I have been tasked with improving our office’s digital/paper workflow. We have an office of about 30 people and right now all of our documents (contracts, proposals and other text documents) are stored on a shared network drive and it’s up to each user to file their own documents which has led to disorganization. What easy-to-use software or service could we use to systematically collect feedback and approvals on documents, and also store completed documents for future access? [more inside]
posted by brbmaroon
on Sep 16, 2014 -
We're looking for a color scanner with minimal extras -- we just want something that will allow us to scan documents and produce a PDF. We do not want a printer (as those often won't allow scanning if the ink runs out), we do not need wireless functionality, we're not going to use it for photos, and we prefer actual buttons to touch screens. Ideally, we'd like both a feeder and a flatbed option, but that's not required. [more inside]
posted by cider
on Aug 30, 2014 -
I have an urgent need for a way to share a daily journal + notes among multiple people, that is searchable by date and term. Bonus difficulty: it needs to have a very low learning curve. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa
on Apr 10, 2014 -
I am looking for a portable document scanner that will scan longer than legal size pages. [more inside]
posted by zaxour
on Feb 12, 2014 -
I need some help in translating further a curio I purchased recently - a short handwritten legal document (approx. 100 words) from Toulouse France, dated year 1672. My paid help has given up, so I am appealing to you! [more inside]
posted by 2ears1mouth0brain
on Jan 31, 2014 -
I have a small business of about a dozen which has a massive amount of paperwork to be scanned in, organized, and shared. Boxes and boxes. The shareholders are not all very tech-savvy, so I'm also looking for something easy for them to use. There's sort of a dizzying array of options out there. What do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by Addlepated
on Jan 23, 2014 -
I recently met with a lawyer to get a document reviewed. I had sent him my document that morning to look over before we met. At the end of our meeting he said once I had put in his suggested changes I could send him the document and he'd look over it again. His charge was $60, which I immediately paid. About a week later I sent him the document with his changes incorporated to look over again. If it matters, I had added a clause of maybe three sentences to the document that wasn't in the first version. I've now received another invoice for $60 from the lawyer, charging me for a second review. I didn't expect to get billed again since he was the one who offered to look at it again. Is he justified in billing me for a second review? What should I do if he's not justified?
posted by lillian.elmtree
on Sep 23, 2013 -
I really ought to know how to fix this, but I'm stumped. I copied a table with text from an html page (yes, probably my first mistake) into a Word document. [more inside]
posted by orrnyereg
on Sep 19, 2013 -
I recently saved a document in Microsoft Word. I closed it, and the next time I opened it, it was blank. I figured I had just forgotten to save or done something stupid, so I re-wrote the document and saved it again. I emailed it to myself for good measure. Next time I opened it, it was blank again. I'm very frustrated, and it was an important document that I would like to recover, if possible, without having to re-write it a third time. Has anyone experienced this situation? Can anyone help me recover my document? I'm desperate.
posted by Lee Shore
on Aug 25, 2013 -
I have some large documents that are riddled with errors (I am copy/pasting from PDFs), and correcting each error is prohibitively time consuming. Is there a resource that will autocorrect the entire document in one sweep? Right now it is just a Google Drive document, but I can convert to Word, etc. Thanks for any tips.
posted by Mo' Money Moe Bandy
on Jun 26, 2013 -
What are your opinions on Portable Document Scanners for my Samsung Galaxy III phone?
I am new to the Smartphone crowd and find the descriptions of the scanners available in Google Play lacking. I need to be able to scan old newspapers and other print media of similar quality. I am hoping for sufficient resolution to convert PDF scans to Word in ReadIris Pro 12.
posted by Raybun
on May 2, 2013 -
Is there an integrated system that will let me digitize scraps of paper very quickly? The intended use case would be removing the paper clutter from a busy person's desk. Household uses Linux, Android phones, an iPad and a Mac. [more inside]
posted by themel
on Apr 7, 2013 -
Friend is divorcing a high conflict personality (to put it more than politely). Since he is pro se, he generates a massive amount of emails and motions and false accusations etc. This results in having to collect a huge amount of documentation to be able to say in court "you're lying and here's the proof" [more inside]
posted by anon4now
on Jan 28, 2013 -
How do I prevent OCR on a document (typically a PDF but I could use another document format if necessary)? I know that when I scan it from a hard copy to a PDF I can disable/stop the OCR process, but Adobe allows it to happen on any PDF I scan in, whether OCR was eliminated at scanning or not, and I have to stop that (I have work product I'd like to distribute electronically, but my boss would like to make sure it's not searchable and it's as hard as I can make it to copy).
I can use any software or process within reason.
posted by mrs. taters
on Jan 25, 2013 -
If I'm using Word for Windows, I can double click at the bottom of a page to create one big page. But if I double click at the bottom of a document inside Word on MacOS it opens up the footer prompt. Does Word for Mac have a similar "join pages" feature?
posted by professor plum with a rope
on Jan 12, 2013 -
I have a word document (a functional specification) with a bunch of tables and in these tables every row is a requirement. The tables are often separated by blocks of text (business logic, calculations, screen shots, data modle, etc). Each requirement needs to be numbered. I want every row in every table to be numbered in increments of 10, the numbering continuing from table to table. I don't want to have to do this manually. [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson
on Jan 4, 2013 -
I'm giving a workshop to a group of humanities scholars (historians, philosophers, etc) on how to work with digitized sources that they have collected from various archives. What killer software/apps should I highlight? [more inside]
posted by arco
on Oct 18, 2012 -
Occupy Wall Street held a National Gathering
in Philadelphia which ended this week. There was supposed to be a collectively drafted "blueprint" document emerging from sessions. The last report I could find mentioned that it was still being compiled on July 5. It was supposed to be completed to hand off to a group marching to NYC over the course of this weekend. Does anyone have a link to this document? All I've seen are some painted signs that were used in the process.
