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Trying to organize the family archive box...

Mu aunt has agreed to store all my grandpa's old photos and documents, if someone else can 'do something with it' first. That someone is me. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Apr 18, 2014 - 5 answers

 

I want to compare documents

Does publicly available software exist that lets me overlay two documents and see how they differ from each other?
posted by CollectiveMind on Feb 19, 2014 - 17 answers

Preserving Old Documents 101

I have inherited a box of old photos and documents from my grandfather's house. Not sure what/how to best share and preserve them. [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Jan 5, 2014 - 7 answers

sweet jeebus i want to stop explaining this

Soooo...my name is Siobhan. However, the typist for my birth certificate spelled it Siobahn, which means my legal name is misspelled. It's not an alternate spelling, like Suzanne/Susanne. It's just wrong. I called Vital Statistics in PA and the woman there said I have to pay for a name change via a lawyer. I explained it was a typo, not a name change. Am I looking at several hundred bucks to fix this or is there something else I can do? I use the correct spelling for everything except legal stuff and bills. It's just getting to be annoying and I want to get this fixed the cheapest way possible. [more inside]
posted by sio42 on Dec 27, 2013 - 24 answers

Looking for a replacement for Googledocs

O hai! I'm a Google avoider. I've managed to not use Gmail, and to stop using Google as a search engine. I do have a Google account, but I use a separate browser to log into that, and log out and close the browser when I'm done. My online Google-avoiding life would be complete if only I could find a good replacement for Googledocs, preferrably free. [more inside]
posted by Too-Ticky on Sep 12, 2013 - 8 answers

State Constitutions Website

I've made a website to make it easier to access state constitutions. Help me figure out how to reach the people who will be most interested.
posted by CollectiveMind on Sep 10, 2013 - 6 answers

How do I get mildew smell/mildew out of paper?

Our firesafe and everything in it smells like mildew. I'm not exactly sure why, I'm not seeing visible signs of mold. But I know a few older documents went in there smelling musty. It's gross, and many of the documents are important stuff that would be difficult/expensive and in some cases impossible to replace. So what can I do? [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Aug 13, 2013 - 7 answers

scanner with document feeder, b/w images encoded as GIF or PNG or equiv.

I need to scan a bunch of documents that are mostly simple black/white or grayscale text, lines, etc. I'm probably going to just buy a sheet-fed scanner, and I'd like recommendations for that. I'm hoping for a solution that will automatically generate PDFs with the included scanned images encoded as GIFs or PNGs or similar, since they will mostly be black/white or grayscale, which compresses much more cleanly with these formats. [more inside]
posted by amtho on Aug 12, 2013 - 16 answers

Apostille for a physically damaged diploma

So I need to get an apostille or attestation for a university diploma as a condition for a residency permit for a job overseas. A fedex employee just tore the diploma in half. Is it still legally valid? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Aug 2, 2013 - 36 answers

Paying for Public Documents by the Government

Is there any research on people who pay for publicly available documents that are bound and sold by the government, not third parties? I was fascinated that when the 911 Commission issued it's report, it flew off the shelves when it was bound and sold by the GPO even though the same report was also fully available online. I'm also not referring to services provided by USSearch or KnowX. I mean, I guess, anything produced by the Government Printing Office that is for sale as a bound document (since they are also public documents), but is also available for free online. I would think if people could repackage and sell publicly available documents, that would open a whole world of new publishing opportunities.
posted by CollectiveMind on May 26, 2013 - 5 answers

Archival Digital Texts

I have inherited my grandmother's writings. I'm scanning them, doing OCR and in some cases retyping them so that I can have them digitized. I'd like to know, is there a format for text that is best for archival purposes? I was thinking of .rtf, since so many applications can open it. Is it considered "archival quality"?
posted by dylan_k on May 6, 2013 - 15 answers

A good document scanner for business and tax docs?

Dear collective intelligence that lives inside my web browser: I'm looking for a good document scanning and organization solution for my business. Tax docs are getting lost. Bills are getting overlooked. It's a mess. I'm a digital person and sheets of paper just get totally ignored/lost. I use Evernote a little bit, and they recommend the SnapScan line of scanners from Fujitsu. Which look pretty decent. Portable is nice. Anyway, does anyone have any such experiences/recommendations they'd like to share. Thanks!
posted by chasing on Apr 10, 2013 - 18 answers

Moving to SSD, moving iTunes, overthinking beans

I am adding an SSD as a boot drive in my Mac Pro. I am comfortable installing it, and intend to clone the existing boot drive onto it with SuperDuper! However, I'm confused about how and WHEN to move my documents, iTunes library, etc. in the process. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Apr 4, 2013 - 4 answers

Turn off Google Drive Preview "Feature"

Google Drive (formerly Google Docs) has just unveiled a new "feature," that makes Google Drive open most files in a "preview" mode when you click on them, instead of just opening the file for editing/saving/etc. I would like to turn this "feature" off so that my files actually open. How can I do this? [more inside]
posted by decathecting on Feb 28, 2013 - 7 answers

How do I create a legal agreement in Hungary?

