Paperless for Mac

Paperless for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
2.5
out of 14 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.3.3
  • Total Downloads:
    4,132
  • Date Added:
    October 11, 2014
  • File Size:
    43.8MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    5
  • Operating Systems:
    Mac OS X 10.6/10.7/10.8/10.9

Editors' Review

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Paperless for Mac is designed to organize and manage all of your documents, receipts, and other important paperwork and PDFs in a single interface, and it does a decent job of it. While the setup process can be a bit involved and we experienced some slowdowns when importing files, the organizational tools provided by Paperless make it a great central storage solution on your Mac for all of the stray documents you scan on a regular basis.

The installation process for Paperless can be extensive as it installs libraries, imports files, and requests access to various resources on your computer. Once done, however, the app should be ready to use for any scanning, importing, or document management and organization on your machine. The interface is clean and very reminiscent of other Apple libraries with cover shots of all of your PDFs in a single, searchable space. You can add a new document by scanning it with your scanner, use OCR to recognize and extract text from a document, or create new folders to organize your documents in special categories. Because the library processes everything separately from your Mac, the import process and opening a file for the first time can be slow, so the use of Paperless can be frustrating the first few times through, but once your library is set it's a solid replacement for Finder-level organization.

If you have a lot of documents lying around, scans all over your computer, or receipts you'd like to digitize, consider downloading Paperless for Mac. The speed can be frustrating at first, but as a receipt and document organization tool, it does a fine job.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Paperless for Mac 2.3.1.

 
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User Reviews
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1 stars

"crashes while importing second item on a run"

October 08, 2013  |  By tschenk

 |  Version: Paperless 2.3

Pros

looks nice

Cons

absolutely useless program.
If importing a second PDF-file in the same session of program it freezes. Running Paperless 2.3 on OSX Snow Leopard.
Just arrange your Paperless files yourself on your Mac or use Kindle, Calibre or other apps, which run stable.

Worst program ever on my Mac!

Summary

Because crashing regularly, even free version is to (time)expensive!

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1 stars

"Failure to Evolve (and work)"

September 02, 2013  |  By kobeguy

 |  Version: Paperless 2.3

Pros

Nope - just a few good memories of a once great program

Cons

Unreliable - that's the bottom line. I used this app extensively in 2007, and together with the fabulous ScanSnap, it made short work of digitalizing & organizing every paper I had filed away in my office - literally thousands of pages. This was all good for a year or two, but then problems started showing up - random crashes, confusing interface, a feature set that just seems dated & clunky compared to competitors. Worst of all, though - many pdfs became corrupted and unrecoverable after editing/adding to files within the program. Yes, the original files were trashed, and showed up as blank pages even when opened with Adobe or Preview. I've used just about every database file organizer available for the Mac, and have NEVER had a corrupted file as a result of using the program. Corrupted files are the unpardonable sin for this kind of app.

Summary

After trying the latest update, I'm giving up. I've wasted far too much time on a program that used to be cool, but now..., and I seriously wish it didn't:(

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1 stars

"Mariner's Albatross is scanning dross"

February 05, 2013  |  By spadloGrimes

 |  Version: Paperless 2.2

Pros

ummmmm - helps you work on anger management techniques (?)

Cons

too numerous to list
NO reliable OCR
"support" that asks for screen shots, open ports, reports of your entire set up - EVERY time you ask for help
Funky auto-complete

Summary

If you want to try to run Paperless from Mariner - be prepared to do so in a vacuum. The software is incompatible with many routine backup processes. In order to simply scan it needs specific, non-TWAIN scanners and it gags if not shut down 'properly.'

Add to this the wackiest auto-complete / auto-correct known to man and you have a recipe for frustration called Paperless.
If you do succeed in scanning your documents you will have to invoke special powers to ever see them again. I am fairly confident that pdfs exist of my receipts and bills but I have to recall where the originals are each time I need to retrieve something and go in through the Mac Finder to get them.
If you need documents to support loan applications or tax filing - or if you just want to preserve little Johnny's finger paintings - try a different application.
Mariner's Paperless with set you adrift without a rudder on windless seas, alone and forlorn.

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2 stars

"as intuitive as a rock"

June 29, 2012  |  By greg clootz

 |  Version: Paperless 2.1.2

Pros

scans and organizes

Cons

everything is manual. does not auto fill any information as advertised. every version gets worse.

Summary

this program is way more frustration than it should be. is not intuitive and does not do what it claims. find something else!

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3 stars

"Nice program that needs a little work"

April 10, 2011  |  By gonkulator

 |  Version: Paperless 1.3

Pros

Very user friendly and intuitive. A very handy product

Cons

SLOW customer support. Most importantly, needs to work with Dropbox or otherwise allow multi-user access

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1 stars

"Terrible software."

April 07, 2011  |  By whiskeyperm75

 |  Version: Paperless 1.3

Pros

Neat icon.

