At a recent business luncheon, I was handed no less than six business cards from representatives of the same company. In the past, I would have felt overwhelmed with the mundane task of adding their contact information to my bloated database. Fortunately, I had recently purchased the Business Card Reader app ($3.99 on iTunes), and all that data was directly imported, and with fair accuracy to boot. I just placed a business card on the table, opened up the app and centered the card in the camera crosshairs. The app “scanned” the card and saved the information in appropriate fields. It may not be as effective with super-stylized cards, and I wouldn’t want to try it with the Woz’s stainless steel business card (oh, that I would ever get the chance), but so far this little app has been supremely useful. It does help to have very good lighting and a steady hand.
The app is compatible with the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad running iOS 3.1 or later. It currently has a three star rating in iTunes.
For more apps like this, directed towards independent contractors, check out the “90 Awesome iOS Apps for Freelancers” from Appstorm. The list includes apps for time tracking, invoice generating, expense tracking, databases, calendars, to-do lists and more. Watch here for reviews of some of their recommendations.