What does it take to make you look like a business professional? Clothes and a business card. Both are subject to taste, but the latter can set you apart from the riffraff competition even when you haven’t met a prospective client. All you need is a little moxie, a dash of hubris, a Mac, some business card card stock, a printer, and one of a couple of interesting business card apps.
2 Apps That Look Like Each Other
You know what they say about copycats, right? If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then why do companies file for patents and engage in legal fisticuffs to ward off flattery?
Alright, enough philosophy. Here are two Mac apps which do mostly the same thing for about the same price. Which app imitates whom?
In the left corner is veteran Mac app developer BeLight Software’s Business Card Composer app. What does it do? It composes and prints custom designed business cards.
In the right corner is CristalLight’s Home Business Card app. What does this one do? It makes business cards you can print out.
Both apps comes with hundreds of business car templates which you can use immediately, or customize to create a unique card.
Both apps come with image libraries, horizontal and vertical business card layouts, and can be printed on just about any of the business card paper stock.
Both apps let you walk through the business card building process, step by step, and import addresses from Contacts on your Mac.
Both apps let you drop in background images from a library (or any image), and you can export cards to a variety of file formats.
It’s actually difficult to tell the difference between Business Card Composer and Home Business Card.
It’s almost as if a disgruntled former employee left to create a competing app. Or, a former employee loved one so much that he decided to flatter it with a copy.
There are differences. Business Card Composer is Mac only, while CristalLight has both Mac and Windows apps.
Both have trial versions so you get ample opportunity to determine which fits your needs better, and which is flattering the other by copying so many features. In fact, the CristalLight website looks awkwardly similar to BeLight’s site.
My preference, though, is BeLight’s Business Card Composer. I have a number of their apps. Support and updates have been quick and frequent, and they’re not tainted by Windows.