camscannerHave you ever wanted to quickly grab a copy of something like a receipe, a page of text in a book or if you are into family history research, something like a marriage certificate you have been shown in someone’s collection to check if it applies to your research? I know I have and this app will be the answer for many, me included.

CamScanner, put simply, turns your phone with a camera into a quality scanner to easily and simply create PDF documents and jpeg image files which can be easily shared with others or saved for future reference. All scanned images include a ‘Scanned by CamScanner’ watermark at the bottom and the free version has ads (which don’t make the app hard to use) and I don’t have a problem with this. The developer does have two other options, you can buy a license for the free app for around $5 (it’s on special at the moment for around $2) which removes the ads and the watermarks and also they have a subscription service intended for business users which includes 10Gb cloud storage amongst other features.

The feature that impressed me most was the fantastic way the app sharpens and enhances the images produced by the camera into a new image or a PDF document that looks very close to the original. The scanned document produced can’t be edited once it has been scanned in the free version, but for the majority of uses I can see the app used for, this isn’t an issue either.

Using it is a breeze – just place the document you want to scan on a well lit table (using sunlight is best, but I have produced clear, readable scans under lights), hold the phone still and tap the camera button within the app. If the image looks blurry or you haven’t captured the whole of the document, just delete it and try again. Once you have a clear copy, tap the tick mark and the app places crop lines around the image so you can crop it to the shape you want. Once that is done, it will automatically enhance the image for you ready to produce the copy in the format (jpg or pdf) preferred.

There are a number of scanner apps in the market and it seem more are released every month, but this one has been around for a while and the reviews say it all really – almost 400,000 downloads and most reviews are 4 or 5 stars which is unusual for most apps.

I use it to quickly grab a copy of an important receipt before it vanishes forever in the bottom drawer. As far as I am aware, a digital copy of a receipt is considered a legal document in the event of a dispute over a product or service, but of course you would have to check this yourself before throwing away the originals!

Give this one a try if you are wanting a handy ‘scanner in your pocket’ app. I’m sure you will find one you will use this one often.


Price : FREE
Size : 12Mb
Needs : Android 2.3+

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About the Author : Andy describes himself as "an older geek" and has been assisting seniors with understanding technology for many years. He is involved with his local seniors computer club and believes that seniors appreciate assistance from those of a similar age group.

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