New features make Evernote a better networking tool. The iOS version of the popular note-taking app was updated this week with business card scanning, presentation sharing and more. However, the features are only available with a subscription to Evernote Premium, which costs $5 per month or $45 per year — which may be worth it for serious business users.
Business card scanning
You no longer have to save every paper business card you receive; now, saving a card with Evernote is as easy as snapping a photo. When you receive a paper card, just set it down on a flat surface, open up the app and take a picture. Evernote automatically uses text recognition to pull and organize all printed contact information straight from the card.
You can store that info inside the Evernote app, or have it pushed to the address book on your smartphone. You can even sync Evernote with your LinkedIn account; Evernote will cross-reference the information on the card with LinkedIn to make a richer note with more details and a photo of the person. Finally, you can set the app to automatically email your professional details to your new contact, turning a card exchange into a real networking opportunity. It's not the only good business-card-scanning app on iOS, but gaining the functionality on top of Evernote's other features is a plus.
Evernote's new presentation mode makes it easier to share your notes in person. Just set up AirPlay on your iPhone or iPad, or link it to a projection device with the right cable. Next, tap the More dots at the bottom of a note, and then tap Present. You can naturally control the flow of your presentation by scrolling through the notes on your mobile device, and even tap and hold to enable a simulated laser pointer to show something important. You can also use the presentation mode for a more streamlined way to share notes right on your phone or tablet.