Paperless Office Workspace with filePOD™ and Adobe Document Cloud

The goal to achieve the paperless office has been around for some time now.

by Nino Vidovic

FilePod and Adobe Acrobat DC tools – simple, yet powerful solution for your paperless office


For years now, companies have been aiming to achieve the coveted “paperless office”. In such an office, you can easily store documents, e.g., reports, faxes, invoices, letters, etc. digitally on a local disk and in cloud storage, eliminating the need for cumbersome paper documents and their associated bulky storage.

Once you begin implementing a paperless office, you can improve your speed, security, accuracy, and ease of document search and retrieval. As an additional bonus, you ultimately eliminate the need for additional physical storage space for your physical files.

The idea that paper could be removed entirely from the everyday work-life is still somewhat illusory. Nevertheless, the concept continues to draw the attention of technology companies, and productivity minded people. It is debatable if the entirely digital workflow is achievable. However, technologies already exist to enable a seamless and efficient digital workflow. Those could offer considerable cost-saving and efficiency increases to the most business of any size: SOHO, SMB to very large enterprises.

The good news is, there are affordable technologies available today, such as filePod™ personal pocket-cloud storage device, Adobe Acrobat DC desktop applications, and Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Scan mobile apps.

Here we will illustrate one way you can implement your own paperless personal digital workspace.

What is FilePod™ for Adobe Document Cloud

What is filePod™?

FilePod is your programmable, miniature, mobile, personal pocket-cloud storage device. It also works as an own WebDAV server and can connect to many devices such as desktops, laptops, tablets, smartphones, and many other networked devices such as Multi-Functional Printers (MFP).

FilePod synchronizes all your content across many cloud storage services and systems and makes it locally accessible from any of your personal devices

Furthermore, FilePod™ securely connects to numerous cloud storage services, both public (i.e., Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, and MS OneDrive) and private (i.e., SharePoint, NextCloud) and any other WebDAV compliant storage via SSL or private VPN connection.

FilePod™is smart on its own but can become even more intelligent by downloading additional applications from its private Appstore. FilePod™ supports different categories of applications such as file sync and share, security, and VPN client apps.

What is Adobe Acrobat Document Cloud?

Millions of organizations around the world are relying on Acrobat Document Cloud (DC) to create and edit smart PDFs, convert PDFs to other formats (e.g., Microsoft Office), and do so much more. When you are on the go, and you need to collaborate with your co-workers, technology, or business partners in other locations, Acrobat DC can make it happen.

Adobe Document Cloud brings an all-digital document experience to any size business

Whether you are individual consultant, SOHO, SMB, or a large enterprise, it is a good chance you have collaborators spread across the remote locations as well as across multiple screens. Adobe Acrobat DC, Adobe Sign, and other apps assure that projects and businesses can execute in a distributed and multi-device world.

Adobe has numerous applications for processing PDF document

Whether in the office or on the go, collaboration with colleagues and clients is easy. Acrobat DC enables viewing, reviewing, signing of your PDF documents and helps you track and manage digital document workflows.

Acrobat Reader mobile app has all the tools you need to view, annotate, sign, and share PDFs on the go. With Acrobat Pro DC, you can create, export, organize, and combine as well as edit PDFs on tablets and smartphones.

Going Paperless with filePod and Adobe Acrobat Document Cloud

Meet the User

Janney has been searching for a better way to manage digital documents workflow and get rid of the physical papers in her workspace. She wants to scan her bills, travel receipts, contracts, NDAs and other important documents, to clean her desk. Ideally, she would like to scan all her papers with a scanner that can deliver the scanned files directly into a folder. She also wants to be able to search all documents by type, sender or date and sort by name and category.

Overall, the most important objective would be to index the files sent from a printer/scanner, thereby saving time when searching for something. She hopes to reduce the clutter in her workspace and at the same time protecting the environment.

Getting started with filePod

Since this is her first time using the filePod, Janney needs to insert an SD card[1] and then connect the filePod with her laptop using the supplied USB cable. On her computer, in Chrome, she punches following URL

filePod setup is convenient and easy

NOTE: For the first-time users – watch the GETTING STARTED video on the main page.

After connecting to the local office WiFi router and registering her account on the FilePod™, she is ready to log in and do the work.

