For years I’ve searched for a better way to scan and store business card information. Apart from one minor niggle CamCard running on the Lumia 920 delivers the goods.
Getting card information into the phone is a snap, literally. Simply take a photo of the card, the app reads the information and makes smart guesses about which fields to send the data to in the phone’s address book.
Before you tell me there is nothing special about that, three things mean this works better on the Nokia Lumia 920 running Windows Phone 8 than I have previously seen:
- The camera takes extraordinary sharp pictures of business cards even in poor light conditions. I’ve tried similar apps on my iPad 2, an iPhone 4 and an HTC One X Android smartphone. None of them managed to take such clear images of cards. This alone, is why the app rocks on the Lumia 920.
- There’s plenty of grunt in the Lumia 920 to handle optical character recognition. Results take seconds, not minutes. Earlier card reader apps I tried on iPhone 4 and the HTC One X would time out before delivering results. If necessary, you can edit fields and add notes manually.
- CamCard integrates beautifully with Microsoft’s People app – that comes standard on Windows Phone 8. I’ve seen nice integration on Apple devices, but frankly that process isn’t so smooth on Android.
I’ve used the CamCard trial version for around a month before paying for the app. The purchase told me it was $6, I can’t tell you if that’s US or NZ yet because the transaction hasn’t gone through my bank account yet. I noticed a few days delay with earlier purchases from the Windows Phone App Store.
One problem I noticed with CamCard, the app crashes occasionally. It’s not a disruptive crash, but it undermines confidence.
Replaces earlier business card scanner
CamCard replaces a desktop card scanner I used until four or five years ago. It had to go when I moved to Windows 7 and the old, old software would no longer run on my PC.
For a while I used a standard desktop scanner, but the card reading software was so clumsy manual data entry was easier. LinkedIn’s CardMunch does a decent job on iOS and Android devices, but doesn’t integrate as well and you have to wait while scans are sent to real humans for interpretation.
I also tried the $4 ScanBizCards which worked fine, but not as smoothly as CamCard. I was also put off by the $10 a year charge to back-up cards in the cloud – even though I don’t need that feature.
- App Offers A Better Way to Ingest Business Cards (lawsitesblog.com)