A scanner in the palm of your hands

August 17, 2013

Scanning a document can be a real pain, particularly if you’re stuck in some sort of loop where you have to print it, sign it, scan it and send it back. CamScanner aims to take a little bit of friction out of that process by making your scanner something you probably have on you anyway: your smartphone. Users can scan documents by taking a picture with their phone’s camera and save them as PDF files. The app has some capability to recognize words in a scanned document, so you can search for phrases. The app isn’t always great at picking up clear images — users may have to take a couple of snaps to get the light just right — but it beats waiting for the scanner to fire up while you’re on the go. Free, for Android and iOS devices.

Hayley Tsukayama

Camscanner app for iOS. (istockphoto)
Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.
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