Scannable: An Evernote Enhancing App!
If you use Evernote, you should try Scannable for iOS, an amazing free app released on January 8, 2015.
On the Move Scanning!
I've been happily scanning random documents for the past week on my iPad and iPhone just because I love this app so much. I can be anywhere and scan whatever I want.
Scannable is easy, efficient, and produces great results!
While there are other scanner apps available in the App Store, none integrate as seamlessly with Evernote as Scannable does.
When I open the app, it's ready to go.
I point my iPhone or iPad at any kind of document and the app automatically captures the image. If I hold the device a bit crooked, the app will correct my clumsiness and straighten the image.
I can manually scan documents, but so far the automatic feature has worked fantastically for me. I've had a few images that were captured on their side. Not an issue. I just tap the image once and I get the options to crop, rotate, or delete.
Speedy Scanning Makes Me Happy!
One aspect of Scannable that I'm completely geeking out over is how the app is ready to go as soon as I open it.
I've been building my database of business cards in Evernote and I always feel guilty about taking a paper business card that I know I will throw out as soon as I've got it scanned. Before Scannable, I would have to open Evernote, navigate to the Camera tool to start a new note, select Business Card as my chosen format, and then let Evernote capture the image.
Now, I just open the Scannable app and let the app take the picture automatically. I don't even have to organize the document right then and there if I don't want to. I can close the app and come back to that scanned picture of the business card later.
I love saving even this little bit of time and avoiding picking up something that I don't need.
Scannable Plays Well with ScanSnap!
The other aspect of Scannable that I'm fancying is the ability for me to now use the Evernote ScanSnap with my iPhone or iPad. Before Scannable, the ScanSnap was linked via wifi to My Person's laptop. I could access the ScanSnap with a direct USB connection, but I'd usually just leave a small pile of documents for him to scan and send to me.
With this app, there's an option to have Scannable search for our Evernote Scanner. The app tells me when it finds the ScanSnap.
The ScanSnap's primary configuration is still to My Person's laptop, but now I can easily access the scanner from my iDevice of choice.
Helpful tip: Be sure to open the ScanSnap first. I clicked on the app before opening the scanner. For a second, I thought there was something wrong with our wifi network and then I looked at the closed scanner. D'oh!
Once the app finds the ScanSnap, I can start feeding various documents in. I tap Start Scanning, and let the ScanSnap do its thing...with some supervision from Agents Mulder and Scully who have been stationed in the Evernote Field Office!
Sending Documents is a Cinch!
Once a document is scanned by the ScanSnap, an iPhone, or iPad, I get to preview the scan. On this screen, I like to tap the pencil icon to edit the name of the document.
Otherwise, Scannable just titles it Scannable Document.
Once I've renamed my document, I tap the blue upload icon, and I'm presented with several options.
I can mail or message the document. I can place it into Evernote or my Camera Roll. I can Export the document to the Cloud as well. If I wanted to edit my Locations, I could also add other Cloud storage like Google Drive or Dropbox.
Then there's the More option. More varies based on your Settings configuration. Other forms of social media are available like Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+. I can also send the document to iCloud Photo Sharing.
I'm content to organize my documents in Evernote, especially since I can nest Notebooks. For more on how I use Evernote to make my life easier, check out an earlier post Streamlining My Life with Evernote.
Using Scannable with my iPhone or iPad gets the job done. Quickly! Image quality is good.
If I'm looking for better quality scans, then I will stick with the ScanSnap. I've been impressed with what a great job this little scanner does. And now that I can control it from my iPhone or iPad, I'll be tackling even more projects that I want to organize digitally.