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NeatConnect: Read Our Exclusive Report

By Neil J. Squillante | Thursday, October 3, 2013

Today's issue of TL NewsWireThe feature article of today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a wireless and cloud-capable scanner with a convenient design. The Roundup section covers a scanning app for the iPad with built-in OCR, a special edition Fujitsu scanner for Evernote users, and an iOS app for taking photo notes. Also, if you missed last week's TL NewsWire feature article, you'll find an excerpt and link below.


Have we reached the apex of scanning? Hardly. With foolproof scans routine, companies now seem focused on making scanning more productive. This not only means faster speeds at lower prices, but also more convenient scanner designs and better software that can scan to anywhere and automate organization and other tasks. A new scanner tackles these pain points.

NeatConnect … in One Sentence

Announced last month and shipping this month, Neat's NeatConnect is a wireless desktop scanner.

The Killer Feature

Most current scanners have just one slot, resulting in a first-world annoyance. You narrow the slot to scan a business card or receipt. When you next use the scanner, you have to widen the slot for the letter-size document you want to scan.

NeatConnect eliminates this annoyance with three dedicated slots — one for business cards, one for receipts, and one for documents. The latter slot is adjustable to accommodate tweener documents.

Other Notable Features

NeatConnect measures 11 x 8.7 x 7.5 inches and weighs 5.7 pounds. Each of NeatConnect's three slots can hold up to 15 items. NeatConnect scans duplex at speeds up to 24 pages per minute. The maximum resolution is 600 dpi.

You'll find three connection options — a USB port, an SD card slot, and WiFi (802.11 b/g/n) for wireless scanning. NeatConnect has a touch screen on its front, which you can use instead of the bundled Neat software to change settings and select the destination of your scans. This eliminates another first world problem — scurrying back and forth between your computer and scanner.

In fact, you can bypass your computer entirely by scanning directly to an email address or to NeatCloud, a secure cloud document management system that you can access via a web browser or the Android or iOS app (NeatCloud requires a subscription; you get a free three month trial with the scanner). You can also scan to other cloud services, including Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, Evernote, and SkyDrive.

If you scan to your computer, you can take advantage of the bundled Neat software, which can recognize and extract data such as the establishment name and total on a receipt, and the contact information on a business card or letter. Built-in templates enable you to use extracted data for expense and tax reports. You can also export extracted data for use in other software such as your Outlook address book.

What Else Should You Know?

NeatConnect costs $499.95. The bundled Neat software works on both Macs and PCs. The optional NeatCloud service ranges in price from $5.99 to $24.99 per month (less expensive annual plans also exist). Learn more about NeatConnect.

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Topics: Copiers/Scanners/Printers | Document Management | Online/Cloud | TL NewsWire
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