Here at PCA Towers we’re drowning in business cards — it’s our only perk (apart from booze and groupies, obviously). But not being organised, we find it difficult to keep track of these useful contacts.
Convinced that the Executive is the solution to this problem, CardScan CEO Jonathan Stern sticks his own card in the box so you can tell him how you get on. Such confidence isn’t misplaced, but you’re going to need to be seriously disorganised to want to shell out £199.
The first thing that struck us about the Executive is its solid feel. It looks good, is unobtrusive and is a pleasing weight. Setup is a doddle — whack the CD in your PC and attach the lengthy USB cable. A wizard takes you through the calibration process and you’re off.
Scanning cards is simple, quick and surprisingly effective. So long as the card is in a standard format, the Executive’s OCR (optical character recognition) software can discern which data belongs in which field. Editing out errors is painless. One word of warning though: brightly coloured, gold-embossed ‘I’m important’ cards will confuse the scanner. And repel women.
What’s really smart is the way the Executive handles the information it garners. You can synch it with loads of email clients, including Outlook and Lotus Notes, and transfer your contacts to a smartphone or PDA.
As we were creating a separate database of business contacts, we used the native CardScan software. It’s intuitive to search and you can back it up online at no extra cost. You also get the option of the AccuCard Service, which sends emails to contacts to keep details updated.