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What is the best app to scan documents?

Do you have a favorite mobile app to scan stuff—and if so, what makes it great?

Or do you still rely on a standalone scanner or one built into your printer?

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ptoro's avatar
6 months ago

Google Drive for mobile just recently released a feature that lets you do this well. In the app hit the plus button -> Scan. It's super streamlined and has great edge detection in crop. Plus you can rotate, change the color (B&W, color, etc), and add additional pages to the scan.

If you don't use Google Drive (first off, you're crazy), Tiny Scanner is another mobile app that works great. It's paid but still pretty cheap. There are a bunch of options, but once you find the right ones for your documents it's super quick to scan. Plus it backs up to your cloud accounts.

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DaveAustin's avatar
@DaveAustin (replying to @ptoro )
6 months ago

I’m gonna try this.

3 points
maguay's avatar
@maguay (replying to @ptoro )
6 months ago

Oh that's perfect, since scanning directly to Google Drive would also mean you can OCR them and edit/reuse the text in Google Docs.

Good to hear it lets you add additional pages.

It'd actually be hard not to use Google Drive if you use any other Google service. I almost feel bad for Dropbox; I'm using it less just because Google Drive and iCloud are so integrated into everything else I do.

2 points
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@SevenAmtea (replying to @ptoro )
6 months ago

Awesome tip...I have been using Google Drive for a long time but never noticed that plus button. Thanks!

2 points
siddxxvii's avatar
6 months ago

I am using Adobe Scan, and the best thing is i dont have to care about to saving it on pictures or File on iOS. You can connect Adobe scan with your adobe id and enable cloud, so then you can straight away edit stuff on your desktop.
Adobe Scan also have nice set of features like scan document, business cards and forms etc.

3 points
DaveAustin's avatar
@DaveAustin (replying to @siddxxvii )
6 months ago

This is what I have used as well. It’s solid and simple and that’s why I have stayed with it. I’m on iOS so sending the doc to Dropbox or email immediately has been easy.

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@maguay (replying to @siddxxvii )
6 months ago

Interesting, does it work without a full Creative Cloud subscription? And does it include OCR?

2 points
siddxxvii's avatar
@siddxxvii (replying to @maguay )
6 months ago

Yes it does include OCR and works well

2 points
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@maguay (replying to @siddxxvii )
6 months ago

Cool, I'll definitely have to try it.

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mmuehlenstein's avatar
6 months ago

I really like Scanbot.

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maguay's avatar
@maguay (replying to @mmuehlenstein )
6 months ago

Nice, I'd used their app years ago—haven't in a bit, but should try it again.

What's your favorite thing about it?

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@mmuehlenstein (replying to @maguay )
6 months ago

Automatic sync/backup, OCR, choice of JPG or PDF

3 points
jacques_ct's avatar
6 months ago

I use Office Lens by Microsoft. Great edge detection for documents and lets me save the file as an OCR Word Doc, a new note in OneNote (which I use a ton for book highlights), an image or whatever.

2 points
maguay's avatar
@maguay (replying to @jacques_ct )
6 months ago

How well does Office Lens' OCR work?

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jacques_ct's avatar
@jacques_ct (replying to @maguay )
6 months ago

It's been pretty flawless so far for me, even with photos of pages taken off angle.

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chmod's avatar
6 months ago

Scanners are ubiquitous and built into so many apps nowadays, it's hard to stick to just one.

I recently found that Excel has a killer scanning feature found only within the mobile app: you take a picture of a table and it's OCR will populate the values into individual cells in your sheet.

2 points
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@maguay (replying to @chmod )
6 months ago

That’s super cool—and makes it seem like you should use a specific app depending on what you want to scan. Google Drive or Office Lens to scan text-heavy documents, Excel to scan printed spreadsheets and number heavy documents...

2 points
ansh's avatar
6 months ago

I know that it might seem as though Scanner apps are ubiquitous and the differences between each might be minimal, however, it depends on a lot on your use case. I have tried almost a dozen scanner apps and here are my top picks:

Scannable by Evernote (personal recommendation): Best app for B&W document scanning. It has a feature that enhances the text (removes pixelation and creases in the paper) which makes it seem like the PDF is a true PDF and not a scan.

Notes (iOS), Google Drive built-in scanner, any other default solution: I have noticed that these are fast, easy, and you don't usually need a separate scanner app. They do the job but that is about it. They don't have the special features of the other ones I talked about.

ScanBot Pro (paid): The most feature rich scanning app. It has different presets depending on what you are scanning for both B&W and color documents, pictures, business cards, etc. It has a lot of automation built-in for one-tap upload, print, email, etc.

Abode Scan or Office Lens (free): Decent. Nothing special. Great if they fit into your existing workflow

2 points
maguay's avatar
@maguay (replying to @ansh )
6 months ago

Thanks for sharing that detailed comparison!

Will have to give Scannable another shot; haven’t used it in years.

1 point
carwe's avatar
a month ago

I use Scanbot, after having evaluated several of them.

1 point
maguay's avatar
@maguay (replying to @carwe )
a month ago

Scanbot has stayed popular for an incredibly long time!

What's your favorite thing about it?

1 point
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