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CardScan Executive v8 Card Scanner

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  • Use drag-and-drop feature to consolidate important business info from email, web sites, and other electronic media
  • Creates digital address book from scanned business cards
  • Categorize contacts, search, sort, print labels, map addresses
  • Synchronizes with most business software including Outlook, Palm, Windows Mobile, iPods, and many smartphones
  • Dimensions 9.2 x 8.1 x 2.8 inches; weight 4 pounds
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Technical Details

  • Minimum RAM: 64 MB

Product Description

Product Description

CardScan Executive features a desktop card scanner and full-featured contact management software -- ideal for the power user. Synchronizes easily with Outlook, PDAs, smart phones plus ACT!, Lotus Notes and GoldMine. Color scanning and fast 3 second scan.

From the Manufacturer

The CardScan® Executive is the "Best-in-Class" business card scanner. Easily drag and drop contact data from email or web pages and it's instantly placed in the correct fields of the CardScan software or mobile device. Manage your contacts in CardScan software or seamlessly sync with your software and mobile device.

Saving time capturing business cards is only the beginning.

Designed for the power user and those with more advanced contact management needs, CardScan Executive allows you to scan, drag and drop or import contacts, and manage them with ease. Synchronize your data with Outlook®, Lotus® Notes, ACT!* ®, GoldMine®*, Palm® and Windows® Mobile devices. Batch scan a trade show’s worth of cards - the Executive can handle it - it comes with a faster, more powerful scanner that adds color to your contacts.

Scanning business cards is only half the story. You’re likely getting as many contacts in email these days. We make quick work of that, too.

Simply highlight the contact information in an email signature, web page or other text file and drag it over to the CardScan software. It’s instantly placed into the correct fields. It can’t be much easier than that!

If you’re sync’ing to Outlook, you now have your contact data there too, all with one click of the mouse. CardScan is also the only leading business card reader with online back-up, web access and an updating service. We keep your data safe so you can access it anytime.

User Interface

How’s it different from other CardScan products?

If you use a PC: Only solution in the industry to include free, secure online backup and updating service.

If you use a Mac: CardScan Executive for Mac does not currently include the online backup and updating service.

Features & Benefits

The fastest scan speed – up to 30 cards a minute!

Easy-to-use Software
More than a business card scanner CardScan’s powerful, easy-to-use software is a complete contact management solution.

Capture contact information from almost anywhere (business cards, email signatures, web pages and more).

CardScan puts your contact information where you want it and keeps you in sync (Outlook, ACT!, Notes, GoldMine, Palm or Windows Mobile, Blackberry and more).

CardScan keeps your contact data safe, securely backing up your data to our CardScan At Your Service™ online service at no charge.

All CardScan products offer an unconditional risk free 30 day trial because we’re sure you will like our products as much as we do.

Get the latest “how-to” tips to make your CardScan contact management solution work harder for you.

Your CardScan solution comes with so many features that you may find yourself wondering how you ever got along without it. From the simple but all-important capture of contact information to producing mailing labels at breakneck speed, you’ll find each feature a golden opportunity for you to get and stay organized.

Scan and Launch
Insert the card and voila! You’ve launched the program.

Quick Search
Just type a few letters and the software springs into action.

Use Categories to display contacts by whatever they have in common.

Resolve conflicting or duplicate information with the Duplicate Wizard.

Sync Up
Keep your Outlook/Outlook Express®, Palm®, Windows® mobile device and smartphones up to date and identical.

Drag and Drop
No business card necessary; just an email or other electronic document.

One-Click Email
Select the contacts you want, click the email button and off you go.

Easy Labeling
A print wizard guides you gently to the right format, fields and font; the software does the rest.

Use CardScan At Your Service™ for online access with secure backup.

What’s in the Box:

Package Contents: Personal V8 Business Card Scanner, Detachable USB cord, CardScan version 8 Software, 2 Year Limited Warranty

Frequently Asked Questions:

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How long will it take me to set up the product and get my cards scanned in?
You can set up your CardScan system in about five-ten minutes for individual users, or a few minutes more if you are using one of our solutions for CRM systems. Between 20-40 cards can be scanned per minute, depending on your system and whether you scan in color or black and white.

Can the product read hand written notes?
The product will scan hand written notes, but will not be able to interpret them. An image will be saved of the notes for you to refer to or type in later.

Can it scan insurance cards/receipts/driver’s licenses?
The card will scan most anything that fits within the dimensions of the width of a business card, but the software is not set up to put the information on cards other than business cards into special fields. The image of these cards will be saved, however.

