Evernote Scannable- A College Student’s Dream.

Every college student has done it- they’ve asked someone to take a picture of their homework because they’ve lost their own copy, asked someone to take a picture of the pages in a textbook or asked someone to take a picture of any type of important document that they’ve seemed to misplace. As a result, these pictures are of poor quality, hard to read off of and certainty not something that should be handed in to a professor.

Every student has done this. And yet, we still accept the quality of the pictures we recieve. Going to a copy scanner is too much work so we resort to pictures. Isn’t it time that there was an app that essentially worked like a professional office scanner?

Evernote is an app that is designed for the ultimate experience of note taking and organization. I haven’t reviewed it yet because it is more well known and the goal of my personal blog is to make known some of the smaller lesser known apps of the smart phone world. Evernote Scannable is a relative app of Evernote. Evernote Scannable is essentially a copy machine that is portable and is in your pocket 24/7.

The concept is so simple and yet it still blows my mind every time I use it. All you have to do is open up the app and put your phone so the camera is in view over a document or a sticky note. The app then scans the document and converts it into a professional looking paper which users can then print out and use it in the professional world. Below is an example of it’s capabilities.

The original document- accordion sheet music.
The finished document through Evernote Scannable.

I turned your every day sheet music into something that looked like it went through a professional music writing program. For us music students, this is HUGE. Doing something like this on a computer can take HOURS, especially for someone who is trying to learn a music writing program. Evernote Scannable even takes out the discoloration of the original document. I am in AWE of this app.The best thing is, doing this took about 5 seconds.

Evernote Scannable lets you save these newly created documents right to your phone. They do make it a bit difficult though, because you will need the Evernote app, but there are ways around this. It might take awhile to figure it out, but there is an option to save the document right to your camera.

I showed my boyfriend this app and his jaw dropped. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him so excited for something. Here is an example of how he can use the app: He is an accordionist and he has tons of sheet music. I’ve always known him to forget important sheet music all over his house. Now, he can keep it all in one place without losing the quality of it- his phone.

Keep in mind that Evernote Scannable isn’t just for sheet music. If you wanted to, you could create an online textbook from the app if you wanted to go to the extreme. Evernote Scannable is good for post it notes, business documents and even class notes that you want to share with your fellow classmates.

My only other issue with Evernote Scannable besides the options to save the document is the fact that it doesn’t always pick up the document 100% of the time. Users have to get a good angle of the document in order for it to work, and it has to be in relatively good lighting. Otherwise, it will only pick up half the document or cut it off in some form.

If it weren’t for those two minor glitches, Evernote Scannable would get over 5 stars (out of 5 stars) from me. For now, I will give it 4.5 until these glitches are fixed. The possibilities of use for Evernote Scannable are endless.

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