Version 1.4, Updated February 2014
Paperless was selected as one of the "Best of 2012" by the iBooks Store.
Paperless takes the mystery (and fear) out of going paperless with your Apple technology. The book includes 32 screencasts, 4 movies, over 26,000 words, and other rich-media assets to turn you into a paperless ninja. The material is accessible to beginners and power users alike with a thorough explanation of all the hardware, software, and workflows necessary to finally conquer paper.
1. Why Paperless
What is the big deal with paperless and why do so many of us struggle with it?
2. Paperless Overview
Get an idea for the big picture before diving into the nitty-gritty.
Discover how you can capture paper and other digital information with the Mac, iPad, and iPhone. This chapter also demystifies optical character recognition and explains how you can put it to work for you.
Learn how to reliably name, index, and store your paperless documents. This chapter also covers your questions about cloud storage and backup.
Now that you've created a paperless workflow, learn how to access your paperless documents from anywhere on the Mac, iPad, and iPhone. This chapter also explains how to sign digital documents on the Mac, iPad, and iPhone.
6. David's Paperless Workflow
The author explain his "go-to" applications, hardware, and tricks for managing paperless documents.
Learn more about Apple Automator, cloud storage, and other helpful resources.
This is the first book in the MacSparky Field Guide Series. This book is a large file (850 MB) and includes over 1.5 hours of video and screencasts. This books runs on all versions of the iPad.
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Paperless - a MacSparky field guide
"My name is Joe and I'm a paperholic"
I went clean about two years ago, using a ScanSnap S1550M (love it by the way) and DevonThink Pro Office (ditto). I read Joe Kissell's "Take Control of Your Paperless Office." So the interesting question is, what did David Sparks' book tell me that I didn't already know?
The answer is, quite a lot actually.
Some of the featured apps, especially the IOS apps, are new, and though some of them had crossed my radar, not all of them had, so David's surveys were interesting. The most important tidbits were about process, not equipment or applications. Using TextExpander and Hazel and a rigorous naming scheme together was new to me and is something I will adopt in my own office. The discussion of the pros and cons of cloud storage were valuable. And the screencasts add a lot.
And of course the book is beautiful. I think it serves as a model of how ebooks should evolve over the next couple of years. And I say this even though I am very much a bibliophile. The integration of text and screencasts and graphics of various kinds is very effective.
I have only one quibble. There is a difference between the PNG and JPG algorithms: PNG is lossless compression, so compressing with it does not degrade the image. Having said this, I agree that there is no need for PNG graphics in your paperless workflow.
And there is one aspect of the paperless office I think could stand some elaboration. In the old days, much of my paper mess was self-inflicted. I had boxes of 3-hole punched paper and would print out manuals, specs, and everything I wanted to read away from my computer, and put them into 3-ring binders. The iPad saved me from this. Where I used to print, I now use the print dialog to send a PDF to GoodReader on my iPad. It gets there magically via DropBox. And for the first time in my career, my desk has no paper on it.
So, this book definitely merits 5 stars and is worth getting even if you have already dipped your toes into going paperless.
David Sparks is one of the most respected Mac-related writers. This book shows why.
This "field guide" walks you through how to go paperless, and why to go paperless. I've had many of the tools on my computer already, but until I read this book, I hadn't realized how to make it all work together. David has written it all out for you, and the book has video to show you how. It's a _textbook_ way to use iBooks to teach a subject.
This book is easily worth 4x the price here. Get it now and get better at being paperless.
Very Useful and Engaging!
I've often threatened to go paperless but in the end allowed inertia to win the day. However, Paperless by David Sparks is just the push I need to brave the battle against the never ending piles. The iBook Author textbook format of this book really works well. Great looking photographs, highly useful video tutorial clips, and screen shots set this book apart. I have all the tools (save one - a scansnap scanner which I am about to purchase). And now I have the blueprint plans. Anyone wanna buy a four drawer file cabinet?