The MacSparky Field Guides - The Best Tools and Workflows to Get Paper Out of Your Life
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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.
What's New in Version 1.4
This is version 1.4 of this book, released in February 2014. Here are the changes: * Added new section on hybrid-cloud storage * Added discussion of using The Transporter for personal cloud storage * Added a new section and gallery for PDFpen Scan+ and added a PDFpen Scan+ screencast * Added new section for Doo.net and gallery. * Updated section on Hazel with Auto file naming and created a new Screencast 4.5 showing off the new features. * Re-Wrote the section on tagging in light of OS X Mavericks new tagging support and added a new screencasts 4.6, 4.7, and 4.8. * Updated for PDF Expert 5. * Added explanation of the PDF/A Format. * Removed the BlackBerry picture just because. * A ninja now runs free through the pages of this book. * Fixed little formatting and text issues. * Finally, I doubled-down on unicorn tears.
Paperless is extremely informative
David is extremely informative and always interesting in his podcasts, on his web site and in this book. Another great job David. Thanks.
I'd have paid more
I couldn't be happier. The format of the book is great - combining all those things I love about MacPowerUsers podcast and MacSparky blog - and extremely easy to use. Use, not just read, because there are many useful embedded links and videos.
The content - wow. I already do some of these paperless flow steps and will probably spend the weekend setting up many others.
Maybe the best recommendation that I can give is to say that I have paid a lot more and gotten a lot less value with other books on this topic.Thanks, David!
Book of the future
I was curious hearing about the format of the book and decided to give it a shot. The book's pacing with embedded screencast, links and pictures was fantastic. The way each section contains multimedia explanations support the text so well. I hope that textbooks take a page from this layout and educators think about adopting formats like this.
All this shouldn't detract from the fact that the book itself was a great, practical, beginning-to-end description of how to go paperless. Without much desire to go paperless when I started reading, within two days of starting the book, I got a scanner and went nuts with some of the tools described.