Have you ever been out somewhere and needed to grab a quick copy of a document of some sort but didn’t have a copier handy? Or, even if you could find a copy machine, it would be so much easier to just grab a picture and go?
Here is a surprisingly easy solution for that – and it’s free!
It turns out that, for both Android phones and Apple iPhones, there are apps that will turn your phone into a document scanner. Several of them.
What scanner apps do, with a couple taps from you:
1. Use your phone’s camera to capture a document image. A grid shows to help get the image aligned.
2. After you snap the picture, the app will automatically try to find the corners of the document.
3. Crop, straighten and enhance the image.
4. Convert the document to a PDF, and store it away.
You can have multi-page documents too, and groups of documents can be organized together.
I’ve tried out a few of these, and there are many that I haven’t tried yet. So far the one that has worked best for me is called “CamScanner” – and it comes in versions for iPhone, iPad and for Android devices too.
All of these apps are dependent on the quality of the camera, of course. And to some extent, how quickly your device can snap a picture – to keep shakiness from blurring the picture. I tried CamScanner on a friend’s early tablet and the pictures, while usable, were never quite as sharp as we’d have liked. But on my Android and on an iPad 4, they’re as sharp as a tack and able to store very fine detail.
It’s surprising how quickly these apps have become useful and regularly used! I just sort of stuck one on my phone to have for “just-in-case”, and it turns out that I’ve had the app working almost every day – copying a receipt here, a doctors’ note there and so on.
Give one or two a try and see if they might be useful for you too.
If you go to the app store for your phone or tablet and search for “document scanner”, you’ll find CamScanner and all the others. As is common with many apps, there is an ad-supported “free” version and a paid version that doesn’t have the ads and which may have some additional features. The free versions provide a good way to try them out until you find one that you like, and they may have enough features that they’ll do just fine for your needs. But even if you need the additional features, the price for the paid versions is usually under five dollars.
And if you have any questions or could use some help with it, give me a call! Mike Pepper ~ Pawling Computer Guy. 845-855-5824 or click on: