Once again, the iPhone proves to be much more than just a mean to communicate, this time with the help of a smart app called DocScanner PRO. What this app does is turn your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch into a fully-functional document scanner.
Coming from a Finland based company called Haave Inc. , it is set to change the way you interact with your documents, photos, receipts, business cards, notes, posters, whiteboards, books, recipes, art and more.
Being more than a simple camera tweak, DocScanner PRO gives users the option to automatically scan any paper documents and then save them as PDFs.
It uses the device’s camera to take a photo of the document, be it business document, a regular photo, or just about anything you want, and then it formats the scanned area and makes it available as a PDF document, JPEG, and you can even print it right away using AirPrint.
Sharing saved documents with ease
Sharing saved documents is very easy, you have multiple choices like Facebook, Twitter, email. The best part however is the extensive integration via iCloud, Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive, and WebDAV, thus making it very flexible.
One of the things I liked a lot about it was a feature called Auto-shoot, basically all you have to do is point the camera to any kind of document and DocScanner PRO takes care of the rest, resulting in crystal clear scan quality. You will see a rectangular shape appear on the screen that will shift until it fits the shape of the document you want to scan. Pretty nice, right?
You can import pictures from the Camera Roll, or you can import PDF’s from other apps, such as Mail.
Another important feature is OCR. It currently supports the following languages: Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian (Latin), Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese. This is absolutely fantastic, removing the need for installing another app specifically for OCR.
To be fair, the OCR feature still needs some work, but I would say it does it’s job at about 90 % so I can’t really complain. Also, the speed of conversion is fast, which is always good.
All in all, DocScanner PRO is well organized, it can be your personal virtual library if you like, with many options to sort your scanned documents so you can always find them, even edit them again if you find something not to your liking.
I wouldn’t be surprised if you replace your desk scanner with DocScanner PRO, it is that good. Even in low light conditions.
To conclude, a list of pros and cons:
- A lot of choices when it comes to uploading to a cloud service, or sharing
- OCR has many supported languages, more than you would expect actually
- Crystal clear scans every time, even in low light conditions
- For some reason the app cashes once in a while
- OCR could use some work