Business card reader/scanner apps for iPhone can be a great way to save time when you add a contact to your address book. Combining iPhone’s powerful camera with a really good character-recognition/text-scanning can be useful and that’s what business card scanning apps do.
If you’re in sales or the people-facing part of any business (marketing, retail, customer relationships, support etc.), you’ll find that business card readers are enormously helpful: they scan a card and transcribe the data into a contact almost instantly, they help in managing contacts (a few of them also help in sync and backup) and most importantly, they can save time.
Here’s a bunch of business card reader/scanners for the iPhone:
ScanBizCards is a simple, elegant and a neat business card scanner. While it doesn’t come with all the bells and whistles of other apps, ScanBizCards works on-the-go and is simple to use. There aren’t too many features to overwhelm you. The OCR wasn’t as good before but the update has revamped the scanning process and accuracy. The lack of too many features keeps the app going smooth and fast. There’s a lite version you can try but the premium features are part of the paid app.
CamCard comes from a developer that’s involved in text-scanning (OCR) through iPhone’s camera. CamCard works in a variety of new ways and helps you scan business cards on-the-fly. One of the coolest features to note is that when you scan a business card, CamCard figures out the latest news about the company so you can use that piece of info as an ice-breaker. There’s a ton of other features besides the scanning which makes for a competent contacts manager app. CamCard usually sells for $2.99 but at the time of writing this, it’s on a limited-time sale for $0.99.
#3. Evernote Hello
If business card scanning is one of the features you’re looking for in a really kickass contacts manager, Evernote Hello is as best an answer as you can get. The app is a full-fledged contacts manager but the business card scanner is one of the highlights. You click a picture of the card and Evernote Hello does the rest: the scan is pretty decent. There’s a downside though: you’ll need to be subscribed ($5/month or $45 annually) to Evernote Hello to make use of the scanning feature. Pricey but if you know Evernote, you know it’s worth it.
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#4. Business Card Reader Pro
Perhaps the most solid of all, Business Card Reader Pro is a really pricey affair at $6.99 but it’s also one of the most accurate card readers for the iPhone. There’s a lot of features that the app rides on including things like background image processing so that you can scan a bunch of cards quickly, anti-shake to compensate for bad picture quality (caused due to shaky hands) and much more. The app also features a decent sort, filter and search function (which is quite helpful because the app functions as a contacts manager). You can export the data to Evernote, SalesForce etc.
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Right next to Business Card Reader Pro, WorldCard stands tall in the world of business card readers/scanners. Based on OCR, WorldCard scans and converts data into contact information fast. Like the latter, this app supports multiple languages, processes information with a high level of accuracy and features a contacts manager. With WorldCard, you can also scan just a specific part of the image/card and let the app pick data from that part.