NeatDesk Desktop Scanner and Digital Filing System- Macintosh

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NeatDesk Desktop Scanner and Digital Filing System- Macintosh

NeatDesk Desktop Scanner and Digital Filing System- Macintosh

  • Transform paper into information that works
  • Automatically extracts key information from scanned receipts; can export to Quicken, Excel, and pdf
  • Scans are IRS-accepted digital copies, making tax preparation a snap
  • Scan up to 10 receipts, 10 business cards and 10 documents at once or a single, 50 page document
  • Developed for OS X to look and feel like the applications you use every day

You’ve got information trapped on paper. We’ve got the key. Because when your information is free, so are you free to store it, organize it, even edit and reuse it. Whatever works for you. NeatDesk for Mac is a desktop scanner and digital filing system that lets you scan and organize receipts, business cards and documents. Neat’s patented technology identifies and extracts the important information and automatically organizes it for you. Transform receipts into expense reports, business cards into Address Book contacts, and create searchable PDF files from any document. You can even export information to PDF, Quicken and Excel. NeatDesk for Mac lets you manage the paper at home, at work and on the go.

The individual unit dimensions 10.8”W x 7.5”D x 7.3”H & Weight 4.4 lbs The package unit dimensions 12.4 x 8.9 x 8.9 inches & 7.2 lbs

List Price: $ 499.95

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  1. 5,297 of 5,343 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Concept But A Few Fatal Flaws, June 26, 2009
    By 
    Nathan Jones (Houston, TX USA) –
    (REAL NAME)
      

    I purchased a NeatDesk scanner awhile ago to answer a growing need at home for more robust scanning. I’m one of those people that needs to have everything neatly filed away even though I will probably never see it again. I also religiously enter all my personal receipts and track my personal finances in detail. This seemed the perfect product to answer both needs.

    I was used to the Fujitsu ScanSnap S510 that I have at work, but in addition to an arm they also wanted a leg. The price of the NeatDesk is substantially less (about 40% for what I paid), and the promotional material for the scanning software was really sexy. So I clicked buy.

    After a few days, my conclusion is that although it could be an outstanding product with a couple of tweaks, it’s just not ready for primetime. This may be the case of a small company working on tight margins with a product that got too big too fast. It remains to be seen whether or not they can keep up with their new-found popularity.

    Here’s the dirt:

    Hardware:

    Good Stuff
    – Attractive design.
    – You can click the hardware “Scan” button all day, but you don’t have to file your scans until you want to.

    Bad Stuff
    – No adjustable paper guide. Unless you hold it as it’s sucked in, every single document is crooked.
    – Not enough paper support. Creased documents (like a bill) flop back and aren’t grabbed properly.
    – I found the slot for receipts and documents to not match any receipt or document I had… Nice slot for business cards though.
    – The output tray is not attached to the scanner body. Huh?
    – It came with the grim spectre of having to clean and calibrate your scanner. You don’t have to clean or calibrate the ScanSnap, although the ScanSnap does include “consumables”, so maybe it’s a tie.

    Software:

    Good Stuff
    – Recognizes dates, subtotal, sales tax, and credit card used. This alone almost makes the product an overall winner and definitely put it on top for scanning receipts.
    – As mentioned above, you don’t have to file away your scans until you want to.
    – Extremely fast search.
    – It’s pretty–yeah, that’s important.

