I setup my new NeatReceipts Scanner and ran it through its paces today. The software installation and hardware connection were a breeze, very similar to setting up a new set of headphones, plug-n-play. The power of the NeatReceipts system lies in its simplicity. It’s not trying to do a million things. It does a few things, and does them well.
- My business card.
- A Chevron gas receipt.
- Our latest grocery store receipt.
- A color document from an instruction manual.
The business card scan worked perfectly. My business card is not a standard layout, but the software was still able to recognize all of the important items on the card. The address on my business card is all on a single line. The OCR component recognized the address and split each piece correctly.
The gas receipt found the name, Chevron, and the total amount of the receipt (not necessarily a happy moment to see that expense). It placed those items in the database along with a scanned copy of the receipt.
The grocery list was long, really long. Because of the length, the receipt started to track sideways a little bit as it was feeding through the scanner. I was going to list the sideways tracking as a negative, but when I got the final result, the receipt still looked great. The software correctly located the name of the store and the total from the receipt, including the tax.
The color document came through as expected. I also converted the document from the scan directly to a PDF. Again, it worked very well. It was fast and the quality was excellent.
There are many ways to categorize, organize, search, and report on your receipts. There are also a number of import and export features that I may not get to for a while. The most impressive feature to me so far is how good the OCR software performs. I searched within the receipts, looking for things like “milk” and “gallons.” Even though these aren’t primary fields, it still indexed the information and was able to find the correct receipts in a search. I know I’m not up on the latest OCR advancements, but I was impressed by this feature.
I am currently doing business with NeatReceipts and have done some work with them in the past, but this is my first opportunity to use their product. They didn’t ask me to write a review, and believe me, I’m no dummy, if I didn’t like the product, I would have kept my mouth shut. That definitely isn’t the case, though. Great product, easy to setup, easy to use.
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