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Best Scanning Apps To Keep You Organized

Manoj Reddy Pannala
What to look for?

  • How Scanning Apps Keep You Organized.
  • When pictures of text are turned into words, those words need to be searchable for you to get the most out of them.
  • A good OCR app automatically finds the edges of paper, no matter if it’s legal-size paper, A-11, or a standard-size business card.
  • You want your OCR scanning app to fly through documents faster than you can put them in front of your smartphone’s camera. The better ones also collate multiple pages into a single PDF document with ease.
  • Don’t get suckered into paying for an expensive scanning app. Many of the best ones are free.

 

1. Camscanner

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Platform: iOS, Android, Windows.

Price: Free, In-App Purchases ranges from Rs. 61.00 – Rs. 3,098.99.

With CamScanner, any documents you see in real world can be digitized and saved right away with your mobile phone. Just take a photo, and CamScanner take care of the rest. Scan any kind of document in seconds, texts or graphics. Scan multi-page documents. Batch scan documents. Auto-crop scanned photos. Smart-enhance the scan results. Several Enhance Modes available. Save scan results to system album. Create PDF files for scans. Customize PDF page size: 10 page size options (Letter, A4, B5 and etc.). Conveniently browse through and view all your content on any device. Edits made on one device, it simultaneously syncs to all your others. Sign up and get 200M free space to save documents. View, edit and manage documents on any of your devices.


2. Abby Finereader

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Platform: iOS

Price: Free, Rs. 325 per month for premium features, including OCR.

Abbyy FineReader is the best OCR software for your computer, so it’s no surprise that the company’s mobile app, called FineScanner, is of equally high quality. FineScanner can export PDFs and Word documents of your scanned images to Box, Dropbox, Evernote, Facebook, Google Drive, Yandex.Disk, iTunes, and iCloud Drive for iOS users. It can send files elsewhere, too, when you look for sharing options: email, Evernote, FaxBurner, and other compatible apps and services that you have installed on your phone. One neat feature is that you can take three quick pictures of the same document and let the app decide which one is of the best quality. You’ll need to pay for a Premium account (Rs. 325 per month) to get OCR, but other perks include support for 44 languages and the option to password-protect PDFs you create using the app. Though this app is for iOS only, the company also makes a businesscard-reader app for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone.


3. Evernote Scannable

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Platform: iOS, Android, Windows

Price: Free, Rs. 3260 per year for Premium, including increased upload allowance.

Evernote is my first choice in scanning and OCR apps. The namesake Evernote app lets you scan business cards, documents, and any written, typed, or handwritten text into the app, where it runs OCR on the results and makes it all searchable. The OCR is included free. Business cards scanned into Evernote are transferred into a contact card, and you can opt to connect to LinkedIn for even more details. A companion iOS-only app, Evernote Scannable, makes quick work of scanning stacks of business cards or multipage documents, which you can save directly into Evernote or another supported service. For Rs. 3260 per year, a Premium Evernote account increases your upload allowance, which is crucial if you create a lot of large PDFs by scanning. Excellent edge detection, export options, and OCR included free all make Evernote and Evernote Scannable wonderful apps to help you stay organized.


4. Google Drive

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Platform: iOS, Android, Windows

Price: Free

When you upload pictures that contain text to the Google Drive mobile app, they are scanned and run through OCR to become fully searchable. Note that this functionality does not show up in the separate Google Docs and Sheets apps.


5. Microsoft Lens

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Platform: iOS, Windows, Android

Price: Free

Earlier this year, Microsoft released Office Lens, its take on a mobile scanning app. This means that Office Lens works especially well with OneNote, OneDrive, Word, and other Microsoft apps. It’s not as zippy as Evernote Scannable, and it doesn’t offer as many places where you can export files as Scanbot (see below), but it does have a Whiteboard setting, which few other scanning and OCR apps have. The Whiteboard mode cleans up photos of whiteboards by straightening and cropping appropriately, and applies a high-contrast filter to the image to make the board’s contents more legible. Unfortunately, OCR isn’t supported for handwritten text on whiteboards as of this writing.


6. Scanbot

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Platform: iOS, Android, Android For Amazon Devices

Price: Free, Rs. 325 one-time fee for Pro features, including OCR

Scanbot is another scanning and OCR app, though to get OCR you have to upgrade to Pro by paying a Rs. 325 one-time fee for a lifetime membership. That’s not a bad price at all, and throw in another good Pro feature—the ability to edit documents, including adding a signature—and you’re talking big benefits. Scanbot can save your scanned documents to Dropbox, Google Drive, Wunderlist, Slack, Evernote, OneDrive, Box, Yandex.Disk, WebDAV, Telekom Cloud, and Shoeboxed. On iOS, it can also sync to iCloud Drive.

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