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  1. cpetku

    cpetku Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Ordered a Droid yesterday and now I'm starting to hunt down apps before it arrives on Monday. I've read that there is a business card reader out there (assuming I don't receive a phone with a faulty camera), but details on where to acquire it or its capabilities are not forthcoming.

    1) Do I need to wait for the phone before I can do any real marketplace searches?
    2) Any personal preferences on business card readers (OCR)?
     

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  2. dmgabe

    dmgabe Well-Known Member

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    You can search the market via androlib. Not sure about business card readers though.
     
  3. tennvol

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    Did you ever find anything? This would come in handy for me.
     
  4. ejl2010

    ejl2010 Well-Known Member

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    bump for this!
     
  5. mazz0310

    mazz0310 Well-Known Member

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  6. alostpacket

    alostpacket Over Macho Grande? VIP Member

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    I couldn't get this to work on my droid. Had to manually install and even once I got it running it said initialization failed and the scan/camera button didnt do anything. Tried manually importing a pic of a card too and still nothing.

    Sadly I think it was something they wrote in 2008 for G1s/Android 1.0-1.5 ish and wont work on droids though that's just my guess. the company who makes that software has a website that looks dead-ish to me and the app isn't on the market nor is it available for download from them. I think that apk that is floating around is something someone ripped out of their ROM and posted on a filesharing site.


    This is the site of the developer: IntSig -- Premier Provider of Mobile Applications


    Anyways, I would LOVE to get an app like this. Business cards are such annoying wallet fatteners :p
     
  7. unkid4n

    unkid4n New Member

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    I don't know if you're looking for OCR to read the info from them or whatnot, but you might try Evernote for taking pictures of them?

    Its what I use for things like that, and I couldn't be happier ^_^

    Its not in the market yet, but you can get the apk here
    http://s.evernote.com/androidbeta
     
  8. alostpacket

    alostpacket Over Macho Grande? VIP Member

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    Thanks for that link, evernote is cool for sure and I had no idea they had an android beta. installing it now and will play with it for sure. The one thing I don't like (or maybe haven't figured out how to do -- im new to evernote), is that you can't seem to make the "note" into a contact. Still, this is a big step in the right direction so thanks again for the link :)
     
  9. BottledHate

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    something like this would be nice.... an ocr business card reader for the camera... looks like most of the apps use remote servers to do any kind of ocr processing currently... :(
     
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  11. Fabolous

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    Give Google Googles a whirl. It's supposed to be able to read business cards and import them directly into your contacts.
     
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  12. alostpacket

    alostpacket Over Macho Grande? VIP Member

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    edit: fab beat me to it. *shakes tiny fist*

    Thanks for these. I actually now use Google goggles. I was ecstatic to find out it reads biz cards among 50 other things it can do. It's a bit wonky but it's "beta" and free =)
     
  13. l3rian

    l3rian Active Member

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    Yeah google goggles does this.. I tried it once and thought it worked very well. You can call the number right after scanning or add the whole thing into your contacts. Pretty neat!
     
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    Redflea Well-Known Member

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    Google will someday rule the world...not saying it's good or bad, but those people are comers....
     
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    mjschmidt Well-Known Member

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    Google goggles!!!! Droid does!
     
  17. MicroNix

    MicroNix Well-Known Member

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    OMG! It actually works!! And who says the iPhone is still the king???!!!! :D

    Got Google?
     
  18. ChidiebereBrenda

    ChidiebereBrenda New Member

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    hello friends,

    The Business Card Reader app for iPhone that uses optical character recognition to change physical cards to electronic contact entries has made its way to BlackBerry . As you can see from this demo video, all you have to do is take a picture of a business card with your phone, let the app scan it, and it will do its darnedest to put all of the relevant information into appropriate fields on a new contact.
     
