TiPb Apps 4.4 -- Business Card Reader for iPhone

Business Card Reader iPhone

While I'm busy editing all the GDC 2010 gaming video we just shot, we're putting up our second to last look at Macworld 2010. Here Rene and Leanna talk with Alexander Ostroysky, Customer Care at Shape Services about Business Card Reader for iPhone, IM+, and their other apps.

Watch along after the break, and let us know what you think!


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Mazon says:

Great App, I have been using this for a while and it is GREAT.
Very handy to have,,

L says:

It's great cause I hate carrying around business cards, and is saves from having to hand type all the information!!
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john says:

Business card reader is not too bad but in the end it is not perfect(depending on the kind of card, the light, the shadows...) and it take a long time to scan many cards.
If you have a lot of card and you want the job to be done fast and well, you should try Econtact Pro
It is already number1 in France.
You can send 50 to 70 cards in 10 minutes, and there will be no error in the transcription !
there secret ? no OCR, transciption is made by humans :)
the app comes with 3 credits and you can buy additional credits in the application

andrew says:

yes i have tried Econtact pro and i confirm it is a great app
transcription is made in india so you get the job done in 24 hours
i already sent 200 cards
very easy, very efficient

Neil Brimelow says:

hmm, this actually seems sort of useful! :)

Vinnie says:

I have this app, but for some reason it always gets the info wrong maybe I don't do it with enough light or something , but I get horrible results...

lagmefragme says:

That scanning effect is too cool...

Brandon says:

Being able to scan cards would rock.

Paul says:

I've had a hard time finding a business card reader(OCR, not sent to a site and sent back to me) that works well most of the time. I'll have to try this one out.

Jin Lim says:

IM + is a great app. This seems like a useful application as well. Tempted...

jorge franqui says:

i really liked this app since im always occupied i dont have to be carrying credit cards with me.

Ed Fussell says:

Interesting app and useful although the user has to be very careful with lighting or cards that don't have high contrast colors.

Jnickell says:

I want an app like this, but I just don't seem to need it enough

Jason Tsai says:

ah quite useful....could go well with the griffin clarifi

GrandmaBetty says:

Beats having pages and pages of business cards in a folder.

Michael says:

Currently use different apps to keep track of all the business cards I get but will have to give this one a try to see how it compares to the others.

Chris Vitek says:

I think I am going to get this, and get rid of the HUGE stack of business cards I have.
Does it integrate information with existing contacts? I couldn't really tell from the video.

BoGuS says:

Glad to see there's an app for that. Now, if only I knew someone with a business card to try this on...

ken says:

really wish i had a 3gs. its not worth carrying around a macro lens.

RRobinson4633 says:

Wow I never knew that this thing existed. I am going to download this later.

jhoffmeyer says:

This looks fantastic! I've got a stack of business cards in my desk drawer and this is going to make my life so much easier.

Orangensaft says:

Wow! That looks like a great app. And cool, too. How is the accuracy, though?

tyrran says:

I am deeply interested to see how this application does in the Japanese job market. In a culture where business cards and their handling are a huge make/break for corporate relations, what effect will it have to scan in someone's business card? More than likely, common practice will be followed and then scanned in out of sight, but still, I wanna see if this sells in Asia.
Brilliant app, hope I have a reason to get it soon.

MacBipes says:

Not a fan of this - gotta have the right lighting without the flash - I prefer the MS Tag reader or other barcode scanners. Work great

sputnik says:

I like it. It could be a really useful app for all us Road Warriors.

ninjamattic says:

Yup, considering I can't seem to keep track of business cards, this is definitely useful.

Triangle says:

Great app and very useful. I'm surprised there aren't more business card reader apps.

hpfontenot says:

This is an AWESOME idea. Hopefully it works as well as they claim...

etc says:

Look looks like a great use of the iPhone, an always-available business card container.

zeagus says:

I might try this out as well, would be great like apps that allow you to do similar with discount cards and such.

coolkendude says:

I agree that this is still a useful app but personally, I'd rather just plug all the details myself in my contacts program.

allan says:

it is good for a little fun but if you have 200 cards, just forget it it will take weeks to scan them all...

jane says:

this app is like as bad as every other card reader.
we all wish it could work but it does not
i find that only Econtact Pro does a good job because it is not OCR but human data entry...

nao says:

It would be great if it worked ...
but i must admit that this application was a big disapointment for me.
I agree that it can make the wow effect once or twice but most of the time it is very bad and long...

dloveprod says:

This looks cool, I'm gonna watch out for the next time it goes on sale

Selülit kremi says:

Does it integrate information with existing contacts? I couldn’t really tell from the video.