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Ah, the business card. That tiny fragment of paper that isrnyour palm-size resume, ready to reach out and give people your pertinents — snapshotrndetails that explain who you are, what you do, and how to contact you. Inrnreturn, you get them by the handfuls. The problem is, the modern world reallyrnisn’t made for paper business cards. So what do you do every time someone handsrnyou a business card? If it’s someone you want to keep in touch with, you scanrnit into your mobile device and save it in your contacts.
But how do you get the information from the business cardrninto your device without having to manually enter it? You use a business cardrnreader app — of which there are plenty. I’ll highlight some of my favorite suchrnapplications, all of them free, so you can begin the process of converting thatrnmountain of business cards into a more useful digital format.
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CamCard Free allows you to save the imported contactrninformation to pretty much any contact listing you have on your phone (phonerncontacts, Google contacts, etc.). The free version of the app does havernrestrictions: If you’re registered on the site, you can add 100 cards for freernand 10 cards per week (after first launch). If you don’t register with CamCard,rnyou can add 50 cards for free and two cards per week (after first launch). Thisrnapp is available for both Android and IOS.
CardToContactrnalso has a powerful filtering system. If you have an overwhelming number ofrncards scanned into the app, you can filter by data, name, and company (bothrnascending and descending) or list by label and search by criteria. When you taprnon a card, you can edit it, share it, add it to a different account, or delete it.rnCardToContact is free; there is no paid version of the app.
FullContact Card Reader
With FullContact Card Reader, you snap the photo, add notes,rnand then submit it for transcription. The transcription can take up to about 20rnminutes. As a card is being transcribed, you can snap photos of new cards andrnsubmit them. FullContact Card Reader allows you to scan cards into more thanrn250 applications (such as BaseCRM, Dropbox, Evernote, Facebook, LinkedIn, and MailChimp).rnWith this type of integration, FullContact Card Reader makes a great app forrnthe business sector. FullContact is free for a limited time. It’s available forrnAndroid and IOS.
ScanBizCards Lite limits you to adding two contacts per week,rnlimits exporting to a CRM to five, removes clipboard scanning, and allows yournto create only one folder. ScanBizCards Lite is available for Android and IOS.