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Neat (formerly NeatWorks) is a powerful scanning and digital filing system that enables you to scan and organize receipts, business cards, and documents. Unlike other scanning software, NeatWorks for Mac uses patented technology to identify and extract the important information from your paper and automatically organizes it for you in a digital filing cabinet. Create expense reports, searchable PDF files, and IRS-accepted copies of your receipts for an organized library of all your important information. You can even scan business cards and send them directly to your Address Book.

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What's New

Version 4.1.0:
  • Support for Mac OS X Mavericks 10.9
  • Export to Quickbooks for Mac using .IIF file format
  • Ability to re-order pages in a multi-page item
  • Importing a PDF file auto-names the document with the file name
  • Several usability improvements to make it easier to work with folders and items
  • Many bug fixes and performance improvements!


OS X 10.6.8 or later

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Neo979 Member IconReview+80

I guess I'm going to make what might be a controversial statement: I like this software.

I used other scanners to try to organize my receipts, and it was pretty much a disaster. Many couldn't scan the full length of register receipts, and they also came with software from other vendors that did not allow you to download updates from that vendor.

Neat is the only scanner/software combo that has actually turned my huge pile of receipts into a simple, organized database. It is simple and accurate. Recent updates have corrected some of the issues people have had (it is now possible to scan multiple pages to one file), and it is amazing to watch the software automatically figure out where a receipt is from, the amount of the receipt, and the method of payment. If the receipt is in good condition, the accuracy is amazing. You can then sort the receipts and create reports using the data.

Having said that, I don't like NeatCloud. I already paid for the scanner, and it is not worth paying an annual fee to have access to the receipts on my iPhone. There is no way to sync them directly from your Mac to your iPhone either.

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Version 4.0.3

Agreed, it works for me

Akmedia Member IconComment+33

Version 4.0.1 of Neat was released quite some time ago. And the bugs still exist. Are they releasing a version 4.0.2?

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Version 4.0.1
Old-Grouch Member IconReview+16

An add on comment about this software. This may be the new age and the internet age, but I think this is an unwarranted and unjustified intrusion into the users privacy. Every software developer has a right to assure themselves against piracy via licensing. But this is GOING TOO FAR.

This software, when used, in addition to licensing.net.com, connects to ALL of the following:

api.neat.com (amazon.com)

No. Wrong.

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Version 4.0

Agree that it's really poor management for the company to design in all these outgoing and hidden links. But that's what apps such as LittleSnitch are for.

Old-Grouch Member IconReview+16

I have used this app since version 2. The summary is: I wish the h*ll some competent Mac developer would come up with an app that does what this is supposed to do. And do it right.

I have tried all the various paperless office apps, and NONE have the features of this one or can do what this one can do.

Yet, at the same time, its a gawdawful app. The OCR sucks. It gets it right about 1/3 the time which means you have to cross check everything and re-enter the info manually, the fonts cannot be adjusted in size for readablility, there is no grep pattern search/replace, it crashes more often than a NASCAR race, you cannot re-order pdfs within a doc, the version 4 requires an internet connection to activate your access to your own records.

But at the same time, it simply does the job that none of these other digital document management apps does. It permits you to collate meta data about a doc or receipt in a sensible, usable, searchable form that none of these others offer. It has data fields for all the typical information or you can add custom fields to modify it to your own needs.

It also does not have a bunch of superfluous features outside its own scope like Devon, its scanner interface it direct and to the point without jumping through image capture hoops and its own practical instruction set for the scanner to single side /duplex/single page/combine, etc.

Tech support has been very helpful, but the problems with it are not the prevue of tech support, Its the developers who created a mess. They can only try and help you cope with the mess created.

After the v4 fiasco, I wound up backtracking to v 3.5 which buggier and adds strange background effects to the scans which need to be cropped out, but I refuse to let Neat Co. and an internet connection become a party to the access to my own records.

Some enterprising Mac developer needs to get a copy of this app, pick it apart and make something truly great out of it instead of a half a**ed Windoze port that almost gets there.

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Version 4.0
Robfol Member IconReview+77

No support for Multi-Currency, so useless unless you are American and never leave the USA. V4.0 has now removed the possibility to print in system currency as well.

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Version 4.0
Akmedia Member IconReview+33

Can a horrendously bad program get worse? If it's NEAT it can. The new version, which is just a marketing tool to sell their new Cloud product is still buggy -- the same bugs as ever. Instead of just inventing more ways of taking money from your customers, fix your one application!

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Version 3.5.7

I agree, I tried this app, and is slow, and buggy, I tried to scan a few good conditions receipts and the OCR was the worst I ever seen it didn't recognize an of the data it was supposed to. Fot all kinds of data organization DevonThink is the way to go, for more lighter and more receipts/economical Paperless suites better!

Ibsteve Member IconComment+22

Is there a demo of this. I downloaded the file and it is asking me for a serial number.

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Version 3.0.8

No demo available. It's a commercial app; the downloads we link to are for existing customers to update.

Mstac Member IconReview+12

I downloaded and tried Neatworks since the feature advertised were exactly what I was looking for! Unfortunately it falls short of deliverng what it is supposed to.
I'm only interested in scanning receipt and have software which finds by itself the useful information in the receipt:
- Shop Name
- Amount Paid
- Date
Well I tried with a basic supermarket receipt:
- Shop name and date could not be recognised: even after I added the shop name to the vendor list, my receipt vendor is still automatically set to "Apple", and this word appear nowhere on the receipt. The OCR correctly see the characters "24APR2011" on the receipt, yet set the date to the scanning date.
- As for the price, it's only after I open the receipt and "re-analyse" it that the price is fetched and set (correctly). Since importing is so long and a first analysis is clearly going on, how come the price wasn't set in the first place?

The "bonus" bug is that the software doesn't seem to recognise my HP all-in-one wifi scanner, though I could have scanned receipt using Preview.

The features list is perfect to me, it just need to actually do what it is supposed to!

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Version 3.0.8
Hackeron Member IconReview+3

While on paper and feature wise, NeatWorks looks absolutely fantastic, in practice it just does not work! - It is just so horrendously unstable, it's practically unusable!

NeatWorks is at version 3.5 now and they had many years to fix the bugs yet it's still practically unusable. I made a short video review, hope somebody finds it useful: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoUcSE6Mf7M

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Version 3.0.8
Rufty Tufty Member IconReview+21
Rufty Tufty

Bought NeatWorks software to use with my ScanSnap S510M scanner (which they claim is supported) to scan receipts.

First - the "automatic" setup with my scanner didn't work. I managed to find manual instructions for setup on their web site, but these instructions aren't referred to in the software or the help info. I've reported this to their tech support.

Second - once set up, it's possible to scan directly from the ScanSnap into NeatWorks. However the results are useless - the numbers NeatWorks is reporting for receipts are way off.

I tried tweaking the ScanSnap settings, and got slightly better results, but still far from usable. Contacted tech support for help (e.g. guidance on optimal scanner settings), and first got a completely incorrect, irrelevant answer. Second response was at least on-point, but not helpful - they have no recommendations for settings or resolving this problem.

So, at this point, the software is useless to me (I don't want to buy another scanner - maybe it works better with their own scanner), and I'm waiting for either an update or guidance from them on whether I can get better results with different settings.

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Version 3.0.8
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Version 3.5.6
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Date 04 Nov 2013
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price $79.95
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