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Lose the notebook?

Made a joyful career change and now work in recruitment. My new job requires logging of all interactions into a CRM. I also have a paper notebook. Things go into the paper notes but do not always end up on the computer. I estimate I am not accounting for 40% of what I could get credit for. I think that the notebook being an actual book matters. I have started setting appointments to remind myself of mundane activities, but that is not enough. Has anyone abolished taking written notes in pursuit of putting everything onto a computer? What has kept you going?
posted by parmanparman on Apr 28, 2014 - 10 answers

Help me go paperless

My work requires a lot of printing and reviewing large documents. It's not that easy to do this outside an office environment, and I want to get better at doing it onscreen -- looking for hardware/software recommendations and just general tips. [more inside]
posted by pete_22 on Jan 31, 2014 - 15 answers

The paperless life, on Linux

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 - 10 answers

Paper management software with OCR

I've got a Scansnap printer and I'm ready to go paperless -- but I need the right Mac software to manage my scanned documents. None of the options I've found seem quite right. [more inside]
posted by yankeefog on Sep 4, 2012 - 6 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

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

Scanning records to PDF. What to keep in paper?

I'm scanning my financial records to PDF with my new Fujitsu ScanSnap. (So wonderful.) Are there things I should keep in paper form, other than, say, my car title and social security card? What about my past tax returns? [more inside]
posted by raf on Jan 15, 2011 - 10 answers

Just email them already. Jeez.

Looking for a PDF printer (or similar file printer) that can be used to print from remote locations. [more inside]
posted by dozo on Sep 28, 2010 - 7 answers

Help me wrangle PDFs

I'm trying to go paperless, and have scanned and OCR'd huge stacks of paperwork into PDF documents. Can you recommend a tool to split, merge, delete pages etc from PDFs? [more inside]
posted by blacksky on Jul 2, 2010 - 9 answers

How can I best transfer all of my paper to the cloud and make it searchable?

How can I best transfer all of my paper to the cloud and make it searchable? [more inside]
posted by allfortheBoss on Jun 16, 2010 - 7 answers

Going Paperless and need a Document Imaging Service

What document imaging company do you recommend that is user-friendly, cheap, and secure? [more inside]
posted by Merlin144 on Dec 25, 2009 - 6 answers

Papers, please.

For purposes of "going paperless", when is an electronic, scanned copy of a document NOT enough? In other words, in what situations will a paper original of a document be required? [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit on Aug 21, 2009 - 18 answers

Looking to go paperless but afraid to shred everything.

I'm looking to digitise all of my documents or as many as possible, but am slightly weary about shredding everything what sorts of documents should i keep original paper copies of and which should I digitise? I ask because I don't want to end up in a sticky legal situation where I would require the original paper copy. [more inside]
posted by Chamunks on Apr 10, 2009 - 6 answers

How do I seek and destroy image-only PDF's?

Is there Mac-based software available that will search my entire hard drive or designated folders for image-only PDF files (have not been OCR'ed) and then automatically run OCR (using Acrobat Pro or whatever) and override the original file with a searchable version? [more inside]
posted by randex8 on Dec 16, 2008 - 4 answers

Can a Canon PIXMA MP610 do the same thing as a Fujitsu ScanSnap s510?

My wife just won a Canon PIXMA MP610 printer/scanner. (We have not received it yet.) Can this machine do the paper-digitizing magic of a Fujitsu ScanSnap s510 scanner? Perhaps with additional software? If not, exactly what is it we'd be missing?
posted by winston on Oct 14, 2008 - 7 answers

Recommendation for a cheap second-hand scanner

Trying to go paperless, what cheap, second-hand scanner would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by V-Turn on May 28, 2008 - 5 answers

Going paperless; need a scanner!

I would like to go completely paperless. In order to accomplish this, I'll need an excellent bulk-feed scanner to turn all of my received bills and other important pieces of paper into searchable PDFs. Which scanners should I consider? [more inside]
posted by killdevil on May 1, 2008 - 16 answers

Scanning Legal Sized Docs?

I want to scan all my important papers, including documents which are on legal sized (long) paper. I have a Canon MP830 scanner and while the glass for scanning is the size or regular notebook paper, I thought I would be able to scan in the legal sized document from the automatic document feeder. So far, no go - all my PDF copies are only notebook sized copies. Any suggestions?
posted by cmh0150 on Apr 20, 2008 - 11 answers

I want to rid my life of needless paper, what do I HAVE to keep?

So my office is overrun with old bills, receipts, letters, etc and I'm sick of it. I want to scan what I can, keep what I must, and throw away the rest. What items should I store in their original paper format and what are ok to scan?
posted by jeff_w_welch on Dec 7, 2006 - 4 answers

What reader will allow me to highlite PDFs?

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I do my best to not print out PDF documents and I realized that I could reduce my printing to almost zero if I had a PDF reader that would let me hilite and save hilites and add my own notes. Acrobat Reader doesn't seem to do this.

What readers can do this? I prefer linux or MacOSX but I do have a laptop that can boot Windows.
posted by substrate on Aug 27, 2004 - 10 answers

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