Evernote business card scanner: If you believe that the business cards are a thing of the past and always share contact information digitally, you can skip this app. But, if you still hand out and receive business cards as part of your day-to-day interactions, this one may be of interest to you. Earlier this month Evernote, the web bookmarking and archiving app announced that it was partnering with LinkedIn to offer business card scanner functionality on IOS devices like iPhones and iPads. By authorizing the app to link to your LinkedIn account, the app pulls in additional data and image from your contact’s LinkedIn profile ensuring that you have up to date information on your new contact.
If business cards are your primary form of introduction to a business associate, you may like this video on business card etiquette.
Jing: At the very basic level, Jing is a tool that allows you to do screen captures. You can save or share your captures in two steps. Unlike Windows print screen key or Snipping Tool, there is no need to copy your screen captures into another application before sharing it. Once downloaded, the Jing icon hovers on top of your desktop allowing you to capture the entire screen or part of it as needed. But, Jing goes beyond image captures.
It allows you to capture mouse movements or videos on your PC or Mac and layer on a narrative to explain the goings on, making it ideal for short tutorials and demos. The default format for video capture is Adobe Shockwave Flash, which makes the playback a little tricky. Further editing will be required to convert the videos into familiar formats that play on Windows Media or VLC players.
Recite: If you are into creative presentations and need to use quotes or profound statements that leave an impact, this one would come in handy. Essentially, it is a web-based tool that converts your text into an image using appealing templates. The images can be saved or shared directly on your social networks. I have recently started using it for Twitter posts. While the primary use for this appears to be quotes, I can think of many ways it can be used to add creative content to your blogs, presentations and other visual communication situations.
Do you find the above applications useful? Let me know if you have a favourite that I should include in future posts.