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Restore "save to contacts" for business card scanning


jeanmiele

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BUSINESS CARD SCANNING

I can no longer find a way to export "scanned" business cards from Evernote to my contacts. This used to be possible. Is it still possible? Is there a way to export "scanned" (photographed and ocr'd in Evernote) business cards to my contacts in iOS? If not, this is a huge loss, and makes entering business cards into Evernote all but pointless. Evernote is not, and will never be the primary way I manage contacts.

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Agree with everyone above. Evernote is a "Contact Portal' to send contacts to the iPhone which then ports to Google Contacts and other primary managers like Outlook Contacts. We don't want to have or use any other applications for Contacts - we have all the capability we need - just need to get Evernote for iOS back to where it was before where it would "Send to Contacts". Please get this working ASAP - you will start losing us as subscribers if we cannot accomplish this basic function. 

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The simple workaround is to use Scannable to scan the business card to EN and automatically export the details to your Contacts app.

I am trying the new flexibits (makers of Fantastical) Cardhop a contacts data base and which has just rolled out Cardhop 2 with a business  card and letterhead scanning feature.

The previous EN business card scanning feature also integrated it with LinkedIn which made it a very powerful feature; following a meeting to scan a business card once and; 1.  digitise it into Evernote;  2. extract it’s details and export them into contacts, and; 3. invite the person to join your LinkedIn network.

I am of the view that we have lost many invaluable features which made the old EN a powerhouse, I am finding that I am adding other smart apps to my workflow to make up for EN’s deficiencies and lost features. 

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EVERNOTE ARE YOU LISTENING! YOU ARE AGITATING MY GARDEN VARIETY OF MANIAS AND OCD!!!!!! W

Please restore the save to contacts function immediately. Or at least provide updates on what is being done to address in the meantime.

Sincerely, 

Concerned iOS user who pays for premium every month like a chump

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I guess I just discovered I am not the only one.  I know this used to work and thought I must have done something wrong, but apparently you are saying this extremely important feature was deliberately removed?  If I am unable to photo business cards and sync with Apple Contacts through iCloud, the value of Evernote significantly diminishes.

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I tried Scannable.  

The good part is that it is free and scans some business cards.  It can sync with Contacts on my iPhone

The downside is that it is very slow, it does a much worse job of recognizing business cards than the prior version of Evernote that supported this feature, and get the sync to work in rather non-intuitive.  I guess it is better than nothing, but it is a downgrade

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No automation, you can try to manually copy information to contacts.

No comment from EN (they rarely comment on anything like this).

Personally I run another app (CamCard)that is better up to the task. However they switched to a subscription model lately, so after the first 500 cards it becomes expensive.

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No, they didn’t remove business card import. Before getting emotional you should simply try it yourself - it is better for your blood pressure, you know. 

Business cards can be scanned, saved and (when I tried this last) name, phone and email were extracted and placed in fields.

What is not working is the export from the EN  note with the card to the contacts app. When it will be restored is not clear.

Personally I never liked that automatic export - first it bloats the contacts book, second it moves mistakes as much as content. But for those who want it, you probably need to try other solutions.

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Pink Elephant, you are WRONG!  He complained that EN is not allowing the export of the business card into my contacts.  You are making excuses for EN This is a function I use constantly.,  It no longer works!  If you don't want to save contacts because of BLOAT that is YOUR opinion.  Others share my concern that this is not working.    Evernote is NOT a contact database.  I hope in due time they correct it.  Have a GREAT Day!! :)  

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@PinkElephant agree - however, it exemplified a time when EN was at the leading edge. I am a big supporter of EN but find that it has now evolved to being just a convenient bulk store and retrieval system. You cannot - as far as I can determine effectively annotate a PDF within the app- the Skitch type features are too simplistic-so I end up exporting a PDF to another app like PDF Expert or GoodNotes 5 and then re-importing it back in? 

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This is one of many issues with this feature. I took a break from scanning business cards for reasons beyond my control and I am horrified at what is now available for us compared with what was possible to do:

  • Top of the list - the one you mentioned, that there is no way to add to contacts
  • There is no way to edit the fields in a contact once scanned (and I can't really see the point of having a separate contacts app in Evernote)
  • There is no longer a way to specify a default notebook for business cards
  • You cannot easy connect with LinkedIn (I know this was taken away a while ago)

These features, especially the ability to save to contacts, was one of the main reasons that I upgraded to Premium and now, with this feature gone, I cannot see any reason to stay premium.

Please bring all of these back but especially the one in the title.

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Scanning business cards with auto import into Contacts along with the LinkedIn function is the only reason I was paying for a premium subscription. I never received any message from Evernote that either of these features were deprecated. :( I am going to cancel my subscription if this is no longer in place.

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Then go ahead with canceling, but you are late to the party !

The LinkedIn interface was removed years ago, I think from the LI side after Microsoft bought them. If it was a privacy issue, or MS just wanted to close the doors to others I don’t know.

The scanning into contacts was removed (if I am not mistaken) when v10 was released for iOS about 10 months ago.

If it was important for you, put your money elsewhere. I use the app CamCard to grab business cards, and send them to Contacts on the iPhone.

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True, we all had a different life.

I tried EN for the business card scanning years ago. It did not extract a lot of information, and it was not sensitive to different countries. Business cards are pretty country specific, and a good app knows for example how ZIP codes, phone numbers and so on look around the world. So when I had a stack of cards (after a conference or trade fair), I grouped them by country, set the app to the first country, scanned them, the next country, scanning again etc. It gave much better recognition rates than running them all with one setting.

If I look at the time needed to correct that sort of stuff, a small extra expense for the scanning is really worth the money.

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