Reader Question: What software do you use for Business Cards?

Reader Question: What software do you use for Business Cards?

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In my line of work (that is to say, hanging out in my basement) I don’t get a lot of business cards. Since I’ve had a few questions recently about which software to use for business cards, I thought I’d throw it out to you guys to see if you have any favorite software/workflow.

So, what do you use to scan and store business cards? Do you send them to a contact management system or just OCR them to search later?

Leave a comment and share your wisdom!

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Brooks Duncan helps individuals and small businesses go paperless. He's been an accountant, a software developer, a manager in a very large corporation, and has run DocumentSnap since 2008. You can find Brooks on Twitter at @documentsnap or @brooksduncan. Thanks for stopping by.

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Jamie - November 17, 2010 Reply

Guys – check out the news. Shoeboxed just released a free business card reader app for the iPhone. Download the app (again, free), take a photo of the business card, press submit and it's in your Address Book. Too easy!

Check it out at:


Gary - April 26, 2010 Reply

Although I have a ScanSnap, I wasn't crazy about the software for cards (it is perfect at everything else). So, I finally broke down and bought a new Cardscan Executive – mainly for the software. Specifically for biz cards, I don't know who does it better (I could be wrong, but I'm happy with it). The ScanSnap stays on my desk. The Cardscan stays in a drawer and I'll scan in batches or after a show.

    Brooks Duncan - April 26, 2010 Reply

    Thanks for the tip Gary!

      @martin_currie - February 18, 2013 Reply

      Gary's solution is the opposite of my problem. I had a Cardscan Executive and was happy enough with the software (I haven't found better), but then bought a ScanSnap which is MUCH better than the Cardscan scanner (double sides simultaneously, much faster, etc.). So now I want to ditch the Cardscan scanner and only use the ScanSnap (both in the office and when travelling). Does anyone know how to do this, or know anyone who might know?

Ed Eubanks - April 22, 2010 Reply

I use CardIris– mostly because it came with my ScanSnap, admittedly. I've had very mixed results: sometimes it scans the information perfectly, and other times it botches it up terribly. I can't say that I would recommend it hardily, but it's not bad.

If there were an alternative that was low in cost, I might consider switching– but frankly I don't get enough business cards to really need it often.

    Brooks Duncan - April 28, 2010 Reply

    Thanks a lot for your feedback Ed!

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