Talking Paperless Strategies at School of Decorating

Today Abby and I are over at School of Decorating talking about our paperless lifestyle. Jackie asked some great questions during the interview that a lot of you may be thinking as well. Watch the full interview below: With the new school year just around the corner there's no better time than now to go paperless! ... Read More →

The 3 Best Ways to Send Kindle Highlights to Evernote

  The ability to highlight text with my finger is one of my favorite Kindle features. These highlights are then neatly organized in my personal account for future reference. I use these highlights to find relevant quotes and refresh my memory on the content of books I've read in the past. Because I use Evernote as my personal digital filing cabinet, it would nice to also have access my Kindle highlights in a dedicated ... Read More →

Software Options for Digital Document Management

I’ve already gone through the positives and negatives of using software solutions to organize your digital documents. Once you’ve concluded that software document management has too many advantages to ignore when it comes to a paperless lifestyle, the next step is choosing a software solution. I’ll say upfront that Evernote is my software solution of choice and has been for many years. The purpose of this article isn’t a full review of the many ... Read More →

Nested Folders Versus Software for Paperless Document Management

Among people considering adopting a paperless lifestyle I'm often asked, “Should I store my converted digital documents in folders on my hard drive, or should I use some type of software solution like Evernote?" When planning to go paperless, this is your first decision. I’ll be upfront and say that I’ve been using Evernote as my exclusive digital filing cabinet for over four years but I’ll try to be as unbiased as possible when discussing the ... Read More →

Brother ADS-1500W Scanner Review: Useful Scanner With Crippling Software?

The ADS-1500W is the first Brother Scanner I’ve used and my test left me with some strong opinions about its usefulness in maintaining a paperless lifestyle with Evernote. You can’t beat the price — roughly $200 for a scanner of similar size and better advertised features than the $260 Fujitsu Scansnap S1300i. As I was pulling the ADS-1500W out of the box I was most excited about the 20 page document feeder and WiFi capabilities. But after ... Read More →

7 Strategies to Future-Proof Your Digital Life

One of the reasons some people are hesitant to adopt a paperless lifestyle is because they fear the potential data loss associated with a hard drive failure or some other mishap. Or they worry they’ll press the wrong button in Evernote and their entire digital life will be instantly deleted and lost forever. These are legitimate concerns only if you haven’t take steps to safeguard you data in the event of a computer crash, flood, fire, or even ... Read More →

4 Ways to Keep Your Data Safe in Evernote

In June of 2014, Evernote and a few other web services were hit with DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks. The attackers tried to overwhelm the Evernote servers by targeting them with an unnatural amount of data. Evernote had to to fight off over 100 gigabits per second of unwanted traffic. ... Read More →

Epson Workforce DS 560 Review: Capable But Uninspiring Network Scanner?

When I first took the Epson Workforce DS-560 Scanner out of the box I couldn’t help but notice the strong resemblance to the excellent Fujitsu Scansnap iX500. I’m assuming Epson looked closely at the iX500 when designing their DS-560. It’s not a bad scanner, but it feels a little “me too” and not particularly innovative. Unlike the NeatConnect Scanner, I wouldn’t cringe if someone used the Workforce DS-560, but there are only very specific ... Read More →

How to Get Your Stuff Into Evernote: 14 Time-Saving Strategies

Evernote makes it easy to add things to your digital filing cabinet, but before you start dumping in information, make sure you have your default Notebook setup. For me that's my "Inbox" Notebook. As you  become comfortable with Evernote over time, you’ll find yourself adding all sorts of things -- I’ve snapped pictures of my drivers license, insurance cards, and added all of that information to Evernote for quick retrieval. I scan my kids ... Read More →

Scannable by Evernote: This App Has Changed My Paperless Workflow!

Evernote recently released Scannable, a standalone document scanning app for the iPhone. The scanning function built directly into the iOS Evernote app isn’t particularly speedy and I found that unless the lighting was perfect the image quality was no where near what I could obtain from my Scansnap. For this reason I rarely did any "iPhone scanning". As with everything that Evernote releases, I decided to try Scannable to see if it could ... Read More →

NeatConnect Scanner Review: Overpriced and Gimmicky?

Over the years as I’ve written about the process of going paperless and scanner selection in particular, I’ve been asked about the “Neat” family of scanners. The company makes three scanners -- NeatReceipts, NeatDesk, and their newest scanner, NeatConnect. After testing the NeatConnect scanner and the integrated NeatCloud file management software, my advice is to stay away. We'll talk about why in a minute but I can understand why this model ... Read More →

Fujitsu Scansnap iX500 Review: Best Scanner Option for a Home-Based Paperless Lifestyle?

The Fujitsu Scansnap iX500 is the scanner I wish I used on a daily basis. I was fortunate to extensively review the scanner and as much as I was tempted, I still haven’t upgraded from my Scansnap S1300i. The iX500 is Fujitsu’s top model in the Scansnap line and can be found on Amazon in the $420 price range. Even though it is substantially larger than my very-portable S1300i, I like the iX500 design better. It just has a more modern feel to ... Read More →