It’s important to point out that filePod™ also functions as a secure “tunnel” into the Internet; no more worrying about snooping and prying “cyber eyes” – she is safely connected to all your Internet services. Best of all, she does not need to configure anything on her laptop, tablet, or smartphone. There is no additional software to download and install. There are no new applications to set or update regularly. The FilePod™ is now doing all the hard work.

Configuring Adobe Document Cloud and other Cloud Storage accounts

FilePod enables you to connect to many cloud storages accounts (e.g., Dropbox, Google Drive, MS OneDrive).

Janney’s company is using Google Drive as the company’s primary cloud file sync and share storage service. Some of her external team members are also using Dropbox.

In addition, Janney has a personal account on Adobe Acrobat Document Cloud.

After performing simple ‘add cloud-storage account‘ procedure, she adds both of her Google Drive and Dropbox accounts to filePod.

Simple way to add as many cloud storage accounts as you want

NOTE: In filePod adding cloud storage account is a simple and straightforward procedure: select cloud storage service, login into your account, select what content you wish to synchronize and accept those settings. (See video ‘How to add cloud storage account’ on website).

With that, her basic setup[2] is now complete, and she can start using FilePod™ as if it is an ordinary USB-attached device.  To her laptop, tablet, or smartphone, filePod ™ appears as an attached disk drive.

Using filePod as a USB drive

There are two ways to access files on FilePod’s SD card. One way is using the standard USB Mass Storage Mode. The other way is to use a built-in WebDAV server.  In both cases you can access the SD card using your computer’s standard native file manager application.

Popular desktop operating systems like Windows, Mac, and Linux have built-in WebDAV support, so you don’t need any third-party software. For example, on a macOS X computer, in Finder, filePod will show as a mounted network drive “”. There you can browse its content, download, upload, copy, paste, delete, edit and save files directly from the Finder window into the FilePod’s SD card. 

Conveniently access all files on filePod’s SD card as locally attached disk

This makes it extremely simple to work with all of your files whether they are stored in Dropbox, Google Drive or Adobe Acrobat Document Cloud.  All files are also stored and accessed locally in filePod.

Using Finder application, Janney creates “MFP SCANS” directory on filePod’s SD card where she wants to put all the MFP scanned documents.

All scanned documents are located in directory “MFP SCANS

She can also organize her directories so that all the documents end-up automatically synchronized (i.e., backed-up) into cloud storage service of her choice  e.g. Google Drive.

Accessing filePod from Acrobat DC application

To process newly scanned files in filePod, Jenny is using Adobe Acrobat DC application on her MacBook Air laptop.

NOTE:  In Adobe Acrobat, select “My Computer” and browse  directory  hierarchy to /Volumes/ SCANS directory.

Access all your filePod files directly from Acrobat DC

Converting paper documents to PDF

So if you receive lots of paper documents and don’t have their electronic originals, you can use the MFP’s scanner feature to create digital versions. MFP devices, which can scan bulk documents, will helpfully scan both sides of multiple sheets simultaneously and combine them into a single digital document.

To start, first, connect filePod™ to your office local network or the Internet. The easiest way is to connect filePod™ to the office’s internal WiFi access point. 

From MFP scan your documents directly into filePod for digital processing

She loads a stack of paper containing multiple documents into the MFP tray and enters her filePod address, user login information and presses scan.

After the MFP is done scanning, the scanned document is uploaded and now appears as one large file in your “MFP SCANS” directory.  From her laptop, she opens a Finder window, navigates to “” mounted network drive, and goes to “MFP SCANS” where she finds the newly uploaded file.

NOTE: When she is on the go, she uses the Adobe Scan app to scan documents from her mobile device and synchronize with her Creative Cloud account. These “scanned” images appear in her Adobe Document Cloud account in directory “Adobe Scan”.

Processing and organizing scanned documents with Adobe Acrobat Tools

Adobe Acrobat has rich set of tools for processing and organizing all of your digital documents.  Adobe Acrobat tools allows you to:

  • Create and edit pdfs
  • Convert to other formats
  • Create forms
  • Process signatures
  • Share and review
  • Collaborate and comment
Acrobat has rich set of PDF file processing tools

Convert scans to editable text.

Having scanned her paper copies, she uses Acrobat DC’s Enhance Scans feature to convert the content into searchable text. She can then export to plain text or Word documents if she needs to do more work.

