By David Sparks

  • Release Date : 2012-04-23
  • Genre : Internet
  • FIle Size : 1162.31 MB
Score: 4.5
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Paperless 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.


  • Redundant as of 2016

    By Meatuss
    Perhaps helpful for people who are computer illiterate but, far too simple for anyone with a basic working knowledge of computers. It may have been more effective in 2012 however, as of 2016 all of this information and much more is available on the internet for free if one looks for it. Complete waste of $10.
  • Excellent

    By Occam_razor
    David has truly embraced the iBook Author format and made a terrific 'book' that is a great resource for any thinking about going paperless!
  • Brilliant!!!

    By phumes
    This iBook is simply brilliant. It has been a very long time since I have actually started reading a book and actually finished it. I could not put this book down. I absolutely loved the format it was laid out in and the use of videos to illustrate his examples was perfect. The delivery of the content was a perfect blend of text, images and videos. The content itself was very well organise and thoroughly researched. Loved it. Now that I've finished the book, I'm still referring back to it for examples. Excellent book. Buy it. You won't regret it.
  • First Class

    By adiinoo
    I don't write reviews. Just lazy I guess but I had to for this. Well done on this work. This iBook is more than just about scanning paper documents into PDF. It is more than just about file management. It is also about automating the whole process. But it is about more than just that too. It is about automating many aspects of your normal computing. I had never heard of Hazel before and Automator scared me. Now I see the light. This book is about getting your computer to do more computing for you. A big time saver. Highly recommended.
  • Well thought out and written

    By Jaste
    David has written a comprehensive practical guide to going paperless. The book is well laid out and the screen casts (videos) included help put it all together. I'd rate this book slightly ahead of the Take Control book on the same subject.
  • Gorgeous!

    By nomad_penguin
    Just fabulous. Well crafted. Love the book and MPU. Keep it up! Looking forward to more great field guides. Hazel? :)
  • An author who knows his stuff

    By jety
    Highly recommend this book as well as the author's podcast Mac Power Users. David fully uses the interactive capacity of the ibook - demonstrations are extremely helpful.
  • Awesome stuff

    By DJH-93
    Really useful information in here. An absolute bargain at $5!
  • Two Reasons

    By OzRose
    Two reasons you should buy this book. 1 David is a great teacher. Mellow relaxed style and very knowledgeable. 2 Experience the awesomeness of the iBook Author thing. Amazing way to read a story or learn new skills. Not to put any pressure but can't wait for the next Dave. :-)
  • Very helpful

    By JosephSL
    Heard about this book from the MacPowerUsers podcast. I have been looking for a way of getting set up with a paperless office but having difficulties. This book was really helpful to crystallise my ideas and make it happen. Very readable and entertaining. I would highly recommend it.