Expo Notes: Neat-o

Editor’s Note: All this week, Macworld editors will report from the Macworld Expo show floor on meetings with Mac developers, new product announcements, and anything else that catches their eye.

If you’re like most people, your desk drawer or in-box is littered with receipts from who knows where or when. Oh, you’re neater than that? Right. So the aforementioned receipts are stuffed, in no particular order, into a file folder or into one of those accordion envelopes.

The Neat Receipts scanner

Scattered or all together, you’re out of luck if you have to find a particular one.

Neat Receipts (from the company of the same name), which previews for the Mac in March, is a scanner-and-software combo that organizes, saves, and lets you search for these pesky-but-important documents via an easy-to-use database that you store on your Mac. Just feed your old, faded little pieces of paper into the scanner, and it will convert them into PDF format with editable text. You can then search for specific receipts with keywords in several views such as Icon and Cover Flow. Neat Receipts tracks purchases by vendor, date, expense category and even recognizes the last four digits of credit cards. In addition, the software automatically sizes, crops, and rotates any scanned receipt or document—images appear in their upright position regardless of how you scan them in. And, of course, the easy, sheet-feeder is quick.

And it’s not just for receipts. You can use Neat Receipts to streamline all kinds of paperwork from personal and medical documents, taxes, and more, as it scans any standard or legal size document.

Whether you’re a small business, traveler, or just a busy household, Neat Receipts can call a halt clutter and promote organization.

When it launches for the Mac (it’s been on Windows for about five years) you’ll be able to buy the software alone or the scanner and software combo.

  
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