CamScanner is an App that converts your smartphone into a scanner. “Er… I can just take a photo instead”, you say. Well, this is much more than that.
CamScanner uses its own algorithm that not only crops images but also enhances them, making them much clearer. It allows you to angle the image however you want, allowing you to remove an unwanted section. What’s more is that a filter can be added to your scanned image. You can make it black & white, make it brighter or leave it as it is.
Additionally, the app allows you to edit your scanned images so that you can annotate them and even add your own watermark to them – a very handy feature if you’re going to be sharing your images with others. The editing tool gives you an option for pen size and colour too so you can differentiate between crucial and not so crucial areas. The image can also be rotated.
CamScanner allows for all your scanned images to be saved and synced across all your devices via the cloud. This means you can access and edit any saved documents from your smartphone or tablet. You can also access and edit it via the CamScanner website on your PC but you will need to register an account prior to doing so.
In addition to this, you can upload to other supported cloud services, such as Dropbox, Evernote and Google Drive ;)
Your scanned images can be shared with others via email as a file link, JPG file, PDF file and secure file link. So if you don’t want others to see it, you can set a passcode.
You can even set the size of the PDF. There are a lot of choices. Please note though that with the free version a watermark (‘Generated by camscanner’) will appear at the bottom but it does not cover any part of your image. You can save to your photo album on your smartphone (without a watermark).
What makes this app even more amazing is that its ‘OCR’ (optical character recognition) feature recognises text in the image and then extracts the text so that you can search for it later.
You can also add tags, in order to categorise your images - a great way of keeping all your scanned documents organised.
Wait. There’s more….
If you want feedback on any documents, you’re able to invite your friends / family. Doing so will enable them to view it and comment on it too. Great.
Want to print what you’ve scanned? Well, you can do that too via AirPrint, with a nearby printer. Fantastic!
I would recommend signing up. Even though you can scan and edit your document images without logging in, you’re restricted to doing just that. The app will not let you share with others. You’ll also not be able to sync to all your devices without an account.
It’s a really handy app, don’t you think? I think it’s amazing; very convenient and useful. You can use it for many different things but I’ve been using it to scan receipts. I don’t like keeping paper and, let’s be honest, how many of us actually keep our receipts unless it’s for a very expensive product?
With CamScanner you can freely scan your receipt and then bin it (or better yet, recycle it) because with the sync feature, you’ll have a digitised copy of it on your smartphone and/or tablet. You never know when you might need it…. ;)