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The MacSparky Field Guides - The Best Tools and Workflows to Get Paper Out of Your Life

This book is available for download with Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device. Multi-touch books can be read with Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device. Books with interactive features may work best on an iOS device. Apple Books on your Mac requires OS X 10.9 or later.


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.

Chapters include:
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.

3. Capture
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.

4. Process
Learn how to reliably name, index, and store your paperless documents. This chapter also covers your questions about cloud storage and backup.

5. Use
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.

7. Appendix
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 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.


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Customer Reviews


Just wondering if anyone can comment. the last update was feb 2014. is the material still relevant? Is the book still worth reading as technologies change so fast?

Very Helpful

Love MacSparky! I own all of his Field Guides, but this one is my favorite. (Email is my second fav!). It was very important in helping me create a system for dealing with email and paper documents. I switched from Evernote to nested folders after reading this. This is a fabulous value as you will surely get so much out of it. Thanks again Max Barky. :-)

Passionately practical

David’s book comes from his passion for using technology, using resources wisely, and helping those that need to do both. I spent many years training teachers how to use technology, David’s book is a wonderful guide to assisting you in becoming paperless in your life. He provides wonderful suggestions with multiple videos for you to watch, review, and use productively. One last thing, BUY this book. This is the first review I have ever written for a book, and I can promise you will not be disappointed. Thanks, David.

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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPad, iPhone and Mac.
  • Category: Internet
  • Published: Apr 23, 2012
  • Publisher: David Sparks
  • Seller: David Sparks
  • Print Length: 173 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: The MacSparky Field Guides
  • Version: 1.4
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, or an iPad with iBooks 2 or later and iOS 5 or later, an iPhone with iOS 8.4 or later, or a Mac with OS X 10.9 or later.

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