It’s time to dust off that collection of business cards and get munching #in

I’ve just come across a great iPhone app which I thought I would share with you. It has been developed by LinkedIn and is called CardMunch, ‘reinventing the way professionals use business cards’ and it’s free – whoop whoop.

What a great tool to deal with that collection of dusty business cards you just don’t know what to do with.

In a nutshell, download the app, take a photo of the business card and the card is converted to a digital format. The app will even tell you things that you have in common with the owner of the card such as colleagues and work experiences, connections in common and employers.


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If you have a stack of business cards but don’t have the time to photograph them yourself then why not get a Virtual Assistant to do it for you. Simply post them to us and we’ll do the rest.

Have you used Cardmunch before? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Photo by Hyend Design Solutions

Our 5 top free business apps for your iPad, iPhone or iPodTouch

Number One – WordPress

I discovered the other day that WordPress has developed a free app for the iPhone.  It’s great if you have a WordPress site as the app allows you to moderate comments, create or edit posts and pages, and add images or videos with ease.  All you need is a WordPress blog or a self hosted WordPress.org site running 2.9.2 or higher.  To download click on the attached link.

Number Two – Dropbox

Dropbox is the easiest way to sync and share your files online and across computers.  With this app you can view photos, videos, documents and presentations in your Dropbox on the go.  Save photos and videos taken with your iPhone’s camera to your Dropbox, including HD videos on your iPhone4! Share and send files via email, or copy and paste links to share with another app.  Export Dropbox files to other iPhone and iPad apps. ‘Favorite’ files to download them for fast, offline viewing. Swipe your way through photo galleries.

This app requires a Dropbox account.  If you don’t already have a Dropbox account, the app will allow you to create one for free.

For more information on Dropbox and its services, visit Dropbox where you can also get online access to your file, download clients for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux, or upgrade your storage to up to 100GB.

To open a Dropbox account and for further information click here.

Click here for the app.

Number Three – Dictamus

The beauty with this one is that it can be used with Dropbox (number two aboveyee hah).  For a demo video click here.  Dictamus is one of the most sophisticated professional dictation application for your iPhone, iPod Touch (2nd gen) or iPad.

Dictamus offers:

- Rewind, overwrite, insert: edit your recordings at any point

- Lightening fast recording controls

- Voice activation: skips pauses automatically

- Intuitive, powerful, easy-t-use interface, streamlined for professional use

- More sharing options than any other recorder: send emails, direct download to your computer, upload to Dropbox, box.net, MobileMe, WebDav, FTP

- Automatic security

- No intermediate servers for email: send email directly from your iPhone, with your name and email address as sender

To download the app click here.

Number Four – Skype

With Skype on your iPhone, iPad touch ir iPad you can make and receive calls, and instant message anyone else on Skype, wherever they are in the world.  You can also save on international calls and text messages to phones.  Skype is free to download and easy to use.  With the latest version, you can now call over 3G (operator data charges may apply) and keep Skype running in the background.

For further information and to download click here.

Number Five – Mailchimp

MailChimp makes it easy to design and send beautiful emails, manage your subscribers and track your campaign’s performance.  Don’t have a Mailchimp account? No problem.  Sign up free with the iPhone app.

With this app you can:

- Add subscribers to your mailing list

- View fancy reports for your email campaigns

- See how your campaigns are spreading on Twitter

- See where in the world your subscribers are

- Edit and unsubscribe people from your lists

- View Chimp Chatter – a newsfeed that shows the status of your account

- Refer friends to Mailchimp and earn free credits

To sign up to Mailchimp click here.

For further information and to download the app click here

I am sure there are many many others, but the ones above are my favourites.  I would love to hear what apps you use, please comment below.

Creative Commons License photo credit: Liz Tasa P.