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New: Business Card Scanning and Presentation Mode for iPhone and iPad

New: Business Card Scanning and Presentation Mode for iPhone and iPad

Posted by Andrew Sinkov on 12 Dec 2013

Posted by Andrew Sinkov on 12 Dec 2013

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Update, May 7, 2014: Evernote is now your go-to business card scanning app. Our deeper integration with LinkedIn enhances the way business cards are captured, displayed, and recalled in Evernote. Learn more.

We’re always looking for ways to make Evernote more useful in your everyday life. Today, we’re adding some Premium and Business features that will make Evernote for iPhone and iPad your go-to for a whole new set of daily tasks. Let’s take a look.

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Premium Feature: Business Card Scanning

Business card piles are the worst. They seem to collect like useless monuments to past meetings and conferences. It doesn’t have to be this way. Next time, instead of stuffing those cards into your pocket, snap a picture of them with Evernote’s new Business Card camera. Each card is instantly recognized, digitized, and converted into editable text that becomes a contact note in Evernote. You can find the Business Card mode by swiping right on the camera screen.

In your Account Settings, you can create a profile for yourself that can be emailed to your new contacts. It’s a nice, clutter-free way to complete that first meeting.

Better with LinkedIn
Evernote can only read the information that’s on the card, but if you want even more, we recommend connecting your Evernote account to LinkedIn. We’ll cross-reference what we find on the card with LinkedIn to make a richer note that even includes a photo of the person you’ve met.

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If you’re a Free user, you’ll be able to test this feature out on five business cards. Premium users get unlimited access to Business Card Scanning. Go Premium today »

Premium Feature: Presentation Mode

Presentation Mode has fundamentally changed how meetings happen at Evernote. There’s an amazing freedom in knowing that you can share your thoughts with the group just by plugging in your Mac and launching Presentation Mode. Now, we’re bringing this feature to your phone and tablet, no laptop required. All you need is a screen set up for AirPlay or a cable for your device. Once you have that, tap on the More dots at bottom of a note, then tap Present.

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Your notes will take over the screen. As you scroll on your phone or tablet, the screen will progress. Tap and hold to enable the laser pointer to show something important. To switch between day and night modes, tap on the sun or moon icons in top right of the screen.

This feature isn’t just for throwing your notes onto a screen. It’s also great for walking someone through an idea right on your device, without any distractions. You’ll love this on your iPad.

14-day Preview for All Users
Free users get a 14-day complementary preview of this Premium feature. Try it now.

Evernote Business: Faster Notes

We’ve added a new setting that lets you choose whether Quick Notes (the icons at the bottom of the homescreen) create Personal notes or Business notes by default. Just tap into Notebook Settings to choose how you’d like the Quick Notes to function.

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If you use Evernote at work and would like to get your whole team doing the same, check out Evernote Business.

And More…

In addition to all this, we’ve added a sync button to the top of the home screen, making it possible to duplicate a note by tapping on the dots when you’re editing. We’ve also made the app faster and more reliable. Take a look and let us know what you think.

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  • Dean P. Simmer | dsimmer.com

    In case I’m missing something here, you’ve moved Evernote Hello into the main app, correct?

  • Dean P. Simmer | dsimmer.com

    In case I’m missing something here, you’ve moved Evernote Hello into the main app, correct?

  • bashania

    How about existing business cards? Can we ad them as Wel?

  • David

    Is anyone else having major trouble with this update. I have updated both my IPad and IPhone and EN crashes on both now. I was able to reinstall the old version and not update and my Iphone is back. EN on the IPad is totally blank – no notes, no login – just sits there for a couple of minutes then crashes. I have submitted a support ticket so hopefully this will resume working – I will post what I hear from support.

  • peter griffin

    Is there away to connect via LinkedIn after import? It seems as if LinkedIn content is just being imported but there is no way to connect to the new contact.

    • Martin Cheng

      The LinkedIn functionality only pulls information and a picture from LinkedIn. We don’t send any connect requests.

      • mundo

        Does enabling the sync business cards with contacts, enable Evernote to syphon into their servers all my contact information.

      • Brandon

        Well that’s terrible, you seriously need a connection request option, otherwise this is worthless compared to cardmunch. That was the entire point of cardmunch.

  • kskobac

    How does the business card feature work with Evernote Hello’s business card scanning?

  • Thomas

    What’s the difference between Evernote hello and this new card scanning feature (apart from the direct integration in the main app) ?

  • Phoenix Wu

    I can only take “one” picture of business card?
    How do I add backside of card?

