File CardScan under 'helpful products'

What do you do with all the business cards you collect?

What do you do with all the business cards you collect?

I usually throw mine in a big file box and then pay my daughter to staple them to index cards for my old-fashioned card file.

But CardScan could change that habit.

The Massachusetts company has rolled out a new version of its CardScan Executive, a business-card scanner that can quickly transfer your card collection into digital form.

CardScan is the little scanner that could - and does. It breezed through my first 30 cards. I had to move some data around for three of them, but it was easy to do. The scanned information for each card comes up in software supplied by CardScan. You can also point and drag any information that may be in the wrong field of the data file you create.

I scanned in about 90 cards in the time I spent waiting for sources to return my calls one afternoon. Then I transferred all the contact information to my Visor without a hitch. This is definitely a very useful business tool.

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  • John N. Frank writes Toy Box. He is the Chicago-based Midwest bureau chief for PRWeek.

    Price $249.99; personal model, $149.99

    Available at, Staples, Office Depot, Office Max, CompUSA

    Specs USB-powered; can transfer data to Outlook, ACT!, Notes, GoldMine, Palm devices, Pocket PCs, Blackberrys, and Smart phones

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