After going to blogher, I have more business cards than I know what to do with. Now that the kids are in school, I’m getting all kinds of paperwork and artwork and it’s starting to stack up already. With back to school season our budget is going to need some more fine tuning and keeping track of receipts is just a plastic sandwich bag that’s almost full.
This fall, The Neat® Company is going to help us stay organized with the NeatDesk® ( They also make NeatReceipts®) two user-friendly scanning solutions. By scanning and saving within Neat’s software, NeatWorks®, I can create my own digital filing cabinet. And I’m so impressed with all the options and how easy it is to you. With Neat, I will no longer search through backpacks, binders, plastic bags, table tops and folders for all my paperwork. I will find everything I need on my desktop, you know my computer, which is where I spend all my spare time anyways. .
So I had to try it out.
First, I installed the software, which was a breeze.
Then, I had to plug in the NeatDesk® to my computer over USB. (My husband wishes it was a wireless device, but I’m not going to complain)
Then I had to update the software before it would work properly. It didn’t recognize that I had Outlook installed or automatically transfer documents to my computer until I updated. Now it works properly.
First I scanned some business cards, blogger business cards are really difficult for the neatworks software to pick information from because they don’t follow a “business card” standard. Information is all over the place and it doesn’t recognize Facebook and Twitter contact information. Which is fine, for most that’s not information you need, you just want, name, phone number and address. Then you can sync all that valuable information with Outlook. LOVE having all these contacts in my outlook. LOVE this feature.
Next I had to try out the receipts feature.
Scanning is easy and organizing your receipts is easier than I thought it would be too. It’s just nice having everything in the same place. Seems like they thought of everything too. It’s quite simple to come up with a new folder on the fly, and I love how it recognizes company name and all of the categories, tax, total, I’m pretty impressed with the receipt scanning.
NeatDesk features an award-winning ADF (Automatic Document Feeder) scanner. The patented paper input tray lets you scan different kinds of paper – from the smallest receipt to 2-sided legal documents – all in a single pass. You can even insert up to 50 pages at once for lightning-fast batch scanning. NeatWorks (the software I mentioned above) uses patented "Intelligent Text Recognition" technology to identify and capture key information from scanned documents, then populates that data automatically in the robust digital filing system. Create exports for tax time and year-round financial management, or export data to applications like QuickBooks®,TurboTax®, and Outlook®. All scanned documents are completely keyword searchable, so you’ll find your files in just a few seconds instead of searching your endless mounds of paperwork, like my house!
Because it scans and saves so much information at one time, I’m really excited to start getting everything organized.
Here are a few ways that parents can use Neat:
– Save children’s tests, art work, hand-outs, and papers in one accessible, safe location
– Save shopping receipts to track grocery and all house hold expenses by category
– Back-up medical records so they can be emailed to the school nurse
– sync all of your contact information for easy access with your e-mail accounts
– Scan and organize all of your tax materials
We received samples in exchange for this review, all opinions and experiences are our own.