There she can use Adobe Acrobat DC application to open the file and then “cut” it and save it as individual files in any of the directories e.g., invoices, contracts, NDAs, expenses, payroll stubs, tax return.

Create electronic forms.

Some of the documents that contain forms can be converted into digitally fillable forms using Acrobat DC’s form wizard. Use it to add text fields, multiple choice options, check boxes, radio buttons and more to PDFs which can then be completed and returned using Acrobat Reader for free.

Collaborate and comment

She can also use Acrobat Pro, Acrobat Reader or the Adobe Acrobat Reader to collaborate with colleagues to add comments, drawings, images and even audio.

Store and share PDFs

To access files in Acrobat Document Cloud, Jenny launches Adobe Acrobat DC application on her MacBook Air laptop and login into her Adobe DC account.

In Adobe Document Cloud she has two directories: “Adobe Scan” contains all the scans done uploaded from her mobile phone. She has also created new directory “My filePod Documents” which contains all the PDF documents she is working on.

Adobe Scan directory holds all your scanned documents done by Adobe mobile app

She stores her digital documents online through her Adobe DC storage account or on any other cloud services such as DropBox and Google Drive. She can then share them with the rest of the team.


Using filePod and Adobe Acrobat Document Cloud you are one step closer to achieving paperless office.


Why paperless office and how



[1] FilePod™ supports high-capacity SDXC cards up to 2TB, and Jenny is starting with SanDisk 512GB.

[2] For details on how to configure more features check out the “How to section” and videos on the FilePod™ website (

Multi-Functional Printers together with filePOD’s RPA bots Makes a Simple Way to Digitize Paper Documents

More and more businesses are using Multi Functional Printers (MFP) to scan a large number of paper documents into digital documents format ready for further processing. Use FilePod RPA imBOT apps as your Digital Worker Assistant to scan, analyze, process and manage digital documents.


More and more businesses are using Multi Functional Printers (MFP) to scan a large number of paper documents into digital documents format ready for further processing. In many cases, scanned i.e. digital documents are just “pushed” into various public cloud storage systems such as Dropbox or Microsoft OneDrive or sent directly to another cloud-based application/service for further processing (e.g. SAP or ECM). 

To facilitate these conversion MFP manufacturers have implemented a number of “connector” applications which connect MFP to a cloud service (e.g. Dropbox). A user of MFP first needs to download, install and configure such “connector” applications for each individual cloud service.  Then to use it a standard procedure is for a user to login into an account on a cloud storage service from MFP’s LCD screen, then scan a document which will be then sent to corresponding destination account with the cloud storage provider. If there are a number of documents that need to be sent to different locations than this process needs to be repeated for each destination account over and over again.

The better approach is for the user to use its own personal filePod device. In this scenario, the user would use MFP’s standard WebDAV connector to login into filePod as WebDAV server. All scanned documents would then be sent to the user’s filePod. A great new feature of FilePod is the ability to execute different Robotic Process Automation (RPA) imBOT applications which can scan, analyze, process and redirect each digital document to an appropriate destination. In this use case, each human can have his/her own digital worker assistants capable of performing a number of different functions.

Meet the User: Enzo is an Owner of a Small Business and wants to have a Paperless Office

Hi, my name is Enzo. I ran a small business.  I have been searching for a good way to manage papers in our office. Over the years our small office became even smaller due to piles of boxes with all sort of paper documents. I want to scan my letters, bills for guarantees, and important documents to reclaim more physical space in my office.

So, what do I want?

I want to scan all papers with a scanner which can send or put the scanned files into a folder. I would like to be able to index all of the pdf files. I also want to be able to automatically sorts all letters by sender or datum, and for bills by retention period for the guarantees.

The main important thing is, to index files sent from a printer/scanner. I think everyone wants to index their physical letters and save time when searching for something.

I hope I can reduce the amount of paper and protect the environment and of course save a lot of space in my own office.

So How is Enzo Going to do it? – Simple, by Using filePod’s RPM imBOTs

To start using filePod, Enzo will first connect it to his office local network where his old and tired MFP is quietly sitting in the corner. To do this he will simply connect his filePod to the office internal WiFi access point.  

Now you are asking: What in the world is filePod?

