Mac Gems – Part 2

So I wrote a post about Relationship a while ago. I’ve been using for some time now and it is a very good piece of software. I must admit for a free application it is an amazing iOS one. It is a bit slow on the start up but it does work very well.

I have been looking for an app that lets me scan business cards and sadly none work as well as they should. I ended up buying WorldCard only to find out that while it does support multiple languages it does not support multiple languages on the same side of a business card. Also I ended up facing the horrors on iOS contact management. Apparently when you decide to use contacts from a server and particularly from an exchange server, you open a huge bag of hurt. I cannot describe how much I hate exchange after the last 2 months. I have had my battery drained a couple of times due to exchange not being able to sync to the server, constant crashed when attempting to delete contacts that got synced to an exchange account and several other problems.

It turns out that iOS makes Exchange the default account even for your address book and unfortunately certain management tasks are not that easy to do in iOS.

Anyway back to the business card issue. It is nice that you can scan cards with a picture but you should be warned. It works best on iPhone 4 (more resolution) and under a very well lit conditions. The OCR algorithm that WorldCard uses is good however it cannot deal with tilted letters so you have to have your camera as parallel to the business card as possible. Once you get the hang of it, and if you have no contacts problems, it all works well. Plus there is a desktop application that you can sync to (other than Address Book). Still, the solution is very far from what I would like it to be so I am still looking for a better one. I really would like to not spend £100+ on a business card scanner but it might be the best solution given the state of affairs.

[EDIT:] Ok so apparently I was having a problem with some of the Address Book preference files. Had to export the library, delete the /Home/Library files and then restore. All in all syncing is back to normal and the business cards are a heck of a lot more useful now. Still the auto OCR is not perfect but at least my computer setup is working now. In all honesty should’ve known that something was wrong when the add button in Address Book for some of the categories disappeared …

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  1. #1 by ip camera on January 20, 2011 - 7:17 pm

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    • #2 by grouver on January 21, 2011 - 1:57 pm

      You’re welcome. I know quite a few people as of late have discovered the world of Mac (well OS X to be exact) and quite frankly while Macs are amazingly versatile and are a joy to use, they are quite different from Windows computers.

      I suppose I should have mentioned that the Mac community is a bit old-fashioned in the sense that the best way to find out about great apps is by word of mouth. There are usually Mac User Groups and conventions but today you no longer have to meet up with fellow users because people write about the application that they like.

      Anyway, I’ll write about new apps as I find them (provided that they really a good). And if time permits I might even put up a list of things to stay away from. Glad I could help 🙂

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