Join David Rivers for an in-depth discussion in this video Using your mobile device to scan content to Evernote, part of Up and Running with Evernote (2015).
- There are a number of free apps that work very well with Evernote, specific to how you're using Evernote. But there's one app that I want to talk about because anyone can use it, it's very similar to the Camera app built in to Evernote, but it's much more powerful and much easier to use. We're gonna take a look at it now, it's called Scannable. Currently it's only available on the iPhone and iPad using iOS 8, but it is in development for other devices, like Android devices, for example. Alright, so if you want to follow along with me you'll need to go to evernote.com and download and install Scannable.
You can see it here on my iPad. I'm gonna give it a tap to launch it and right away it's gonna jump into Looking for Documents. That's what it does, it looks for documents, finds their edges, gets it in focus, takes the picture for you, you don't have to do anything. Yes, there is a Manual mode, you can see the button down near the bottom, but typically it's going to work all on its own. But just before we take a picture of a document let's go up to the top left corner and tap the gear icon to access Settings. I want you to see a couple of things. First of all, under File Format, when I tap there, there are two formats that Scannable will save to, PDF and JPG.
If it's a multi-page document using an actual scanner and there is an Evernote scanner you can buy on the market, works well with Scannable, it will save it to a PDF. If it's a single page document that you take a snapshot of, it will be saved to a JPG. With Auto selected we'll let Scannable take care of what format it gets saved to. I'm gonna tap Settings to go back. Now we'll tap Evernote, because here you'll see that I'm already signed in to Evernote. The default notebook shows up, but I can choose other notebooks that I wanna scan to.
And there is an option down below to Always save to Evernote, so every time you take a picture or scan a document it will go to Evernote without you picking and choosing Evernote. That's a nice little shortcut that I'm gonna turn on. Alright, I'm gonna go back to Settings and look at one more option and that is Sign out of LinkedIn. That means I'm signed in to LinkedIn. If you're a LinkedIn user and you have a number of connections, well Scannable can work well with LinkedIn. Let's say we take a picture or a scan of a business card, and the business card is of someone you have a connection with at LinkedIn, it's gonna go grab their information and store it in the note along with their business card, really cool feature, and we're gonna explore that now, so let's tap Done.
When we tap Done, again, Scannable is looking for a document to scan. So I'm gonna move my device over a document to be scanned. It takes the picture and goes to work. Alright, so right away you can see something happening, it's looking for the next document, but down in the bottom left hand corner is the business card. Check out the picture that just showed up. It was taken directly from LinkedIn, this is one of my connections. I now have her business card, her information from the card, as well as from LinkedIn.
Now I have a couple of options. In the bottom left, next to the image, or thumbnail, is a trash can icon. If I don't like the results I can tap that to delete it, start over, or if I like the results go to the right hand side, you'll see the check mark, give that a tap, and it's saved, and sent directly to Evernote, because that's an option I turned on. But if I wanted to send it elsewhere I do have some other options. Look down at the bottom, tap the icon for sharing, and you'll see that I could send it directly in an email if I wanted.
Document's been saved to Evernote. I'm gonna tap back to see those other options like Mail, or maybe you wanna send this information in a Message, or Export it. There's Evernote, but I don't need to tap Evernote, because I chose to automatically have things sent to Evernote. It could be sent to my Camera Roll on my device. And these are options that make Scannable even more powerful than the camera that's built in to Evernote. Alright, switch over to Evernote.
Now here in Evernote, I'm gonna go to my Notes, click All Notes, make sure it's selected, and do a sync. And there's the Business Card that was just scanned using Scannable. I can select it on the snippet list. Check it out over here on the right hand side. It's not just an image of the business card, which I do see down below. Look at all the information, how it's organized for me. There's the name, it is a Business Card, there's the information that it's taken from the business card, and maybe from LinkedIn as well.
There's an Email for example, and it is a link, a workable link. The Phone number, the address, all taken either from the business card, or directly from LinkedIn, including this picture that came from her LinkedIn account. So as you can see Scannable is quite powerful, more powerful than the camera built in to Evernote. If you think you're going to be taking a lot of pictures, or even scanning documents with the scanner you can buy at the Evernote market, Scannable is a great option.
It is free, currently available only on iPad and iPhone, but coming soon to other devices near you.
- Creating a new notebook
- Creating and formatting text notes
- Adding screenshots to a note
- Creating a multimedia note
- Clipping web content to a note
- Creating notes from emails
- Sorting, filtering, and finding notes
- Sharing notes
- Protecting content with encryption