ScanBizCards V2.72 Premium was approved on Monday – we were waiting for the Lite Update to get approved too but instead that update got rejected (because of a crash in the improbable scenario of an iPod user touching the camera button, getting nothing (no camera) but still trying to scan the “nothing” …). Nostra Culpa and we re-submitted the Lite version. On a related topic, we are almost ready with a migration function to copy all cards from a Lite Upgraded installation to a Premium installation.

What’s New

Quite a lot, in various areas of the app

UI improvements: rounded corners for card thumbnails displayed in the regular (2D) view of cards within a folder – this is a great example how 60 seconds of work can make a significant esthetics difference – thanks to Michael Melnick for suggesting it. New sort buttons – thanks to Jonathan Moldovsky for providing them. As you can see, we depend heavily on the favor of talented friends for our looks …

Usability improvement: we added a function to move or delete a card directly from card view, clearly needed – once you scan a card, it very likely that you will want to delete it or move it to an appropriate custom folder depending on the type of contact. If moving to a new folder, that same function now allows creating the new folder as part of the move.

Usability improvement: card thumbnails can be adjusted (for esthetics reason) from the folder view, by touching Edit then selecting one card. Not the easiest way, and I am sure some of you didn’t realize that function existed. There is now a setting (OFF by default) to enable one-touch access to adjusting the thumbnail, in which case just touching a thumbnail in the folder list opens the view to adjust the thumb (touching the area to the right of the thumb opens the card as usual)

New start options: a setting “Auto-Start in Camera” (OFF by default) will cause the app to start directly by launching the camera (as opposed to showing the startup screen with all the options)start app in camera mode. Another setting (also OFF by default) will auto-start scanning for new photos or photo imported from library. Combined together these two settings can save a lot of time when scanning a stack of cards.

Accuracy improvements: a permanent fixture in our updates, but a necessary one. Essentially, when we get a card we don’t scan well, we usually fix the causes for all the mistakes we made before moving on. We also continuously improve the image pre-processing and this updates includes some improvement there too.

On-screen guidance for picture taking: this is less important for experienced users of the app but we noticed that many new users tend to take pictures of cards held horizontally while holding the phone upright. This results in a card image filling less than one third of the viewport – with text too small for a good scan! We added on-screen guidance recommending to place the card with its long sides hugging the long edges of the iPhone to avoid that mistake. Note that we still automatically detect the text orientation, so if you are taking a photo of a portrait-style business card or some non-business card text, just ignore the guidance, we won’t be confused about the text orientation.

Red laser:  if you ever see a red laser light when scanning a card, it’s an infrequent case when we failed to detect orientation. In most cases, no worries, we will then simply assume you followed the on-screen guidance. If the orientation is still wrong, you have the manual rotate button at your disposal.

Automatic removal of (0) in phone numbers: we noticed a competing app had this item as the only thing they fixed in an update and we didn’t want to not fix something they did, so there you have it.

Reviews – the good and the funny

Another good review, this time from far-away Singapore: http://mofice.innovatus.com.sg/moapp/point-shoot-and-scan-business-cards/

Notice the friendly jab at the current popular app Business Card Reader: “Get this one if installing an application with the most user ratings makes you feel better” … well, we added a link “Rate this version” within our help pages so you can help fix that J!

And a funny one: http://webtechgadgetnews.com/update-scanbizcards-lite-business-card-scanner-business/

Do NOT spend too much time reading it, it’s just the hilarious consequence of the perils of automated translation. Note among other things how one of our features is described as “Forward a hit to a co-worker or crony” [Note to search engine: please do not associate us with organized crime on account of that alleged feature].

Feedback

Next week will be a good time for us to start taking care of small features we have had on the to-do list so please remind us if there is something you’d like us to add to the app. Hope you enjoy using it!

ScanBizCards V2.72 Premium was approved yesterday – I was waiting for the Lite Update to get approved today but instead that update got rejected (because of a crash in the improbable scenario of an iPod user touching the camera button, getting nothing (no camera) but still trying to scan the “nothing” …). Nostra Culpa and we are re-submitting the Lite version tonight. On a related topic, we are almost ready with a migration function to copy all cards from a Lite Upgraded installation to a Premium installation: when that’s ready, I’ll email this list again and anyone who wishes to do the move will be able to do it fairly easily.

What’s New

Quite a lot, in various areas of the app

UI improvements: rounded corners for card thumbnails displayed in the regular (2D) view of cards within a folder – this is a great example how 60 seconds of work can make a significant esthetics difference – thanks to Michael Melnick for suggesting it. New sort buttons – thanks to Jonathan Moldovsky for providing them. As you can see, we depend heavily on the favor of talented friends for our looks …

Usability improvement: we added a function to move or delete a card directly from card view, clearly needed – once you scan a card, it very likely that you will want to delete it or move it to an appropriate custom folder depending on the type of contact. If moving to a new folder, that same function now allows creating the new folder as part of the move.

Usability improvement: card thumbnails can be adjusted (for esthetics reason) from the folder view, by touching Edit then selecting one card. Not the easiest way, and I am sure some of you didn’t realize that function existed. There is now a setting (OFF by default) to enable one-touch access to adjusting the thumbnail, in which case just touching a thumbnail in the folder list opens the view to adjust the thumb (touching the area to the right of the thumb opens the card as usual)

New start options: a setting “Auto-Start in Camera” (OFF by default) will cause the app to start directly by launching the camera (as opposed to showing the startup screen with all the options)start app in camera mode. Another setting (also OFF by default) will auto-start scanning for new photos or photo imported from library. Combined together these two settings can save a lot of time when scanning a stack of cards.

Accuracy improvements: a permanent fixture in our updates, but a necessary one. Essentially, when we get a card we don’t scan well, we usually fix the causes for all the mistakes we made before moving on. We also continuously improve the image pre-processing and this updates includes some improvement there too.

On-screen guidance for picture taking: this is less important for experienced users of the app but we noticed that many new users tend to take pictures of cards held horizontally while holding the phone upright. This results in a card image filling less than one third of the viewport – with text too small for a good scan! We added on-screen guidance recommending to place the card with its long sides hugging the long edges of the iPhone to avoid that mistake. Note that we still automatically detect the text orientation, so if you are taking a photo of a portrait-style business card or some non-business card text, just ignore the guidance, we won’t be confused about the text orientation.

Red laser:  if you ever see a red laser light when scanning a card, it’s an infrequent case when we failed to detect orientation. In most cases, no worries, we will then simply assume you followed the on-screen guidance. If the orientation is still wrong, you have the manual rotate button at your disposal.

Automatic removal of (0) in phone numbers: we noticed a competing app had this item as the only thing they fixed in an update and we didn’t want to not fix something they did, so there you have it.

Reviews – the good and the funny

Another good review, this time from far-away Singapore: http://mofice.innovatus.com.sg/moapp/point-shoot-and-scan-business-cards/

Notice the friendly jab at the current popular app Business Card Reader: “Get this one if installing an application with the most user ratings makes you feel better” … well, we added a link “Rate this version” within our help pages so you can help fix that J!

And a funny one: http://webtechgadgetnews.com/update-scanbizcards-lite-business-card-scanner-business/

Do NOT spend too much time reading it, it’s just the hilarious consequence of the perils of automated translation. Note among other things how one of our features is described as “Forward a hit to a co-worker or crony” [Note to search engine: please do not associate us with organized crime on account of that alleged feature].

Feedback

Next week will be a good time for us to start taking care of small features we have had on the to-do list so please remind us if there is something you’d like us to add to the app. Hope you enjoy using it!