I think this has been discussed here before, but a search on google groups did not provide much info. I am looking for software to help with document control. I typically have the following documents for a project.
- Schematic Source files as well as PDF versions.
- PCB Source files as well as PDF and Gerber versions
- Datasheets on all the ICs used. User manuals etc. on more complex ICs such as MCUs.
- Design Descriptions, Design Specifications etc.
- Programming, FPGA source files etc.
I typically keep all my data sheets in a separate directory grouped in manufacturer directories, and catagories under each manufacturer. In the past I have kept paper copies of all these things in a file together with notes etc. This is becomming far to much paper.
I am looking for software, where one can link in all the relevant documentation, and where one can then easily generate a report giving the source directory and filename of all documents used. It should also be possible to generate a directory with all the files copied in a hierarchy for easy backup to CD or DVD.
If the software can also be tied in to subversion or other open source revision control software to provide a complete snapshot of all documents including source files etc. where a specific revision of a file is important, then all the better.
I would prefer something which is available on Linux and Windows, and it must not be based on Access or any other proprietry Microsoft software.
Any pointers to such software and/or relevant search terms would be welcome.
Regards Anton Erasmus