The humble business card is something of an old fashioned icon, but it is still in daily use. This is in spite of the fact that most people carry a mobile phone with them that could be easily used to store contact details instead of having to carry around bundles of cards that are all too easily lost.
While it is perfectly possible to sit down and manually transfer business card details to your phone, this is a lengthy and laborious process. It is also something that ABBYY Business Card Reader is able to help with.
Using your iPhone's camera, it is possible to take a photograph of a business card and the app will automatically scan it and create a new contact based on the information it contains. With support for 17 languages, including multi-lingual cards, ABBYY Business Card Reader can cave a great deal of typing.
The free version of the program will only extract first and last name as well as the first available phone number, but full contact details can be saved using the full version of the app. You can also use the app to look up contacts on Facebook and merge details with existing contacts that you have already created.
Upgrading to the full version of the program unlocks a few features that will be of greater interest to those using ABBYY Business Card Reader as a fully-fledged business tool rather than just an alternative contact management system. This includes address searching with Google Maps and contact searching on LinkedIn and Twitter.