This is the third in a new series highlighting best-of-breed utilities. We’ll be covering a wide range of utilities including tools that boost your productivity, help you manage your workflow, and lots more besides. For this article, we’ll put Paperwork under the spotlight.
Paperwork is designed to simplify the management of your paperwork. The software lets you scan or import your documents, and quickly find what you want, wrapped together in a GTK interface.
Paperwork relies on a raft of open source projects for its core functionality. Specifically, it uses SANE/Pyinsane to scan pages (Libinsane is in development which is the successor of Pyinsane). The optical character recognition is fulfilled by Tesseract/Pyocr. Whoosh is used to index and search documents, Simplebayes for label identification, and Pillow/Libpillowfight for image manipulation. Libpoppler provides PDF support.
The software is written in the Python programming language. This is cross-platform software with both Linux and Windows platforms supported.
You can install the software using Flatpak, a technology for building and distributing desktop applications on Linux. Installing with Flatpak means Paperwork will run in a container. You have to ensure the scanning daemon is enabled on the host system, with connection allowed from 127.0.0.1.
The simplest way to install the software is arguably with an unofficial package. There are packages available for Debian / Ubuntu, Fedora, Gentoo, Arch Linux, and other distributions.
The full source code is available too.
Complete list of articles in this series:
|tmux||A terminal multiplexer that offers a massive boost to your workflow|
|lnav||Advanced log file viewer for the small-scale; great for troubleshooting|
|Paperwork||Designed to simplify the management of your paperwork|
|Abricotine||Markdown editor with inline preview functionality|
|mdless||Formatted and highlighted view of Markdown files|
|fkill||Kill processes quick and easy|
|Tusk||An unofficial Evernote client with bags of potential|
|Ulauncher||Sublime application launcher|
|McFly||Navigate through your bash shell history|
|LanguageTool||Style and grammar checker for 30+ languages|
|peco||Simple interactive filtering tool that's remarkably useful|
|Liquid Prompt||Adaptive prompt for Bash & Zsh|
|Ananicy||Shell daemon created to manage processes’ IO and CPU priorities|
|cheat.sh||Community driven unified cheat sheet|
|ripgrep||Recursively search directories for a regex pattern|
|exa||A turbo-charged alternative to the venerable ls command|
|OCRmyPDF||Add OCR text layer to scanned PDFs|
|Watson||Track the time spent on projects|
|fontpreview||Quickly search and preview fonts|
|fd||Wonderful alternative to the venerable find|
|scrcpy||Display and control Android devices|
|duf||Disk usage utility with more polished presentation than the classic df|
|tldr||Simplified and community-driven man pages|
|lsd||Like exa, lsd is a turbo-charged alternative to ls|
|broot||Next gen tree explorer and customizable launcher|
|Deskreen||Live streaming your desktop to a web browser|
|PDF Mix Tool||Perform common editing operations on PDF files|