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Best Bets Daily: Thursday

Paper Tiger

Posted November 13, 2008
We first covered a new product called NeatReceipts—a mobile scanner equipped with ingenious OCR (optical character recognition) software that makes it easy to scan and organize receipts for expense-report or tax-prep purposes—a few years back. We gave it an unqualified rave, though we were grumpy that it was only compatible with Windows PCs. Now, finally, NeatReceipts has not only released a Mac version, it’s given the scanner itself (for both Windows and Mac) a sleek, shiny white iPod-ish makeover. Both versions are ultracompact (weighing less than a pound), draw power from a single USB cable that connects to your computer (so you don’t have to plug a separate bulky power brick into the wall), and include clever software that knows where to look on typical receipts for relevant info (e.g., restaurant or store name, date, tax, total) that you can then edit, annotate, and export to Excel, Quicken, QuickBooks, etc. Both the Mac and PC interfaces are so nicely designed that they make keeping track of your expenses weirdly almost (almost!) pleasurable.

$179.95 for NeatReceipts for Mac.
$199.95 for NeatReceipts for Windows.

Buy the Mac version online.
Buy the Windows version online.


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