image Enter contact information is tedious on any mobile device. We shown some available online services such Scanr.com that allows to snap a picture of the business card and send to them, you will receive in return a vcf file. The process still requires several steps.

SHAPE Services announced the release of Business Card Reader app for iPhone, which is much seamless process. Business Card Reader makes a "scan" of a business card with the photo camera of iPhone 3GS then it "reads" business card information using OCR (Optical Character Recognition)  technology and inserts complete and accurate contact details into the appropriate fields of the iPhone address book. Text recognition is processed completely on the iPhone and does not require data connection. After contact recognition users can search LinkedIn public directory and read the LinkedIn profile in a built-in browser without leaving the application.

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"Quite a number of hardware-like utilities and business apps in App Store demonstrate that consumers are now ready to use their iPhones not just for Internet and entertainment purposes," said Igor Berezovsky, CEO of SHAPE Services. "We’re glad to present Business Card Reader, the first in class scanner for iPhone with real OCR technology and LinkedIn integration aiming to revolutionize scanning ability of iPhone with accurate and exact text recognition."

First version of Business Card Reader recognizes business cards in English, French, Italian, German and Spanish. More languages are going to be added in the future versions.

Download ($6) from the AppStore http://bit.ly/NLo3q

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2 Comments

  1. pergelater
    Posted August 22, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

    Though not as good as commercial softwares, some online OCR services are not bad, for example, site free ocr.

  2. Crystel
    Posted October 2, 2010 at 2:10 am | Permalink

    You can go to Free OCR. There, just click on Browse to upload the file, it will do OCR for you. The result is not bad.

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