    • Beth

      Ditto – and how can we add another field like an additional phone number, or website if EN doesn’t automatically detect it

  • LissIsMore

    Android, please.

    • jwtheblueprint

      Yes Android please!

    • jwtheblueprint

      Yes Android please!

      • Jeremy

        Android please

    • Henry Daniels

      Android Please

    • Iain W

      Loads of people, me included, asking for this on Android. What are the timescales?

  • Ed Miron

    I am a Premium User, and the new business card scanning is a good concept, but it didn’t work. Editable text that becomes a contact note doesn’t happen.

    • Martin Cheng

      Check out the card scanning tips page under Evernote Settings > Business Cards > Card Scanning Tips. If you are on an older iPad or iPod Touch, the camera may be too low resolution for the recognition to work. If this is not the case for you, please contact support so that we can get more information on how you are taking pictures of the card.

  • Magnus Lindstaf

    The business card camera is a great feature, thanks! But is there a way for me to get the same information (Linkedin etc) on my current notes of business cards that I’ve used my camera on the iPhone to get in to Evernote. I have them as Evernote-notes, but would like them in the new format. Would be appreciated!

  • Jay Cutler

    Now that I have a business card scanned in how do I move it to my contacts?

    • Martin Cheng

      There is a setting under Evernote Settings > Business Cards > Save to Contacts. If you turn this switch on, all the contact information from each business card will go into your Contacts.

      • Vijay Mohan

        Is this feature available on ios?I dont see a settings menu option

        • Taylor Pipes

          Business Card Scanning is currently available on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. To get started, tap the Camera button from the Quicknote panel on the Home Screen.

          Slide over to the Business Card Camera. The camera immediately starts looking for a business card to capture.

  • Douglas Smith

    This is amazing… how can I move all my contacts into Evernote!?!?!

  • bmbufalo

    Thank you for the sync button! That alone is a massive improvement. Love the other updates as well. Will Hello be integrated in further?

    Also can you do what you’ve done to business cards and do it for receipts!? :)

  • Taku

    Can I edit the text on the web after scanning the name card?
    I am afraid that I can edit or modify the text (OCR) only when I take the photo of a namecard.

  • Taku

    Can I edit the text on the web after scanning the name card?
    I am afraid that I can edit or modify the text (OCR) only when I take the photo of a namecard.

  • Pedro Soto

    Is this feature going to be available for the OSX Desktop app, either via scanning or via FaceTime camera? I have an enormous stack of cards to process, and scanning them would save me an incredible amount of time!

  • Victor Segell

    It feels like it’s not “done” yet. It doesn’t work half as well as Evernote Hello’s functionality. No recognition of the information on the card (i have an iPhone 5).
    Even though I enter the information manually (name, email, phone number) only the email and the phone number is added to the note, when I try to edit the note to enter name afterwards, it will not open the edit mode.

  • Victor Segell

    It feels like it’s not “done” yet. It doesn’t work half as well as Evernote Hello’s functionality. No recognition of the information on the card (i have an iPhone 5).
    Even though I enter the information manually (name, email, phone number) only the email and the phone number is added to the note, when I try to edit the note to enter name afterwards, it will not open the edit mode.

  • Jason Frasca

    @martincheng:disqus You left out the best features of Hello. Notating the interaction. 1 click connection via LinkedIn… disappointing.

  • Jason Frasca

    @martincheng:disqus You left out the best features of Hello. Notating the interaction. 1 click connection via LinkedIn… disappointing.

  • Austin Miller

    Much needed feature! I hope it comes soon. About 1/3 of the biz cards I received at a recent event were two sided.

  • Austin Miller

    Much needed feature! I hope it comes soon. About 1/3 of the biz cards I received at a recent event were two sided.

  • Joe

    Business card scanning is a very useful function. I agree the functionality in Hello should be incorporated into the Evernote version. I was finally able to figure out how to add the information to my contacts in iOS. As mentioned, most people don’t scan the cards immediately, so there should be an easy way delete or change the meeting location. The app should allow all contact fields to be added before it’s synced to iOS contacts to avoid the need to input missing information into iOS.

  • Darío Rojo

    Totally agree! :(

  • Taylor

    I love the idea of business card scanning. It’d certainly make everything convenient. Thanks!

  • Brian

    Is this going to be incorporated into the Android version of the app?

  • Mercedes

    When for Android devices?

  • Tony

    Ok, how do I transfer these scanned business card contact information into my iPhone’s Contact list?

