Yep Review Gets A Nope

I have been trying to get to grips with Yep $34 for a while now, and whilst there is nothing at all wrong with it, and it is actually pretty neat, it sort of gets a “nope” from me.

Organize the documents that clutter your life

For PDFs

Every computer has loads of PDF files, probably scattered all over your hard disk. Use Yep to search, view and manage all these documents in one convenient place.

Think of Yep as iPhoto for your documents.


Nope – I get the theory but this is nowhere near as neat, tidy or easy to use as iPhoto.

For Paper

Every house has cardboard boxes and filing cabinets full of receipts, important medical records, old letters and income tax returns, usually inconveniently stuck in the basement somewhere. Yep finally gives you a tool to keep all these documents in one place, instantly retrievable and searchable.

You do not need a scanner to use Yep but if you have one Yep will use it to help you scan in all those paper documents.

Hmmm – scanning all those documents, is that really going to happen? Aren’t these things tucked away in a box for a reason!

However. Those are personal points of view. I am obsessively organised and as such don’t really see huge benefits in these type of applications. From a review perspective though there is nothing wrong with this application at all. It is extremely well thought out, and does keep everything organised. I imagine it would be extremely useful if you had a lot of PDF’s. The ironic thing is that although it isn’t available for Windows I would imagine it would really useful for Windows users who probably have PDF’s stored in places they didn’t even know existed on their PC’s. With my Mac the PDF is downloaded to the Desktop. I do what I want with it and then file or delete it. I am in more control with my Mac than a Windows machine.

If you are a disorganized person with lots of ‘stuff’ laying around your Mac the this application will help you, but (and I think this is what they call a Catch 22) if you are like that you probably don’t want the help right as you are like that for a reason. Either you want to be messy or you just can’t ever be bothered to tidy things up?

In summary, it is a good application. It does a good job at what it sets out to do – it isn’t something that I personally would use.

7 thoughts on “Yep Review Gets A Nope

  1. Wayne LeFevre

    I have to agree with you that it does a good job at what it does. I personally like it and will continue to use it, as I have a use it a lot now. I do see where it could become a much better and useful application if it had a few tweaks and additions here and there. One example would be if it were more like Aperture and you could use stacks. Another would be the ability to combine PDFs, say in a stack, to create one PDF.

    You ever get iCreate magazine, or MacFormat? They are pretty rare here in the states, and cost $15, but I get every one that comes out. On their CD, they often include chapters of books in PDF format. I personally do not like reading books on the computer, but sometimes they have interesting reads, like 4 chapters out of The Cult of Mac. So I use Yep to keep track of them, and it makes it really easy to look up and find, putting a picture on the PDF instead of just the name. (Which if your disorganized anyway, who knows what DMV0107.PDF is unless you have a really good memory, or can see the PDF before having to open it.)

    So as someone who does have quite a few manuals, books, and receipts in PDF format, I like it. Think of what iPhoto does for photos and what iTunes does for music. That’s what I think the comparison to iPhoto is, but it’s really not. It’s what Yep does for PDFs.

    Anyway, just a differing view! 🙂 You might see a little more in a few weeks from me on it…;) Oh, and there is always the 1.5 upgrade that’s coming along any day…

  2. MyAppleStuff Post author

    Glad you like it. To be fair the developers did say 1.5 would be ‘better’. I am sure that it works grat for you – but what is this with DMV0107.PDF? You see as soon as I download (or install anything) I rename and file it. Anal I know, but as a result I don’t get ‘confused’.

    And nope – don’t get iCreate or MacFormat here in Spain (as far as I know), but then again I don’t subscribe to magazines at all these days – don’t get enough time to read all the stuff internet/ RSS etc or my books.

    Will be interested (and appreciative) or your ongoing views on Yep 🙂

  3. Wayne LeFevre

    To be honest, most of the PDFs that I do have that have names like that have been ported over from my PC. A lot of them are also the things that I have scanned. I am not organized to the point of having all of my paper documents in folders in a filing cabinet somewhere. Like you said, they are mostly in boxes, and it would be hard pressed to find something that I needed. Even really important stuff like my DD-214, (Military paper that proves you were in the military and dates, etc.) I’d take hours looking for. But ask me when the dogs had their last vaccination? Pull up Yep, click on tag dog, and walla.

    As far as iCreate goes, I think you personally would like it. Made in the UK, (IMHO all the best mags are,) and focus strictly on Mac tutorials for mainly creativity programs. iLife and the Pro apps.

  4. MyAppleStuff Post author

    Lucky dogs!!!

    OK – next time I am back in the UK I will pick up a copy, or get Sands to bring one back as she goes back a couple of times each year.

  5. Zaphod

    Let me get this straight:
    Yep is a good app, lots of useful features and it would help users keep organized, but because you personally wouldn’t use it, Yep is a ‘nope’.

    That has to be the most twisted logic I’ve heard in a long time.

    Your blog gets a ‘nope’.

  6. Chris Marshall Post author

    Yep you are right, although I am afraid it is you that doesn’t have much logic!!!

    I reviewed the application. I said it was a good application. I said that it wasn’t something that I had a requierment for so ‘nope’ I wouldn’t be using it.

    2+ years on I am still not using it. Nothing wrong or illogical in that, it was my view on the relevance of the application (which I said was good) to my life, which seems pretty normal on my blog)

    The ‘twisted logic’ would be to give a blog a ‘nope’ after reading just one of the 1,000+ posts on the site 🙂

  7. Dan

    “I am in more control with my Mac than a Windows machine.”

    On Windows the user can specify a standard location or pick a location each time they save a document.

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