FilePod is your programmable, miniature, mobile, personal pocket cloud storage device. It is also a personal WebDAV server. filePod can connect to a number of devices such as desktops, laptops, tablets, smartphones, MFPs, and many other networked devices.

FilePod can also securely connect to numerous cloud storage services both public such as Dropbox, Box, Google Drive and MS OneDrive and private storage services such as SharePoint and any other WebDAV compliant storage via SSL or private VPN connection.

FilePod is smart but can become even smarter by simply downloading applications from its private Appstore. FilePod supports different categories of applications such as file sync and share, security and VPN client and, what is most important for Enzo, RPA imBOT[1] apps.

But wait: What are these RPA imBOTs?

RPA stands for Robotic Process Automation.

RPA software utilizes bots to automate routine tasks within software applications normally performed by a company’s employees. These products are used to save time and eliminate the need for humans to conduct time-consuming, repetitive, and tedious tasks. RPA can be used to automate labor-intensive workflow, infrastructure or a back-office process. These software bots can interact with an in-house application, website, user portal, etc.

The RPA is a software program which runs on an end user’s pc, laptop or mobile device. It is a sequence of commands which are executed by bots under some defined set of business rules.

A bot (short for “robot”) is a program that operates as an agent for a user or another program or simulates a human activity. “Bots” are configurable software set up to perform the tasks you assign and control.

There are even intelligent bots that can learn. So when you show your bots what to do, they will learn and do the work. They can interact with any system or application in the same way humans do.

FilePod and RPA

FilePod system is a programmable and extensible platform. It can be used for many purposes and can be configured from a single function device to a multi-functional, multi-purpose system. Extensibility comes from its unique dual-OS runtime and its private Appstore.  Dual-OS runtime is based on Linux and Android environments which can run filePod Android plugin applications as well as Docker containerized applications.

filePod RPA system consists of the main RPA Engine application and number of bot applications called imBOTs.  imBOT is the type of a bot that runs on the micro-edge appliances, usually mobile devices or end-points such as filePod.

To activate robotic process automation functionality user needs to download RPA Engine application.  Once RPA Engine is installed user would download appropriate imBOT application from the Appstore.

There are whole kind of imBOTs. Here are some:

  • imBOT FileSplitter, is a bot which splits large file into number of small files based on the page count
  • imBOT FileSticher, is a bot which analyze two files to determine if the files belong to same logical document and then puts them together
  • imBOT   FormFinder, is a bot which analyze file and determines if the file contains form type document, any type of the form
  • imBOT InvoiceFinder, is a bot which analyze file to determine if the document is invoice type document
  • imBOT LegalFinder, is a bot which analyze file to determine if the document is legal document
  • imBOT NameGiver, is a bot which analyze file to determine the title and renames file based on the document title
  • imBOT TimeStamper, is a bot which analyze file to determine when the document was issued and assign the date to the file
  • imBOT ContractFinder, is a bot which analyze file and determines if the file contains contract type document, any type of the contract

filePOD RPA system is open system that enables anyone to develop imBOT applications. These 3rd party imBOTs could be uploaded to the Appstore as community contributions, free of charge, or could be sold for profit sharing.

Now that I know what I need about filePod and RPA imBOTs I am ready, so let’s do it!

First let’s Enzo setup his filePodTM.

Since this is his first time using the FilePodTM, he needs to insert an SD card[2]  then connect the FilePodTM with his personal laptop using supplied USB cable or the magnetic USB cable. On his laptop, in Chrome, he punches following URL

NOTE: For the first time users – watch the Getting Started video on the main page.

Click on the drop-down menu to select your local office WiFi router. This would also connect to the Internet. Register your account on the FilePodTM by entering your email and a unique password. Now log in using your new user id and password credentials.

Once you are logged in, follow a simple procedure to add as many cloud storage accounts (e.g. Dropbox, Google Drive, MS OneDrive etc.) that you want to be synchronized with your FilePodTM and your basic setup[3]  is now complete.

Now that everything is nicely configured, you can start using FilePodTM just as you would any other ordinary USB-attached device.  Whether the FilePodTM is connected to your laptop, your tablet or your smartphone, FilePodTM looks like an attached USB drive.

