There have been other threads on this topic, but I think it's worth starting a new one to get up-to-date feedback from those who might have experience in this area.
Lately there have been some good articles on text retrieval software such as X1, Ask Sam, etc. LookOut seems to have a following here and has allowed many of us to retrieve archived email information in a new and convenient way.
Here's my need: I write a lot of proposals to do work for organizations. (IT and GIS consulting). A lot of these proposals have a lot in common, but each needs to be focused on the new potential client's needs. We do a lot of cutting and pasting and re-wording from other proposals.
I recently heard of an attorney who commissioned and is now selling a system that allows him to both retrieve and tag for retrieval (ie. by keyword or date or client) 'snippets' of information. It is the combination of fast retrieval and the ability to grab a chunk of text and 'post' it into a trusted system that interests me.
I have used software such as OnFolio (its ease-of-use for Web research and offline reading is very impressive), OneNote (I liked it but fell off the wagon) and Scopeware, which was overly taxing to my system. These are just example of tools that helped in the proposal research, writing and retrieval process.
Does anyone have some ideas for finding good flexible document indexing and free text search system?