I need to draw up an agreement that would be legally enforceable in Hungary. The catch is, the circumstances of all parties (and witnesses) signing it are such that meeting at a notary's will be very impossible. Would a document signed by both parties and two witnesses be considered legally binding in Hungary? Great thanks in advance.
posted by Dee Xtrovert on Jan 31, 2013 - 2 answers

Organize my exhibits!

I'm looking for the smallest, most streamlined way to hold 15-20 documents that each have a plastic report cover (similar to this.) [more inside]
posted by frizzle on Jan 31, 2013 - 6 answers

Why is WORD inserting a whole new line when I type an apostrophe?

Why is WORD inserting an extra line every time I type an apostrophe? [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Jan 25, 2013 - 10 answers

No really, must I keep my 3rd grade diploma?

I have boxes of neatly organized crap! I would like to upload as much as possible to "the cloud" thus freeing up space in the basement for the kitteh olympics. I need recommendations! [more inside]
posted by Ruthless Bunny on Nov 16, 2012 - 3 answers

Not so much to ask, really

So, I got myself an Android tablet, specifically for DnD nerdery. Now I've got some specific desires for pdf and spreadsheet programs - but am having a hell of a time tracking down apps that can what I want. Are these things really that hard to do in Jelly Bean? [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon on Nov 4, 2012 - 6 answers

Scanning many old, thin pages

I have inherited a 1,000+ pages of my grandmother's writings. I would like to scan them, OCR them and (after fixing OCR mistakes) share them with the rest of my family online. My question is this: what's the best way to scan so many pages? Also, I should point out that many of the pages are on thin typing paper. Maybe this is carbon paper? or onion skin paper? I'm not sure but I don't want to damage the originals. [more inside]
posted by dylan_k on Oct 5, 2012 - 15 answers

Need an electronic filing cabinet.

I'm getting a scanner. I would keep my personal files electronically. Is Evernote Premium pretty much my option, or is there some other less expensive alternative I can use if I don't need cloud storage? [more inside]
posted by gracedissolved on Sep 1, 2012 - 12 answers

Is there a secure online filing cabinet application?

Is there a filing cabinet app that is: secure, online, stable, metasearchable, user-friendly, and cross-platform? [more inside]
posted by babbageboole on Jun 11, 2012 - 6 answers

Bring back the .doc

I am getting the following error when trying to save in .doc format in Microsoft Word 2011 for Mac (v. 14.2.0): "the save failed due to out of memory or disk space". I can open .docs, but can only save as .docx. This happens with brand new documents and old ones. [more inside]
posted by DiscourseMarker on May 9, 2012 - 18 answers

Going paperless at home. Need a software to organize all digital documents

I am going paperless at home and I need some program that will take care of digitized stuff with tagging. [more inside]
posted by zaxour on Apr 10, 2012 - 12 answers

How to manage the schedule and preparation for a very busy public official.

Can you help solve a public official's staff project management woes? [more inside]
posted by metamush on Apr 2, 2012 - 7 answers

Options to replace Google Documents

Options to replace Google Documents? [more inside]
posted by Flood on Feb 14, 2012 - 9 answers

Word 2004 to Word 2011

Switching from Word for Mac 2004 to Word for Mac 2011. Formatting and compatibility issues. Really truly clueless. Help? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Jan 18, 2012 - 12 answers

How to digitize my life?

Digitizing just about everything: anyone done it before? Pitfalls? [more inside]
posted by stenoboy on Dec 17, 2011 - 11 answers

iPod touch offline tips please

What is the easiest way to dump and or sync a directory (or two) of documents to my iPod Touch (v4?) 32Gb iOS 5.0.1 for access when offline. I want to use my iPod Touch as my sole computing device when travelling abroad and was hoping there was a way to dump a bunch of data onto it. pdfs, txt files, .docs, pngs, jpgs, travel details, notes, reading material etc. Generally I wont' have Wi-Fi access so I want offline apps / offline storage tips. [more inside]
posted by mary8nne on Dec 11, 2011 - 13 answers

Help me find the best PDF management software for a Pd.D researcher

Looking for the absolute best and (preferably) easiest way to manage thousands of PDFs as part of dissertation research. [more inside]
posted by arco on Nov 14, 2011 - 18 answers

Does an elegant solution for editing documents in Track Changes exist?

I'm looking for well-designed word processing software that lets me edit documents in Track Changes and is compatible with MS Word. Does it exist or am I dreaming? [more inside]
posted by scrm on Nov 7, 2011 - 5 answers

Historical documents online?

