by March 2, 2005 0 comments

The scanner-cum-BCRs reviewed here allow you to export the database to HTML, Lotus Notes, Outlook Express, Outlook,
GoldMine, Palm Desktop, ACT!, Text and vCard formats. The BCRs connect to your PC or notebook through the USB and have almost similar functions. 

Plustek OptiCard 600+

This palm-sized BCR can scan cards of A8 size at 600 dpi and can recognize different business card layouts. Sadly, it can scan only in b/w or in grayscale modes. It can send scanned images directly to Cardiris 3.0, that manages the digital versions of cards. It can automatically perform orientation, de-skewing, cropping and OCR after scanning. Has a good speed of just 6

Plustek OptiCard 820

It can scan photos in color and has separate buttons on the top for scanning and
BCR. It bundles: Presto Image Folio, Presto MrPhoto 3 and Cardiris 3.0. The optical resolution is 600 dpi, which can be enhanced to 1200 dpi . It scans a visiting card in 7 secs under the grayscale mode and 8 secs for the color mode at a resolution of 300 dpi. The maximum scanning area is 4.1 x 5.8 inches. Cards scanned are accurately reproduced in most cases in its Cardiris database.

The Bottom Line: Both are good buys for those who want to digitize and manage their business cards.

Sukhsagar Prajapati

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