App A Day: SamCard – Business Card Reader

Today we’re going to be taking a look at a nifty little utility that allows you to scan business cards directly from your phone. The app requires that you have an iPhone 4 / iPhone 4S. 

SamCard is fairly simple to use, just snap a picture of a business card (or choose a picture you took earlier from the photo library) and watch as the app instantly recognizes all the relevant details like name, designation, company, contact no, email etc and saves them to your contacts. The app supports the following languages for character recognition: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish.

A few tips for a better experiance:

  • Make sure that the picture that you take of the visiting card is as clear as possible (no blurry pictures)
  • Make sure that there is adequate lighting.
  • When taking the photo, align the edges of the card with the edges of the viewfinder on screen.
  • Try to hold the phone parallel to the card while taking the photo.

With the free version of this app, you can scan upto three cards a week. All limitations are removed with the paid version. While $6.99 seems like a lot for a single app, if you’re collecting a lot of business cards in your work, you might just want to consider it as this is one of the best business card readers we’ve tested on the iOS platform.

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