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Evernote and LinkedIn want to save business cards—or just digitize them

It happens to everyone: You go to a conference or a networking event and amass a pile of business cards. Everyone was so interesting, yet you can barely remember their faces, let alone the details of their work. And the business cards? If you’re honest with yourself, you know they’re going right in the trash can.

It doesn’t have to be that way. Evernote has deepened its relationship with LinkedIn to turn those business cards into searchable notes. How it works: You tap the business card camera mode in Evernote’s iOS app—the feature is soon coming to Android—and take a photo. That’s it. Evernote reaches into LinkedIn to grab information about your contact, including information about how to get in touch and a photo to jog your memory.

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Evernote's business card scanner in iOS grabs the information you need and uses LinkedIn to add context.

The plus side: You don’t have to be connected on LinkedIn for Evernote to do its behind-the-scenes work.

You can also add notes to the contact in the app, which could be useful if you wanted to scan the business card immediately after meeting your new contact and add a few lines about the conversation you had. The business card now “acts as a visual marker for all the interactions and experiences that followed that initial handshake,” the company said in a Wednesday blog post. You can proceed from that initial meeting by reaching out to connect on LinkedIn—or in real life—and share your information.

Evernote added its business card camera with LinkedIn integration on iOS last December. On Wednesday, the two companies cemented their relationship: LinkedIn is shutting down its own business card scanner, CardMunch, and migrating those users over to Evernote. CardMunch users get the business card scanning feature in Evernote, normally a premium feature, free for two years. CardMunch is folding July 11, so you have two months to move your data or download it.

Current Evernote users who connect their LinkedIn accounts get a free year of scanning.

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