The Corex CardScan 500 is the best Card Scanner I have had the
opportunity to use. I have used Card Scanners going back to 1995, the
first was Pacific Crests CardGrabber Scanner.
Installation of the
software was straightforward with no hitches. The CD Rom has an auto
sensing installation that leaves nothing to the imagination.
Once the software was installed, it found the scanner with its
Setup Wizard on the first try. I have not had a hardware installation
go ant smoother. The scanner can be setup as either USB or as a
Pass-thru Parallel connection to your computer.
The CardScans Optical Character Recognition, AccuCard
Technology, works very well. All that is needed is place the business
card on the scanner tray, push it forward and it initiates the
scanning. The software was able to recognize names, titles, phone
numbers, e-mail addresses and URLs. It placed them into the programs
Address Books in the correct fields. The only time I had to do any
adjusting was when the card did not have a distinction between the
fields. ie: name and company. You
have the opportunity to either work on the card or continue
to batch the cards and go back later to place them into the address
Once your business cards are in a CardScan database you can search
for contacts by typing only a few characters of anything you can
remember about that contact using the quick search.
Connectivity with AutoSync
CardScan automatically synchronizes with your contact manager.
CardScan's AutoSync feature works with the popular programs: ACT,
GoldMine, Groupwise, Lotus Notes,
Lotus Organizer, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Schedule, Sidekick and
CardScan synchronizes at the touch of a button with Palm handhelds
and Windows CE devices. The synchronization between CardScan and your
Palm handheld is done using the CardScan for the Palm Computing
Platform Plus. New features include synchronization for Psion
palmtops, Franklin Planner software, and digital mobile phones (using
System Requirements for Windows
Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows NT 4.0 or higher
486 Processor or higher 16MB of RAM
35MB free hard disk space for a minimum installation and 50MB for a
Modem for auto dialing and faxing
One PC parallel port or USB port for scanner connection (USB
requires Windows 98 or higher)