Self-contained device scans direct to cloud
Honed in as we are on productivity technologies, the notion of an autonomous, cloud-connected scanner piqued our interest. Neat's NeatConnect arrived on our doorstep just a short time ago, and now Electronista is taking a first look at the hardware, as well as the device's setup process, to see if it's as useful a tool as it has been billed to be. Early indications point to "yes."
Version 3.5 ads improved 3rd-party scanner support
The Neat Company has released an update to its Mac scanning software, NeatWorks for Mac v3.5. The software works with both of the company's scanners, the NeatDesk for Mac and the mobile NeatReceipts for Mac. The scanning software uses optical character recognition and parsing technology to scan information on receipts, business cards and documents, then extracts data to create expense reports, complete tax forms, add to contact lists and track spending. The v3.5 update adds more income tax support, with a new tax report function that rolls up tax-deductible expenses by category. It also offers improved export to Turbo Tax, Excel and Numbers.
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.