in Microsoft Excel. Clicking the hyperlink of a folder will open the folder in Windows File Explorer. In effect, ArchiveHero has created a single index to the files and folders of the archive.
Also the user can search for text values in the table. In effect, the user has an efficient index of their archive that finds files or folders. Coupled with a comprehensive file / folder naming scheme (more later) and taking advantage of the powerful keyword features (more later), searching can be a very powerful tool in ArchiveHero. In effect with a search, the user is temporarily creating a subset of files or folders with some common attribute from the thousands of files and folders in the archive.
This symbol shows the three principle ways ArchiveHero provides for the user to quickly go to a file or folder of interest and open it. These three dimensions of the archive are instantly available to access the files and folders of an archive without any setup required: