“On Wednesday, when the sky is blue,
and I have nothing else to do,
I sometimes wonder if it’s true
That who is what and what is who.”
– Winnie the Pooh
Our childhood hero Winnie lives his life to the fullest. Friends, honey, adventure, poems… Winnie has it all. But, being what he is, an animated unemployed teddy bear living in a fairytale, Winnie doesn’t know what real struggle is – Wednesday at work.
Some 50 years ago, offices were packed with shelves, cabinets, and folders containing all sorts of paper documents.
As businesses grew, so did their needs for:
- physical storage space
- people to handle document creation, archiving, and retrieval
- expenses for maintenance and equipment
Workflows regarding document management became a nightmare with an ever-growing hunger for more resources.
Then, personal computers (PCs) entered the stage and made professionals dream of the time when all the documents will be created, stored, and searched digitally. In hopes of a more productive and automated office of the future, that dream was named “paperless office”.
Fast forward to present times–technology advanced greatly, but paper is still around. However, wondering why modern offices didn’t succeed in ditching the paper completely is a wrong question to ask. That’s because the term paperless office is often surrounded by a lot of myths and misconceptions.
Let’s see what things most people automatically assume when they think about the paperless office concept and why they are actually not true.
A Brief History
The Bates Numbering Machine (also known as the Bates Stamper) was invented in the late 19th century by Edwin G. Bates. Mr. Bates had one objective in mind – to simplify and increase the effectiveness of document identification and information retrieval.
Back in the old days, this was a manual process. Each page had to be hand stamped with the Bates Stamper in order to index the page with a four-digit sequence. Fortunately, with the transition from paper to electronic documents, this manual method was phased out. Now, thanks to the rise of technology, documents can be “stamped” with Able2Extract.
Definition & Usage
Bates Numbering, also known as Bates Stamping, is an indexing method used for legal, business and medical documents (PDFs in most cases). Bates Numbers are perceived as digital reference points used to uniquely identify and label each page in a set of documents.
Typical MS Excel spreadsheet data appears in form of a table which consists of multiple columns and rows. Such tables can have millions of data cells, finding any significant meaning in them can be a Sisyphean task. If your daily job requires you to analyze and summarize key business metrics from huge data sets, information overload is inevitable.
How do you work around that? The most effective way is to use Excel Pivot Tables – a summarizing tool that can greatly simplify the process of refining your data and display results in a succinct and clear way. Continue reading
Another year has gone by and here at Investintech, we can proudly look back at 2017. Able2Extract Professional 12 was successfully released on December 6th after a year of hard work and commitment to delivering the best possible PDF productivity tool. All-around improvements and new features were steps in the right direction according to the feedback we’ve been getting from users all around the world.
That being said, the work is never over when you’re in the technology business. Exciting new possibilities and ideas are constantly emerging and you can bet that we’re on the lookout for those that can help us make yet another great piece of PDF productivity software in 2018.
While we are trying to find out how we can make Able2Extract even better, we’re inevitably getting a good sense of technological innovations that are emerging on the horizon. That’s why there’s no better time than the beginning of the year to make some educated guesses on what to expect when it comes to the impact and change technology will have on our lives.
2018 certainly promises to bring the biggest tech improvements and opportunities for individuals as well as companies that will drive that change forward.