At the same time, it is also a secure “tunnel” into the Internet, no more worrying about snooping and prying “cyber eyes” – you are safely connected to all Internet services.  Best of all, there is nothing to do on your laptop, tablet or smartphone.  You have no additional software to download and install.  There are no new applications to configure or update regularly. All the hard work is now being done by the FilePodTM.

Using filePod as USB drive

There are two ways to access files on FilePodTM ‘s SD card. One way is using standard USB Mass Storage Mode.  The other way is to use a built-in WebDAV server.   

Here, we will show how to access files using the WebDAV server. Note that when using the WebDAV approach, you can access the SD card from your host computer using native file manager applications (e.g. macOS Finder or Microsoft Windows Explorer) while FilePodTM’s 2-way-sync applications (e.g. Dropbox and Google Drive) can be accessing the SD card simultaneously.

To use WebDAV to access files on the FilePodTM ‘s SD card you don’t need any third-party software. Popular desktop operating systems like Windows, Mac, and Linux can all do this out-of-the-box. For example, on macOS users can do file management out-of-the-box with the Finder, a native file manager.

MacOS has built-in WebDAV support. On your macOS X computer, start the Finder application.  Open the Finder, click the Go menu, select Connect to Server to see the Connect to Server dialog then type your filePod’s address. For example, to connect to the FilePodTM’s built-in WebDAV server you’d enter 

FilePodTM will show as a mounted “network drive” and you are now able to browse its contents, download, upload, copy, paste, delete, edit and save files directly from the Finder window into the FilePodTM’s SD card.

Enzo decided to create “My Scanned Documents” directory.  That is where he wants to put all the scanned documents.

Now, let’s login to MFP and do some scanning

Use MFP’s LCD display to locate WebDAV application and then when asked, sign into your filePod. On the screen that appears, you enter the username, password, and address associated with your filePodTM

Once logged in, the application’s Home screen will appear, displaying your filePodTM’s folders and files. By tapping on or swiping the files and folders listed, you can access additional functionality. You can also tap on the scroll bar or finger swipe the screen to scroll through folders and files.


To scan a document into a folder, do the following:

  1. Choose a folder to scan e.g. “My Scanned Documents” by tapping on a folder listed on the left-hand side of the screen
  2. Tap on the Upload icon. The File Upload pop-up screen will appear
  3. On this screen, you can do the following:
    • Specify a name for the uploaded file in the File Name field.
    • Choose scan settings:
      • File Type. Swipe or tap on the arrow button to choose from a list of supported file types (PDF, Compact PDF, TIFF).
      • Resolution
      • Color (Color or black/white)
      • Density
      • One-sided / Two-sided
      • Rotation
  4. Tap on the SCAN button when you are done.
  5. The uploaded file will appear in the filePod’s “My Scanned Documents” folder once the scan/upload operation is complete.

Manual Processing of Scanned Document

Scanning documents is laborious and long drawn process. You essentially have two options:

So Enzo has decided and he is going with second option. After some time, after scanned document is uploaded and is now showing as one big file in his “My Scanned Documents” directory, he will go and on his laptop open new Finder Window, navigate to “”  mounted network drive and in “My Scanned Document” find newly uploaded  file.

There he can use Adobe Acrobat or Apple Preview to open the file and then “cut” it  and save it as individual files in any of the directories he chooses  e.g. Invoices, contracts,  NDAs, Travel Expenses, payroll stubs, tax return etc.

You can also organize your directories so that all the documents end up automatically synchronized (i.e. backed-up) into your favorite cloud storage service under one or more accounts

FilePod also allows you to create encrypted volts where you can deposit sensitive documents.  These volts can be also stored in cloud storage account and service of your choosing.

Using filePod’s RPA imBOTs to Process Scanned Documents

Initially Enzo just wants to separate that one big scanned file into number of files, where each file contains only one document. So he will download RPA Engine first and then FileSplitter and FileSticher imBOTs.

While filePod ARP system is doing his job he will think about the document categories and how to set directory structure. Then he will have more imBOTs to help him sort it out.


[1] RPA imBOT is filePodTM’s Robotic Process Automation intelligent mobile BOT  plugin application

[2] FilePodTM supports high-capacity SDXC cards up to 2TB, and Enzo is starting with SanDisk 512GB.

[3] For details on how to configure more features check out the “How to section” and videos on the FilePodTM website (