Review: Paperless is a solid paper-organizer
Posted 03 January 2013 - 05:52 AM
I've always been intrigued by going "paperless" but so far have found it more work than it is worth, due to scanning time, software limitations and the additional effort to create reports. Plus a digital file archive to keep track of.
A few more details would have made the review complete for me:
- a preview of the report table
- file format the receipts & documents are saved as
- file naming and folder structure (or is it some type of proprietary index file ?)
- reading receipt smarts: is it any good at automatically tagging the store and the actual total?
Final note. I would not headline a shipping commercial software product dealing with financial data as solid, when you have had to force-quit the application more than once during basic operation with just a handful of files. That's something that should have been long eliminated in testing.
Posted 03 January 2013 - 07:26 AM
It was an awesome app about 5 years ago, in the age called "BE." (before Evernote.)
I might be wrong, but I don't think Mariner has improved upon the original Document Wallet in any meaningful way since then.
I switched to Evernote to manage my paperless law office about 5 years ago and never looked back.
Evernote does nearly all of what Paperless does, and then some, especially in regard to synching across multiple computers, iPads, iPhones, etc. via the cloud. Tough for Paperless to compete with that in my opinion. Plus, Evernote is virtually free and they are constantly improving it.
Posted 03 January 2013 - 07:50 AM
Posted 03 January 2013 - 08:33 AM
I switched over to Neat's web document management system which allows for input via the iPhone's camera. So now my wife and I can enter in receipts on the go.
Posted 03 January 2013 - 02:44 PM
As usual these reviews leave me scratching my head. INTRO: "..solid paper organizer" VS. CONCLUSION "but glitchy behavior casts a shadow"
Which is it? "But if you can live with that?" (glitchy behavior) - Who can live with "glitchy" when trusting with your personal documents.
The interface is incredibly clunky. Definitely designed by a windows designer fascinated with "Cover Flow" -- but weren't we all?
I don't keep programs (or depend on programs) that require me to Force Quit!!! Good grief. "Solid paper organizer" ??????
I used this product from day one with the previous developer (as receiptWallet) and when Mariner had it for over 18 months with no update, then came out with version 2.0 (charged upgrade) --- it was so full of bugs that it wasn't useable. That was April 2011.
Mariner software completely messed up the product. The company seems to specialize in buying other companies software and repackaging/reselling/bundling the same product with little or no updates. Its a heavy caution to buying anything they sell. To their credit, they refunded my "upgrade" fee because of the poor product.
I've evaluated DevonThink and settled on Evernote -- and never been happier. How can you not love a company who's goal is to be around 100 years and always give you the ability export your data.
If you concerned about privacy, you can store notebooks locally, that contain sensitive info.
Posted 03 January 2013 - 06:53 PM
Posted 04 January 2013 - 12:14 PM
DEVONthink is more expensive, but it's also stable, better thought-out and in active developement. And a database where you save your financials and other sensitive information seems like a really good place to value dependability over price.
If you want to save money, Evernote might be worth a try. I personally prefer to store my sensible stuff at home but a lot of people swear by it.
Posted 04 January 2013 - 12:14 PM
I too use Evernote for ordinary things and Paperless for more personal and archival-type stuff that I don't want propagated to the cloud.
IMO, Paperless is a bit schizophrenic in that it wants to be a contact manager, too, and I can't imagine who would use it as that. Mission creep, I guess—but easy enough to ignore.
Posted 04 January 2013 - 02:54 PM
Evernote's downside (for me) is the proprietary file structure that they use. So if they go bust, I can't get my data. Paperless stores your original files in a standard OS X package. Evernote is also $50 a year for a full account (which you need for a paperless office). Having said that, I use Evernote extensively for other things, like ongoing projects.
DevonThink is an awesome program. The only downside is that you can't easily edit a file date. So if I import a bank statement from 12/1/2012 on 12/18/2012, the latter is the date of the file. And the only way to change it is through a script. They call this a feature, since they have clients who need accurate dating. But for me, it was too cumbersome for my needs. They have an amazing database search, so I use it for journal articles.
I wish one program could do it all. If I had my druthers, it would be Evernote, mostly because of it's cross platform availability.
Posted 04 January 2013 - 03:24 PM
"We worry not only about hackers breaking into their systems, but also the fact that Evernote’s terms of service state that Evernote reserves the right to review or enable third parties to review content stored on their servers. In essence, once you store a note at Evernote, it is no longer completely yours."
site - macnotetakingapps.com/evernote-mac/
NOTE - I do not know if they have changed Terms of Service as this comment appears undated.
Posted 21 January 2013 - 03:05 PM
I also have Evernote installed, and so far, fail to see the comparison between the two. In fact, I would never had made a connection until you brought it up. Still don't think there is one. So, I use both.
I can export anything from Paperless, so I'm not sure why anyone's worried about the product or contents.