Paperless

For the past year, I have been getting rid of paper to archive everything — from receipts to medical bills or business cards, everything — digitally, securely, online. In doing so, I found David Sparks’ Mac Power Users a great resource to learn more about apps and workflows I can use on my Mac and iPad to capture, organize, and archive documents I may need again someday. For the past few weeks, I have especially enjoyed using Scanner Pro on my iPad in combination with a Doxie Go for “bigger” documents and Notability, which is a fine app that lets me annotate webpages and documents and save them into Evernote. On the iPad, I keep a plethora of apps to work with PDFs, but my most used ones remain PDF Expert, PDFPen, and GoodReader.

This week, David published his first book about going paperless, aptly named The MacSparky Paperless Field Guide. Put simply, if you’re planning on removing paper from your life or you’re even slightly interested in this whole idea of digitalizing bits of paper, David’s book is the guide you need to achieve a state-of-the-art system. I have been reading the book, and it’s full of tips and broad recommendations to illustrate how you can capture documents, the apps you can use (both on OS X and iOS), and the best techniques you can rely on to future-proof your PDFs. I have already discovered a couple of new apps thanks to David’s book.

Even better, Paperless has been entirely built using iBooks Author, and it shows: it’s not exactly a “book” as much as it’s an interactive guide with support for two iPad orientations (with different layouts), image galleries, contextual menus, over an hour and a half of screencasts, and iBooks Author’s fancy touch-based navigation. This is the future of independent publishing.

Paperless is only $4.99 on the iBookstore.