What is Tech? App of the day: scannable

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Once upon a time, my workspace was cluttered with papers I didn’t think I could throw away. Important health documents from my insurance company, ID cards, receipts, bills and assorted business cards.

Some time ago, I had to collect these papers, sort them and put them in a metal filing cabinet that I keep in a closet. When I needed to find one of these papers later, it could take over an hour since I wasn’t using any filing system I could remember.

But then I started turning those papers into digital files. How? There are several apps that do this, such as Google Docs and Drive and Apple’s stock app called “Notes”. These work well, but the one I chose is Scannable from the team that gives us Evernote.

Like other scanning apps, Scannable does most of the work when you point your camera at the piece of paper. The app searches for edges and when it locks, the shutter engages and the hard copy is now a digital scan. Of course, if you scan a lot of documents, these files will be saved in the application, but like putting them in a metal filing cabinet, they are not always easy to find.
when you need it.

Scannable works with Evernote to help you organize these documents. After the paper is scanned, Scannable asks where you want to save it. I can save it to Evernote with a “Scannable” tag, but you also have the option of saving the file to folders you create.

You can create a 2022 folder and then subfolders for insurance documents, business receipts, children’s art, and whatever else you want to do.

Once you save the scannable document in one of these folders, you can find it and print a copy wherever you are. As long as you have a computer or smartphone, files can be accessed through the app or web browser.

If that doesn’t help you stay organized enough, Scannable also saves documents so you can search for a word and it will find all Evernote documents containing that word.

I scanned a white chili recipe years ago and put it in an Evernote recipe folder. When I’m at the grocery store looking for the ingredients to make the chili pepper, I can search for the word “chili” or “onion” in Evernote, and it will search through all my notes to find the one I’m looking for.

Evernote and Scannable are great apps for anyone creating documents or projects, and anyone who just doesn’t know how to save some of those important documents that come in the mail.

Evernote and Scannable are free. Evernote has annual subscriptions for additional features.

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