Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/166610/who-needs-a-scanner-scan-a-document-to-pdf-with-your-android-phone/
Scanning documents and OCRing them once meant slowly feeding them through a desktop scanner before running slow, clunky OCR software. With the advent of powerful smartphones, you can now quickly scan and OCR documents with your phone’s camera.
Does anyone have recommendations for a similar iOS app except Genius Scan because I feel it's OCR engine gives itself away with crumpled receipts. ?
Thank you for this interesting tip. However, I don't see instructions for the OCR portion of the task. You wrote "Google Drive [...] has integrated document-scanning and OCR capabilities. Snap a photo of a document and a PDF copy of the document will be saved to Google Drive. It will also use the power of Google’s servers to perform OCR on the documents, making it searchable in your Drive." I tried a few times: I successfully created a pdf file that was placed in my Google Drive account but I see no way to OCR this file. Am I missing something?
I own my own business and travel a lot. This means a bunch of receipts to scan for accounting. The best phone app (Android and IOS) I've found is CamScanner Pro. It does an excellent job of cleaning up the receipt picture, automatically converts the image to PDF and I can email the receipt PDF right from the application.
A lot of Google publicity here AGAIN. A pity more attention wasn't given to the many more alternatives
I came across google drive a little while ago and have been using it for the odd receipts that I need to claim back for, I've been very impressed.
I wasn't aware of the Evernote or the two other alternatives you have mentioned in your post.
- Expensify more advanced options couple free but if high usage there is a charge...
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You assume that everyone uses either an Andoid based phone or an iPhone. Got a wee bit of news for you: Some folks use a WinPhone (7.5 or 8). Perhaps we are the dummies of cyberspace. Perhaps not.
Got any suggestions for the rest of us?
I'm sort of an Android fan, so it's nice to hear about stuff that isn't iOS or Windoze.
This is a great article but can you also include a "windows" solution to quickly scan and OCR documents with your phone’s camera.
First, most of our writers use Android phones, which is why we primarily write about Android. Secondly, we like Android, and Google services. We use them in-house for nearly everything.
And finally, almost nobody uses WinPhone, and none of our writers do, so we just don't cover that. If things were different, perhaps we would.
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It's unfortunate that some are seeing this as a plug for Google. The title clearly states "Scan a Document to PDF With Your Android Phone". Last time I checked, Google still owns Android.
Anyhow, I don't work for Google but love most of their stuff. My only comment is that in Google Keep, OCR happens automatically for any text you take a picture of. It doesn't convert the image to PDF but it makes is searchable inside Google Keep. Another great way to say goodbye to a scanner.
Perhaps you should also mention other categories of scanning apps (Or have separate HowToGeek articles on them). The two I have in mind are:
1) Photo scanning apps: These are designed to scan photos rather than documents, and output JPEG rather than PDF files. More importantly, their editing functions are meant for editing photos (filters, captions, etc.) My favorite is Pic Scanner (www.appinitio.com/picscanner), because it can do simultaneous scanning of up to 3 photos, plus their automatic and accurate cropping. It is a free app for iPhone and iPad, and the website says Android version is coming.
2) QR Code scanning apps: These can use the smart phone camera to scan QR or bar codes, then decode and use the data to automatically search the internet for relevant underlying information. My favorite is Discover (http://www.digimarc.com/discover). It can scan barcodes, QR codes, as well as images, audio and video. It is free and available for iOS and Android.
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