Xero teams up with OCR specialist Celaton

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Celaton, an established supplier of scanning and optical character recognition (OCR) software has been adapted to feed data straight into the Xero cloud accounting system.

Celaton’s inSTREAM software has a 10-year track record for various paper-heavy functions, including within corporate accounts payable departments for around 10 years, explained Celaton sales and marketing director Michael Walsh at the recent Accountex event.

The online inSTREAM system can capture data received in emails, faxes or from scanned paper documents. Unlike many OCR programs, the software is not based on templates, but...

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Brilliant but

I've visited the scant website and downloaded the Xero bookkeeping brochure, which is the ordinary bookkeeping brochure with Xero written on it, (by the way for next release; Accounts payable in Xero records Bills not Invoices) but can I get any detail of how it works in the real world or, more importantly, do I get any clue over what we might pay to take it on?  NO, or maybe there is but after 20 minutes I've given up.

You can understand this sort of marketing with a local high street facility, ie pop in to see how it works and how much it costs, but an online SAAS facility?  Even Xero gives us a 4 minute video of detailed content, publishes a price structure and lets you have a trial.

So whilst I might be excited at the prospect (and have Xero, and other, clients who would be more excited by the facilities inSTREAM promises), can I be bothered to call them up and organise a demo, only to then discover I've wasted my time?

PS Xero's acclaimed and most used add-on Receipt Bank seems to achieve the same end result as inSTREAM (and has an very informative website) so why should I pick inSTREAM over them?  But then I ask the same question of all the add-ons listed, but again no guidance.

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