Business Mobility

App Spotlight: Receipt scanner Piikki is free, today only

Receipts are the bane of my existence. I'm constantly misplacing ones I need to file for expense and travel reports. Isn't this the 21st century? Why do we need to save bits of paper anyway?

In the future, I'm sure all business expenditures will automagically find their way into the proper reports, probably through some mashup of RFID, Bluetooth, and Excel 2063. In the meantime, there's Piikki for iOS, which converts snapshots of your receipts into expense reports.

The app normally sells for $1.99, but today only, you can score it free of charge.

Needless to say, apps like this have been around for years (and not just for iOS—there are plenty of options for Android users as well). So what separates Piikki from the competition, apart from its silly name?

For starters, it offers an auto-shoot mode that saves you the extra step of tapping a capture/scan button. Once the app has focused on the receipt, it instantly snaps a photo. A small time-saver, sure, but a nice little perk.

An even better one: Piikki uses geo-location to automatically assign a name to the receipt based on the nearest street address.

The app also integrates with Dropbox, Google Drive, and Evernote, meaning you can easily archive receipts to the cloud service of your choice, then share them with accounts payable or your tax guy.

A print option would be nice for folks who need to submit hard-copy records, but for the moment your only option is to email receipts to yourself and print them manually.

I can't say Piikki is the single best receipt scanner/manager in the App Store, but it can definitely get the job done—and for today, at least, you can't beat the price. (Tomorrow, when it goes back to $1.99, it'll still be a pretty darn good deal.)

If you've found a similar expense-wrangling app you like better, tell me about it in the comments.

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