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NeatReceipts SCANALIZER combines a compact scanner and OCR (Optical Character Recognition) software in a single solution that will store and organize expense and tax receipts, bills, business cards, and all sorts of other paper effluvia that's complicating your life. The scanner is compact and lightweight--10.8" x 1.6" x 1.3" and 10.6 ounces. The scanning area can be from 1" x 1" to 8.5" x 11" (up to 30" long). It has a USB connection and will scan approximately three to four receipts per minute. The SCANALIZER software reads (OCR) data from receipts and puts it into a database organized by date, total, vendor name, and whether you paid by credit card or cash--all displayed on a spreadsheet. You can export the data to Excel, Outlook, Quicken, QuickBooks, Money, Word, PDF, HTML, and vCard formats. There are no batteries (powered by USB), and the scanner auto-sizes, auto-crops, and auto-rotates any scanned receipt or document.


It's cold and flu season, and here's a thought to fire up your paranoia. A University of Arizona study claims the mouse on your desk harbors up to 1,676 microbes per square inch (the average toilet seat has about 49 per square inch). But now there's an alternative to the winter-size box of alcohol wipes. IOGEAR'S new Germ-Free Wireless Laser Mouse has a special coating that the company says will neutralize 99% of those microbes. The coating is made up of nanoparticles of titanium oxide and silver that combine to form and give off free oxygen ion bases that reduce or eliminate the germs. As to its more mouse-like properties, the IOGEAR has VCSEL (Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser) as a light source, giving it 30 times more tracking power than mice with optical sensors. Besides the accuracy, it works on almost any surface, including glass; is USB Plug-n-Play; and is hot pluggable. Its wireless range is six feet.


Adobe Acrobat Connect (formerly Macromedia Breeze Meeting) is a collaborative communication suite that includes solutions to enable online meetings, create presentations, design training, and manage online events. With Acrobat Connect, you can create personal online meeting rooms. Collaboration tools let you share anything on your screen in real time with up to 15 people in the meeting room. The tools include one-button screen sharing, video, teleconferencing, and whiteboarding. Presentations can be given with any software program, security is ensured through the use of strong passwords, and individual participants are announced before they are allowed entry. The personal meeting room never changes and is always available to those allowed access. The URL can be sent out by e-mail or within a PDF file, and it's simple enough to remember. Anyone with Flash enabled on their computer can use any browser to access the meeting room. The Professional version of Adobe Acrobat Connect offers an unlimited number of meeting rooms and a maximum meeting size of 2,500. Other features include Voice over Internet Protocol, meeting recording, customizable layouts and windows, multiple meeting rooms per user, large events and polling, and a central content library. For document viewing, you can upload any printable document converted to Flash and share it with all attendees instead of using screen sharing. Presentations, videos, or applications can be viewed in full-screen mode, and you can use the Instant Meeting feature to start an ad hoc meeting and invite participants from within Outlook. Visit for more information, or call (800) 457-6613 for the Adobe offerings from Clarix Technologies.


Slim Devices Squeezebox[TM] is a network music player that lets you stream digital music and Internet radio to your stereo system. Packed in a case that's about 7.5" x 3.5" x 3", the player works in both wired and wireless modes. Besides playing your own personal digital collection, the device can play Internet Radio even when your PC is turned off. The always-on Internet Radio works with SqueezeNetwork with access to hundreds of Internet Radio Streams offered by Slim Device's partners, including Pandora and Rhapsody. Internet Radio favorites can be saved in a playlist, and the high-resolution display shows song title information during playback. Squeezebox supports MP3, Ogg Vorbis, and WMA-formatted Internet Radio streams. Connection to your computer is either by 802.11g wireless or Ethernet, and it's compatible with Windows, Macs, and Linux. The 30-button infrared remote has a SmartScroll algorithm to find favorites in large lists. Along with the information displayed, you can choose high-speed, full-screen visualizers. Audio outputs include digital and analog with volume controls for all outputs. Multiple outputs can be used simultaneously, and speaker and headphone connections are on the back of the device.

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Title Annotation:NeatReceipts Scanalizer; IOGEAR's Germ-Free Wireless Laser Mouse; Adobe Acrobat Connect
Publication:Strategic Finance
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Dec 1, 2006
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