In the consumer paperless space, there were two main players for going paperless. There’s the ScanSnap, the scanner that I have been using since 2008, and there was their main rival (at least from my perspective), the Neat line of scanners.
It was funny when I would go to tech conferences or professional organizer conferences, and I’d talk to people who were “ScanSnap people” or “Neat people”.
They were pretty strong rivals, but within the last year or so, Neat decided to exit the scanner market and focus on their cloud software platform.
Given their history, I was more than a little surprised to see that Fujitsu’s new partner for the ScanSnap is… Neat.
Not only has Neat become a software partner for the ScanSnap, but there is even a bundled ScanSnap edition with the ScanSnap as the scanner and Neat document software included. What a time to be alive.
I am not sure what this means for ScanSnap Receipt. Hopefully, it isn’t a sign that ScanSnap will be getting rid of their own receipt software and moving to Neat, because the reviews of the Neat web-based software have not been glowing, at least among DocumentSnap readers.
Since Neat is a subscription web-based platform, if you buy that bundle you’ll get a 1-year license to Neat Premium. I don’t see any details of additional Neat integration with ScanSnap Manager, but I’ll update this post if I find that out.
Have any of you bought or tried the new Neat bundled ScanSnap? How is it working for you? What do you think of this development? It will be interesting to see what happens with rest of ScanSnap’s software, especially when it comes to processing receipts which has always been a weak point.