If you need to scan a document or a page from a book, but can’t find a scanner, the cellphone in your pocket might offer a solution. With the installation of an app, meet your portable CamScanner.
By using your phone’s camera, CamScanner turns your phone into a portable document scanner. The basic app is free to download and use, and is available for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone 8 operating systems. While the app offers expanded options with a subscription fee, I find the basic app does everything I need.
The way the app works is quite simple. First, open the app and take a photo of the document you wish to capture. This image file can be in color, grayscale, or black and white. Then, easily crop the image to remove extraneous content. The app provides a usable optical character recognition (OCR) and allows for the addition of watermarks. Multiple pages can be incorporated into a single document file. Finally, you can share the document as a .pdf or .jpeg file. There are more sharing options available via the premium subscription.
For more about the nuts and bolts of the app, see online reviews from LawyerTech Review and PCMag, etc. There are some other scanner apps available, too. You can read about them at PCMag.com’s The Best Mobile Scanning Apps of 2016.
-- Stefan Jürgens