Cons

Bare bones, missing so many utilities, crashes often and no way to properly organize by sub-categories with totals.

Summary

I have iPad apps more powerful than this for a fraction of the cost. AVOID.

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5 stars

"Awesome application, best of it's kind."

February 23, 2011  |  By donperreault

 |  Version: Paperless 1.3

Pros

I love that Paperless has 1000's of merchants it can match up your receipts with and accepts numerous document types. Very stable application, I spent several hours adding, editing, deleting and scanning documents without one crash.

Cons

I honestly haven't found any cons yet.

Summary

I've been using iDocument for several months. It helped keep my documents in order but did not support many document types, it also crashed frequently when scanning. I have Cf and had a lung transplant on 12/12/09 and desperately needed something to keep my documents organized where I could find them easily without searching through drawers of medical bills, medical history and lastly my collection notices from the hospital.

Yesterday, I received an email from Mariner Software announcing the new version of Paperless 2.0. I never new Paperless existed, even though I am on their mailing list. I downloaded Paperless to give it a try. I was very surprised at how many document types it supported, as a matter of fact it accepted every document I threw at it. It even supports Safari webarchives, PDF and HTML from directly within Safari. For me this is very handy when viewing credit card statements and my online banking.

With Paperless 2.0 you can track any data with the ability to customize the fields. Hundreds of merchants are included to save time when adding receipts because Paperless is already set up for the included merchants.

I spent all afternoon transferring my documents from iDocument to Paperless 2.0, adding, deleting, editing and scanning. Not once did Paperless crash, document was crashing about every other scan. I am amazed at how it takes each document an analyzes the content using text recognition and fills in the fields with the amount due and the date due. You can scan a multi-page bill/document and combine it into one document.

For organizing you can add tags, categories and even sub-categories for easy finding. Paperless 2.0 also supports collections and smart folders that allow you to mix and match your criteria for easy finding of your documents.

After using iDocument I really am amazed at the detail and features found in Paperless 2. I did not use Paperless 1 but for me Paperless 2.0 is a no brainer. And for those using version 1.0, I think $25.00 is a steal for Paperless 2.0. I hate to criticize iDocument like I just have but for the same price Paperless 2.0 is so far ahead of iDocument that it would be foolish not to go with Paperless 2.0 and with a 30 day money back guarantee how can you go wrong?

I am giving it 5 stars right down the line because I can't find a single feature I need that it doesn't have and after iDocument crashing so much, it is a pleasure to work with an application that doesn't crash.

BTW: I am not affiliated with Mariner Software in any way. When I love an application I like to spread the word to other Mac enthusiasts like myself. Give iBank 4.0 a try, it is the best financial application for the Mac.

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2 stars

"Document storage app. Scan, store, organize and search."

September 27, 2010  |  By r_vaessen

 |  Version: Paperless 1.3

Pros

I like the 'Cover Flow' display, the QuickLook integration, and the organizational capabilities.

Cons

I cannot get this application to quit without implicitly going to the app and selecting quit from the file menu. Tested numerous quit methods (over ten), and for some reason Paperless will only quit from file quit or CTRL-Q.

Summary

Until they fix this issue (not quitting on log-out, restart, shutdown), I will not pay for any additional updates/upgrades. Troubleshooting efforts seem limited to case-by-case 'software conflict' basis, instead of coding a solution that leverages the 'quit' options that 'do' work. Marinersoftware thinks that this is a TWAIN/Scanner issue, but they're treating it like an individual user issue.

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1 stars

"Crashed right out of the gate"

September 14, 2010  |  By k1d3q9n0

 |  Version: Paperless 1.3

Pros

Paperless installed fine, right up to the software license agreement...

Cons

Paperless *crashed* as soon as I agreed to the software license. I got the crash dump message the instant I clicked agree.

Summary

I need reliable functioning OCR software (better than Adobe Acrobat 9). Paperless didn't fill that need for me!

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2 stars

"Bare Bones Scan and Organize Application"

August 25, 2010  |  By Jeff Weber

 |  Version: Paperless 1.3

Pros

Handy for scanning all your receipts and paper documents and putting them into a database for easy searching.

Cons

Has some logistical issues with the user interface. Separate windows for receipts and for all other documents is too arbitrary and limiting. There is no way to edit smart collections once they have been created.

Summary

Needs a redesigned user interface. Price is too steep for the minimal functionality provided.

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General
Publisher Mariner Software
Publisher web site http://www.marinersoftware.com/
Release Date October 11, 2014
Date Added October 11, 2014
Version 2.3.3
Category
Category Productivity Software
Subcategory Personal Finance Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.9, Mac OS X 10.6, Mac OS X 10.7, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 43.8MB
File Name UNKNOWN
Popularity
Total Downloads 4,132
Downloads Last Week 5
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 30 DAY TRIAL
Price $49.95

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