Document Management

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by DougJrS, Dec 19, 2005.

  1. DougJrS macrumors regular

    Mar 21, 2004
    Kansas City
    I am looking for some kind of document management software. I would like to be able to scan all my bills and reciepts and then shread the paper ones.

    I have searched online and found lots of PC programs that let you scan a document then make some "comments" on it and the program saves it. (Comments like "December 2005 Amex bill.")

    Anyone have a suggestion for this?

  2. iSaint macrumors 603


    May 26, 2004
    South Mississippi y'all, near the water!
    One step is to sign up for online billing for some services, and online statements for your bank accounts. That will save a few trees.

    Were any of what you found available for Mac?
  3. DougJrS thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 21, 2004
    Kansas City
    Good Idea

    I do have online billing for most things. (Actually my Amex bill is already a PDF and I do not get a paper copy.)

    I have yet to find a Mac version of really anykind of PC type document management software.

  4. Le Big Mac macrumors 68020

    Le Big Mac

    Jan 7, 2003
    Washington, DC
    Why not just scan your bills and receipts on a flattop scanner, and then name the documents appropriately or dump them in the right folder?

    I don't know what any software will do better--you'll still have to type something in. The scanning is what will take the time anyway.
  5. Chef Medeski macrumors 6502a

    Chef Medeski

    Jun 14, 2005
    New York, NY
    I thought this is built into OS X?

    Just in Finder Click "Get Info" and then under comments put in whatever you want. Then in Spotlight search for it.

    BAM!!! No Mac application needed.
  6. bgd macrumors regular

    Aug 30, 2005
    I do this.

    I use a Canon scanner which scans straight to a PDF file. I rename the file to something meaningful along with the date, e.g. Gas20051220.pdf, and file in a directory for the year.

    At the start of each year I create a new directory. And with spotlight I can find any doc I need.

    It only works if I scan mail as it arrives. If I let it build up then it won't happen.
  7. blodwyn macrumors 65816

    Jul 28, 2004
    Portland, Oregon
    I agree that standardizing on a PDF format by scanning or printing is the way to go. PDF will be around for a long time and so is somewhat better than relying on a proprietary format that may not survive. This does not stop you from using programs like StickyBrain and DevonThink to reference your collection of PDFs, and I think Acrobat used to have an indexing and search tool that could search an archive of PDF documents.
  8. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604


    Sep 8, 2002
    The Netherlands

    Totally OT...

    But I loved
    Wasn't there an app in the System 6 or 7 days called "Save a Tree" which had the purpose to fill more text on pages, resulting in fewer pages needed to be printed for a document? (so cute... :D )

    EDIT: Yes!! You can still download it! SaveATree (4th from bottom)

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