In years past I used to carry a laptop, portable scanner and portable printer with me whenever I took a trip. I had a nice Tumi bag that held everything very nicely. But, it was heavy and in order to use it all, I had to go through the setup and boot up process.
Times have changed! Now my iPhone 5s is all that I need to carry with me. The phone is capable of getting me into the MLS, zipForms, Docusign and pretty much any other web based platform that I use in my business. I can print by connecting to any nearby Airprint enabled printer or I can use the printers at whatever hotel I find myself in. That just left the scanning function take care of in order to permanently ditch the Tumi bag.
As it turns out, there are a number of Scanner apps available for the iPhone (I have written about several here in the past http://realtytechbytes.com/?s=scanner), but I recently ran across a new scanner app from the folks at Evernote that has become my new favorite.
It’s called Scannable and can be found at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/evernote-scannable/id883338188?mt=8. At this time it is only available for the iPhone. You can read more about the app at https://evernote.com/products/scannable/.
Some of the features are:
Scannable instantly recognizes business cards, receipts, and any other paper you point it at. Scans are automatically cropped and enhanced, producing crystal clear digital documents.
Business cards are about the person, not the paper. Scannable transforms cards into rich contacts with LinkedIn details and photos and gives you the ability to save it all to your phone’s contacts.
Scannable improves your workflow. Get your documents to their destination without ever leaving the app. Save scans to Evernote and other apps, or share them with colleagues via email or SMS.
Scannable connects directly to the ScanSnap Evernote Edition scanner via WiFi to streamline team scanning. Anyone in the office can walk up, drop documents in, tap their phone, and walk away. Finally, a hassle-free office scanner for everyone. (Requires that you have the ScanSnap Evernote Edition scanner installed)
I really like the integration with both LinkedIn and Evernote as it relates to saving contacts. But, what I think will be most useful is the ability to easily scan documents to PDF and then send them on their way via a wide variety of methods.
It’s a free app and it is well worth the time for you to download and try it out.