posted by Miko
on Jul 6, 2012 -
Tell me about document control for the beginner, without specialist software? [more inside]
posted by b33j
on Jun 23, 2012 -
Cloud based Document Management System (DMS): what is the lastest and greatest (Mid 2012)? [more inside]
posted by Slackjaw37
on Jun 22, 2012 -
I want to make a 70-100 page report look as sleek and professional as possible. It includes text, references, figures, and photos, as well as "call-out boxes" of various sizes (100-500 words, plus 1-2 figures/photos) that need to be set apart from the text in a non-ugly way. Almost like a high school science textbook. I know there are a ton of Word "report templates" online, but I haven't found any that handle this many types of content, and I don't know if Word is really the way to go here. What *is* the way to go? Is there an easily learned, cheap software you would recommend for this?
posted by unknowncommand
on Feb 7, 2012 -
Hivemind: Do you know any respectable/trust-worthy company in North America specialized in document digitizing? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by helloworlditsme
on Jan 19, 2012 -
So I've been tasked to find some sort of 'document repository & tracking system' for use in the non-profit I work for. I could really use your help. [more inside]
posted by mordecai
on Dec 14, 2011 -
Is there a way to make all text at the beginning of a line, preceding a colon, BOLD in Microsoft Word? [more inside]
posted by lovableiago
on Dec 5, 2011 -
I just spent a lot of time writing something and now it is gone. Please please help me. [more inside]
posted by mrfuga0
on Oct 1, 2011 -
Looking for a document clustering application for a one-off search. Would prefer not to code my own. [more inside]
posted by benzenedream
on Aug 5, 2011 -
Do I need to keep the original
paper copy of my "Certificate of Insurance", and other documents? [more inside]
posted by antiquark
on Jun 11, 2011 -
I'm a Mac, my business partner is a PC. We use Dropbox. We are having compatibility issues between Pages and Word. [more inside]
posted by gauche
on Jun 9, 2011 -
How does one create a paper form/survey that can be scanned and have the info mapped to separate data sets? [more inside]
posted by lukeklein
on Mar 23, 2011 -
I work in a school and have made a number of resources of my own for my classes and my department. I would like to upload these to the school's website but I wanted to have them as PDF files where the content was not copyable.
I am currently running Windows 7, Microsoft Office 2010, and Adobe Reader X. I also have the Serif X3 Applications package installed on my machine.
Is what I want achievable with the software I currently have or should I forget the idea?
posted by ndaguiar
on Mar 16, 2011 -
I've found that the practice of tailoring resumes and cover letters (to various jobs in various industries) is a somewhat cumbersome process. I'm looking for ideas and/or software from those who have found an efficient workflow for doing so. [more inside]
posted by hungrysquirrels
on Oct 28, 2010 -
Is it silly or futile to try and convince my university to copyleft (rather than copyright) my Master's thesis? [more inside]
posted by tybeet
on Oct 20, 2010 -
Could anyone identify this antique document written in an unknown script (Kashmiri?) and perhaps comment on its purpose? (Pictures inside) [more inside]
posted by Petromyzon
on Sep 22, 2010 -
Needed: content management/collaboration for a new lab. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by googly
on Sep 10, 2010 -
I need a Digital Camera (Sub-$300) suitable for taking handheld pictures of documents. [more inside]
posted by Benjy
on Jul 7, 2010 -
Where can I find an old US government document? I found a reference to it in the June 1912 Monthly Catalogue of United States Public Documents:
Sabath, A. J. Report amending by substitute H. 23284, to authorize Great Northern Development Company to construct dam across Missisippi River from Scott Countv, Iowa, to Rock Island Countv
, 111. June 14, 1912. 3 p. (H. rp. 891.)
posted by clockworkjoe
on Jul 1, 2010 -
I'm looking for an open-source alternative to SharePoint for a small workgroup. The main thing we need is reasonably robust document management/distribution, but other features (workgroup calendaring, etc.) would be useful. We're using a wiki now to distribute docs and we need better metadata, version control, etc.
The solution needs to run on Linux (ideally). The obvious candidates seem to be Alfresco Community Edition
, but I have zero practical experience using or administering either. Thanks in advance, hive mind, for any tips or advice you can offer.
posted by enrevanche
on Jun 15, 2010 -
What's the best font to use for an approximately 20-page document? I'm applying for something and I need to send in a summary of the proposed project. I would normally use Times but I'm worried it's too cramped—it's really quite squeezed in there compared to other fonts. Is there a better one with a little more space? I feel like it should be common enough to be found on most machines, as I think the application will go in both electronically and on paper.
posted by saltykmurks
on Apr 25, 2010 -
Business document generation: How can I create a document / template system such that I can keep only the "body" of a document in a client's folder on my computer, and use a command or software package that merges that into my latest template design when I want to send it to them as a PDF? [more inside]
posted by circular
on Apr 10, 2010 -
How much does it cost for the city clerk's signature to be verified, on both a marriage license and a marriage certificate, by the county clerk of New York County? I cannot find this information anywhere and I need it for an apostille. [more inside]
posted by mdonley
on Feb 7, 2010 -