    Bad Stuff
    – Always takes the scan from the front but from the sheet in the back, which may be more intuitive for the beginner, but also means that a stack of double-sided sheets will go into the software backwards (page 2, 1, 4, 3, etc.) so you’ll have to sort your document before and after scanning. Maybe I just haven’t figured this one out, but it does seem like they emphasis multiple single-page documents vs. one multiple-page document.
    * UPDATE: I figured out that you have to put the document in face up and everything is scanned in from the last page to the front. Your physical document will come out sorted, and the software will reverse the order of the scanned pages for you so the electronic document is correct.
    – Does not auto-rotate to fix crooked problem caused by not having adjustable paper guides.
    – Does not do auto-color detection–it’s either all black-and-white or all color and you must choose. Those “Scan” and “PDF” buttons on the front are great, but you have to go into the Quick Scan application to set up how everything will be scanned first, defeating the convenience.
    – Viewing the documents that are in the library is difficult. Should have a simple hand-tool for dragging and allow multiple documents to be open at one time.
    – Moving data around the library is laborious.
    – Software installs SQL Server Express, which takes up system resources and at least for me causes the program to not want to start up (try again message a couple of times before starting). Sure the search results come back very quickly, but at what cost? As a developer, I actually already had SQL Server Express installed, but it went ahead and installed another instance… Not very nice.
    – Lots of opportunities to categorize data, but searching for the categories is difficult. For example, to see what you marked for follow up click “Advanced Search”, click “Looking at…” and select “Action Type”, click “Selected in the List”, click and check box that says “Follow Up”. It’s more work finding out what’s marked “follow up” than to actually follow up.
    – The heavy emphasis is on recording receipts for expenses that will be reimbursed by your employer or be tax deductible. So what happens when I have a pay stub for consulting work? I have to file it as a document where I can’t tag it’s dollar amount, can’t tag it as 1099 income, and it can’t be exported to Quicken. That’s one of the main reasons I got the scanner.
    – Categories for receipts are very limited. Need a split? You’ll have to do it yourself when you get to Quicken if you can remember what the receipt was for. Sales tax is always exported as an…

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  2. 1,185 of 1,220 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Amazing Organization Tool, November 4, 2008
    By 
    R. Toro “Tech Junkie” (Tampa, FL United States) –
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    (REAL NAME)
      

    I went to the store looking for the Neat Receipts scanner, and I came across this new product. I could not be more happy for buying it! I had 4 years worth of credit card and bank statements piled up in boxes, and with this scanner system I was able to scan them and organize them on my computer in less than a day (I’m talking hundreds of pages).

    I have absolutely no complaints on this (other than the price, which is high, but it is a new product and it will come down).

    The scanner can read 2 sided documents and scan both sides, in color! And it does it fast.

    It also reads receipts and business cards and extracts the information from them (such as what store the receipt is from, how much total was, how much tax was, date of transaction, etc…) The best part about this feature is that it lets you edit the information (sometimes necessary if the receipt was very worn or wrinkled.

    The software is extremely easy to use and very powerful. A great feature about the scanner/software is that you can load a bunch of pages and start scanning them. While they scan you can work on filing other documents. Once the pages are scanned they go into a sort of “inbox” where they wait for you to look at them and decide where to file them.

    The two sided, color scanning is great and very fast. Another convenient feature the program has is the ability to combine several pages into one document. All you do is click on the different pages while holding down control and click combine … and you have one file for a multi page document!

    All the files you scan into the program are searchable, so you can enter a search term and it will bring up all the documents (or receipts or business cards, depending on which section you are searching in). Very handy to search back on when you bought something…

    Another great feature for those that do not receive paper statements is the pdf import feature! If you get your statements from online, you can still import the file into the program (as if you had scanned it in yourself) and have the searchable capabilites of the other files.

    Keep in mind, this is probably not a good scanner to scan pictures with, but for a document scanner, it is fast, and very good. I just hope it lasts the wear and tear I’m subjecting it to right now. I am very thankful that this product has helped me get rid of all of my paper clutter!!!

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  3. 655 of 683 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Does not scan grayscale. BW poor quality, color to slow, October 29, 2009
    By 
    C. Hoffman (Rockford, IL) –
    (REAL NAME)
      

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    This review is from: NeatDesk Desktop Scanner and Digital Filing System- Macintosh (Office Product)

    I really really really wanted to like this scanner. I received the unit on Friday and had planned on spending Saturday scanning in all my documents and then relaxing on Sunday. I am sooooo disappointed with the quality of the scans and software when scanning in documents like car insurance or doctors statements that I am sending it back.

