Today’s business world is all about networking. Whether you’re well-established, or just getting your foot in the door, the people you meet could have a great influence on the future of your career. But with every new contact comes a new business card so you and your new connection may keep in touch. The only difficult thing is keeping so much information organized and at-hand so you will benefit from your successful networking efforts.
With WorldCard Contacts, Penpower Technology Ltd hopes to provide an invaluable service by allowing users to compile all their business card information into one iPhone application. Described as THE contact organization and business card management tool, WorldCard Contacts combines all your contacts with the images of your business cards as taken with the iPhone’s camera. WorldCard Contacts connects with you iPhone’s pre-existing Contacts with an interface that closely resembles that of the Contacts list, in fact, featuring Favorites, Recents and Keypad.
When viewing contacts in list mode, your screen looks almost exactly like the traditional Contacts list, which is a fantastic way of making WorldCard Contacts familiar and user-friendly. With the ‘+’ button, you can add contacts, while you can edit contacts details and update information by tapping on their name like usual.
Tapping ‘All’ in the upper left corner takes you to a list displaying your iPhone contacts, WorldCard contacts or both. Here you can then tap ‘Edit’ to create a new category in order to organize your contacts and make searching for the right person easier. By editing your contacts, you can then assign them to whichever category you choose.
For contacts that have a business card you wish to enter, simply use the ‘Cards’ tab in the bottom right corner or the camera icon in the navigation bar at the top of the screen, which allows you to take a picture of the actual card and keep it in your own digital sort of business card binder. This allows users to scroll through their cards and contacts in one convenient place. Users can also quickly search for specific contacts with the Search bar at the top of the screen in both List and Card mode.
WorldCard Contacts claims that users can then make a call, send texts or emails, browse a company’s website or pinpoint them on a map with the use of a single button right from the card’s screen. However, all isn’t as easy as it sounds. The biggest drawback is that, in order to do so, users must manually enter the information that appears on the card into their WorldCard Contacts database in order to use such features easily.
The only way to avoid having to manually enter your contacts’ information is by downloading WorldCard Contacts’ companion, WorldCard Mobile, for another $5.99. This app promises to enter your contacts information directly from the card via capturing and recognizing technology. However, if you’re content with spending a little extra time to manually enter all the necessary information, WorldCard Contacts should suit your needs just fine.
Oddly enough, WorldCard Contacts’ greatest feature just may be its ‘Help’ page. Indicated by a small, gear-like icon in the top right corner of the screen, this section is so comprehensive and simple, it will surely have the answer to any problem or question you may encounter while using WorldCard Contacts.
WorldCard Contacts requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with the iPhone. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.