After someone hands you a business card, what do you do with it? We usually stick it in a pocket to be filed when we get back to the office. It then gets stuck in a file box or tossed in a drawer where it's guaranteed to get lost. And even if you're careful to file it in a card box, how do you file it? Under the person's name or the company?
Check out a novel application of scanning technology in Corex's CardScan Plus 300. It's a six-inch scanner with CardScan software - you feed all your business cards into the scanner's business-card-sized slot. The CardScan program takes a graphical snapshot of each card. It then uses optical character recognition to read printed text on the card.
CardScan endeavors to determine what part of the text represents the name, address, phone numbers and any other printing. Today's cards might have more than one phone number - a fax number, for instance - and CardScan can identify them. CardScan can even identify e-mail addresses and Web sites. Once it has processed everything, it stores the information into its database.
The database lets you find and sort all your business cards. You can search not only by name but by anything in the database, even area codes. You can also add your own notes and group the cards into category.
When someone hands me a card, I usually write something on it to remind me about why I was interested. Because CardScan takes a snapshot of the card, you see the image on the screen along with any handwritten notes you may have scrawled on it.
If you use a Palm Pilot or other personal digital assistant that Corex supports, CardScan can directly transfer all your business card data into the digital assistant's address book. Another time-saver is CardScan's compatibility with contact management software such as ACT, GoldMine, Outlook, Maximizer and others.
If you already have a flatbed or sheet-fed scanner, Corex also sells the CardScan software separately. The stand-alone CardScan software includes a plastic sleeve that lets you position up to eight cards to be scanned at one time.
The CardScanPlus 300 sells
for $299. The Windows-based CardScan software alone goes for $99. For information call 800/261-6329 or surf over to www.cardscan.com.
Pub Date: 4/27/98