CamScanner: don’t lose the important stuff

by Denis Semchenko
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Ever attended an important work meeting or a presentation where you either ran out of pages in your trusty notepad while taking notes or couldn’t keep up typing copious amounts of information into your phone? Need to turn assorted physical documents into no-frills PDF files, but don’t have a scanner at hand? CamScanner is the answer to your worries.

Developed by IntSig Information – also responsible for the equally nifty CamCard and CamTranslator – CamScanner is an app that turns your mobile device into a portable scanner/fax. With it, you can archive and share your paper documents, receipts, notes and whiteboard discussions anywhere at anytime. Super-handy in business circumstances, CamScanner is ideal for storing and managing bills, invoices, contracts, payrolls, memos, scripts, letters, articles, certificates, tax receipts etc – we found it all out the easy way after installing the free version.

 

The abovementioned freebie – available for a range of Apple devices (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad) as well as Android – gives you a rather encompassing idea of what the full version can do. Like the majority of modern-day photo apps, CamScanner incorporates auto-cropping and enhanced image processing algorithms as well as colour enhancement, while the multiple image processing capability allows for on-the-spot image edits. It also lets you upload files to online storage facilities like Google Docs, Evernote, Dropbox, MobileMe, iDisk and Box.net; you can enable the passcode function to ensure confidentiality. The app’s distinctive perk lies in the cloud-computing storage – meaning you can easily upload and back up documents and get direct access to your archive via your iTunes or local wireless network.

Aside from being an enormously useful device in an office environment, CamScanner is a godsend for accountants – or for that matter, anyone doing their tax (imagine how easy it is to keep non-perishable copies of flimsy shop dockets and tax receipts?). Additionally, you can manage your archive by tagging, searching and viewing in multi-mode 
(note for iPod Touch 4 users: due to the device’s built-in camera, the images might not come out clear enough – we suggest you try the Free Version first, like we did).

The pocket-size scanner produces all kinds of PDF formats: Letter, A4, and B5 along with “self-define” and “Auto-fit” modes. Much like every other modern app, the free version has annoying ad banners at the bottom and the PDF files it generates come out with an embedded watermark you can’t get rid of. The AirPrint and “Search texts within images” features are not available in the free version either. That being said, CamScanner Pro only costs $5.49 and comes ad-free with a full range of features.

All in all, we’re sold. Do you reckon CamScanner is a worthwhile investment or know of any alternatives? Give us a shout if you do!

 

by Denis Semchenko
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