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Five Tools That Turn That Stack of Business Cards Into Electronic Files

In an increasingly mobile world, paper business cards seem outdated. They end up in your glove compartment, tucked into compartments of your wallet, and in the pocket of your jacket. Still, businesses need a way to easily exchange contact information and VCards can be tricky if your colleagues have never used the technology before. Thanks to modern smartphone cameras, you can scan and save business cards into your phone, where you’ll always have it handy. Here are five great software solutions to turn¬† your smartphone into a business card scanner.

  • WorldCard HD–Now available for the iPhone and iPad, in addition to Android devices, WorldCard HD is award-winning software that allows users to scan a business card using the camera’s phone and, through Optical Character Recognition, have the information converted to text and transferred to the user’s contact list. The software also allows you to transfer information from a user’s e-mail signature and find contacts from social media sites, as well as support for batch card processing and Google Map connectivity. WorldCard HD costs $14.99.
  • Google Goggles–The Contact feature of Google Googles allows you to scan a section of a business card and add the text on that section to your contact list. Best of all, the app is free. However, be aware you get what you pay for. Text recognition is spotty, so you may end up correcting so much of the information that it would have been easier to enter it manually.
  • Abbyy Business Card Reader–With OCR that is accurate and available whether the user is online or off, Abbyy Business Card Reader is $4.99 for iOS or $9.99 for Android. Abbyy also makes Abbyy FineReader for scanning documents as editable text.
  • CamCard–The big standout feature of CamCard is its ability to scan and import multiple cards at once. The screen fills up quickly, though, and navigation can be complicated, especially as one edits more advanced options. BlackBerry users may want to investigate this option, however, since it is one of the few business card scanning apps for that device. Android and iOS are also supported.
  • ScanBizCards–ScanBizCards allow you to easily manage your scanned business cards, exporting them to Excel and allowing you to create business card groups. ScanBizCards may be ideal for those who use SalesForce, since the interface allows for easy exporting of data. The app is $6.99 for iOS and Android and for $3.49 for the Windows Phone. Currently, VistaPrint is offering free access to the premium version of ScanBizCards with the purchase of business cards from its site.

For small business owners interested in making it easy for others to store and save their business cards to their smartphones, consider a QR Code Business Card, available from Zazzle. While you can control the automation of your business card storage, there are still many others who are a little further behind on their technology. By creating an easy way for your information to be added to their contact lists, you may give yourself an edge over the competition in your field.

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About Stephanie Faris

Stephanie is a freelance writer and young adult/middle grade novelist, who worked in information systems for more than a decade. Her first book, 30 Days of No Gossip, will be released by Simon and Schuster in spring 2014. She lives in Nashville with her husband.

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