WorldCard Mobile Phone Kit$59.95
- Capture and recognize business card with a smartphone automatically
- Recognize 20 different languages
- Manage contact effectively on iPhone, Android phone and PC via Cloud
- Easily sync information with Gmail Contacts as well
- Sturdy Design
- Great for Bloggers, PR Professionals, Marketing, Business Professional
- A little more documentation would be nice
- Still couldn't get the Auto Mode to work
Until I started blogging, and after attending my first blogging conference, I never really had a need to organize business cards, or keep contacts straight. Now I do. I have found that being able to find someones information quickly and efficiently will benefit me as I meet more PR Contacts, Company Representatives and even other Bloggers. The WorldCard Mobile Phone Kit by PenPower might help me do all of that in a better way.
So do I have a lot of business cards to scan? not as many as I would like at this point, but it was a nice start to do the ones that I did have, using this neat little gadget. After unpacking it from the box it came in, I noticed it had a nice weight to it, which was reassuring, as I thought it could possibly tip over with use. That was not the case.
So what’s in the box? Let’s examine that.
- The Mobile Stand Itself
- CD-Rom to install Software on your computer
- Easy Start Guide with Activation codes for PC, Mac, iOS, and Android
I scanned the QR code to install the software on my Android based Samsung S4 phone. This article will reference to this device for the purpose of this review. After installing the software and activating the software with the code included, I placed my phone on the stand, and began to position the business card holder to fit within the viewing window of the software on my phone. There is a sliding mechanism that slides up and down, to assist you with proper positioning to scan your cards. Once set, I was on my way.
Now, the software features an auto mode, and a manual one. I will be honest, I never got the auto mode to work. I looked in the documentation which is one of the weaker elements of the product, and even went online to watch the demo video again. No help. Aside from not getting the auto mode to work, using the manual one was pretty simplistic and captured a majority of the business cards without much effort.
I had a couple of hiccups with a few of my cards that I used for the purpose of the review. Especially my own business card, but mind you, I know the card itself is a little busy, so I can understand how the software would have a hard time recognizing information on it.
The software on its own can be used by itself without the stand, which is a nice feature if you are away from the desk, and want to scan a card of someone that you didn’t want to lose touch with right away.
Once the business card is scanned in, you can edit the information to add social media contacts if you have them, or correct any faults if the software was to misread something, which did happen on one card, but it was easy to fix. Once you are in the contact, if it had an address, you can click the mapping icon, and it will open the program you use on your device to the Map Software that you use to give you directions to the location of the contact. Also if you have social media information under the contact, clicking those icons take you to their respective pages, as well as the email icon which will open your email client to send them an email. Have a need to forward the information to someone, easy to do within the contact, just select how you want to send it to them, and away you go. It also has a place to type in some personal notes about the contact, in case there is something specific you need to remember about them.
So who is the WorldCard Mobile Phone Kit for? Someone who has a lot of contacts with the need of an easy way to organize them all. Or that busy PR, Marketing, Business, or Blogging Professional who needs a little boost in getting things organized.
Overall impression? I like the product, was a little taken back by the need for additional documentation inside the box. While some of the information I needed was online, if you had no need to sync information with your Desktop or Laptop computer, I would have loved to see the information I needed included with the product. Some great points that make the software even better, is that you can sync information/contacts with your Gmail contacts, and store them in Dropbox and iCloud as well. You can use the software on Android, iOS, PC and Mac.
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