Automatically Add Contact Info with ProOnGo Business Card Reader for BlackBerry

By Adam Zeis on 18 May 2010 09:31 am EDT
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ProOnGo Business Card Reader

Business travelers appreciate the time it takes to enter contact info from business cards. From your hotel room late at night, or back home after a long trip, it can be a daunting task. ProOnGo Business Card Reader hopes to ease your pain by doing the grunt work for you. Just snap a photo of the card with your device camera, and the information is automatically transcribed and ready to be entered into your contact list with just a few clicks. The contact info will be sent to your device as a vCard, so you can verify and drop into your list without a hitch. This can prove an invaluable tool for many business travelers or if you are just a social butterfly. The basic version is free to download and will give you 10 reads at no charge. For more, you'll have to upgrade and can get 30 scans for $2.99. Hit the link below for more.

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Automatically Add Contact Info with ProOnGo Business Card Reader for BlackBerry

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SO IVE TRIED IT ONCE IT TAKES ABOUT TEN MINUTES TO GET THE EMAIL BUT IT SEAMLESSLY INTEGRATES THE CONTACT INTO YOU ADDRESS BOOK, AND SENDS AND ATTACHMENT IN THE EMAIL WITH THE INFO AND THE PHOTO YOU TOOK. SO FAR SO GOOD, BUT IM NOT GONNA KEEP PAYING THREE BUCKS EVERY THIRTY SCANS. THAT SEEMS UNCOOL. TO ME.

yeah you have to keep paying. I used it for about a month, and did about 70 or so scans on it. receipts are ok, a little more interaction on the users part than it leads you to believe. The business card scanning takes a long time....at least 10 minutes as the previous member stated but it does go into your contacts. Depending on the format of the card, it may list all numbers as OTHER rather than what they actually are. I also found that it doesnt always give all numbers, usually only 2 (office and mobile), no fax, or other direct or secondary lines. I will not keep using it after this batch of scans is up because its just not THAT great to keep paying for. I would definatley recommend everyone get their free 10 scans though and check it out, it may work better for you.

Sounds like a very cool app for anyone that wants to keep business cards. The issue of having to pay every time for 30 scans is not cool. I'm glad Cb informs us about all these apps but why would you inform us on apps that want to rip us off and when there are others that cost less and even free. Cb really needs to start screening some of these apps before they become part of the madness.

It may be the same on all programs, but it sounds like they are saying the cards you scan can be given to other providers / companies and the info may not be confidential. So don't include any private info.

Forget this... I'll keep using the free app I found that works perfectly... no use in paying per scan... that's ridiculous!!!

@lovecrack

We definitely DO NOT do anything with the information that is extracted from the business cards...or the receipts with our other app, ProOnGo Expense.

Our users information is very important to us to keep confidential, and we would never take their info and sell to companies without their permission. I hope that clears that up.

But thanks for all of your comments, guys. We're continually developing our app based on suggestions from our users so if you have any suggestions or issues with the app, please send support@proongo.com an email.

-Folks @ ProOnGo

"Without their permission"... you guys are a joke! lol

Also, the 30 scans for $2.99 is BS. You could have designed an app that does this and charged $30 for it (and sold several copies considering other apps like this for PCs cost a few hundred bucks easy, plus hardware) for unlimited scans and scans that weren't transfered anywhere (i.e. a server backend), but saved locally on the devices (secure and safe for the user).

This app is a joke guys.

We have yet to sell any information generated from our users' data...and wouldn't dream of doing so without our users' permission.

I like your suggestion of charging $30 upfront as opposed to offering monthly subscriptions. The app is pretty early in its development so we definitely appreciate these suggestions.

Storing the scans on our server in addition to the device is something we're looking into for the Biz Card Reader. We already offer this for our app ProOnGo Expense.

The fact that you're verbalizing it like that ("without our user's permission") is proof enough that you have thought of it or have plans to implement such an option. You'll either verbally change your EULA to allow for this once a user installs the app and inherently "agrees" to such an option based on the installation/use of the app alone or come up with another way to do it. Also, there's ABSOLUTELY NO REASON for you to store this info online or for that matter "transcribe" it via the same means. There are other BB apps that use OCR to do all the work locally on the device and provide the user with the info needed witout the need of a server backend. Your app, while a good and much needed idea, is the wrong way to service such a need for your users. It's like Visual Voicemail apps that utilize transcription in order to turn it into text. The user IS FORCED to turn over privacy control to a 3rd party in order to use the product. That is UNACCEPTABLE in today's time. No user should be faced with such a choice when wanting to use such an app to make their life easier... not when they can go out and buy an app/scanner to do the same thing "privately" and dump the contacts into Outlook and inturn onto their BB for mobile access.

In a time where Facebook (and other entities) are facing a lot of public flak for their privacy ethics or lack thereof, something as small as a BB app shouldn't need to fall under the same judgements.

My vote... redevelop it guys, the right way, and charge a higher amount for a one time license for it. This is a very good app idea that could be very useful to a lot of users, but I think a lot will have issues with either the privacy standpoint of it now or the subscription rate of its pricing scheme. Just saying...

I've tried the free ones and didn't like them. I like the way this one sounds until you see that 2.99 price tag for every 30 you scan. RIP OFF!

Which apps that do this on the device (without using cloud)?

My old Samsung Omnia had an app which allowed me to photograph a business card. The app converted it into a full contact entry in 5 seconds.

That's what I need on BlackBerry!