If you are a business owner or work for a company where networking is your life blood you have probably run into the age old problem of too many business cards. You may ask yourself “What can I do with all of these?” “How should I follow up with all of these when I don’t even have them organized?”.
Luckily there are a few solutions out there that can help you get those cards in order and start utilizing the contacts better. One such solution is CamCard.
This is by far my favorite app at the moment for getting your cards in order. What I really like about it is the clean interface, the ability to add in notes once I have taken the photo of the card, and the ability to sort my cards into categories. You can even exchange electronic cards with CamCard users from the app.
No more carrying around all of those pesky business cards.
It is super easy to find anyone’s card information by category or using the search feature. You can look at all of your cards at once or you can look at specific categories. The choice is yours.
There is a free version and there is a paid version. Right now I am using the free version since it does everything I need it to do. But if you need more robust features then the small price tag is well worth it for this little organizational miracle for your business cards. Below is just a couple of shots of how I have organized information so far:
Getting cards in is super easy. Just point and shot. It lets you retake if you don’t like the first shot. If you have a lot of cards I would suggest doing about 20 a day. Just set aside a hour a day and snap in those business cards. You will have your stack organized in no time.
You can use it on any device. To download for your device go to https://www.camcard.com/.
This is the version I use on my Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
Today I’m coming to you with a review of FileMaker Pro. I was given a complimentary review copy of FileMaker Pro 12 about 6 months ago. Even though my copy was free I am giving you my honest opinion of this product. I also want to say that during my review of FileMaker Pro 12 a new version is now available. It is FileMaker Pro 13. The new version adds a couple of new features but the basics from version 12 remain the same.
So let’s get into it.
My first encounter with FileMaker Pro was actually about 10 years ago. I was in charge of coming up with a solution to keep up with membership information for my organizing group. I was on a Mac at that time and bought FileMaker. I really liked that I was able to build a custom solution. Fast forward to 2014.
FileMaker has really made nice strides since then. Back then there was a learning curve, but now it is so much easier to get started.
What I Like:
- There are QuickStart templates so you aren’t starting from scratch.
- There is different views once inside.
- You can keep file attachments which is great for keeping client file information together.
- There is an app available so that you can get your information on the go.
Below is a video of how I used the contact starter solution to organize a client’s contacts.
Other Ways I Used FileMaker Pro
I was able to do a lot of really cool things with FileMaker Pro. For instance, I was able to pull (import) in a spreadsheet that I was using to keep up with my blogging duties and info into a FileMaker Pro database. This then allowed me to be able to enter in new information in a form setting instead of as an excel spreadsheet. But that’s not all, if I wanted to still enter it in as a spreadsheet all I had to do was change the view and I could do that.
I also played around with the asset quick start template. I wanted to be able to see if I could keep my client’s contact information as well as any files associated with it. I filled out the contact form and then added in the file from my computer of a PDF that I had sent a client. I was able to look at the PDF right away once uploaded all right there with my clients other information.
There are so many ways that you can use FileMaker Pro in your business and personal life. With the easy quick start templates you are able to get started without a huge learning curve.
There really isn’t much not to like about FileMaker Pro. If you are in need of making your own custom database solution I would highly recommend checking out FileMaker Pro. For more answers to your questions of “Is this the right solution for you and your business?” click here.
A look at FileMaker Pro (click on picture to enlarge)…
Today I want to talk with you about updating your apps. That little number that you see beside the apps icon on your iPhone or iPad means that there are updates.
It only takes a few seconds to update your apps. Don’t wait until it gets to needing 24 or more apps that need to be updated. Because that will take longer and you will need to be on wifi as not to drain down your data allowance with your cell company.
When you have updates to your apps it is usually important and helps the app to run better. If you find that your favorite app keeps shutting down then a update may be the reason why it is not functioning correctly.
So go update those apps! And keep them updated. This is one habit that will help you in the long run. It doesn’t take a ton of time if you do them when you see the little update icon. You should also regularly update your computer too. If it says update then update it!
How do you choose the best productivity app without being overwhelmed?
In this quick audio I answer this question that has been asked a lot of me lately. Choosing a productivity app can be confusing with all of the choices out there, but it doesn’t have to be. You don’t just have to use one productivity app to be efficient. I go into more explanation in the audio. Take a listen.
And if you haven’t already check out my growing list of apps. If you know of any not on the list just add it.
The other day I was on the site momversation.com and Digitwirl did a video about saying goodbye to junk mail. She introduced an app called Paper Karma. It was so neat that I just had to run over to the app store and download it and give it a try myself.
I have an iPhone so the app was pretty straight forward to download. There is no iPad version as of yet so you will have to look in the iPhone section. Don’t worry if you don’t have an iPhone because this app is available for Android and Windows Phone too!
Now back to the app. After I downloaded the app I started it up and was met with a welcome screen. From there I was asked to login with Facebook or signup. I didn’t want to login with my Facebook account so I just signed up with my email address right there and hit the join button.
After you do that you get their terms and end user license. Just accept and you will be presented with the next screen.
The next screen asked for my address but it did something pretty neat. It asked if I would like for it to find me via GPS so that I wouldn’t have to enter the information in. So I said what the heck and let it find me. It took only a few seconds and it had me pinpointed to my exact address. Amazing! Some of those GPS locators just locate you to the street but not your actual address.
After that information was saved then I was taken to a welcome screen where it gives you a quick tutorial of how the app works. Then you are off to the races.
I just grabbed a piece of junk mail that I had received and took a photo of it and that was it. The nice thing about this app is it didn’t save the photo to my phone. It stores the photo on their server.
After you take the photo you just wait. You can go to the status center right in the app to see the status of your request. Whether it is pending or complete or whatever. I will let you know if I start to see any decrease in junk mail.
If you want to decrease the amount of junk mail in your mailbox then go ahead and download the Paper Karma app. You have nothing to lose and its FREE. The app is available for iPhone, Android and Windows phone users so you have no excuses why you can’t just try it out.
If you would like more information just go to their website at www.paperkarma.com and check out their blog. You can also see a hands-on demonstration by Digitwirl at Momversation .com to see just how easy it is to use.
Unitl next time…
Update: I received a email after about 2 hours that said they were successful in contacting the two places that I had sent them. Now that is fast! I have high hopes for this one.
Latest Update 3/18/13: It has been some months since I first started using Paper Karma and I must say that I have not received much junk mail at all. I certainly have not received any mail from those companies that I set up at first. I now get only the mail that I have asked for. You can’t go wrong with this app. I would grab it now if you want to cut down your junk mail. I still get email status updates from Paper Karma letting me know if any other companies have been trying to contact me. I love this app!