WorldCard Mobile - business card reader and business card scanner Review

iPhoneApp-Reviews

3.1.4
Version Reviewed:
27th Mar, 2011
Review Date:
Reviewed by Chris

Total

5/5
5 out of 5

Overview

  • Publisher: Penpower Technology Ltd.
  • Version Reviewed: 3.1.4
  • Review Date: 27th Mar, 2011
  • Cost: £3.49
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Misplaced a business card? Lost your clients contact details? Maybe you stack of business cards is growing fast and it's taking up precious time to sift through to find what you're looking for. Don't worry, help is at hand in with WorldCard Mobile - Business Card Reader & Business Card Scanner, the app that lets you record all your business cards on your iPhone.

WorldCard Mobile enables you to take a photo of a business card and store it's details on your phone. The clever part is the automatic recognition feature. I must say, I was sceptical at first. I mean, business cards come in all colours and finishes with different information shown in different font types and sizes. All these different parameters could make it difficult to recognise text. But I was more than happy to try out the app, anything that helps me reduce time looking for those important contact details is all good.

The million dollar question, does this clever, automatic recognition stuff really work? Hell yeh, it's amazing!

The main screen has four options with the main one being the camera which is used to photograph your cards. Clicking this brings back a camera view with some useful information on how to take the best picture.

Once you've got your photo you can flip it and choose the language the card is in (if different from the default English). Now for the clever part. Hit the Recognize button and your device automatically reads the text and inserts it into a contact placeholder. The million dollar question, does this clever, automatic recognition stuff really work? Hell yeh, it's amazing! It recognises the details automatically and then pairs these details with the correct contact fields. To say I was impressed is an understatement.

Along with a contact the business cards are also saved in a virtual card holder. This lists your cards in alphabetical order along with the name and their photo.

Sure, the details weren't quite 100%, some of the text had to be changed but it picked up just about everything and the changes I had to make were very small. Once you have the data you can create a new contact or edit an existing one.

Along with a contact the business cards are also saved in a virtual card holder. This lists your cards in alphabetical order along with the name and their photo. Excellent for searching quickly. You can also put cards into groups ensuring even hundreds of cards can be managed and accessed with ease.

Other, useful features of WorldCard Mobile include:

  • Use the Signature function to recognise email signatures and create contact details
  • Export contact details by email or into itunes (needs WorldCard desktop software)
  • Supports multiple languages
  • Customise how contacts listings are sorted
  • Search box allows you to search contacts by keyword
  • Use card holder option to call, email or text contacts
  • Tilt your iPhone and use cover flow to flip through your business cards
  • Hook into social network sites to find your contacts

If your business card pile is growing you should definitely consider downloading WorldCard Mobile. The apps easy to use and the recognition feature has to be one of the most impressive functions I've seen within any iPhone app to date.

The apps easy to use and the recognition feature has to be one of the most impressive functions I've seen within any iPhone app to date.

Although slightly higher priced than other apps at £3.49, don't let this put you off, it's worth every penny. The developers really have got this app spot on and it'll be interesting to see what updates they release for it in the future. Wordcard Mobile, ensuring you never lose those important contact details, again.

 

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