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Friday, October 28, 2011

Taming the Paper Monster: The NeatWorks Scanner Reviewed

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 08:00 AM

Evernote Integration

Based on the way Evernote promoted the Neat scanner, I was expecting some sort of integration. There's none. It would be great if Evernote had the ability to create a new note from a scan, and directly pull in the scan results, but ultimately when I scan PDFs to my desktop it's a quick drag and drop into Evernote and I'm done. I'm sure creative types could come up with smarter ways to integrate Evernote and the Neat scanner, but for me, the magic is in being able to simply and quickly take a stack of papers, turn them into a PDF, and put that PDF into Evernote.

Conclusion

The Neat scanner is a powerful tool for digitally capturing paperwork of all kinds. Despite my frustrations with the instability of the Quick Scan Center, this is a tool I've grown to rely on very much. It might be that on a Mac the software doesn't have these problems, or even on a different computer with Windows 7. Regardless, a key step for Neat Co. will be to squash the bugs in their software and deliver a software experience that matches up to the excellence of their hardware experience. I've seen a new version 5.0 that's supposed to be coming soon; hopefully that will improve upon 4.0 in key ways.

I'd also really like to see a less expensive version of the scanner with the ADF; perhaps one that lacks the full software suite and nixed the business card slot. I've told friends and family about this wonderful tool I've been using to digitize paperwork, but as soon as I mention the price they're no longer interested. If Neat Co. could get the price down to $199, I think they'd have a real winner on their hands for the larger consumer market.

Jason Dunn owns and operates Thoughts Media Inc., a company dedicated to creating the best in online communities. He enjoys photography, mobile devices, blogging, digital media content creation/editing, and pretty much all technology. He lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with his lovely wife, his wonderful son Logan, and his sometimes obedient dog. He wishes he'd gotten his hands on a document scanner sooner.

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