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MacNN reviews NeatWorks for Mac 3.0 with tax categories

updated 09:25 pm EDT, Thu April 29, 2010

Software has excellent database, poor OCR

MacNN has reviewed the latest update to Neat's scanning software, NeatWorks for Mac 3.0. The suite scans receipts, business cards and full-sized documents, using intelligent optical character recognition (OCR) to append metadata to the scanned files. The software has a database for tracking trends and printing reports -- Version 3.0 adds tax categories for the U.S. and Canada, with support for individual tax forms. The company has also added Quick Look integration and workflow improvements, such as keyboard shortcuts, blank page removal, better speed, and an improved report interface.

The reviewer found the scanning capabilities to be fast and accurate. The database capabilities were also strong, with good reporting and tax documentation tracking. The Intelligent OCR struggled however, creating a bottleneck between the scanning and database portions of the suite. The reviewer had to make numerous corrections to most of the scans, slowing progress when scanning in hundreds of receipts, as many new users would likely want to do.

NeatWorks 3.0 requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher on an Intel Mac and works with NeatDesk or NeatReceipts scanners and other scanners from HP, Canon and Fujitsu. It is free with the purchase of a Neat scanner, or $80 as standalone software.

by MacNN Staff





  1. rvhernandez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Lots of Bugs...

    They released a half baked product that gets updates every other week. While I commend them for continuing to make updates (um bug fixes), it seems they aren't listening to their users.

    Go look at the forum posts on their site and you'll see what I am talking about. Things like not being able to turn off fields in the data input area that has a UI that looks like you can turn them off. For example why should I have to see the field for GST/HST and PST/QST? That stuff just gets in my way.

    Hope they fix it soon.

  1. cschmelz

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Neat 3.0 and Intel

    Actually everyone seems to say that Neatworks 3.0 only runs on Intel, but it runs just FINE on my older dual 2.0ghz Powermac G5....

    Maybe a tad bit slow, but runs fine.

  1. facebook_Roman

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    Joined: Apr 2011


    Horribly Unstable :(

    NeatWorks is at version 3.5 now and it's still practically unusable. I made a short video review, hope somebody finds it useful:

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