Evernote premium users on Android are now receiving a feature that can take the frustration out of managing a stack of business cards. Instead of storing them all someplace never to be seen again, people can use the app to take a picture of the card and have the information digitized into a note, with Evernote automatically populating the appropriate contact fields.

If you integrate the app with LinkedIn, it will also pull down their photo and other information from the site. While business card scanning is reserved for premium users, people who aren't paying Evernote money can get around the cost by hooking up to the social network, after which they can have unlimited business card scanning for a full year.

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Business card notes are formatted to help you perform expected tasks. Email addresses have envelopes beside them that can shoot you out to your email app. Phone numbers have buttons for placing calls and sending texts. If the person is someone you interact with frequently, you can also have Evernote add the information to your phone's general list of contacts.

Anyone who would rather give Evernote money than deal with LinkedIn can go premium for $5 a month or $45 a year.

While you're making a decision, that's not all this update has to show for it. Evernote has also improved the collaboration experience. Users can now grant permissions when sharing a single note, see when others are viewing or editing stuff in their account, and then start conversations with them. Here's the changelog.

What's new:

  • Improved Work Chat
    • Share notes and notebooks in-app
    • Give view or edit permission when you share a single note
    • Chat with individuals or groups about things you’re working on
    • See when others are viewing or editing notes in your account and start chats with them
  • Business Card Scanning
    • Turn business cards into detailed contacts and store them in Evernote. Add profile photos and connect on LinkedIn.
  • Bug fixes

Source: Evernote blog