    The main issue is that the manufacture’s web site states that the scanner can scan grayscale and B/W documents in at a rate of 25 PPM. This is an outright lie on one level and a stretching of the truth on another level.

    First let me start off with the truth stretching. The scanner is very fast while scanning in B/W images but it did not seam like it was 25 PPM fast so I timed it using a stop watch. I was able to scan in a page (two sides) in 6.4 seconds that’s 10 PPM not 25! As Fujitsu rates their ScanSnap S1500M at 20 PPM whether you scan one or two sides, I assumed I would see the NeatDesk scanner do the same. Thinking that they (NeatCo) must have been playing with some slick marketing numbers when they came up with the 25 PPM rate I figured I would see the 10 PPM rate double to 20 if I only scanned one side of a page instead of two. I was very disappointed to see that the rate did not change between one or two sides. Normally I would think that 10 PPM is a very quick scan, which it is, but it is more than half as fast as advertised.

    That was the truth stretching now onto the lie.

    My main complaint is not the scan rate of B/W or grayscale scans. I would be very happy with a 10 PPM grayscale document scanner. The problem is that the scanner / software package does NOT scan in grayscale. The scanner DOES send the images to my iMac in GRAYSCALE and then the horrible software converts it to B/W. Yes you heard me right! They take a perfectly legible (8 bit, 256 levels of black) grayscale image and turn it into a very poor quality B/W (2 bit, 2 color) illegible image. I can’t for the life of me understand why they would do such a thing.

    If you are only interested in scanning in receipts, which by their nature are only black and white, then you might be happy with the software. Unfortunately about 95% of the stuff I wanted to scan is various types of documents / kids school work / insurance papers / medical records etc. If you have ever looked at these kinds of documents you will notice that most of them have shaded areas on the page that highlight important text. These shaded areas, along with the text, usually become unreadable when converted to B/W. Not only can I not able to read them the OCR can’t detect them either. It makes me angry to see a scan show up on the screen that looks GREAT only to have it destroyed a few seconds later by the software as it converts it to black and white.

    I contacted NeatCo about the ability to scan to grayscale. Their support person was very nice and polite; unfortunately she confirmed for me that the software does not support grayscale. Her response is at the end of the review.

    You may think that I should just scan in color. Unfortunately scanning in color is very slow. A color scan took 15 seconds for a single sided page and 27.5 seconds for a single 2-sided page (weird that color scans do double the time for 2 sides unlike the BW option). At this rate it puts color scans in at 2 PPM not the 8.5 reported on their web site. At 2 PPM it will take me several hundred hours to scan everything I need to scan.

    The quality of color scans is very good if you are willing to wait 30 seconds for a single 2-sided scan.

    Here are my timing results for the BW, color, 1 side and 2 sided document. All times are for a single sheet of paper.

    Page Sides | Color Mode |Time to Scan |Total time to scan & OCR 1st page
    1 | Color | 15 sec | 52 sec
    2 | color | 27 sec | 1:15 (m:sec)

    1 | BW | 6.4 sec | 36 sec
    2 | BW | 6.5 sec | 40 sec

    Just for reference I have a late 2008 24” iMac with 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo and 4 gigs of ram. I have also updated the NeatDesk software to their latest version as of 10/30/2009 which is 2.1.9

    I have taken some screen shots of the grayscale images before they are converted to BW and will try to post them to Amazon. In the screen shots you can see that the initial image looks very nice. If NeatCo fixes this issue the package might be worth a look.

    Here is the NeatCo response to my grayscale question.

    Response (Campbell) – 10/29/2009 08:45 PM
    Hi Chris,

    There’s no way to set to scan in a gray scale at this time. I will put in a feature request to our developers so they can include this capability in future releases.

    Question Reference #091029-000359
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    Product Level 1: NeatDesk for Mac
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