Why rely on a bulky, expensive scanner when you can easily scan documents, pictures and business cards with just one tap of your mobile phone? Sudhir Chowdhary picks five widely popular mobile document scanning and sharing apps, which are free, easy to use and a must-have for those who work a lot on-the-go
Available for Android, iOS and Windows devices, Office Lens from Microsoft is a handy app that turns your smartphone or a tablet into a fast, efficient scanner. If you are taking pictures of receipts, business cards, menus, whiteboards, or even sticky notes then Office Lens will automatically crop, enhance, and clean up the image and export it to OneNote or OneDrive as a JPEG image, or Word, PowerPoint, and PDF document. This free app trims, enhances, and makes pictures of whiteboards and documents readable. Install Office Lens on your device, run the app and you have an efficient scanner in your pocket.
Not quite good as a conventional scanner, but does the trick.
Fast Scanner turns your Android or iOS devices into a multiple pages scanner for documents, receipts, notes, invoices, business cards, whiteboards and other paper text. With this free app, you can quickly scan your document, then print or email them as multiple pages PDF or JPEG files. Moreover you can save the PDF files in your device or open them in other apps. The app works very clearly and easily. Images are crisp and clear.
You can even scan multiple-page documents and save it under a customised file name. A must-have for those who work a lot on-the-go.
Scannable from Evernote is a pretty fast and simple to use iOS device-specific app. It instantly recognises business cards, receipts, and any other paper you point it at. Whiteboards, too. Scans are automatically cropped and enhanced, producing crystal clear digital documents. The moment you run the app, it’s ready to start scanning. It’s super quick and gives excellent clarity for documents scanned. Simply position your document so it fits within the viewfinder of your device and the app will quickly and automatically capture it, then straighten, sharpen and improve the quality of the image. You can even share the scanned documents with colleagues via email or SMS.
A popular mobile document scanning and sharing app with over 100 million installs, CamScanner helps you scan, store, sync and collaborate on various contents across smartphones, tablets and computers. You can use your phone camera to scan receipts, notes, invoices, whiteboard discussions, business cards, certificates etc. Then run the app and its smart cropping and auto enhance feature make the texts and graphics look clear and sharp. The app also enables you to easily share documents in PDF or JPEG format with others via social media, email attachment or sending the document link. A useful and reliable app, it’s easy to use and
the best part is, it’s free to download.
Genius Scan has more than 15 million users. It is a decent productivity app which works on Android, iOS and Windows smartphones and tablets. This app from Grizzly Labs is a simple, cross-platform document scanner that makes snapping quick images or generating PDFs of receipts, notes, sketches, or anything else as simple as a single tap. It enables you to quickly scan documents on the go and email the scans as JPEG or PDF with multiple pages. It detects page frame and corrects perspective, enhances the scan with colour or black-and-white post-processing and creates PDF documents with multiple scans. The app also gives you some basic editing tools, like auto cropping and archiving.