The IRIS Business Card Reader II promises to make the management of personal contacts easier ? by allowing you to scan business cards and, through optical character recognition (OCR) technology, upload contact information directly into a program such as Microsoft Entourage.
After you attach this miniature sheetfed scanner to a Mac via USB and install the software, you?re ready to digitize your Rolodex. When the Business Card Reader works, it works well. We uploaded the information from a handful of business cards into an Entourage.
Unfortunately, many business cards have dark backgrounds, textures and fancy fonts that stymie the software. Vertically oriented cards are also problems, as the reader is designed to accept standard-size cards. Because it failed to read so many of our cards, we can?t recommend it.