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Five apps for creating and managing business cards

Matthew Nawrocki lists five apps that will help you create, manage, and process business cards.

In the business world, we deal with all kinds of communication, via email, phone and social media. Even to this day, despite the leaps and bounds made in online networking, nothing beats a firm handshake and a quality physical business card that can be given to a client, friend or potential business partner. Of course, we probably get our fill of these cards through the normal course of our business and we might want to manage them, or even be creative. The following five apps for Windows deal in the realm of business cards and I believe are worth taking a look at.

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Five Apps

1. Business Card Reader 2.0

ABBYY is a company responsible for creating some excellent software in the realm of optical character recognition. When you need to scan a card and log the info to your hard drive for safe keeping, this utility will serve you handsomely. The interface is clean and not cluttered in any way, allowing you to perform quick scans without encumbrance. The app costs $29.99, but you can try it for free.

2. CardWorks Business Card Software

NCH, a purveyor of fine utilities in a range of areas, has another hit in their business card creation tool. You can choose from a variety of premade templates for creating business cards that are unique and professional. You can also export your end product out as PDF files with the correct dimensions and cut out diagrams, making this great for cardstock paper. The app is free.

3. Business card Recognition Software

Unlike the stellar and well thought out Business Card Reader by ABBYY, this tool does come off as a throwback from the 90s in terms of user interface design. The OCR can also be hit or miss, depending on how the card is formatted. Nevertheless, this product is freeware, which cancels out some of those issues in my book. It does also offer a decent database search function for cards that are already saved.

4. Business Card Designer Plus

This product is seen as the "Cadillac" of business card design tools, with more features available for fine-tuning card designs as well as a rather robust database system for searching for cards. There is also a plethora of pre-existing designs to choose from, should you need to gather some inspiration for your next design. The app costs $29.95, but a 15-day free trial is available for download.

5. Business Card Manager

For a comprehensive way of managing business cards, Business Card Manager brings a lot to the table, such as a reminders system for notifying you of important dates, such as birthdays and meeting dates. There appears to be broken English in parts of the app, as the author is not a native English speaker, but the software works quite well and is worth checking out. The app costs $19.95, but a 20-day free trial is available for download.

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7 comments
JamieKHow
JamieKHow

Great Work! And yeah, one can't deny the importance of having business cards even in this current era of technology. Sometimes it is quite easy to handover to someone your business card instead of asking him/her to save your contact details in a phone or tablet may be. [url=http://www.mpprint.co/]Printing Graphics[/url]

amywatson369
amywatson369

Awesome resources! Business cards have became important part. For that proper choice of business cards design software is required which provides pixel perfect designs.

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a.portman
a.portman

Yes, I still see business cards on a regular basis. Even at very "techy" events. Beaming your information is just not something I see much of. I cannot speak to card readers, although my father had memorized the zoom setting for the copier so your business card ended up maximized on an 81/2 X 11 piece of paper in your file and not falling out in the file drawer. At to printing your own, DON'T. I am assuming you want to look professional. This means clean centered prints, crisp sharp edges, and if you really want the right look, raised print. Can you do this? Maybe 15 minutes and $10.00 is worth the time and money. Some of the free or cheap online business card printers include their logo on the back. I want to advertize me, not VistaPrint. Finally, unless you are an independent contractor or your own concern, you should be using your company's logos the way they intended. Some employers do not take well to "free styling" the corporate brand.

twatkins24
twatkins24

These tools look great, and I'm sure they're fantastic for truly in depth card design. On the other hand, it's nice to also consider some truly simple free business card design tools, like the ones available at http://www.printingforless.com . These templates will give you really cool designs in seconds, totally free.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

Are business cards still playing an important role in your organization? Do you need to manage your business card information?

Matt Nawrocki
Matt Nawrocki

Thanks for sharing your insight. Some folks might want to print to their own card stock, and perhaps have the equipment and patience to do so. Nevertheless, if someone prefers to have theirs done professionally, by all means it's completely legitimate. I believe Staples does business cards professionally.

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