TEAM BUSINESS CARDS

CardscanThe software that comes with CardScan Team business card scanner updates everybody on a network when new business cards are entered. The scanner itself is the same as the CardScan Executive, which sells for $260, but if you want to have this network-wide sharing capability, the price is $400. It’s pricey, but probably worth it for businesses that depend on lots of sales leads and contacts. A “personal” CardScan is available for $160, but is two seconds slower than the other models and scans only in black and white.

The scanner and software work very well together, and we were able to get clear results from quite an odd selection of cards; it even handled a magnetic card. Separation between personal and company names, along with separation between address and other numerical information, like phone numbers, was almost always right on the money. Scanning itself was a fast three seconds per card.

Information from the scanned business cards goes into its own supplied database and/or can be merged with almost any accepted database. You can categorize the information into groups and easily search through those or the whole database. Data can be synchronized with PDAs, iPod-type data storage devices and smart phones.

An interesting feature provides maps. Click on an address and the software can take you to your choice of five different mapping services on the Web. Go to MultiMap.com and you’ll even get the local weather. Learn more about the scanner at CardScan.com.

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