Image 1 of 6
As someone who attends a lot of trade shows each year, Irnhave found that my smartphone is an invaluable tool for helping me to functionrnefficiently while on site. Here are five of my favorite smartphone apps to usernwhile attending a trade show.
Note: This gallery is also available as an article.
One of the great things about attending trade shows is thatrnif you play your cards right, you can make a lot of contacts. Of course thernflip side to that is that you might be inundated with business cards, which canrnall start looking alike after a while. Not only that, Murphy’s Law specificallyrnstates that the only business card you will misplace is the one that you neededrnthe most.
CamCard is a free app that allows you to take pictures of business cards and savernthe contents to your phone.
Upon photographing a card, CamCard uses optical characterrnrecognition to recognize the card data, but you can edit the data if necessary.rnCamCard also enables you to add custom fields and to add reference notes to therncard information.
CamCard is available for Windows Phone, iOS, andrnAndroid.
Track My Budget
Track My Budget allows you to set up custom categories, such as flights andrnhotels, and then categorize your transactions. You can enter your total travelrnbudget as Income and the app will show you how much you have spent and how muchrnmoney remains in your budget. Best of all, the app allows you to enter certainrnexpenses (such as parking at the airport or your morning coffee) as recurringrnso that you don’t have to enter the expense manually each day.
Track My Budget is available for Android andrnWindows Phone. There is also an iOS version that is designed to link to yourrnGoogle calendar.
Dude, Where's My Car
Dude, Where’s My Car is simple but effective. It allows you to create a namedrnlocation for where you parked. When it is time to locate your car, the app usesrnmapping to show you how to get back to it. On my phone, the mapping softwarerndefaults to walking mode, but since I am in Houston at the moment and my car isrnin Charlotte, I have the option of getting driving directions to my car.
Dude, Where’s My Car is available for iOS, Android,rnand Windows Phone.
Expensify lets you photograph your receipts and then uses opticalrncharacter recognition to extract data from them. You also have the option ofrnentering data manually. Once the data has been entered, you can compile a collectionrnof receipts into an expense report.
Expensify is available for iOS, Android, andrnWindows Phone.