Platform: iOS, Android
Cost: 6.99 $ for iOS, 5.99$ for Android
In the past we have seen a number of applications that work on OCR technology. Now even though some of them were clearly rubbish and rarely worked, the application that we are going to talk about today blew us away with how effectively it provided us the accurate results.
WorldCard Mobile (iTunes Download Link) is an application that lets you scan business cards using your iOS device and saves the contact information, everything, almost everything that is present on the business card. WorldCard Mobile uses OCR to translate the image into text and adds that text into your iPhone contacts. If you are someone who meets a number of new people every now and then and receive a bunch of business cards from them, it most definitely is difficult to keep all of them with you and hence this is one application that will let you scan all such cards and effectively transfer all the information i.e. name, the primary phone number, secondary phone number, working address filling almost all the fields that you find in your iPhone contacts. The app also has the ability to utilize data stored in e-mail signatures. To use that function, you simply copy the e-mail signature from an e-mail inside of Gmail and paste it into WorldCard Mobile. This lets you copy the information and you can create a new contact using the data or add/merge it with an existing contact.
The fact that the application is pretty much capable of understanding what goes where i.e. differentiating the primary phone number from the secondary is something amazing in itself. Again, the efficiency of the application that is something remarkable and commendable. In the 20 business cards that we did scan using the application, it scanned the right information from name to the rock bottom work address on the business card without any sort of trouble.
Okay, like every other application that does a lot of good, certainly has it’s down sides as well. In this application, one thing that the developers need to work on is when the application requires an image click of the business card, the clicked image, which is later scanned by the application to obtain the details, sends the image in the camera roll. It would have been better if the application created a separate folder for the same so as to allow the user to effectively manage the images and keep personal images and the business cards apart.
Even though the application works on iPod Touch as well but given the camera quality of the device, it was really difficult for WorldCard Mobile to recognize the information on the business card whose image was clicked using the iPod Touch camera. This is more of a disability of the device rather than the application and the developer has added a warning for iPod Touch users in the application itself regarding the same. The interface of the application is something that can be made a little better but for us, as long as the application effectively performs what it’s made for we don’t really care about the interface.
That’s pretty much about it. All in all, WorldCard Mobile is a really cool and effective application. It’s an application that every person from the business world would love to use for the sheer power of the application. It does appears a bit overpriced though. 4$ might have been a good enough price for the application but considering the application is most useful for the people of the business world, for people who get good enough pay cheque, spending 7$ on an application wouldn’t or rather shouldn’t hurt them much!
Nice application. Amazingly effective! In spite of everything this application most definitely deserves a 5 on 5 from us at OP!