I've been planning to get
a CardScan for several years, but for one reason or another I
always put it off. While attending the Affiliate Summit
Conference in Las Vegas in January 2007, I saw a demonstration
of the newest CardScan model and was amazed by its accuracy.
Since I usually end up with a couple hundred business cards from
these type of conferences, I figured it was time to break down
and get one.
When I got home from the conference I installed the software for
my new CardScan Executive (retail price: $259.99), hooked up the
scanner and started feeding my stack of business cards into it.
20 minutes later I was done and with one click transferred all
of the information into MS Outlook. If I had had to manually
enter all of those business cards into Outlook, I'd probably be
still working on it!
Here's a quick rundown of the pros and cons of the CardScan
The scanner is small. In
fact it's so small it will fit in the inside pocket of your
USB powered, which means
there's no power cord required.
Scans in a color business
card in about 3 seconds and creates a digital address book.
You can synchronize or
transfer to Outlook, Outlook Express, Palm, Windows Mobile
devices, iPods and smart phones plus ACT!, Lotus Notes, and
Includes online backup,
access from a browser, and contact updating.
Allows you to select
contact information from any document, email, etc. and import
it into the digital address book.
While the ability to
select contact information and import it in to the digital
address book is a nice feature it's not perfectly
implemented. You have to select the text and then drag it to
the CardScan tab to active the CardScan software, then drop
the text into the navigation bar on the left side of the
screen. A more elegant solution would have been to make this
a right click menu option.
The scanner does have
problems scanning business cards that use ornate cursive
fonts or multiple color backgrounds, which isn't surprising.
This should be a lesson to everyone who goes a little
overboard artistically when it comes to their business
cards. The true purpose of a business card is not to impress
with how many fonts and colors you can squeeze onto a little
tiny card, but to provide the person that you're giving the
card to a way to get in contact with you! The best way to do
that is to have a nicely laid out card, which is easy to
read. Trust me it can be done.
All in all I've been very
happy with my CardScan Executive and I would highly recommend it
to anyone who is constantly struggling to keep their list of
contacts updated. -- Todd Martini
CardScan in Action
About Card Scan
Card Scan offers an array
of solutions to contact management challenges. Their products
enable customers worldwide to centralize data from business
cards as well as other sources such as emails, web sites and
other electronic files. Using drag and drop, import, export and
synchronization features, information capture is a breeze.
Identifying and reconciling duplications is seamless. And all
data from most of our products can be backed up on secure
servers, so itís easily accessible from virtually anywhere.