Portable Business Card Scanner by Penpower WorldCard

Save yourself time entering in all your new business cards you’ve collected on your last business trip.  I know, I know – old versions of business card scanners pretty much stunk.  They were too hard to use and also inaccurate.  Try this one.

How it works:

The WorldCard scans 20 cards a minute in color and reads 19 languages, including Russian, Japanese, and Chinese.


The scanner has a cable storage sport and a travel pouch to throw in your briefcase or carry-on.


The WorldCard weighs 5.4 ounces.  It works with PCs or Macs.

Brand: PenPower
Model: WorldCard Ultra
List Price: $199.95
Price: $6516.24


WorldCard Ultra is an elegant-palm-sized color business card scanner. Slot-in design makes Ultra the easiest and most intuitive way to scan business cards you have ever experienced. The Ultra redefines what a business card scanner should look like. The front cover keeps dust off while not in use and protects the internal electronic components. On-the-go professionals find it a great companion to bring along on business trips to file contact info into a database before returning to the office. For Mac users, you can use WorldCard Ultra to scan, recognize, and save contact information directly into Mac Address Book, saving you the time needed to type the contact information. No need to search frantically through stacks of cards or into that deep corner of your desk Save time and energy running through all your business cards just to find the right one. Eliminate needless typing and endless keyboarding errors entering business card information. Minimize typing by leveraging WorldCard¿s automatic recognition capability of capturing contact info from all those business cards and synchronizing with your chosen applications to reflect the changes. If you use Outlook, Outlook Express, or ACT!, you can even scan or capture the contact info directly into the applications without even launching WorldCard software. There is no need to learn to how to use new software. Seamless integration with popular applications is the key to integrating Penpower¿s business card scanner. [ System Requirements ] ¿ Pentium III 800 CPU or above ¿ 256MB of RAM ¿ 200MB of available hard disk space ¿ Windows 2000 / XP / Vista ¿ Mac OS X 10.4 or later version (Intel) ¿ USB Port [ Hardware Specifications ] ¿ Dimension (W×H×D): 105x31x93mm (4.13¿×1.22¿×3.66¿) ¿ Weight: 153g (5.4 oz.) ¿ Resolution: 600 dpi ¿ Interface: USB ¿ Image: Color ¿ RoHS Compliant ....read more


Average Customer Rating

  4 out of 5


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  • Digitally preserve and sort your professional and personal contacts with this business card scanner
  • Palm-sized featuring a streamlined slot-in design with dust cover
  • Includes a full text advanced search feature
  • Includes up to 65,535 sub-categories for sorting
  • One-year limited manufacturer's warranty


N. Landers February 21, 2010 at 12:00 am

Good to go for those who use both MAC & PC
Rating:4 out of 5 stars
This is a good way to get your business cards organized. It is easy to set up, but some cards are unreadable by machine and sometimes certain text does not read. Do not be discouraged by this, buy this one not the IRIS card reader, this is a GOOD product!


A. Miles February 27, 2010 at 12:00 am

Mac Users, Read Carefully before buying!
Rating:3 out of 5 stars
OK, I have several Intel Macs, and an iPhone. When my job suddenly changed to a strong marketing role, I had to manage the huge stack of business cards I’d collected over the years, it was no longer sufficient to say “that number is here somewhere” as I flip through a stack of cards.

The hardware is good. Small, lightweight, I can throw it in my laptop case and go. A short USB cable is integrated, and it comes with a extension cable which I’ve yet to need. The little flip-down cover is fine, I suppose it keeps dirt out when carrying it around. I’d almost prefer a pouch to carry it in.

OCR sucks everywhere, it’s as good here as it is anywhere. That means you will do a lot of editing. Don’t think you won’t. More on this in a moment.

The drivers went on easily, and the device was instantly recognized. I was scanning in under 5 minutes.

Here’s the rub. The bundled software, WorldCard, looks like it would be incredible. But that’s Windows only application, no touchy for us Mac users. WorldCard Express is bundled for Mac users, and it is nothing to write home about.

I think that most of the functionality the WorldCard promises is provided by a combination of WorldCard Express and the Mac Address Book. If the conversion between the two was seamless, I would have no complaints, but it isn’t. You will basically perform two levels of edit on every card you input.

When you scan, you’ll click on ‘Edit’, and a fairly accurate representation of the card will appear in editable fields. You have an opportunity to fix OCR issues here. It’s cool that items that weren’t recognized go into a separate area you can cut and paste from to put them where they need to be. Get comfortable with your “Apple X” and “Apple V” keyboard shortcuts, the mouse will drive you crazy here. When you’re done, you click a button and off to your address book the card goes.

Now comes the problem. WorldCard Express has no concept of “First Name” and “Last Name”, nor does it understand “City, ST, ZIP.” So all your names will go into the “Last Name” field of your address book, and that is unsatisfactory for most users. The entire address goes into the address field, and City State and Zip are left blank. Not functional at all. This means that you really have to perform two levels of editing on each card for it to be useful.

So, having said all that, it’s still considerably faster then typing in every card, and if you have a sharp eye to catch the expected OCR errors, it is certainly more accurate then typing in each card. Over several days, in my spare time and with the part-time help of an assistant, I’ve caught up on 5 years of cards. Keeping up will be a breeze. I like it, I will use it, I do not regret purchasing it (of course, the company paid for it). I will be watching for improvements to WorldCard Express, or a full version of WorldCard for Mac.

By the way, for you Mac Thunderbird users, google Mac Address book with Thunderbird and you’ll find instructions for a slick way to link your Mac Address book to Thunderbird that takes about 15 minutes to install and configure and works well. Supposedly this will be included in Thunderbird 3.0, but it’s a unofficial download add-on with configuration for now.

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