Best business card scanner apps

Keep your contacts safe by making business cards digital

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Business cards have become a popular method of communication since the reign of Sun King Louis XIV in 17th century France, when it became customary for guests to deliver them to hosts to announce their impending arrival.

The cards remain a highly effective advertising and communication tool, but the stacks of cards we accumulate are inconvenient to organise and all too easy to lose.

And the idea that people are going to copy over contact information on mass to digital address books is ludicrous. Instead, we'll most likely put them in a drawer and forget about them.

If you're a regular on the conference or a networking circuit a good business card scanner will make sure that stack of business cards you've accrued doesn't get lost forever.

In fact, lots of the apps listed will scan multiple cards at once and automatically sync contact information on the card with your address book or contact manager, saving time and a lot of effort.

Here's a look at the best apps on the market.

Additional reporting by Christina Mercer.