  19. Needsdecaf

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    Uh...wha? :D BlackBerry? We don't need no stinkin' BlackBerry
     
  20. iPhone2Droid

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    I grabbed a new app appearing earlier this week, CamCard. $14.99.
    CamCard - Business Card Reader v1.0.20100106 Application for Android | Productivity
    Among its features: OCR. Once that process is complete, it will toss the info into your Droid phonebook. Predictably, the accuracy of the OCR is fully dependent on the type of card being photographed. Plain white cards, with a standard typeface, are handled well. Fancier typeface will cause problems. Don't even bother with non-pastel color cards, unless you have some Excedrin Extra-Strength handy! Now, lemme try to give you a "you are there" perspective on this app.

    Mechanically speaking, I found it best to set the card against a dark background before taking the pic. I placed a card on my desk, hovering over it with the camera turned in landscape mode. Once the card comes into view, the app shows 4 corner handlers. It then made a sort of whirring noise, and within seconds, a green frame appeared around the card. The snapshot was then automatically taken (although there is a button on screen allowing you to manually take the pic). I heard a beep, which apparently signals that the card's contents have been digested. You can then view the associated contact in your phonebook to see what clean-up is required. Oddly, while most cards use a font friendly to number clarity, the app sometimes stumbled. So, I learned to pay particular attention to the phone numbers post-OCR.

    You can save the card's image to the SD card, but you can not rename it, absent Astro or another file manager. This proves to be a critical flaw --- the app has a "Load Card" feature. Tap it, and you're dumped into the Gallery, where every other picture also appears. The thumbnails are way too small to distinguish among the business cards. Thus, this particular feature is completely useless.

    Another problem: Many cards include a contact name with title. The app has no clue how to properly deal with that info, so I had to continuously revise that specific info per card within my phonebook. Sometimes the name was tossed into the name section of the phonebook; othertimes, it showed up in a weird area, like website. Asurion's AddressBook-Beta allows you to set up customized fields (thereafter viewable in the native phonebook), so I used it to better set up this info.
    http://www.asurionmobile.com/addressbook.html
    BTW, each and every website appearing on a card was correctly tossed into the website field of the phonebook-- and accurately!

    Ultimately, I uninstalled and refunded. At some point, this is likely to be a superb app, but it's just not there yet. Of the 100+ cards I set aside for this experiment, substantially less than half were handled as expected/desired by the app. The rest are now waiting for me to input manually.

    As I remain determined to lessen paper within my home/office, for the time being, I've gone back to Scan2PDF Mobile for Android 2.
    http://www.burrotech.com/scan2pdfmobile/
    No OCR, but the PDFs are faithful reproductions. The built-in mechanism allowing for easy naming of files permitted me to set up an electronic rolodex of sorts, which I review using a file manager, with a PDF viewer installed.

    At this writing, there's nothing else in the app store worthy of anyone's time re Business Cards. I say that after having tried each and every one. Suggestion: try CamCard on a day when you have the time to experiment. The images of cards you've added with it will remain after the app is uninstalled. Likewise, whatever was added to the phonebook remains.
     
  21. blackdognorth

    blackdognorth Active Member

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    Alternately, this may be a better task to do when you get back to the office/home and a real PC.
    Business card scanner
    There's a link to a hardware/software pack that scans and imports directly to Outlook Contacts. $190, not cheap. Probably worthwhile for some.
    Then you'd sync to the Eris in normal fashion.
     
  22. sethgoldstein

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    I have the Cardscan Pro and love it. It's not a phone app but it does the trick.
     
  23. chuncheng

    chuncheng New Member

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    WorldCard Mobile is one solution for you. and it just cost 5.99.
     
  24. sethgoldstein

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    There doesn't seem to be one.
     
  25. chuck.levi

    chuck.levi New Member

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    Ya, I saw several business card apps on Android market. Who is the winner? I vote WorldCard. I switched from iPhone 3GS to Droid last week because I am the AT&T hater.

    WorldCard is my best business app so far. Download to try....
     

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