My company got lucky and we're working on a web site for an amazing historical society, showcasing a ton of documents from their collection. Do you have any examples of how historical documents are being showcased online? Do you have any suggestions for what they don't do that you wish they would? [more inside]
posted by o2b on Sep 8, 2011 - 19 answers

Legal wizards: How do I find out if these divorce papers are real?

Legal wizards: How do I find out if these divorce papers are real? [more inside]
posted by tamagogirl on Aug 17, 2011 - 17 answers

Best apps for saving and editing word docs on iPad?

I am looking for an app for my iPad that allows me to save word documents from the Internet, open them and edit them preferably with a handwriting ability, on the iPad without having to filter them through googledocs or convert them to PDFs. I am basically looking to eliminate having to go through another normal computer from the process so that I can download, view and edit my class note outlines right in class on my iPad. Any app suggestions? I am willing to invest a bit of money in an app if it does what I want.
posted by RampantFerret on Aug 16, 2011 - 6 answers

What's a good way to package professional documents?

What are some creative, yet professional ways to present documents to clients? [more inside]
posted by arveale on Jul 12, 2011 - 4 answers

LaTeX for SOPs?

Resources for learning LaTeX templating for SOPs? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Jul 7, 2011 - 10 answers

Choice Notifications for Google?

In Google documents, how can I have my boss alerted when it needs to be viewed? He has an android phone and uses google mail coupled with Mac os X and mac applications. He has his gmail open all day and always has his phone with him. [more inside]
posted by JJkiss on Jul 1, 2011 - 3 answers

Thanks to my boss's beanplating, I am getting an iPad, suckers!

Is making documents for an iPad really that hard? [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants on Jun 30, 2011 - 23 answers

Where are the policies for language ed in the EU?

How do I find policies that are actually in use, not future or the past? Specifically: How can I find EU actually-in-use policies (and if possible, if it's actually happening on the ground) in regards to second language education. [more inside]
posted by titanium_geek on Jun 4, 2011 - 2 answers

How would I scrape a Google Doc into a webpage?

How would I pull in content from a Google Docs spreadsheet onto a web page? [more inside]
posted by special-k on May 24, 2011 - 2 answers

How to save scan doc. on ipad/iphone?

Is there an app for the iphone and ipad that will let me store all my scanned documents? Thanks
posted by Noodles on Apr 7, 2011 - 16 answers

Redoing work with less time and fewer resources, on his own time. Should he do it?

Asking for a friend: He is a security manager. The client told him to document post orders, but they wouldn't provide him with the resources to do them. He did them on his own computer. Then, his hard drive failed. (A bit of a long story inside.) [more inside]
posted by methroach on Mar 8, 2011 - 5 answers

Recommendations for Windows backup software?

Recommendations for Windows backup software? [more inside]
posted by Pruitt-Igoe on Dec 17, 2010 - 3 answers

Making a graph with null data or text in Google Spreadsheet

Google Documents changed the way it handles chart data and now I can't make a simple graph. [more inside]
posted by Gandhi Knoxville on Nov 3, 2010 - 6 answers

Will Obama "not signing" H.R. 3808 keep it from becoming law?

Will Obama "not signing" H.R. 3808 keep it from becoming law? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on Oct 7, 2010 - 22 answers

pdf wtf imho

I want to read pdfs on my iphone, but unless the pdf was created with larger than normal text, it's generally too small to read. They don't use the available space efficiently and there is often large margins that could have been used to enlarge the font. Here are some shots of what I'm talking about. I've read that epub is the format I am looking for but haven't been able to find my pdfs as epubs (the books I get are mostly textbooks or from small authors that sell their books on their own sites (like Smashing Magazine), not through e\retailers who may have multiple formats), and converting via online services or desktop apps like Calibre have not been successful, especially for large documents... [more inside]
posted by dozo on Sep 14, 2010 - 5 answers

Is it legal to copy legal documents?

Unless specified against so, is it legal to copy other people's legal documents (work contract, websites' disclaimer, terms of use, etc) for my own use? I want to copy parts of other people's legal documents to create a customized version for my own business.
posted by bbxx on Sep 4, 2010 - 9 answers

What's the best way to learn about formatting documents?

What's the best way to learn about formatting documents? [more inside]
posted by forallmankind on Aug 23, 2010 - 10 answers

How to automate tracking changes to legislation and U.S. Code?

Jobhack/automation filter: Please help me track legislation and its proposed changes to the U.S. Code. [more inside]
posted by jalexc on Aug 6, 2010 - 3 answers

What's the best way to print 300 pages worth of documents?

What's the best way to print 300 pages worth of documents? (Said documents are currently PDFs.) [more inside]
posted by aloysius on the mixing boards on Jul 28, 2010 - 18 answers

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