For the Mac, I prefer to know where all my files are located.
But Apple prefers a different document management approach for iOS devices. Somewhere in between is the document organizer app for the Mac. It’s called Doo.
Think of it as an app that manages your documents. This might be a good alternative to the free-for-all, organize files however you want on the Mac, and the strict, totalitarian file management for the iPhone and iPad.
Basically, Doo is a smart app that finds files you use, regardless of where they live– Documents folder, Dropbox, email– and, well, manages them by tagging and tracking there whereabouts.
Doo watches folders for new files, provides OCR and scanner integration, and even detects duplicates.
Think of how iPhoto and iTunes are organized. Photos and music are stored in the library and then organized. Doo works in a similar manner, but with even more granular controls and options.
Doo also syncs specific documents to the Doo cloud so they’re available to Mac, iPhone, and iPad. So, if Doo manages all your important documents they’re always available wherever you go.
That’s the good news. Now the bad news.
While the organizational concept is sound, and might be an improvement over Apple’s rigid iOS file management routine, it’s the day-to-day practice that counts. Doo comes up short by mashing all files together in the library hierarchy so it’s still difficult to know which files are stored where.
Mac App Store reviews are evenly mixed among users who love the idea, and others who hate the implementation.