The world has been talking about going paperless over the last few years in an attempt to reduce the strain that we are placing on the environment with all of our waste. Recycling efforts have helped reduce environmental damage but thanks to the simple but effective Paperless app, iPhone and iPod touch users can now do their bit to help save the planet and reduce personal clutter in the process. Paperless is intended to allow us to scan and save receipts in one central location, which means users don’t need to carry wallets full of paper-based proof around with them.

First and foremost, this app definitely sounds like a creation that has been developed to scratch a personal itch, but a lot of great mobile apps are born from the developers having a need for things themselves. Besides, when creating something that you would use yourself, the likelihood is that a lot more care and effort is placed into crafting the best possible experience. Paperless comes with a simple feature set that centers purely around capturing an image of the paper-based receipt and saving it to the device alongside a certain set of information.

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From a user point-of-view; the receipt simply needs to be scanned into the app using the device’s camera and then have a monetary amount that equates to the value of the scanned receipt entered along with it. Additional information, like the location where the receipt was issued, the date and any names involved are also captured and then displayed in a very easy to understand tabled format for quick recollection and viewing.

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Invoking the camera, setting a location and adding the date are all single press actions that make using Paperless extremely fast and efficient. Selecting a receipt from the table will drill-down and give details of that individual entry as well as a vector-based map of the location using Apple’s new map tiles that are included with MapKit as part of the iOS 6 SDK. To finish the Paperless app off, users can also share the saved receipts on a number of forums using the native iOS 6 sharing sheet. Mail, Twitter, Facebook, Evernote and Dropbox are just a few of the sharing and saving methods available.

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Paperless is available as a $1.99 download and is compatible with the iPhone and iPod touch running iOS 6.0 or above.

(Source: Paperless for iPhone and iPod touch on the App Store)

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