  • RAJEEV GUPTA

    This is a great feature. Have scanned over a 1000 old business cards. One question is that why are the scanned files so heavy between 400 to 900 mb. Is there a way to change settings to decrease the overall size? Also can it check for duplicates?

  • Business cards in Fort Lauderdale FL

    When for android devices? Can’t wait that scanning device on my phone thanks for sharing this stuff! Cheers.

  • Cesar

    Yes, please I need the Business Card Scanner on my android. That is why I purchased the premium version.

  • Michelle

    How can I sync cards that I scanned into Evernote into Evernote Hello?

  • Brecht

    3 months after Business Card Scanning became available on iOS…

    I would have expected an upgraded version to be available on Android by now …

    Automatically saving those contacts in your phone contacts would also be a good feature…

    Or do I really have to buy another app for this??

  • Rino

    What about for Android??

  • Humberto

    Android please!

  • Olga

    Do I need to have iOS7 to use business card scanning? Because I don’t see such feature in Camera mode on my iOS6.

  • Geert

    Now also for android please

    • Mark

      Android?????????

      • Tim

        Android Please! :)

  • Jim

    and what about Android?

  • Jason

    I have been using LinkedIn’s Card Munch app, and recently got an email from them saying to migrate my cards to Evernote. My main question is this: Will my cards that I scan still be added to my LinkedIn contacts, and thereby added to my iPhone contacts? I have become VERY accustomed to scanning cards and then depending on LinkedIn and my iPhone working together to let me manage my contacts. I want my contacts in my phone, not in 3 or 5 different places.

    • Taylor Pipes

      Jason, With the Contact Note open, tap the Options icon at the bottom of the screen and tap “Save” to contacts to save all the contact information to the address book or contacts list on your device. Once that is saved to the contact list on your device, you can sync with Outlook or other address books (On iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch: Go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars). That way, the contacts should holistically be on your phone – saved as a contact note in Evernote as well as a contact in your address book. Hope this helps!

  • Joanna Cummingsq

    The app sounds like a great tool, which my organization may like to recommend for lead management during a conference in September. However it is a deal breaker without the Android version.

    • Joanna Cummings

      Sorry, typo. No q on the end of my name.

  • Niranjan

    The card scan does not seem to support Japanese (or other) languages. Any plan for language support ? If its not planned anytime soon how about adding a feature where user can scan the non-English side of card and store image linked with the English card data ?

    • Taylor Pipes

      Currently, the Business Card Camera properly scans and recognizes business cards in English, Japanese, Korean, German, Spanish, French, Chinese, and Russian. The Evernote application is available in many more languages. Hope this helps!

  • Paul Banas

    There has to be a way to export contacts or this isn’t a good feature. We need .csv export. Also, importing all these business contacts into Apple contacts without being able to segment just creates a new mess – tons of cards with business mixed with personal!

  • Mark

    This is such an awesome feature. I use this almost daily now. Don’t forget the “save contacts to my phone” setting. Once this is set and you scan cards they automatically get saved to your phone’s contacts. My contacts are synced with Contactzilla which means that anytime I meet someone and scan their card it’s immediately shared with the team at work. I’m biased (of course) but this works so well. Worth the premium just for this.

  • Weaam

    Android please!

  • Paul O.

    Unless I’ve missed something, why has this feature been delayed on Android? As a Premium User I look forward to this, whenever it’s implemented. Thanks

  • BONNARD Reynald

    Have you decide to develop it for Android phone? If no, You should.

  • Alex Hoye

    Hi, guys, I must admit, Evernote was always a nice-to-have app until now – this is the killer app indeed, I use it daily. I see that my question has been asked before but not answered – I assume it should not be difficult to link a card which has been saved to LinkedIn post-facto. Various use cases drive that – no ‘net when saving the card, accidentally saved, did it historically. Am I wrong in thinking that the only way to do this is the clumsy work-around I did which was to print out the saved digital version of the card and take a picture of it… clumsy indeed, not really scalable :)

  • Mike Crutcher

    Is the 5 business cards for free users absolute or monthly? I love this feature, but I’m not needing the extra storage space.

  • Leesa

    A question regarding my Premium Subscription: I used the Business Card Scanner yesterday on my iPhone5s. It worked easily. However, it has not synced with my desktop Evernote (iOS. Is it meant to? I’ve just upgraded to the last version of Evernote thinking that might be the issue, but still nothing is working. Love the feature and hope I can use it on desktop as well as mobile.