What PDAs does CardScan work with?
Currently, CardScan works with Palm, Handspring, Sony CLI É and Windows Mobile devices.

How accurate is your product?
CardScan can accurately scan most business cards. If you can read the card, CardScan can also. The product will also highlight any fields it feels might be wrong so you can verify the information and correct it if necessary.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 9.2 x 8.1 x 2.8 inches
Item Weight 1.6 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.6 pounds
Item model number CS-A08180-ENG
Customer Reviews
3 out of 5 stars 86 customer reviews

3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #17 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Scanners > Business Card Scanners
Date first available at Amazon.com June 2, 2007

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I'm not sure why the previous reviewer had so much trouble with the character recognition. Perhaps it is a defect in the particular unit he received. In my case, it did a very fine job recognizing the data on a large variety of business cards. Very fast, and easy to use. I did not activate the integration with Outlook, but did set it up to make the Cardscan contact list available in Outlook, and that worked just fine.

My only quibble is with the free online backup that they offer: the fine print tells you that they will email everyone on your contact list periodically to encourage them to join up. This sounds like a great way to lose all your friends, so I didn't do it.
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After years of delaying the purchase of a business card scanner, I decided to make the plunge after amassing a pile of 300+ business cards. Generally, I am an early adopter of any technology that introduces additional efficiency into my life. However, I was a bit skittish about obtaining a business card scanner due to the negative impressions of the product category. However, despite a few of its shortcomings, the CardScan Executive has been a worthwhile investment.

In the past, coworkers have argued that the accuracy of such products is so low (<90% that they offer little value beyond the manual entry process. While the OCR accuracy of scanning complicated multicolored business cards is in fact only 85% to 90%, the CardScan software facilitates very rapid manual correction of the data. Not only are all of the relevant fields laid out in a consistent tabular form regardless of the original order, but the CardScan software highlights questionable data. At the same time, it allows the user to compare this data to the saved scanned image of the card. This juxtaposition is an important element of the value proposition of CardScan Executive solution. Regardless of the accuracy, the scanned images can be flipped through while inspecting the estimated OCR text. It is important to note that the user can scan hundreds of business cards, rapidly one at a time, before any of the time consuming manual correction takes place.

This automated process capability is one element of the software that I didn't fully understand before purchase. Assume you have 500 business cards that have elaborate graphics, which leads you to correctly guess there may be a high error rate. This isn't necessarily a problem as you can 1) scan all of the cards then 2) process (i.e.
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The product worked for three days and then stopped working. CardScan is one of these companies that asked not to return the product to the store but to contact their customer service if the product has a problem. I was on hold with customer service for 35 minutes before giving up. I wrote their tech support an email regarding the issue. Two days later I received a response asking me what scanner I had purchased and what color the light was showing (even though all this information was provided in the initial email). After sending this information again they determined that the unit I had purchased was defective and they would send me a new unit. The unit they sent me turned out to be refurbished. I was incredibly disappointed that it took so long for their tech support to respond and that they did not keep to their commitment an exchange the defective unit for a new unit. Considering I had spent close to $300 on a NEW unit and not refurbished one and the unit I purchased only worked for three days this was the least they should have done. This company does not stand by their product.
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Product worked ok for a while with Outlook at Windows XP. However, after upgrading to Windows 7 I was shocked to learn that I had to pay $119 to upgrade the Cardscan software. Product also lacks the ability to sync with online contact databases such as Google Apps (gmail). I can not recommend products from companies who double-dip their customers by charging outrageous fees to keeping the product functioning and relevant.
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I have held off getting a card scanner for a long time because I knew that it would be a challenge to find one that could pick up all of the characters and put them in the correct place in Outlook. This one has come a long way. You still need to check each card carefully. Because each company can have such unique titles or logos often only part of the company name is picked up, or a number 1 is seen as a number 7. I do find, that though I type very quickly, this scan process is effective. A bit pricy though for not being able to be "perfect." They do have a 30 day trial which for some people might be the ideal answer.
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I just installed the Card Scan Executive for my division and am finding discrepencies between the card and the scan image about 30% of the time. As a result, it is necessary to check each scan for errors, which was an unpleasant surprise. Although it is still faster than typing all of the information in yourself, the system is certainly not flawless.
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By W. K. on June 16, 2011
A wonderful device if you still use XP or Win 7 x32.

Unfortunately it won't work with Win 7 x64. The scanner doesn't have a driver for x64 and the software becomes inoperative in a Win 7 x64 environment.

Too bad because it was a 5 star device in a 32 bit environment.

Apparently it doesn't generate enough profit for Dymo for them to keep it current.
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